Rural King hiring events
set for April 24-27

90+ full- and part-time positions available
Published April 19, 2017 at 2:07 p.m.
Updated April 24, 2017 at 3:47 p.m
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     OCALA –
Rural King is preparing to open its new Ocala store by hiring more than 90 full- and part-time positions, including sales associates and department managers.


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     The Ocala store will be Rural King’s seventh in Florida and 100th in the company’s chain of stores in 11 states. Located at U.S. Highway 27 and Northwest 27th Avenue, it is set to open in mid-July.
     CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion will hold four hiring events for Rural King on April 24, 25, 26 and 27 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Career Center, 2703 N.E. 14th St., in Ocala.
     There is no charge to attend and no appointment is necessary, but candidates are asked to register with Employ Florida at and are encouraged to apply online before attending one of the events.
     Successful applicants must have a high school diploma or GED, basic computer skills and be able to lift 50 pounds. Those applying for department manager positions must also have 12 months of related experience.
     Founded in 1960 in Mattoon, Ill., Rural King is known as “America’s farm and home store” for its diverse mix of products, with offerings from livestock feed, farm equipment and workwear to fashion clothing, housewares and toys.
     Applicants interested in preparing for one of the hiring events may get help fine-tuning their resume and brushing up on interview skills at any CareerSource CLM career center.
     For more information about the Rural King hiring events and/or CareerSource CLM’s fee-free employment services call 800-434-JOBS, ext. 1270 or visit

FHP to host career fair
on April 27 in Lake City

Published April 13, 2017 at 9:07 a.m.
Updated April 24, 2017 at 3:47 p.m.
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     LAKE CITY –
The Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) is actively recruiting across the state and is scheduled to host an after-hours career fair for individuals interested in pursuing a career with the FHP.

     This event is slated for Thursday, April 27, from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Lake City FHP Station, 1350 U.S. Highway 90 West in Lake City.
     This career fair will assist candidates to understand pay and benefits, the application process, as well as learn where open positions are currently available in North Central Florida.
     This includes open positions in counties such as Alachua, Columbia, Dixie, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Lafayette, Levy, Marion and Suwannee counties.

The minimum qualifications to join the FHP are as follows:
     ● United States Citizen;
     ● High School graduate or equivalent;
     ● Minimum of 19 years old at time of application (no maximum age restriction);
     ● Valid driver license; and
     ● One of the following – one year of law enforcement experience (sworn or non-sworn); two years of public contact experience; two years of active continuous U.S. military service with an honorable discharge; completed 30 semester or 45-quarter hours of college credit from an accredited college or university.
     Florida Certified Law Enforcement Officers are also encouraged to attend to learn about the accelerated programs available that shortens the hiring process.
     Interested applicants with additional questions may contact the local FHP recruiter, Trooper Michael Cagle at 386-754-6284. Additional information can be found at:
     The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles provides highway safety and security through excellence in service, education and enforcement. The Department is leading the way to a safer Florida through the efficient and professional execution of its core mission: the issuance of driver licenses, vehicle tags and titles and operation of the Florida Highway Patrol.

Can You Free Yourself of
Some Investment-Related Taxes?

