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Columns

  • Florida’s harassing telephone call statute

    M. T. of Fowler’s Bluff asks, “I have an ex-boyfriend who is so angry at me because I broke up with him, and put him out of my house, that he keeps calling me and calling me and won’t stop. He leaves nasty messages on my answer machine, too. Is there anything I can do to stop him?”

    Dear M.T.:

  • Serving wounded warriors and their survivors

    By Kay Louder
    Social Security District Manager, Gainesville, Fl

    It’s an American tradition to pay tribute to the men and women of the Armed Forces each Memorial Day — especially honoring those who have made the ultimate sacrifice while serving our country.

  • Pet therapy brings smiles to patients

    By  Koertni Blackketter
    Special to the Citizen
    The joy that a pet can bring is unlike any other. However, there comes a time in everyone’s life when having a pet is no longer a feasible option. Because of this, Haven Hospice has created a pet therapy program. Through this program, inpatients are still able to experience the joy that only a pet can bring.

  • Today in Levy County History: Civil War shipwrecks, sailors in Florida

    By Toni C. Collins
    Levy County Historian
    “Ships, Sailors and Shipwrecks of Civil War Florida” is the theme of the current exhibit at the Museum of Florida History in Tallahassee. Visitors are offered a glimpse into several aspects of the war previously undocumented. The exhibit contains a collection of artifacts recovered from Florida wrecks and also the items on loan from the Smithsonian Institution and Florida Division of Historical Resources.

  • Today in Levy County History:Yacht to patrol the west coast

    By Toni C. Collins
    Levy County Historian
    Marine Hospital to Inaugurate a new service
    August 25, 1899 - Tampa Tribune

    Tampa is be the headquarters for a thorough quarantine patrol, which the Marine Hospital Services has decided to inaugurate along the west coast of Florida from Key West to Cedar Key. The vessel BRATTON will be on station to intercept fishing vessels from Cuba to prevent the introduction of yellow fever into Florida.

  • Social Security questions and answers

    By Kay Louder
    Social Security District Manager, Gainesville
    Question:
    Do Members of Congress have to pay into Social Security?
    Answer:

    Yes, they do. Members of Congress, the President and Vice President, federal judges, and most political appointees, have paid taxes into the Social Security program since January 1984. They pay into the system just like everyone else, no matter how long they have been in office. Learn more about Social Security benefits at www.socialsecurity.gov.

  • Why young workers should care about Social Security

    By Kay Louder
    Social Security District Manager, Gainesville

    Summer will be here before we know it. That means millions of high school and college students will be searching for jobs. Whether a new worker is beginning the career of a lifetime or just earning some extra money for the school year to come, there is one question that is likely to be on each new worker’s mind when they see their first pay stub: Where’s the rest of my money?

  • Earth Day and our very small planet

  • Today in Levy History: Two moonshine stills destroyed in Levy County

    By Toni C. Collins
    Levy County Historian
    In December 1955, a local newspaper carried a news article about two moonshine stills in Levy County being destroyed by state and federal agents of the Beverage Department.
    One of the stills was located about two miles east of Inglis on County Road 40. It consisted of eight barrels, a 100-gallon pot and was capable of producing 16 five-gallon jugs a week. One International one-ton truck was confiscated.

  • Small island – long history

    By TONI C. COLLINS