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  • Inglis, Yankeetown prepare for expected flooding

    By Mike Wright

  • Why FEMA is not here, yet

     

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    If you suffered damage when Hurricane Hermine swept by on Sept. 1 and are wondering why FEMA has not shown up to stroke a check it is not going to happen.

    FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, doers not do things that way any longer. Since 2002 there has been a federal law setting in place a process for obtaining federal aid.

  • County ups property tax to 2005 level

    The Levy County Commission has given final approval to 9 mills, but not after excoriating the County Clerk Danny Shipp who did not attend Monday’s public hearing, but instead sent an assistant to make an 11th hour request to cover pay raises for non-court employees and an expected employee insurance premium hike.

    And it did not stop with the public hearing as the commissioners turned up the heat in their regular meeting asking for responses to their requests for information on a new internet provider agreement. And mocking his absence through most of the meeting.

  • 'It looked like a war zone'

    By Michael Bates

    Tuesday in the middle of his living room at his Yankeetown home — what’s left of it, that is.

    Twenty-seven inches of water swept through Ralph Dixon’s home in Hurricane Hermine, destroying furniture, lamps, kitchen utensils and other items that make up a life.

    It’s hot in the living room. The air condition and power are out. Dixon, 84, sweated while he packed up what was salvageable. What can be saved will be put inside a portable storage unit he had delivered and placed in his driveway.

  • Hermine was wet 'n' wild

    The average rainfall in the Suwannee River Water Management district may have been 3 inches below the normal 4.75 inches, but that was cured by Hurricane Hermine as coastal counties like Levy were innundated with heavy rainfall.

    The long-term average August rainfall is 7.47 inches with some areas in the northwest and east parts of the District received less than 2 inches in August.

    That all changed between Aug. 31 to Sept. 5.

  • County keeps assessments same

    A strange thing happened at a Levy County Commission meeting on emergency medical, fire, solid waste and road assessments: commissioners reported they did not receive one call protesting the assessment. The commission office reported they did not get any calls.

    And the lone county resident attending the second and final hearing on the assessments, which keeps them at the same level for the fifth year in a row, did not protest them.

  • City wants residents to flush more

    The City Commission gave first approval to the budget for the coming year, a capital improvement plan for the next five years and a 6 mill property tax for this year.

    In its Monday meeting the tentative approval will go for a second vote on Sept. 25.

  • Constitution Week begins Saturday

    For 60 years Americans have formally recognized Constitution Week during the week of Sept. 17-23 due to the efforts of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

    Signed into law by President Dwight D. Eisenhower Aug. 2, 1956, the public law celebrates the law of the land, adopted in September 1787 and ratified in June 1788.

    Last week, Bobbie Smith asked Williston City Council to join in the celebration for the Constitution by proclaiming Constitution Week and encouraging residents to become more familiar with the document.

  • Chiefland Haunted House opens Oct. 14

    The Chiefland Police Department, the Chiefland and Suwannee Valley Rotary Clubs and Levy County IAFF Local 4069 are joining together to open the Chiefland Haunted House on Oct. 14 at the old Central Florida Electric Cooperative warehouse.

    The CPD usually has a Halloween event on the city's trick-or-treat night but due to the excellent turn out last year, the officers decided the city needed a better, bigger experience.

    The event os moving to the now-vacant CFEC warehouse at 1125 Northwest 11th Ave., off U.S Highway 19 in Chiefland behind Hardee's.

  • Levy panel meets to prep for disaster

    The Levy County Local Mitigation Strategy Planning Committee/Work Group will meet at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 22, at the Levy County Emergency Operations Center located at 7911 N.E. 90th St., Bronson.

    Officials are encouraging any interested citizens and business owners to attend and provide input.