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Today's News

  • 67th Annual Suwannee River Youth Livestock Show

    Events are at the Suwannee River Fair Pavilion, located at 17851 90 Avenue, Fanning Springs.

    Thursday, March 7:

    4:00p - 6:00p - Poultry Entry

    Friday, March 8:

    4:00p - 6:00p - Dairy Cow & Heifer Entry

    3:30p - 5:30p - Rabbit Entry

    5:30p - Cloverbud Rabbit Show/Showmanship

    After Cloverbud Show - Rabbit Show

    6:00p - Poultry Show

    6:00p - Poultry & Rabbit Showmanship

    After Show - Rabbit & Poultry Release, Superintendent must approve other release times

    Saturday, March 9:

    7:30a - 8:00a - Horse Entry

    8:30a - Horse Show

    After Horse Show - Speed Contest

    11:00a - 1:30p - Dairy Cow Show/Showmanship

    After Show - Dairy Cow Release

    12:30p - 2:30p - Ag-Life Contest

    4:00p - Heifer Show

    After Show - Home Grown Heifer Show

    After Home Grown - Heifer Showmanship

    Sunday, March 10:

    1:00p - BBQ Contest

    1:00p - Goat Doe Entry

    2:00p - Dairy/Meat Doe Goat Shows/Showmanship

    After Show - Dairy/Meat Doe Goat Release

  • County gives go ahead for first satellite waste station

    Suzette Cook, Reporter

    The County Commission did not hesitate at the March 5 meeting to choose the site of the first of at least three future satellite waste stations.

    As requested by the Board, Levy County Solid Waste Department Director Rod Hastings presented additional details about the list of proposed locations and what the materials, construction requirements, equipment and staff would cost per station. The average price tag per location, according to Hastings, will be $71,710 for construction and equipment and $20,000 to staff the facility at least three days a week.

    Hastings estimated that the initial cost to get three stations up and running would total $215,130 “turnkey and get three of them on the ground running.”

    Once open, Hastings said the operating costs would drop significantly. “Once you get past that first year it will drop off to $20,000 per site,” he said.

    While Hastings did his due diligence and came prepared with specific budget items, the Board had few questions about those detail, they just wanted to know how soon they could be built.

  • County says scallop season date change will have negative economic impact

    Suzette Cook, Reporter

    Levy County Commission Chair John Meeks sent a letter to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Chair on Feb. 19 expressing concerns about changes in regional scallop season dates.

    “You may ask why is that important to us?” Meeks said at the Feb. 19 Commission meeting. “They changed it last year to allow scallop season to open in neighboring counties because scallops, for whatever reason, tend to arrive in that area before they arrive in the Southern region, which is Citrus County or out at the Panhandle region,” he said.

    “It was a huge economic boon for Dixie and Taylor County. In addition, it is a huge economic boon for us because these people travel from the south, come up (US Highway) 19 and they stop at the Walmart, they stop at the Winn Dixie, buy gas and do commerce here.

    “In addition, it allows our folks to be able to go and participate earlier too.”

  • First African-American woman elected to Chiefland City Commission, Mayor Betty Walker, passes away

    Note on sevices for Ms. Betty Walker: A wake will be held at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church from 5 to 7 p.m. on March 8. It’s located at 310 SW 5th Street Chiefland. Funeral Service will be at the Chiefland Middle High School auditorium (808 N Main St.) on March 9 at 11 a.m.; repass at Haven Hospice after the ceremony.

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    A longtime advocate for Chiefland with a smile to light up any room, Mayor Betty Walker, or “Miss Betty,” as she was best known by those who knew her, passed away on Feb. 25 after recent health complications.

    Walker was the first African-American woman to be elected to the Chiefland City Commission. She was 72 years old.

    It’s the second time in less than four years that the sitting mayor of Chiefland has died in office. Teal Pomeroy died in a diving accident while serving as mayor in August 2016.

    Walker was serving as vice mayor at the time of Pomeroy’s death and was subsequently elected mayor in 2016, 2017 and 2018 by the Commission.

  • Chiefland attorney in Levy County jail on civil matter

    By Suzette Cook, Reporter

    As of March 5, Chiefland-based Attorney Gregory Vance Beauchamp, 70, remains in Levy County Jail on a civil matter without bring charged with a crime.

  • FFA quilt brings $4,000 at auction, heads to Washington, D.C.

