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  • County decides on paid holidays

    The Levy County Commission has approved the schedule of 11 paid holidays that county workers will have in 2016.

    County workers have 11 paid holidays this year with an additional floating personal day. County Coordinator Fred Moody said the schedule was coordinated, as always, in cooperation with the 8th Judicial Circuit court holiday schedule. The county will observe all of the court holidays except two: Rosh Hashanah on Monday, Oct. 3, and Yom Kippur on Wednesday, Oct. 12.

    In 2016 workers will have the following days:

  • New jobs bother union

    An officer in the Levy County firefighters union has complained about six new lieutenant positions being created in the Department of Public Safety, saying the union wants to cover those positions in its contract. International Association of Fire Fighters Local 4069 represents and is engaged with the county in contract talks on emergency medical technicians, paramedics and paid firefighters,

  • Archaeology adventures at the library

    Nigel Rudolph and Paula Specht with the Florida Public Archaeology Network central region based out of Crystal River gave a presentation on archaeology as part of the summer reading program at the Luther Callaway Public Library on Friday, Aug. 21.

    They told the children present how archaeologists look at artifacts to get clues to understand what was going on in the past. Most of the pieces of stone, shell and broken pottery they recover are found by digging in what were garbage piles of native Americans.

  • Sheriff works to keep students safe

       Operation School Safe Start was under way for the Levy County Sheriff's Office on Monday morning, the day that marked the end of summer vacation and the beginning of a new school year for Levy County students.

       "It's a big first day for everybody," Sgt. Max Long said at his post at Chiefland Elementary School on Monday morning. Their goal, he said, was to keep things running smoothly and keep parents at ease while showing their support for the community.

  • County expanding rock pit

    Levy County is expanding its operations at its Gulf Hammock limerock mining operation leasing an additional 61.26 acres of land from Plum Creek Timberlands, L.P., and the deal includes a provision to pay for 7.2 acres of land in Inglis that the county has been using for free.

    The deal was unanimously approved by the Levy County Commission on Tuesday, Aug. 17.

    “This lease is where we mine our own aggregate,” County Coordinator Fred Moody said in presenting the two land deals to the commission.

  • CFEC will issue credits in September

    Central Florida Electric Cooperative, Inc.’s Board of Trustees approved a general refund of capital credits for the year 1987. These refunds are scheduled to be paid to members in September. Members receiving $10 or greater will be mailed a check, while active members receiving less than $10 will be given a credit on their account.

  • Unwanted, lost animals crushing animal shelter

    Levy County’s human population was 40,801 in 2010 according to the U.S. Census. And while no census is taken of our pets, according to a calculator on the American Veterinary Association website, that means an estimated 5,728 households own 9,165 dogs and 4,771 households own 10,012 cats.

  • Meeting the community's needs

    The Potter's House Back to School Bash aims to give a little more than just the physical necessities.

    "We give away a little something extra – the word of God," Pastor Tawanna Lumpkin, who goes by "Pastor T", said at the event. The Potter's House is located in South Chiefland.

    The bash featured live entertainment, a bounce house for the kids to play on, Sno-Kones, food, clothes and backpack giveaways.

    Lumpkin said they strive to impact the community by meeting the needs of the community.

  • Chiefland works to speed hospital review along

    A work authorization for David H. Melvin, Inc. Consulting Engineers on the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Economic Development (ED) grant to gather the information for the environmental review of the hospital property for the state application was added to the City of Chiefland's agenda Monday night because it is time sensitive. The engineers were hired by the city as the consultant for the ED grant.

    The city is still waiting to hear from the state on whether or not it will speed up the environmental review process from the new time frame of up to six months.

  • County swaps around funds to pay for ambulance

    It was starting to look like the walnut and pea game at the Levy County Commission on Tuesday but it was not sleight of hand as officials discussed replacing an ambulance totaled in a head-on collision in July.