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  • More in Levy looking for jobs

    Levy County's unemployment rate for August nudged up to 13.6 percent, meaning 2,227 residents were out of work out of a workforce of 16,399 people. That's up from from 2,190 in July, when there were 16,322 people in the county's workforce.
    But the county is not alone as Workforce Connection reported that the Levy-Citrus-Marion counties area it serves posted a 14.2 percent unemployment rate, up .3 percent from July and a full percentage point higher than the same time last year.

  • Funeral Saturday for local soldier killed in Afghanistan

    Visitation is from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 10, for Pfc. James Anthony Page, killed during a roadside attack on Aug. 31 in Logar Providence, Afghanistan. He was one of four to die in the attack, according to the U.S. Department of Defense.

  • Funeral Saturday for local soldier killed in Afghanistan

    Visitation is from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 10, for Pfc. James Anthony Page, killed during a roadside attack on Aug. 31 in Logar Providence, Afghanistan. He was one of four to die in the attack, according to the U.S. Department of Defense.

    Page, whose body arrived at Gainseville from Dover Air Force Base on Thursday evening, will be remembered in funeral services at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 11 at Knauff Funeral Home in Williston. Pastor Keith Stewart will be officiating.

  • School board sets millage and budget

    The School Board of Levy County on Tuesday approved its millage rate and budget for the 2010-2011 school year.

    During its bimonthly meeting in Bronson, the board unanimously approved a millage rate of 7.653, which includes an additional quarter mill that will bring in an estimated $767,000 in funds for discretionary critical needs.

    The quarter mill estimate includes a percentage contribution from the state, determined by the district’s full time enrollment of students.

  • Commissioner Lilly Rooks announces candidacy for District 4

    Lilly Rooks will be the first to tell you that she welcomes the challenges she faces every day serving as the “Voice” for the people of Levy County.  Her job as a County Commissioner involve long hours, frequent telephone calls, and many meetings.

    Rooks makes herself available to the people.  She appreciates your phone calls, your ideas, and your opinions.  Rooks is grateful for the warm reception she has received as you have welcomed her into your homes.  Your input has guided her in making the right decisions for our county.

  • Friction on county commission out in open

    The friction that has simmered among the Board of County Commissioners became a matter of record Tuesday during the regular meeting when Commissioner Marsha Drew of Yankeetown expressed her unhappiness with county employees.

    The once unanimous board has been splitting on votes, including a 2-2 tie on Tuesday that had to be broken by Commission Chair Nancy Bell. On more than one occasion a motion has failed for lack of a second, something that was unusual just two years ago.

  • Fanning considers using treated wastewater on area farms

    A plan to deliver recycled water to nearby farms is being proposed as part of the town of Fanning Spring’s future wastewater treatment facility, according to a representative from the Suwannee River Water Management District.

    John Dinges, director of Water Supply and Resource Management with SRWMD, said at the Fanning and Manatee Springs Working Group meeting at Fanning Springs City Hall Aug. 26 that the town has already applied for a permit with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

  • Officials discuss vision of Bronson

    All eyes were on Bronson last Thursday as the town played host to a contingent of representatives from the USDA Rural Development, county and state officials who gathered to hear the town fathers’ vision for the future.

    About 40 people participated in the 2010 Visioning Day, which included a two-hour bus tour of the town and presentations by the mayor and city council to the USDA representatives.

  • Spring project aims at manatee conservation

    Fanning Springs State Park will be getting a small makeover in a couple of years that could make it easier for wildlife to use the spring, according to representatives from Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

    “It’s a small project, but we’re really excited about getting this done,” FWC biologist Ron Mezich said  at the quarterly meeting of the Fanning and Manatee Springs Working Group at Fanning Springs City Hall on Aug. 26.

  • County gets final budget from sheriff

    Levy County Sheriff Johnny Smith came bearing a gift that made most everyone happy at Tuesday's Levy County Commission budget meeting: his final budget proposal for the fiscal year starting Oct. 1 at $10,831,058.

    He also announced that his office has cut the budget for the current fiscal year by $256,496.

    "We have no extras to purchase anything," Smith said. "And there is no contingency money." He said if the county experiences a disaster he will be back before the board asking for more money.