Published April 24, 2017 at 7:37 a.m.
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     TRI-COUNTY AREA -- Tax Freedom Day generally falls around this time each year. This is the day when the nation as a whole has earned enough money to pay off its total tax bill for the year, according to the calculations made by the Tax Foundation.
     So you may want to use Tax Freedom Day to think about ways you can liberate yourself from some of the investment-related taxes you may incur.
     Of course, Tax Freedom Day is something of a fiction, in practical terms, because most people pay their taxes throughout the year via payroll deductions. Also, you may not mind paying your share of taxes, because your tax dollars are used in many ways – law enforcement, food safety, road maintenance, public education, and so on – that benefit society. Still, you may be able to reduce those taxes associated with your investments, leaving you more money available to help you work toward your important goals, such as a comfortable retirement.
     Here are some suggestions for making investing less “taxing”:
     • Contribute regularly to tax-advantaged retirement plans. Contribute as much as you can afford to your IRA and your 401(k) or other employer-sponsored retirement plan. Traditional IRA earnings grow tax deferred, and your contributions may be tax-deductible, depending on your income. (Taxes will be due upon withdrawal, however, and withdrawals made before you turn 59½ years old may be subject to a 10 percent IRS penalty.) Your 401(k) or similar plan also provides the opportunity for tax-deferred earnings growth. Roth IRA contributions are not deductible, but your earnings are distributed tax-free, provided you don’t take withdrawals until you’re 59½ and you’ve had your account at least five years.
     • Follow a “buy-and-hold” strategy. If you sell investments you’ve owned for less than a year, and their value has increased, you will have to pay capital gains taxes at your personal income tax rate, which, in early 2017, could be as high as 39.6 percent. But if you hold investments for at least a year before selling them, you’d be assessed the long-term capital gains rate, which tops out at 20 percent. Be aware, though, that the Trump administration and Congress seem likely to change the tax rates. Early plans call for a maximum personal income tax rate of 33 percent, with the top rate for capital gains and dividends either staying at 20 percent, or possibly being reduced to 16.5 percent. In any case, you’ll still come out ahead, tax-wise, by holding your investments long enough to receive the long-term capital gains rate.
     • Consider municipal bonds – If you are in one of the higher income brackets, you might benefit from investing in municipal bonds, which are typically used to finance public projects, such as roads, schools, airports and infrastructure-related repairs. Interest payments from “munis” are typically exempt from federal income taxes and may also be exempt from state and local taxes, depending on the state in which the bond issuer is located. Interest payments from some types of municipal bonds may be subject to the alternative minimum tax (AMT). Again, though, watch for developments from Washington, as both the Trump administration and some congressional leaders favor eliminating the AMT.
     When charting your investment strategy, consider your risk tolerance, time horizon, family situation and estate plans. But investment-related taxes should also be in your strategic mix – so look for opportunities to keep these taxes under control.
    PUBLISHER'S NOTE: This article was written by Edward Jones for use by the local Edward Jones Financial Advisor -- Kathryn Lancaster, 220-2 N. Main St., in Chiefland. Edward Jones, its employees and financial advisors cannot provide tax or legal advice. You should consult your attorney or qualified tax advisor regarding your situation.

Region’s jobless rate
continues to fall;

Ocala metro posts third fastest
job growth rate in Florida

Published April 21, 2017 at 12:37 p.m.
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By Laura Byrnes, APR, CPRC
Communications Manager CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion
     OCALA –
If not yet in full bloom, the economy is certainly growing stronger in the CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion region.

