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WES Preps For Break
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The students from Williston Elementary School were as active as ever before the winter break. Before wrapping up 2014, as they prepared for 2015, the students participated in the annual school spelling bee. The fifth grade performed a 'Winter Wonderland' musical. The entire school had a holiday sing-a-long performance, and the mid-year PBS event rocked. (above) Spelling Bee winners are (from left) First Place - Ashley Kline, Second Place - Luke McCoy and Third Place - Beau Hildebrandt.
(below) Kathy Brewington’s third grade class performs at the school wide sing-along.
Published Dec. 19, 2014 @ 4:17 p.m.
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Erosion Review
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Levy County Parks and Recreation Director Matt Weldon received instructions from the Levy County Commission on Tuesday morning (Dec. 16) to start work to look at shoreline stabilization at the public boat ramp at the west end of Levy County Road 40 in Yankeetown. There is a county park with picnic pavilions there. The County Commission heard about some possible methods to improve parking of boat trailers to help the general public and commercial fishermen who use the ramp.
Published Dec. 17, 2014 @ 9:47 p.m.
Photo by Jeff M. Hardison


AmVets Post 88 helps others
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Sons of AmVets Squadron 88 Commander Bill Conquest shakes Steve Horne’s hand and thanks him for his service. Every veteran at the Honor Center received items they can use, especially considering these cooler days.

Information and Photos Provided by Anna Elkins
Published Dec. 17, 2014

     LEVY COUNTY -- The Sons of AmVets Squadron 88 hosted a special Christmas dinner for some very deserving veterans at the Honor Center in Gainesville on Saturday, (Dec. 6).
     This was the fourth year this group has provided a delicious lunch and gifts for these wonderful men and women. The Son’s spared no expense this year, the meal was smoked chicken and pulled pork from BubbaQue’s restaurant. After a very delicious and filling meal the veteran’s received several items that they can put to use; knit hats, scarfs, sweatshirts, gloves, lap blankets, t-shirts, ortho socks and dental hygiene items.
      All items were donated from the heart. Dr. Bruce Larrick DDS from Smiles on 13th Street in Gainesville donated toothbrushes and dental floss. The Ladies Auxiliary AmVets 88 added toothpaste and a washcloth to complete the kit. Ladies who have a special skill at knitting and crochet made lap blankets and hats to keep our veterans warm. The rest were all purchased with funds raised by the Sons of AmVets though various fundraisers that they conduct year-round.
     The Sons of AmVets 88 would like to thank everyone who came out and helped make this Christmas Party a success; AmVets State Commander from Post 912 Duff Taylor; Ladies Auxiliary 88 members, President Sharon Sheldon, Past President Sandy Russell, and Treasurer Anna Elkins; AmVets Post 86 from Keystone Heights had several members who made the trip to be there to see these veterans smile.
     Now the Ladies Auxiliary 88 also have their hands busy this time of the year. There is a coat drive to assist local school children and local veterans.
The Ladies are very pleased to announce that they have received many coats for their cause, and have already helped about a dozen school children locally. Plus they have been able to purchase additional coats and warm clothing using funds that they have collected doing various fundraisers.

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Scott Cartlidge and Susan Clevenshire , who retired from the U.S. Coast Guard eight years ago, look through hats, gloves and scarfs to pick out their favorites.


Levy County 4-H
hosts Christmas party

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Teams compete in tug-of-war. In this match, the people on the right side of the photo won.

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By Jeff M. Hardison © Dec. 16, 2014
     BRONSON – Food, games, gifts and prizes were wrapped neatly into a night of fun and frolicking at the 2014 Levy County 4-H Christmas Party on Monday night (Dec. 15).
     Three sets of 4-H members competed in an ornament contest. There was a chili contest for adults this year, with first and second place winners named in that event.
     Several participants went home with cakes after many rounds of cake walks.

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(above) Some of the children involved in the gift exchange hold onto their tickets as 4-H Program Assistant Dietrich Stewart calls numbers.
(below) 4-H Program Assistant Dietrich Stewart goes to collect a gift to pass on to a child.
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     There was $250 worth of cash or gift cards and a helmet that went to winners in an ATV Safety contest too.
     Long tables jam-packed with fried chicken, broiled chicken, green beans, many other wonderful side dishes and a broad spectrum of baked goods also provided 4-H Christmas Party participants with a benefit as people enjoyed the meal buffet style.

