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  • Tourism summit focuses on hospitality

    About 120 visitors showed up Tuesday in Trenton at the 6th Annual Pure Water Wilderness Tourism Summit.
    “There was more of a positive response," said Donna Creamer, executive director of Pure Water Wilderness, after the event. "There was more cooperation."
    Creamer said the event, which focused on hospitality and customer service, had one of the biggest turnouts yet, something she attributed to the day's topic.

  • CK Chamber holds auction

    The Cedar Key Chamber of Commerce will host its annual Labor Day weekend Auction Sunday, Sept. 4 at 1 p.m. at the historic Island Hotel on 2nd Street.
    Auction-goers will find great deals on lodging, dining, fishing, fine art, gifts, fresh clams and more. This is the group's largest fundraiser of the year to support its welcome center.
    The auction will have a wide art selection from local artists, including original paintings by Mike Segal of Chiefland. Other artwork includes framed prints, wood carvings, glass, paintings, bags and more.

  • Chamber honors top businesses Tuesday

    The Greater Chiefland Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its Business of the Year banquet Tuesday, Sept. 13, in conjunction with the state's 28th Annual Industry Appreciation Week, which begins Sept. 12.
    Each year the Chiefland Chamber collects nominations from the public and chooses an outstanding Business of the Year to be honored at the banquet. This year the Chiefland Chamber will honor two local businesses at the event. This year’s event is at the Usher Center, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

  • EMS writes off $1.3 million in unpaid bills for three years

    Medicare only pays so much. Ditto Medicaid. And if you are out of work and uninsured, you cannot pay anything. If you die without an estate, you are a minor with no assets or a jail inmate with no income, you cannot pay the bill either.
    And that is why the Levy County Commission approved writing off three years of unpaid bills for its Emergency Medical Services.

  • Garbage man gets $10K for spotless record

    Thirty-four-year-old Kevin Griffin wakes up at about 4:30 a.m. every day during the work week. By 6 a.m., he's on the road driving a giant green garbage truck through parts of Chiefland and Gilchrist County.
    “It's not too good a job for the smell and all that," Griffin said Friday,"but if you overcome that, it's not a bad job."

  • Legislative Delegation hearing dates set

       State Rep. Leonard Bembry, chair of the Levy County Legislative Delegation, has announced the hearing for the 2012 Legislative Session that starts Jan. 10, 2012.
       The hearing will be in the Levy County Commission Chambers,355 S. Court St., Bronson, on Sept 26 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Yankeetown appeals Tarmac mine case

    The Town of Yankeetown is appealing a circuit judge's denial of their bid to stop the Tarmac King Road mine.
    In a special meeting held Aug. 15, the council voted to appeal to the state 1st District Court of Appeal in Tallahassee.
    The decision came just days after 8th Circuit Court Judge Robert E. Rountree Jr. dismissed the town's petition for a writ of certiorari— a judicial review — of the Levy County Commission's 3-1 decision to conditionally approve mining on a 4,750-acre site near Inglis.

  • New manager chosen for Lower Suwannee refuge

    Andrew Gude is the new refuge manager for Lower Suwannee and Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuges in Florida.
    He is no stranger to Florida having worked previously in both the Vero Beach Ecological Services office and the Florida Keys NWRs.  
    Gude is the Service's Liaison to the Department of the Interior's Acting Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks in Washington, D.C.  

  • Levy unemployment rises 1/2 point

    Unemployment in Levy County rose half a percentage point in July to 11.6 percent after several months of declining rates.
    Rusty Skinner, Workforce’s chief executive officer, said the “slight bounce” or fluctuations in unemployment rates are “indicative of the overall uncertainty in our economy."

  • Man cited for DUI after hitting store

    A Trenton man was charged with driving under the influence (DUI) and careless driving after he drove through the front of the Dollar General Store on U.S. Highway 19/98 in Fanning Springs on Monday evening.
    Kenneth Wayne Messick, 48, was attempting to back a 1994 Acura sedan out of a parking space when he put it into drive instead of reverse, according to a Florida Highway Patrol report. The car crashed through the front doors and traveled approximately 30 feet inside the business.
    Messick and his passenger, Joe Randall Messick, 47, were not injured.