     According to today’s (Friday, April 21) employment summary by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO), the unemployment rate in March for the CareerSource CLM region was 5.2 percent, down 0.7 percentage point since February and 0.6 percentage point lower than the area’s rate a year ago of 5.8 percent.
     Out of an expanded labor force of 201,238, there were 10,556 unemployed, a drop of 1,281 over the month and 915 less than a year ago. Significantly, there were 190,682 people with jobs throughout the three counties, an increase of 1,893 over the month and 5,882 more than in March 2016.
Additionally, the DEO reports that the Ocala metropolitan statistical area (MSA) posted 103,700 nonfarm jobs in March, an increase of 4,000 new jobs for a 4.0 percent growth rate over the year. That’s the third fastest rate among all Florida’s metro areas.
     For the third consecutive month, the Ocala MSA continued to hold the fastest annual job growth rate compared to all metros in Florida in professional and business services, at 11.0 percent. The Ocala MSA had the third fastest job growth rate in mining, logging and construction at 10.4 percent.
     Kathleen Woodring, CareerSource CLM’s executive vice president, said that the region is gaining momentum when it comes to positive economic indicators.
     “This is exactly what we like to see: expansion of the labor force fueled by strong job growth,” she said.
Levy County continued to post the lowest jobless rate in the region dropping from 5.0 to 4.5 percent; followed by Marion County at 5.1 percent, down from 5.9 percent; and Citrus County at 5.9 percent, dropping from 6.8 percent. Florida’s not seasonally adjusted rate was 4.3 percent, down over the month from 4.7 percent; and the nation’s rate was 4.6 percent, down from 4.9 percent.
     Woodring said the March report shows that career seekers continue to have optimism as a result of growing job opportunities. She noted that in March, 50 employers recruited candidates at career fairs in Ocala and Lecanto, and that hiring events – such as the four next week for Rural King – take place on a regular basis.
     “How do we know the economy is improving? By seeing that those who enter the labor force are finding employment,” she said. 
     Citrus County's labor force increased by 277 to 48,058, the number of employed rose by 682 to 45,230, and the number of those without jobs fell by 405 to 2,848 over the month. The number of unemployed was down 338 from March 2016 when the rate was 6.6 percent.
     Levy County's labor force expanded by 22 to 16,937, the number of employed increased by 110 to 16,176 and the number of unemployed dropped by 88 to 761. That’s 308 more employed and 84 fewer unemployed compared to a year ago when the jobless rate was 5.1 percent.
     Marion County’s labor force grew by 313 to 136,243, the number of employed increased by 1,101 to 129,296 and the number of jobless decreased by 788 to 6,947. That is 5,520 more with jobs over the year and 493 fewer unemployed than in March 2016 when the jobless rate was 5.7 percent.
     Among the counties, Citrus County continued to hold the third highest rate behind Sumter County at 6.1 percent and Hendry County at 6.4 percent; Marion County dropped from 10th to 11th; and Levy County was 26th.
     The Villages MSA continued to post the highest rate among the states metros at 6.1 percent, Homosassa Springs (Citrus County) was second and Ocala fell from fourth to fifth. 
     Much of the region’s strong job gains continue to be fueled by jobs in the Ocala/Marion County metro area, which posted 103,700 nonfarm jobs in March, adding 4,000 new jobs over the year for a job growth rate of 4.0 percent. That outpaced the statewide growth rate of 3.0 percent and was the third fastest job growth rate among all of the state’s metro areas.
     Industries gaining jobs over the year were trade, transportation and utilities (+1,000 jobs); professional and business services (+1,000); mining, logging and construction (+700); education and health services (+700); manufacturing (+300); leisure and hospitality (+100); other services (+100); and government (+100).
     Professional and business services (+11.0 percent); mining, logging and construction (+10.4 percent); trade, transportation and utilities (+4.4 percent); and education and health services (+3.9 percent); and manufacturing (+3.8 percent) industries grew as fast -- or faster -- in the metro area than statewide over the year.
     Information and financial activities were unchanged.
     The Homosassa Springs MSA had 33,500 nonfarm jobs in March, an increase of 100 jobs over the month and a decrease of 200 jobs over the year.  
     The April employment report is scheduled to be released on Friday, May 19.


Rep. Neal Dunn
to introduce SEAT Act -

Legislation will prevent airlines
from removing seated passengers

Published April 18, 2017 at 10:27 p.m.
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By Shelby Hodgkins of Rep. Dunn’s Office
U.S. Rep. (Dr.) Neal Dunn, M.D. (R-District 2 Florida) today (Tuesday, April 18) announced he is introducing the Secure Equity in Airline Transportation (SEAT) Act, legislation to prevent airlines from bumping passengers off an over-booked flight if the passenger has already boarded.

