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  • 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.

  • Volunteer firefighter charged with arson

    Just as the state was getting ready to kick off Wildfire Awareness Week, a Levy County volunteer firefighter was arrested on arson charges.
    Michael Joseph Chenier, 24, of Morriston, and a member of the Morriston-Montbrook Volunteer Fire Department was arrested at about 1 a.m. on Saturday, April 7, and charged with arson in attempting to start two fires in the area of State Road 121 and County Road 337. His bond is $20,000.

  • City recycling program kaput

    Chiefland commissioners voted unanimously Monday night to end the city's recycling program after reviewing the results of a city-wide survey that shows residents unwilling to pay for the service.
    "Based on the response of the customers, I would say we should not do this," Mayor Teal Pomeroy said.

  • Synthetic drugs disappear from Chiefland shelves

    No more Mr. Nice Guy, Scooby Snax, Mad Hatter, Cloud 9 or Kool Beanz are to be found in Chiefland.
    The city Police Department went on a roundup on April 2 cleaning hundreds of packets, envelopes and containers of products labeled bath salts, incense, spice, K2 and synthetic cannabis from convenience stores shelves or requiring sellers to return the products to wholesalers.

  • Reward for info on copper thefts from farms

    A $500 reward is being offered by the Levy County Sheriff's Office for information that leads to an arrest in the theft of copper wire from irrigation pivots on farms in the county.
    The sheriff's office has seen an increase in copper wire thefts with Lt. Shawn Hunt, commander of the Ag/Marine Unit, investigating five copper wire thefts from irrigation pivots in March. The thefts have occurred in the Williston and Chiefland areas and most likely are occurring at night time.

  • Meeks announces for county commission

    Citizens and friends of Levy County, my name is John Meeks and I wish to represent you as your next District 1 County Commissioner.  After a lot of prayer and discussion with my immediate family I decided to pursue my lifelong goal to represent the people of Levy County.  

  • Ag agency tips for protecting homes in wildfire season

    Tallahassee – The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Florida Forest Service offered five tips to help Floridians protect themselves against the dangers of wildfire. Wildfire Awareness Week, which recognizes the wildfires that raged through Florida in 1998, burning more than 500,000 acres and damaging or destroying 337 homes and other structures, is April 8-14.

  • Chief judge steps down

    The chief judge of the 8th Judicial Circuit, which includes Levy County, has stepped down from the post a year before her term is up and will remain a circuit judge.
    Circuit Judge Robert E. Roundtree Jr., who hears civil, probate, extraordinary writs, family, domestic violence and mental health cases in Levy and Gilchrist counties, has been elected chief judge by his fellow circuit judges. His term runs from April 5 through June 30, 2013. He has been on the bench since 2002 and holds a law degree from Florida State University.

  • Scott signs road bill

    Gov. Rick Scott signed a bill Friday that will name three different sections of Levy County roads for residents who died in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. Now the state Department of Transportation will be creating the signs to designate the roads and setting official dedication dates.
    The bill, sponsored by state Rep. Leonard Bembry (D-Madison), was unanimously approved  by the Florida Legislature during the session that ended on March 9.
    To be honored with road designations are:

  • Kickin’ the tires

       Members of Chiefland Fire Rescue and the Chiefland City Commission stand Monday evening in front of the city’s newest addition to the fire department, a refurbished KME Renegade Pumper. CFR Chief James Harris, during the commission meeting, thanked all who helped put the “new, old” fire truck back in tip-top shape. Most of the work was done by CFR. It took them 53 days.
       A plaque was fixed to the side of the truck Monday night in honor of the citizens of Chiefland and for everyone who volunteered time on the truck.