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Local News

  • Levy County, regional unemployment drops

    The news on local employment has not been this good for more than three years: Unemployment for the three-county region of Levy, Marion and Citrus was 10.1 percent in March.
    Last time it was that low was December 2008 when it was 10 percent. For Levy County, the news is especially sweet as unemployment dropped from 10.1 percent in February to 9.4 percent in March.
    Neighboring Marion was at 10.3 and Citrus was 10.1.The last time unemployment in Levy County was this low was in December 2008 when it was 9.2 percent.

  • Weekend promises to be busy with bull bash, kayak race

    AMVETS Post 88 of Bronson will host the 35th Annual Wild Hog Canoe & Kayak Race on Saturday, April 28. The race begins at 8 a.m. on State Road 24 at the Waccasassa Bridge two miles east of Otter Creek.
    All proceeds go to the Levy ARC.
    This year's race features categories for kayak or canoe, and kayakers can now participate in the women’s division of the 55+ senior division. Race fee is $30 for kayaks.

  • Democrats to meet in Bronson, Tuesday, April 24

     

    On Tuesday, April 24, the Levy County Democratic Committee will hold a meeting at the Bronson Restaurant at 6 p.m.

  • 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.