     The legislation requires the Secretary of Transportation to revise federal rules governing how airlines treat travelers with confirmed tickets on over-booked flights. Under the SEAT Act, airlines cannot involuntarily remove a person from their seat on an over-booked flight simply to make room for another passenger – airline employee or otherwise.
     “Passengers should have the peace of mind to know they will not be dragged off a plane once they’re in their seat,” Dr. Dunn said. “Americans everywhere were shocked at the treatment of the passenger in Chicago. The SEAT Act will require airlines to sort out over-booking before allowing passengers to board the airplane.”
     The legislation comes after the now infamous case where United Airlines had law enforcement forcibly remove a passenger who had already boarded the plane. In a separate reported incident last week, a seated passenger was allegedly threatened with handcuffs unless he gave up his seat for a “higher priority passenger.”
     The SEAT Act does not impede any airlines’ internal review or conflict with recently announced policy changes, including those that prevent flight crews from displacing seated passengers and restrict employees from using law enforcement to remove passengers. Further, the legislation is tailored to ensure that law enforcement can act to remove a passenger when he or she is a threat to the safety of others.


Commissioner Putnam seeks
nominations for
Woman of the Year in Agriculture

Published April 18, 2017 at 6:17 p.m.
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By Kinley Tuten of Adam Putnam’s Office
Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam is now accepting nominations for the 2017 “Woman of the Year in Agriculture” award.
     Since 1985, the “Woman of the Year in Agriculture” award has recognized women in all areas of the industry who have made outstanding contributions to Florida agriculture. The deadline for submitting nominations is June 1, 2017.
     Nominations may be submitted electronically by accessing the application located on the Woman of the Year in Agriculture page. Nominations may also be sent via U.S. mail or fax to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Director of External Affairs Clay Hollis. Send completed nomination forms to the Florida Department of Agriculture of and Consumer Services, Plaza Level 10, The Capitol, 400 S. Monroe St., Tallahassee, FL 32399-0800; Fax 850-617-7744,
     More information about the “Woman of the Year in Agriculture” award and past award winners can be found by clicking HERE.


Expo and Fly-In attracts
diverse sets of aircraft

USAF pilot trainers Matt Frasse and Conor Murphy flew from Columbus Air Force Base in Mississippi to the Cross City airport to show off the united States Air Force's T-6A trainer used to train rookie pilots.

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By Terry Witt, Senior Staff Writer © April 16, 2017 at 2:57 p.m.
The Dixie County Chamber of Commerce’s Fly-in and Expo attracted hundreds of visitors to the Cross City Airport on Saturday (April 15) to view about 50 aircraft, watch an aerobatic air show, walk through an antique car exhibition and view the crafts and services of people from Dixie County.

     Dixie County Chamber of Commerce President Carol West said the event attracted 84 vendors this year.
     The expo and fly-in began four years ago as a smaller show that has grown into something much bigger, she said. The airport parking lot was filled to capacity.
      “It started as a business expo,” President West said. “There are a lot of things made and services provided in Cross City and we wanted to show them off. The organizers added an air show because the event was taking place at an airport.”
     The air fly-in took place on a portion of the 5,100-foot runway. People were permitted to mingle with the pilots and ask about their background and obtain information about the airplanes.
     United States Air Force trainers Conor Murphy, 29, and Matt Frasse, 25, flew to the show from Columbus Air Force Base in Mississippi. They arrived in T-6A, the airplane used by the Air Force and all the military services to train beginner pilots.
     The T-6A has a jet engine with a propeller. The flight to Cross City took two hours. The airplane can fly at 320 miles per hour and is capable of flying aerobatic maneuvers. The pilots evaluate the rookies they train and rate their flying skills. The most talented flyers are often directed to jet training and later jet fighter training.

Lake City pilot Ron Wilson shows off his experimental Cosy aircraft with rear propulsion. He built the aircraft himself.

John Rivers takes a look at a radio controlled replica of a World War II observation aircraft. The owner, Kenneth Bell, is not shown. He owns 200 radio-controlled aircraft.