    By Suzette Cook/Reporter

    Six former members of the Bronson chapter of Future Farmers of America and a handful of School Board members, local business owners and county staff members pooled their funds to win the high bid of $4,000 for a quilt made up of 12 FFA jackets.

    The quilt, crafted by Cathy Weeks of Archer, stole the show at the annual Bronson FFA Alumni Food Fest held on Feb. 22.

    The winners of the quilt include six FFA alumni: County Commissioner John Meeks; School Board Member Chris Cowart; James Trimm; School Board Member Cameron Asbell; JR Trimm of Trimm Auction Services; Wesley Asbell; as well as School Board Member Paige Brookins; Levy County Supervisor of Elections Tammy Jones; Levy County School Superintendent Jeff Edison; Ethan Bray; Attorney at Law Norm Fugate; County Commissioner Rock Meeks and Congressman Neal Dunn, U.S. House of Representatives FL District 2.

  • 18th Annual Levy Black History Program celebrates 11 outstanding individuals

    The 18th Annual Black History Program was held Feb. 15 in the Levy County Courthouse. This year’s two-hour program was titled “Faith, Family and Friends” and highlighted 11 individuals, living and deceased, who made contributions in the Levy County communities.

    County Commissioner Matt Brooks welcomed everyone to the event and warmly introduced author and artist, Carolyn Cohens. It is due to Cohens’ hard work and dedication that the celebration continues to take place each year.

    This year’s event saw each bench seat in the courtroom filled, as three educators, two church leaders, a law enforcement administrator, a military administrative specialist, a singer and performer, a tax preparer and child care provider, a mother and cook, and a sharecropper who later became the first black bus driver for Levy County were honored and recognized for their achievements and contributions.

  • FWC adopts a more lenient bag limit with new hunting regulations

    The second day of the Fish and Wildlife Commission’s (FWC) annual public meeting in Gainesville on Feb. 21 saw the passing of several long-brewing proposed hunting regulations that included items such as changes to youth hunting restrictions, bag limits and requirements for increased reporting by hunters.

    Paul Scharine, with the Division of Hunting and Game Management, presented the proposals for the statewide rules to the Commission and approximately 30 audience members.

    From April to July of 2018, the Division reviewed proposals from staff, the public and cooperators, according to Scharine. Stakeholder input was then solicited and evaluated from August to December and the Commission reviewed the data in December. At this point, they advertised the proposals and Scharine said a total of 18,800 responses were received from the public.

    Scharine presented a summary of the statewide regulations being considered, which included:

    *Extending shooting hours during spring turkey season until sunset on most Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) to match what is currently allowed on private lands

  • Busy weekend in Cedar Key

    There’s a lot going on in Cedar Key this coming Saturday, March 9, why not “Make It a Day!” The weather is supposed to be perfect (sunny, high of 73 degrees), shops and galleries all over town will be open and there are some special annual events that you just might not want to miss.

    The Cedar Key Arts Center is hosting the Tiny Treasures Artful Home Tour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Twelve homes and one rental unit, all less than 1,000 square feet, will be on the tour this year. Most of the homes are in the Historic District and all are accessible by golf cart (the Gulf Kart Co. is offering a special rate for tour participants – 352-477-0041). 83 West on Dock Street is also offering tour participants a quick pick-up box for $10 each from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tickets and maps are on sale at the Cedar Keyhole Artist Co-op through noon on Saturday for $20. For questions, email CedarKeyArtsCenter@gmail.com.

  • County narrows list of potential satellite waste collection sites

    Suzette Cook, Reporter

    The County Commission has asked for more details on five potential satellite waste collection sites before they move forward with a vote.

    Levy County Solid Waste Department Director Rod Hastings presented nine possible locations throughout Levy County to the Commission on Feb. 19. Some of those locations are County-owned properties and others could be purchased or leased.

    Those sites included: CR 347, an abandoned fire station in Gulf Hammock, Camp Azalea, Highway Patrol station off Highway 19, Behind the Moose Lodge, Morriston, Lebanon Station asphalt plant and one in South Morriston at 60th and Highway 41.

    The Commission asked for more details about leases and site conditions of the locations at CR 347, Camp Azalea, Gulf Hammock, Lebanon Station and the South Morriston location.

    Hastings presented details about the current status and his opinion of the positives of each venue.