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  • The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Manatee Springs State Park, along with The Friends of Manatee/Fanning Springs Parks, Inc. will host the Suwannee River clean-up effort in support of the 16th Annual National Public Lands Day on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2009.

  • Nearly 150 motorcycles turned out for this year’s Ride to Provide through 60 scenic miles of Levy County. The Ride benefits the Levy Association for Retarded Citizens, a Work Activity and Training Center located in Otter Creek.

    The event is the largest fundraiser of the year for LARC, and this year brought in approximately $11,500, topping 2008’s success of $10,000.

  • The Humane Society of Levy County has received many requests for dogs and cats over the years, but a recent call from St. Petersburg College in Pinellas Park was a first.

    The college was looking for 19 dogs and cats to be entered in the college’s Veterinary Technician program.  

    “What are you going to do to these animals?” Arnette Garrison, the Society's Animal Rescue Liaison,  asked school officials.

  • It has been a couple of hot, sweaty Saturdays, but the employees of Waste Pro in Chiefland know they have helped folks who were in a fix.

    Mostly, it's folks who have found themselves with a lot of stuff on their property.

    As a community service, the crews at Waste Pro have been choosing one project every three months and helping folks mired in stuff clean up their property.

  • More than 40 participants from the Levy Association for Retarded Citizens Work Activity Center located in Otter Creek visited the Cedar Key Community Center last Thursday for a luncheon, informational presentations by local officials and a dance.

    “Mrs. Thelma McCain made us a fish dinner, grits, coleslaw, hush puppies and cake,” said Trainer Kathy Eschbach. McCain’s son Harold is a LARC participant. “Mrs. McCain fed everybody – anyone who walked through the front door,” Eschbach said.

  • Levy Dwain Justice, 65, of Williston, died on August 6. He was born on February 14, 1944, in Jacksonville, to Audi and Norell Justice.

    He served in the U.S. Army Reserves. He worked as a metrologist for a nuclear power plant. He was of the Baptist faith. He moved to Williston 10 years ago from Pennsville, N.J.

    He was an amateur ham operator, call K4VSJ, from 1958 to current. He enjoyed doing amateur radio he enjoyed spelunking in high school and was known for running a 4.26 mile in 1961 at Duncan U. Fletcher High School in Neptune.

  • The Log Cabin Quilters met Thursday, August 20 at the Levy County Quilt Museum.   

    What a wonderful day we had with six members from the Joyful Heart Quilters near Branford.  We started there in 1991 in a small building and now they meet in the Fire Department where they have more room and are also meeting every week.  We also help them when we take quilts and crafts to the fair in Tampa.

    More fabric has been brought in and we hope we can get rid of it.

  • Prayer walk for Chiefland schools

         The Chiefland Ministerial Association is sponsoring the 2nd Annual Prayer Walk for the schools of Chiefland.  All church members and believers are invited to meet at Hardeetown Baptist Church on Sunday at 4:15 pm.  

  • Volunteers turned out Saturday morning and took their posts beside bright yellow school buses and waited patiently until late afternoon for generous donors to bring school supplies to be distributed to Levy County public school students. Started by the Morriston Baptist Church's Band of Brothers and sponsored by the Levy County Schools Foundation, the collection of pens, pencils, paper and backpacks is an annual rite.

  • Two Tri-County students — one from Levy County and one from Dixie County — won awards for their age divisions in the “Dig It — The Secrets of Soil” poster contest sponsored  statewide by the Association of Conservation Districts.

    The statewide judging was held in Jacksonville earlier this month.

    Shelbi McCall of Dixie County, who had already won first place in local and district poster competition, placed thired in the fourth to sixth grade division.

  • Scientists contracting with the state began tests on a Chiefland sinkhole Monday morning to determine what happens to the water entering the rocky crevasse. “It’s never been done before,” Pete Butt, project manager for Karst Environmental Services Inc., one of the companies working with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection on the project, said.

  • All five Levy County Public Library branches will have free family fun this summer. Join in on the fun at your local library. Large groups are welcome, but please call in advance. For more information, contact your local librarian, or Jenny Rodgers, Youth Services Coordinator, 352-486-5552.

    Luther Callaway Public Library – Chiefland

    Friday, June 12 at 10 a.m.

    Ronald McDonald will be visiting the library for a fun reading adventure. You never know what Ronald has up his sleeves.

    Friday, June 19 at 10 a.m.

  • The water is finally clear and blue in Fanning and Manatee springs, now that the Suwannee River is returning to bed at last. Blue Spring, at the headwaters of the tiny Waccasassa, fared very well through the spring flooding. The little Wekiva, at Henry Beck Park, is also clear and fresh this summer. As the mercury hammers the top of the thermometer day after day, the springs of Levy County are open and beckoning.

  • Note: See more photos in slideshow on this web page.

    If anyone wondered where all the cool kids were this summer, between the weekday hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., a good first guess would be to perk up your ears.

    School-age children from all over the Nature Coast area, even out to Marion and Alachua counties could be easily found if only you know what to listen for.

  • “We’re Americans. Our citizens can do more.”

    That is the assessment of Mike West, information technology officer for the Levy County Sheriff’s Office, after participating in a hurricane exercise on May 28 at Levy County Office of Emergency Management.

  • St. John Missionary Baptist Church of Chiefland, Florida, where Donnell Sanders is the pastor, opened the doors to Manna from Heaven Food Bank on Wednesday, June 10.

    Manna from Heaven Food Bank is a not-for-profit organization started to feed needy people and improve their lives. This is done by providing food and other grocery products such as meats and baby formula. Also, educating and engaging our community to fight hunger and poverty is another of the food banks objectives.

  • Double Sink 4-H gets around! Leaders Melissa Mills, Trish Depew, and Mary Carr want to expose 4-H kids to a wide variety of what Florida has to offer.

    The theme for this outing was butterflies, so their destination was the butterfly garden planted by the Friends of the Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge at the Refuge Headquarters.

  • Good things come in all sizes. Fanning Springs residents Gene and Rita Wealing have graciously donated their home and an acre of land to Haven Hospice.

    Tim Bowen, president of Haven Hospice, Michael Morse, vice president of organizational development, and Kathleen Bogolea, associate director of development, were on hand for the deed transaction, which took place on Thursday at Levy Abstract and Title.

  • Zachary Andrews says it was hunting that got him through. The Chiefland High School senior was a 15-year-old sophomore when he was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, and everything in his life changed.

    “I was out turkey hunting with my dad and I tripped and fell,” he said.

    “My dad asked me, ‘Why’d you fall down?’ and I told him my knee gave out.”

    Andrews’ left leg had been kind of weak and achy for about a month, he said.