     On the private side, Ron Wilson of Lake City brought his experimental aircraft known as a Cosy to the fly-in. The aircraft propeller is at the rear and the plane can fly 1,000 miles at a top speed of 185 miles per hour.
     The Cosy is similar to the plane that crashed and claimed the life of singer John Denver. The singer’s plane was narrower than Wilson’s. Denver was seated in the pilot’s seat, but the passenger area behind him was vacant. Investigators can never be certain what caused the violent crash but they believe Denver may have noticed he was running short of fuel and turned to flick a fuel tank switch, causing the experimental aircraft to dive into Monterey Bay off of the California coast.
     Wilson said he built his aircraft over period of seven years and started flying it in 1999. The airplane has a front passenger seat next to his pilot seat and can accommodate a small passenger or luggage behind him.
      “I love this airplane. The only thing I don’t like about it, is that it takes longer to get into the air,” he said.
     Wilson said the idea of a rear propeller is nothing new. The Wright Brothers, who are credited with successfully flying the first aircraft in the history of aviation, used a rear propeller on their airplane, according to Wilson.
     One of the most popular exhibits at the fly-in was the radio-controlled miniature aircraft operated and exhibited by Kenneth Bell of Fanning Springs. He said his friends got him interested in the hobby and he now has 200 airplanes.
     He said he sometimes is called upon to rescue radio-controlled airplanes from the tops of trees after they crash. He said the boom truck used in his tree service comes in handy for plucking downed aircraft from treetops. He calls his boom trucks “airplane removal trucks.”
      “Since they know I’m into the planes and I have a tree service I get a lot of calls,” Bell said.
     His favorite radio-controlled airplane is the replica of Pawnee crop duster that can fly at 75 miles per hour. The airplane cost him $5,000. The L-4 Grasshopper, a replica of a World War II observation aircraft cost $10,000.
     Resident John Rivers was looking at Bell’s replica of the World War II airplane when he commented about losing his radio controlled aircraft in a tree a day earlier. He said the radio-controlled aircraft made a perfect landing in the treetop and he was able to retrieve it himself.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service pilot and biologist Jim Wortham stands next to a Kodiak aircraft used for low level aerial surveys of wild animals.

     An aircraft used by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service for conducting aerial surveys of wild animals and their habitats captured considerable attention at the fly-in, perhaps because of the large water floats and the sheer size of the aircraft. The massive Kodiak aircraft can fly as slow as 50 knots (57.6 miles per hour) and can land on water.
     Pilot Jim Wortham, a biologist with a Master’s degree in water fowl ecology, said the aircraft is being equipped with vertical cameras that photograph the animals below as he flies over them. He houses the aircraft at the Williston Municipal Airport.
     He said USFWS has 17 professional pilots who hold master’s or doctoral degrees in biology and other sciences. The aircraft is equipped with retractable landing wheels. Wortham said the wheels are pulled up when he is using the floats for a water landing.

CF to offer OSHA, warehouse
and forklift course in May

Published April 15, 2017 at 6:47 a.m.
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     OCALA, Fla. (April 12, 2017) —
The College of Central Florida will offer a Warehouse, Forklift and Occupational Safety and Health Administration training course May 2-13 at its Ocala Campus, 3001 S.W. College Road. 

     “This course is perfect for job seekers interested in working at one of the new distribution centers coming to Ocala such as or AutoZone,” said Bonnie Hays, CF Business and Technology coordinator.
     Students will learn about basic warehouse processes such as shipping and receiving and inventory control systems, basic forklift operations and will receive OSHA 10-hour certification.
     Warehouse process with instructor Mark Davis will be held May 2-4, from 5:30-8:30 p.m.
     Forklift training with instructor B.J. Price will be held May 6 and 13, from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Students must wear long pants and closed-toe shoes for this hands-on instruction. 
     OSHA training with instructor Tony Vazquez will be held May 8-11, from 5:30-8:15 p.m.
     Students will receive a certificate of completion from CF, a forklift certification card, plus an OSHA 10-hour certification card. Cost is $340 per student. Tuition assistance may be available.
     For more information or to register, call Bonnie Hays at 352-854-2322, ext. 1855, or send an email to


