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Published: Friday, January 7, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 7, 2005 at 12:45 a.m.

Low-cost pet vaccines to be offered in Levy

  • Low-cost pet vaccines will be available Saturday from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in Bronson at the Levy County Animal Services Shelter.
    Single vaccines for dogs and cats start at $7 for rabies and special kitten, puppy, dog and cat vaccination packs range from $31 to $62. The rabies vaccine for ferrets costs $10.
    A state licensed veterinarian and technicians come to the shelter at 12051 NE 69th Lane in Bronson to administer the vaccines.
    The shelter requests that cats and ferrets be in carriers and that all dogs be on leashes.
    Low-cost pet vaccinations are made available once a month. Animal services will be doing dog and cat adoptions during the clinic for those looking to adopt a companion. For more information call 486-5138.
    - Melanie Marquez

    Rapper Snoop Dogg set to perform at UF

  • Hip-hop superstar Snoop Dogg has been confirmed for a Feb. 4 performance at the O'Connell Center, and tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. today.
    The rapper, whose latest disc,"R&G (Rhythm & Gangsta): The Masterpiece," is No. 11 on the Billboard album charts, has also performed in many movies, television shows and commercials. His latest single, "Drop It Like It's Hot" featuring Pharrell, is No. 2 in Billboard's hip-hop singles chart and has been nominated for a Grammy Award. Tickets are $27 for the general public and $17 for UF students. They are available at the University Box Office and TicketMaster outlets.
    - Sun staff report

    Star-Banner editor submits resignation

  • OCALA - Star-Banner newspaper Executive Editor Cherie Beers, who guided the paper's news operation for the past five years, resigned Thursday, saying she wanted to become more involved in the community.
    Beers tendered her resignation Thursday morning to Publisher Bruce Gaultney.
    In stepping down, Beers said she had long been unable to explore her passions for public service because her position as a journalist required her to maintain a neutral role in so many community matters.
    "For 25 years - 23 at the Star-Banner - my job has been to be an observer," Beers said Thursday.
    "As this year starts, I believe it's time for me to become a participant in the community," she said.
    She said she was especially interested in working with Community With a Heart, the Star-Banner's annual campaign to help the needy who fall between the cracks of existing services.
    - Ocala Star-Banner

    Suspect wins bond, but not likely to be out soon

  • MIAMI - A judge Thursday set $150,000 bond for Geralyn Graham on kidnapping and aggravated child abuse charges in the disappearance of Rilya Wilson nearly five years ago.
    But Graham is unlikely to leave prison. She's serving a five-year prison sentence for motor vehicle license fraud that ends May 2006.
    Graham will likely be tried on the kidnapping and child abuse charges, which could bring a life sentenced if convicted, before her release. That trial now is scheduled for April.
    Graham also faces federal Social Security fraud charges, which are on hold until all the state cases are resolved.
    - The Associated Press
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