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     Children sat around a bonfire, played tug-of-war, tossed footballs and participated in a gift exchange as well. It was an amazing party under the direction of Levy County IFAS Extension Director Albert Fuller.
     There were many staff and parents who helped, including, Extension Agent II Muriel Turner, 4-H Program Assistant Brenda Heberling, 4-H Program Assistant Dietrich Stewart, Office Manager Lacy Harris, Administrative Assistant Alicia Tretheway, Administrative Assistant Sharon Hardison, 4-H mom Katie Trimm,  Tom Wolfe of the Outdoor Club, Misti Mattingly of the Levy County 4-H Horse Club, Alan and Diana Hagan and their daughter Katie at the ornament table, Whispering Winds Charter School 4-H Club Leader Shawn Royce, and various other club leaders and parent volunteers.

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Katie Hagan mans the ornament table.

     The winners in the Ornament Contest were
JUNIOR DIVISION
First – Brody Ellis
Second – Luke Henderson
Third – Aubrey Catlett
INTERMEDIATE DIVISION
First – Mackenzie Henderson
Second – Jeremy Tretheway
SENIOR DIVISION
First – Brandy Weston
Second – Sabrina Brice

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First Place winner Brandy Weston (left) and Second Place winner Sabrina Brice show certificates they earned from their work in the Christmas Ornament Contest.

     As for the ATV Safety Awards, everyone who completed the ATV Online Safety Course was entered to win. Winners were by a random drawing.
     Following are the ATV Safety Awards:
1 - $100 cash and Helmet – Jennavieve Squiers
2 - $50 cash – Crystal Kooi
3 - $25 cash– Brenda Heberling
4 - $25 gift card to Walmart – Rhonda Mattadeen
5 - $25 gift card to Walmart – Kelby Thompson
6 – $25 gift card to Tri-County Rentals - Marcia Engstrom
     While there were only two people in the 2014 4-H Adult Chili Contest, hope springs for the competition to have more participants next year.
     The winners are:
First – Tom Wolfe
Second – Sara Runnels

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Extension Director Albert Fuller and 4-H Program Assistant Brenda Heberling take care of one of the finer points for the evening of fun and prizes.

      4-H is a youth-oriented organization with the mission of "engaging youth to reach their fullest potential while advancing the field of youth development." The name represents four personal development areas of focus for the organization: head, heart, hands and health.
     The goal of 4-H is to develop citizenship, leadership, responsibility and life skills of youth through experiential learning programs and a positive youth development approach. Though typically thought of as an agriculturally focused organization as a result of its history, 4-H also focuses on citizenship, healthy living, science, engineering and technology programs.
     The 4-H motto is "To make the best better." The slogan is "Learn by doing."

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Thomas Wolfe of the Outdoor Adventures 4-H Club pauses for a photo opportunity with Levy County 4-H President Sabrina Brice.


Inglis elections set for March, qualifying is Jan. 20-26
By Jeff M. Hardison © Dec. 4, 2014
      INGLIS -- The election of three municipal leaders in the Town of Inglis starts with the candidates' qualifying period, according to information provided by Inglis Town Clerk Sally McCranie.

     Candidates who will fill the positions of mayor for two years and of two town commissioners, who also have two-year terms, must qualify from Jan. 20 at 8 a.m. until Jan. 26 at 5 p.m. in Inglis Town Hall, 135 Levy County Road 40 W., in Inglis.
     Town Clerk McCranie is the supervisor of elections for that town's elections, just as all municipalities' elections are supervised by the clerks in the towns and cities of Levy County.
     Levy County Supervisor of Elections Tammy Jones and her staff assist the municipalities.
     Incumbent Mayor Glenda Kirkland and incumbent town commissioners Sally Price and Steve Smalldridge are the people who may seek reelection. Potential candidates who want to know more about what is required to qualify to run will want to contact Clerk McCranie in advance of the qualifying period.
    For everyone who lives in Inglis and wants to vote in the upcoming town election, books closing is scheduled for Feb. 16 to be registered to vote in the March 17 election.
     The March 17 election is scheduled to be held in the Inglis Commission Room of Inglis Town Hall. Polls are set to be open on that Tuesday (which is also Saint Patrick's Day) from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.
      Inglis voters who want absentee ballot information are asked to please call 352-447-2203.

-- UPDATED --
FRI.   DEC. 19   4:17 p.m.
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