SRWMD celebrates
Springs Awareness Month

(From left) Lake City Chamber of Commerce Member Troy Adams, Ichetucknee Partnership TIP Coordinator Abbie Chasteen, Lake City Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Dennille Decker, Lake City Chamber of Commerce President-Elect Mike McKee, Lake City Chamber of Commerce President Brad Wheeler, State Rep. Kathleen Peters (R-St. Petersburg, Dist. 69), State Sen. Robert “Rob” Bradley (R-Orange Park, Dist. 5), State Rep. Charles Wesley "Chuck" Clemons Sr. (R-Jonesville, Dist. 21), The Ichetucknee Partnership mascot Bellamy Beaver, Rep. Elizabeth Porter (R-Lake City, Dist. 10), Florida Department of Environmental Protection Interim Secretary Ryan Matthews, St. Johns Water Management District Executive Director Ann Shortelle, Northwest Florida Water Management District Governing Board Member Jon Costello, and Suwannee River Water Management District Executive Director Noah Valenstein.

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Published April 7, 2017 at 2:27 p.m.
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The Suwannee River Water Management District (District) celebrated the declaration of Springs Awareness for the month of April in Tallahassee this week.

     Under the leadership of Rep. Elizabeth Porter (-Lake City, Dist. 10) and State Sen. Robert “Rob” Bradley (R-Orange Park, Dist. 5), the SRWMD has continued the commitment to the conservation and revitalization of Florida’s springs and natural resources.
     The District is home to the largest number of first-magnitude springs in Florida and the United States, which provide important natural and economic benefits to the area. In fact, 21 of the 33 first-magnitude springs in Florida are located within District boundaries.
     “The springs in our District are the finest in the world,” District Executive Director Noah Valenstein said. “Not only do they support local economies but they are the eyes into the health and sustainability of our aquifer in terms of water quality and quantity.”
     Springs discharge up to 65 million gallons of fresh water per day and are essential for the flow of most rivers within the District. Additionally, springs are estimated to support 1,000 area jobs and generate $95 million annually in economic output.
     Under Gov. Rick Scott, along with support from Rep. Porter and Sen. Bradley, springs have received historic levels of funding – $50 million last year and a recommended $65 million by Gov. Scott for 2017-2018.
     “The District is thankful to Gov. Scott and the legislature for their leadership and support of these irreplaceable resources,” Valenstein said. “We must ensure the springs are protected now and for future generations to enjoy.”
     The mission of the Suwannee River Water Management District is to protect and manage water resources using science-based solutions to support natural systems and the needs of the public.

Readers set new all-time records
Unique Visitors at almost 17,000
Hits at almost 1.25 million

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By Jeff M. Hardison © April 2, 2017 @ 8:37 a.m.

    THE WORLD -- People around the globe set new records for monthly numbers in March for, according to two separate, independent, third party, automated traffic-registering programs -- Google Analytics and cPanel.

     Upon learning of the latest record-setting figures, Jeff Hardison, publisher and sole proprietor of, said that first he is thankful to God for all things.
     Beyond that, he added, he is thankful for the continued growth, which shows a strong base of loyal readers, viewers and listeners as the daily news website moves forward along its seventh year of existence.
     The numbers for March 2017 are shown in the graphic below:

     Hardison, a multiple award-winning daily and weekly newspaper writer and editor, who also now serves people as a publisher and daily news outlet owner, said he is pleased to see more and more individuals visiting the site.
     He is not going the way of newspapers that convert to the web, though, in a couple of manners. First, he does not force people to subscribe to see the site. Second, he gives local advertisers preference in placement on the seven pages of the site.
     The national advertisements will remain on the bottom of the pages, he said, because local advertisers are better served by being on the right side of the pages and in the body of the pages. The ads for four local Chambers of Commerce are at the bottom of the Community Page.
     Following are the figures from the two independent robotic programs for March of 2017.
     The first gauge reflects Unique Visitors. defines unique visitor as "a person who visits a Web site more than once within a specified period of time." Software used for this report can distinguish between visitors who only visit the site once and unique visitors -- who return to the site.
     The unique visitor is different from a site's hits or page views -- which are measured by the number of files that are requested from a site. Unique visitors are measured according to their unique Internet Protocol addresses, which are like online fingerprints, and unique visitors are counted only once no matter how many times they visit the site after they have visited it twice.
March 2017 -- 16,758 (New All-Time Monthly Record)
     The number of visits is as it says. This is the number of times that these visitors came to pages.
March 2017 – 41,249 (New All-Time Monthly Record)
     Pages Viewed shows how many different pages the visitors looked at. This website has the Home Page, Police Page, Calendar Page, Business Page, Community Page, Life Page and the Leisure Page.
March 2017 – 133,215 (New All-Time Monthly Record)

