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  • Good NewsLevy unemployment rate down

    The news was good for job seekers in Levy County in March as the jobless rate dropped to 13.5 percent, down from February's rate of 14.2 percent.

    That means out of 16,633 people in the civilian labor force, 14,390 were employed and 2,243 were unemployed.

    It's the first good news on the county's job front since October 2009 when the rate was 12.4 percent. The county's unemployment rate has sat stubbornly above 12 percent since July 2009.

  • Parker spared prison time

     Suspended Levy County Commissioner Tony Parker was sentenced to six months house arrest, five years probation and 500 hours of community service on Wednesday afternoon by Federal Chief District Judge Stephan P. Mickle.

    Parker, along with Commission Chair Sammy Yearty was convicted of soliciting and accepting a $10,000 bribe from an undercover FBI agent posing as a developer. Yearty was also convicted of lying to the FBI during an interview and will be sentenced  on May 5.

  • Florida passed over in Race to the Top money

    Florida was denied funds from the Race to the Top program last week, a $4.35 billion fund designed to change how school districts pay and evaluate teachers.

    Race to the Top is a main component of President Barack Obama's education agenda. Florida was considered a heavy favorite to receive a share of the fund. The state asked for more than $1 billion.

    Instead, the first two recipients of Race to the Top money will be Delaware and Tennessee.

  • South county citizens fail to win appointment

    Citizens from south Levy County turned out in force to support County Commissioner Marsha Drew of Yankeetown in her quest to replace Planning Commissioner Thad Barber with her own appointee, but while they packed the meeting room, the move failed.

    The action — which drew acrimonious comments from the delegation of about 20 people — came during the Board of County Commissioners Tuesday morning at the Levy County Courthouse. Also in attendance were Planning commissioners Toni Collins of Camp Azalea and Ron Grant of Williston.

  • City comp plan and fire budget put on back burner

    The city commission just scratched the surface of Monday night's agenda, ending the meeting in about 20 minutes.

    The first item was a first reading of revisions made to the city's new comprehensive plan, which recently came back from the Florida Department of Community Affairs with several objections.  The plan was submitted to FDCA last year.

  • Help wanted: 2010 Census

    Certain areas of Levy County are still short of applicants to work as Census Workers next month. 

    This means that folks seeking work still have an opportunity to apply for the well-paid temporary positions.  With no time clock to punch and choosing when you want to work, these jobs offer flexibility.

    Since there is no office to report to, both mileage reimbursement at 50 cents per mile and the hourly wage of $11.25 is paid from your driveway back to your driveway. 

  • Bronson pursues federal stimulus funds

    The Town of Bronson gave the green light to Mittauer and Associates to prepare a Preliminary Engineering Report and environmental study on the wastewater treatment plant – necessary actions if the town wants to apply for federal stimulus dollars through the USDA’s Rural Development Agency.

  • Sentencing delayed for Parker

    The sentencing of convicted Levy County Commissioner Tony Parker of Bronson has been delayed from April 5 to 10 a.m. April 14 to give his attorney more time to prepare for the sentencing hearing.

    Parker was convicted on Dec. 5, 2009, along with Commission Chair Sammy Yearty of Gulf Hammock of soliciting and accepting a bribe from an undercover FBI agent posing as a developer.

  • Breaking NewsParker's sentencing delayed

    Convicted Levy County commissioner Tony Parker's sentencing has been delayed from 1 p.m. today until April 14. Parker was convicted in December, along with Commissioner Sammy Yearty, of soliciting and accepting a bribe from an undercover agent. More details in Thursday's Chiefland Citizen.

  • Gilchrist contestants triumph at fair’s steer show

    Gilchrist County ruled Tuesday during the Market Steer Show at the Suwannee River Youth Livestock Show and Sale in Fanning Springs.

    Alyssa Hodge, of Bell Senior FFA, won the grand champion award with 1,345-pound, Class 7 steer. Josh Matthews-Leverette, of Trenton Senior FFA, was selected as the grand reserve champion with a 1,290-pound Class 6 steer.