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  • Community, leaders meet on proposed resource center

    Citizens, elected officials and community leaders of Levy, Gilchrist and Dixie counties met a couple of weeks ago for a visioning session to discuss plans and priorities for the Tri-County Community Resource Center. The Visioning Session was facilitated by national experts from Casey Family Programs.

    The Tri-County Community Resource Center is planned to open in late 2014 in Chiefland. The center will serve residents of Levy, Gilchrist and Dixie counties by providing free services and resources that have been identified by citizens as some of their top needs.

  • Business tax exemption referendum will be on ballot

    By David Pieklik

    Successful economic development takes a variety of factors to come together for a business to decide to locate to or expand in one county over another. Building availability and affordability, having the properly trained workers and a convenient location are all decisive during the site selection process.

    For a community engaged in discussions with a prospective or existing business – whether in a rural or urban setting -- the primary objective remains the same: staying competitive with “the other guy.”

  • Levy DPS organizes regional training

    Thirty-two local and regional firefighters and emergency personnel took part in extrication training sponsored by the Florida Fire Chief’s Association Oct. 11 and 12.

    Levy County Department of Public Safety Director David Knowles got FFCA involved after a request for such services at a recent fire administration meeting. The class was free of charge, thanks to FFCA, as well as several other businesses in the area that supplied lunch and tools.

  • Much ado about road resurfacing

    Never let it be said that Levy County won't look a gift horse in the mouth.

    D.A.B. Constructors Inc., owner Bill Bachschmidt, asked to change the way his company would repave and widen County Road 40 in a way that would take care of a problem with cracks in the road, would cost $6,000 less than his low bid of $1,232,222.22 and would mean the county would get surplus material valued at $175,000.

  • Hotel deal may cost Fanning

    Fanning Springs could be on the hook for $200,000 owed to Mittauer and Associates Engineering for services rendered on the Holiday Inn Express and Dairy Queen development project if things don’t work out.

    Fred Fox of Fred Fox Enterprises said that the city would have that liability to Mittauer for their services up to the point of putting out for bids at an Oct. 15 emergency Fanning Springs city council meeting.

  • Group home for sex offenders, predators causing concern

    A home in East Williston that houses sex offenders and sex predators is causing concern in the community, and Levy County Sheriff Bobby McCallum asked the Levy County Commission to consider legal actions that can be taken to limit such residences. 

  • Cedar Key clear of red tide

    After nearly two months of commercial clam lease closures, red tide has moved out of Cedar Key, according to officials.
    The Florida Fish Wildlife Conservation Commission reported this week that Karenia brevis, the organism responsible for Florida red tide, was not detected in samples taken from Cedar Key.
    Samples were also clear in Dixie, Wakulla, Bay, Gulf and Pasco counties, according to FWC.

  • Agencies working to update flood maps

    State and federal agencies want to overhaul flood maps in Bronson and other areas of Levy County.

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recently gave the Suwannee River Water Management District, which is in charge of permitting and managing most of the water in Levy County, a $627,000 grant to address wrong or missing data in flood maps in the region.

  • Columbus Day protested

    A group that is organizing a petition drive to abolish the Columbus Day holiday set up a protest at the Levy County Courthouse on Monday, Oct. 13 — the federal holiday observed as Columbus Day.

    Dianne Clark helped organize the protest and decorated the float that the three protestors representing a Spanish missionary, Columbus and his crew occupied.

    The float had signs outlining their objections to a holiday that honors a man who brought suffering to Native Americans and other indigenous people in the New World.

  • Car fire training

    A live car fire scenario was staged Tuesday, Oct. 7, by the Levy County Department of Public Safety where members reviewed scene size up, water supply and firefighter safety.

    LCDPS does this type of training six times a month to enhance training and teamwork.