     What is a “hit?” When a viewer looks at a page, there are elements on the page that register a “hit.” For instance, if there are four pictures on a page, then that may equal four “hits.” Like all of the gauges, this is a measure of traffic.
March 2017 – 1,247,331 (New All Time Monthly Record -- almost 1.25 million hits)
     “These figures mean there are more people each day who use as a source for information,” Hardison said. “And they return daily. If your product or service is better than the competitors’ products and services, then you will have better odds of being the manufacturer, farmer or service provider of first choice in any market.” continues to grow in readers, viewers and listeners (yes, the videos have sound). More and more business owners and other individuals are seeing that this is the best site for Levy, Dixie and Gilchrist counties’ daily news.
     This website is the best medium in this market to advertise, which is proved by annual increased revenue even though the price of ads remains stable since the site’s inception. has the Weather Bug on the Home Page for all current weather and forecasting needs, including radar and Weather Alerts. It has columns for quilt reports, Christian devotionals and more. provides state news on the BUSINESS PAGE and other pages on occasion when it is merited. And there have been national and international stories on other pages, including the HOME PAGE and POLICE PAGE.
     The Florida native said his wife is a vital part of the reason for such a high success rate for the website.
     "I can't say enough about my wife Sharon Hardison," Jeff Hardison said. "She does so much for me it is incredible. Sharon is the graphic artist who does most of the ads. She is my bookkeeper who provides information for my accountant Fred Thackrey of Pinellas Park. One thing I need to bring people's attention to is our relatively new archive page. Go to any of the seven pages and find the ad for the archive page and click on it.
     "A new window will open." he continued. "Just go to the month you want and scroll down. If you see a link that looks interesting, click on it. The newest addition is a direct link to all of the videos that have been published. Just go to the area on the page that says CHECK OUT OUR VIDEOS ON ( and click on it. If you see any video you want to watch, click on it.
ADVERTISEMENT KEEPS IT GOING is visible for free to anyone who can see pages on the Internet. Therefore, people all over the world – and in the space station – can view it. This site is subscription-free entirely because of its sponsors. Not only do advertisers help the people in the world (and astronauts in the International Space Station) see Levy, Dixie and Gilchrist counties, but those business interests enjoy the most exposure for the least dollars.
     "We don't put up winky-blinky ads or pop-ups in our local ads," Hardison said. "Our local ads don't move around by the minute. And I promote our local advertisers in other places in addition to" is the best daily news site that covers Levy, Dixie and Gilchrist counties. is the best place to spend dollars on advertising for any person selling anything to the people of the world, because people all over the world look at this site.


66th Annual Florida Beef Cattle
Short Course Is May 3 - 5

The 2017 Florida Beef Cattle Short Course Program Committee and the Department of Animal Sciences would like to welcome you to this year’s Short Course. We look forward to this week every year in anticipation of delivering the premier educational event for serious beef cattle producers in the Southeast. The 2017 Florida Beef Cattle Short Course will be held at the Straughn IFAS Extension Professional Development Center at 2142 Shealy Drive in Gainesville. For additional information, registration, costs and updates on the 66th Annual Florida Beef Cattle Short Course click HERE.
For information or questions concerning livestock in Levy County, please contact Levy County Extension Director Ed Jennings  at 352-486-5131.
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