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  • County contests $990,000 Medicaid bill

    Levy County will join other counties and the Florida Association of Counties in challenging the new law that allows the state to take money to pay Medicaid bills out of state tax collections before they are sent on to the counties and to bill for 10 years of contested bills.
    The County Commissioners unanimously approved spending $1,000 to join the lawsuit.
    The Legislature passed House Bill 5301 which changes the way the state collects on Medicaid bills. Gov. Rick Scott signed the bill into law on March 23.

  • Groundwater levels continue to plummet

    While scientists, policy makers and stakeholders alike disagree on how to address the issue of Florida’s water, one thing is certain: It continues to become less available.
    Drought is part of the problem. The Suwannee River Water Management District, which manages 14 counties in Northern Florida, reports an overall rainfall deficit of about 16 inches for the last year, which, from April to March, has been the “driest April March period since 1932.”

  • Local concerns addressed by state school rep

    In effort to communicate sweeping reforms in state education, Florida Department of Education Chancellor Pam Stewart spoke with county academic officials and educators at an open house on April 11.
    The meeting, held at the county academic administration offices in Bronson, presented a forum for questions and concerns about the changes.

  • Two big outdoors events Saturday

    There are two big events Saturday that should draw Chiefland residents to the outdoors and show off our best resources.
    At 8 a.m. the Cycle for Education bicycle ride registers riders for a leisurely trip on the Greenway trail to raise money for classroom needs for the Levy County Schools Foundation. The ride ends in time for a quick lunch.

  • Council considers running kids league

    The Bronson Youth League is in sad shape, according to Bronson Council members and area resident Charlie Kennedy.
    Kennedy spoke at Monday night's council meeting, explaining his concern for what he called poor leadership on behalf of the league.
    "We need to hold people accountable for their jobs," Kennedy said. "Right now, we have very little accountability."

  • Four arrested in farm copper thefts

    The arrest of four men has solved a recent rash of copper wiring thefts from rotary irrigation sprayers on Levy County farms, according to a Levy County Sheriff's Office press release.
    Robert Carter, Christopher Chapin, James Perry and Darren Reese were arrested April 10 on multiple felony charges by Sheriff's Det. Roger Bell.

  • CF Levy Center hosts Night Out

    The College of Central Florida is sponsoring Chiefland Night Out Friday, April 27, 5-7 p.m.
       The free event will be held at the Trailhead Depot office of the Greater Chiefland Area Chamber of Commerce, 23 S.E. Second Ave., Chiefland. The event brings families together with local agencies to learn about safety while having fun. There will be games and prizes for children under 16.
       For more information about the event, contact Kat Davis at 352-493-9533 or davisk@cf.edu. To learn more about CF, visit www.CF.edu.

  • I-75 Newberry exit closing rescheduled

    I-75 and Newberry Road (Exit 387) ramp closure rescheduled
    Both northbound and southbound exit ramps now scheduled for closure
     
    Gainesville – The closure of the Interstate 75 southbound ramp onto Newberry Road (Exit 387) in Gainesville which was scheduled for Tuesday night has been rescheduled to Wednesday night while the northbound exit ramp will be closed Tuesday night for paving, according to the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT).

  • FDOT Road and Lane Closures through April 20

    The following is a list of roadwork underway by the FDOT that may impact traffic.

    ALACHUA COUNTY:

  • Tax change could save money for Florida’s adoptive parents

    By Stephanie Carroll Carson
    Florida News Connection
    TALLAHASSEE, — The Affordable Care Act has affected more than health care: it has also changed what adoptive parents can claim on their income tax returns. Parents' tax credit for adoption-related expenses has gone from being a non-refundable tax credit, to a refundable one.