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  • HELPING HANDS: Food Distribution

    There will be a food distribution on Thursday, March 22, between 1-2 p.m. at the Assembly of God church at 1560 N.W. 19th Avenue — Manatee Springs Road. Recipients are asked to bring photo identification and must be Levy County residents.

  • MD-Meds fills a need

    Matt Brooks and Derrick Wise feel they have hit on a business that can help fill a need — mail-order maintenance drugs and medical supplies from verified international pharmacies at lower cost than those offered in the U.S.
    The two Williston entrepreneurs presented their business, MD-Meds of Williston to the Suwannee Valley Rotary Club on March 8.

  • Bembry assesses final year in state House

    GREENVILLE – With the end of the 2012 regular session of the Florida Legislature on March 9, State Rep. Leonard Bembry has completed his last days in the House chamber. After two terms, he has announced he is not seeking re-election to the seat he was first elected in 2008.
    “I am proud of my time here and all I have been able to accomplish this year for the people of North Florida,” said Bembry. “Highest on that list has to be keeping the Jefferson County prison open.”

  • New water partnership hopes for solutions

    Three state agencies saying they want to help solve Florida’s looming water crisis have partnered and are looking for leaders in a number of fields for input.
    Since February, the North Florida Regional Water Supply Partnership has visited nine counties in north Florida with the message that it wants to work together to find a solution.

  • Staff urges commission to keep impact fee

    Chiefland commissioners say they’re unsure about paying thousands of dollars for a study to address city impact fees for new construction.
    According to City Manager Grady Hartzog, the study is required to be done every five years and is meant to re-assess factors such as population size and the value of property and equipment to keep fees lower than costs associated with improvements needed as a result of new construction.
    The impact fees help fund various city departments, including police and fire.

  • Commission votes in favor of strays

    Owners of lost or runaway pets in Chiefland will now get a few more days to recover their animals from the city’s pound.
    Commissioners voted unanimously Monday night to extend the city’s stray dog and cat holding times by another two days.
    “I just feel like we should give them as much time to locate their animals as possible,” Vice-Mayor Teresa Barron said, adding that animals sometimes get loose when caretakers are out of town.

  • Inglis residents vote to keep police

    BY Cathy Kapulka

    Correspondent

    INGLIS — Voters headed to Inglis Town Hall on Tuesday and voted “no” on the heated issue to disband the Inglis Police Department.
    The issue, which has disrupted the quiet town, was voted down by a count of 273 to 234 votes.

  • Levy jobless rate in January: 10.5

    If history is to be believed, the unemployment figures for Levy County have not been this good since early 2009 when they started climbing, and again in April 2011 when they started trending down from 12 percent mark to January's 10.5 percent.
    Levy County's jobless rate for January, which was released by the state on Tuesday, was 10.5 percent, down from December's revised 10.6 percent rate. The last time it was 10.5 percent was April 2011 and February 2009.

  • Girl Scout Cookie Week

    Girl Scout cookies were hot sellers in Chiefland on Saturday as sales spots could be found at Walmart, Winn Dixie and the old Sunoco station at the intersection of U.S. Highway 19 and Manatee Springs Road. Sadie Lastra, right and Kali Roberts with Ambassador Troop 48 were working to win drivers' attention to sell the enormous supply of cookies at $4 per box.

  • State warns consumers about unclaimed property scam

    TALLAHASSEE — Florida’s Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater today warned consumers about an emerging scam related to the retrieval of unclaimed property.  A company calling themselves The Florida Department of Financial Restitution has been contacting consumers claiming to be on contract with CFO Atwater’s Department of Financial Services and offering to reunite them with unclaimed property for an upfront fee of $600.