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  • Animal services gains new powers

    Animal owners who neglect, mistreat or cannot provide adequate care for their animals could find themselves in Levy County Court where the judge could order Levy County Animal Services to remove the animals from their custody

    In two unanimous votes the Levy County Commission approved:

    • a change to the job duties of animal services workers to include investigation of violations of the state's animal cruelty law and

  • A pigskin reminder: it’s time to donate blood

    With summer vacations now behind us and the biggest season of all underway – football season – it’s a good time to think about donating blood.

    During the summer, when school is out and student numbers drop on university campuses, the blood supply takes an annual dip as well. Now, with students back and vacations over, donors are needed to rebuild the community blood supply.

  • Duke auction yields bargains for Levy County

    The Levy County Department of Public Safety (LCDPS) won three bids at a recent auction for items from the Duke Energy Nuclear Power Plant:

    • $15,000 - One (1) 2012 breathing air trailer system (valued at $150,000)

    • $300 - One (1) Clow Corp fire hydrant (valued at $1,500)

    • $300 - Two (2) Clow Corp fire hydrants (valued at $1,500 each)

  • Deadlines loom for Fanning hotel project

    Plans are coming down to the wire for the Fanning Springs’ Holiday Inn Express and Dairy Queen development project.

    “We need this application out the door by the end of the month,” said grants administrator Fred Fox at Fanning Springs’ city council meeting last Thursday. The state has to have all the money obligated by Dec. 12, he said.

  • Msg to Chiefland: You pay the bill

    Memo from the Levy County Commission to the City of Chiefland: Nothing is free.

    And while you are at it, could you explain how, if you cannot afford to pay for an $11,000 study on how allowing the city to provide Advanced Life Support (ALSnt) non-transport service would affect the county's EMS assessment, how will you pay the $250,000 a year it takes to operate ALSnt service?

  • Commission won't fund ALS study

    The Levy County Commission voted 4-1, with Commissioner Chad Johnson of Chiefland voting no, to deny helping Chiefland fund a study of the assessment program as part of the city's request to operate an ALS non-transport service.

    The city had asked the county to share part of the $11,000 cost and to allow the city to make monthly payments for the study. But the commissioners, saying the city was showing it is not able to afford the $250,000 per year service if it cannot fund an $11,000 study, voted to deny the request.

  • Miami patient tests negative for Ebola in preliminary test

    Tallahassee — A Miami patient who was tested for Ebola on Sunday was negative in a preliminary test and a second patient in Sarasota, who traveled to West Africa, was also tested, by the Florida Department of Health (DOH), the Joint Information Center announced on Monday.

    In following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) protocol, another sample from the Miami patient was sent to the CDC's Atlanta lab for confirmation of this negative result. The CDC's results are expected on Wednesday.

  • Missing man located

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office reports that the missing man from Inglis has been located.



    is seeking the public’s assistance in locating Arnold Dean Fahr. Mr. Fahr is described as a white male, 78 years old.  He is partially bald and has gray hair and wears glasses.  Mr. Fahr also wears a prosthetic leg. 

  • Chiefland veteran keynote speaker on 'The Peublo Incident'

    The U.S.S. Pueblo was masquerading as a scientific research vessel off the coast of North Korea when enemy forces determined the ship was of interest, sending  a small fleet of boats to corral its crew of 81 officers and enlisted men.
    That was 1968, and the enemy had good reason to be suspicious. The Pueblo was a U.S. Navy surveillance ship, loaded down with the most high-tech spy equipment of the day, as well as a good deal of intelligence.

  • Dean appears before commission on Duke metering

    Senator Charles Dean (R-Inverness) appeared last week before the Florida Public Service Commission’s special meeting to address the Duke Energy Meter Rerouting issue.  Dean had concerns over the issue.

    “This is a very important issue, one I have heard much about from my constituents, and I wanted to make sure to bring their concerns to the Public Service Commission,” Dean said.