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  • Mosquito season is here and we all need to remember a few tips to avoid being bitten.

    The five D’s are:

    n Dusk and Dawn are when mosquitoes are most active so you should avoid being outside at those times. And if you must be outdoors then--

    n Dress so your skin is covered with clothing. Wear shoes, socks, long pants, and a long sleeved shirt.

    n Drain any empty containers and stagnant water so mosquito wrigglers can’t grow up to become biters.

  • The Levy County Historical Society Inc. — a non-profit organization dedicated to collecting, preserving and interpreting Levy County history for the education and enjoyment of present and future generations —was awarded a $1,000 grant by the Plum Creek Foundation.  Funds will be used to cover expenses for the Levy County Railroad Days event in March 2011.

  • The Suwannee Valley Players announce the upcoming opening of the Summer Youth Production "Hammin' It Up", an evening of comedy entertainment featuring the youth of the Tri-County Area. "Hammin' It Up" is a full evening of one act plays. The first, "Twelve Angry Pigs" written by Wade Bradford is a spoof of the classic "Twelve Angry Men".

    Twelve pigs are gathered as the jury for the Big Bad Wolf who is on trial for destruction of property for blowing down the little pigs' houses; but is he guilty? Only the evidence can tell the truth.

  •    The Humane Society of Levy County, Inc. would like to invite all members and interested parties to its meeting on Aug. 26 at 6 p.m. at the Dogan S. Cobb Municipal Building (former Bronson Town Hall), 660 E Hathaway Ave., Bronson.

        The Society's mission is to provide foster care, adoptions and/or the placement of rescued animals that are received from the local shelters. Donated funds will be used to facilitate the needed care, spay and neuter of rescued pets, and the future health and well being of these animals.

  • Hello, I am Tater, a rescued Lab.

     Tatar is a 10 - month old spayed female, Black mixed Labrador Retriever.

      Come meet Tater. she is full of love and play, very sweet girl, gets along with all other dogs and kids.

  • Valerie Smith and Liberty Pike are bringing their high-energy musical show to Cedar Key on Wednesday July 21st at 7 p.m. with a fund-raiser for the Cedar Key School arts program.

       Tickets are $10, with children 12 and under admitted free and will be available at the door at the CK School Auditorium

       The musicians were on their way to larger venues when local fans invited the band to make a stop in Cedar Key.  “We’re so excited to have such an acclaimed band play in our own back yard,” volunteer Marci Wilcox said.

  • Jay Perryman found the gold coin he’d been searching for buried in the white sand near the edge of the spring. He snatched it up, pivoted on the balls of his feet and sped back toward the water’s edge. The water was too shallow to dive straight in, and Perryman had to wade out to about chest level before he had enough depth to begin kicking his legs.

  • The Santa Fe Community College Teaching Zoo stopped by Tri County Nursing Home for a  special visit to show and tell our residents about a  variety  of animals and reptiles that they care for each day during their training at the college.

  • The Suwannee Valley Players community theater will hold auditions for their fall show "The Night We Knocked the Critic Dead". This is a comedy by L. Don Swartz, produced by special arrangement with Eldridge Publishing Company. Mikey Chigger, a nasty newspaper critic, turns up dead at the Chestnut Hollow Little Theater's final rehearsal of "The Curse of Infant Isle".  The players, desperate for a box office success, will go to any lengths to avoid a scandal.

  •  The Dixie County Humane Society is looking for a home for Sparky, a rescued Labrador Retriever. He is an 11 - month old neutered male, tan Lab. Sparky is full of love and play, a very sweet boy, and gets along with all other dogs and kids.  Come visit the Society's indoor/outdoor yard sale on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays,  from 10:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. Adoptions are also done at the Humane Society on Fridays from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Society is located across from the bike trial in Old Town  off U.S. Highway 19 on County Road 349 North.

  • Jane Maxwell looks like the sort of woman who would spend her days in a garden banishing weeds and bugs and producing luscious looking flowers that would be the envy of the neighborhood. She instead spends her days building a business that turns dairy cow manure into worm castings that can be black gold for those faux Martha Stewart gardeners. Maxwell was the keynote speaker at the Chiefland Rotary Club on June 9, where she acquainted the 40 members with the almost scentless product produced when thousands of earthworms digest and expel the manure. 

  • Tom Martin, an investigator for the Levy County Sheriff's Office, won the gold medal in the 220-pound weight class in the bench press competition at the 2010 Florida Police & Fire Games this week.  Martin bench-pressed 465 pounds. He was crowned as the strongest man in the Police & Fire Fighter Olympic competition. 

  • People often lament that they don’t know how they’ll cope with an extra mouth to feed.

  • As farmers busily harvest the Watermelon fields, many are also keeping a close watch on another crop. Levy County has approximately 12,000 acres of peanuts. The crops were planted in April and May and take 135-150 days to harvest depending on the variety. The first couple months are fairly undemanding, said Anthony Barbaglia, Levy County University of Florida/IFAS Extension Agent for Agriculture.  “The peanuts just kind of hang out there for the first 50 days.

  • As the school year comes to a close, a mixture of emotions can be found in the hallways as friends sign each other’s yearbooks, kids hug and promise to spend time together over the summer, and students gather to perform their much-anticipated year-end programs.  

    School can be an eye-opening experience, especially for kindergartners. Six-year-old Trae Smith, of Chiefland Elementary School, said it was exactly what he expected, and he loved everything about it, all year long.  “I love to learn,” he said with gusto.

  • Young contestants in the watermelon eating contest dive in mouth first Saturday during the 2010 Chiefland Watermelon Festival.

  • With her court at her side, 2010 Chiefland Watermelon Queen Lacee Lane gets crowned by last year’s Queen Erika Drummond. 

  • The annual Chiefland Rotary Fishing Tournament at Cedar Key, where $7,500 in cash and prizes is on the line, is still on for Saturday.

    While most folks do not want to mention the four million gallons of oil spilling into the Gulf of Mexico and the fishing tournament in the same sentence, Bob Wolk, chairman of the club's biggest fund-raising event, said on Tuesday the tournament is still on for Saturday at 7 a.m.

  • They came from near and far throughout the day Saturday. Thrift shop addicts and the just-plain curious from Chiefland mingled with their counterparts from Bell and Bronson, from Fanning Springs and High Springs, from Old Town and Orlando and from numerous towns and cities in between.

    Converging on the site of Levy County’s newest bargain outlet, they came to participate in the grand opening celebration of Hospice of the Nature Coast’s Thrift and Gift Shoppe at 2202 North Young Boulevard in Chiefland.

  • Flashlight beams revealed the interior walls of the Old Gilchrist County Jail in Trenton to be alive with decay.  Layers of lead paint flaked from their surface, giving them the appearance of matted fur, occasionally punctuated by the bodies and spindly legs of spiders. If the walls could have spoken, they would have whispered the words: Get out.

    In one of the dark cells on the second floor of the building, three women gathered on the floor around small electronic devices, hoping to see them light up in response to questions they were asking.