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  • Levy County’s school millage tentatively set at 7.653 fonow

    The School Board of Levy County on Tuesday unanimously adopted its tentative millage rate and tentative budget for the 2010-2011 school year.

    But throughout the public hearing — the first by the school district for the next fiscal year —  signs of future financial distress filtered in to the discussions.

    Outside of school district employees, board members and the press, no one attended the hearing.

  • Do you qualify for help in paying Medicare costs?

    Do you qualify for help in paying Medicare costs?

    The Medicare Savings Program, a new Program for the state Department of Elder Affairs and Elder Options of Gainesville, is trying to find Medicare beneficiaries to qualify for help in paying their Medicare Part D Drug Plan costs (Extra Help/LIS) and/or to have their Medicare Part B Premium ($96.40 or $110.50) paid.

    To qualify for Part D assistance, an individual must have income and assets as follows:

  • Run for the Money takes a breather in Chiefland

    The hot mid-morning Florida sun beat down upon Philip Royal's head and neck.  Sweat poured from his body, and his feet and legs recoiled rhythmically from the shock of the hot asphalt beneath his shoes.

    Most people, if they had their way, would prefer to stay out of the sweltering heat this time of year, much less choose to run 180 miles down a lonely stretch of U.S. 19.

    But not Royal.  He said the difficulty of the journey is the whole point.

  • Fate of Cedar Key Transit in question

    When fuel costs $500 a week, an empty commuter bus just can’t pay for itself. That’s what Cedar Key Transit commuter bus owner and operator Bill Phillips said last week when he suspended the new transportation service. Most days, the bus has been entirely empty, though it occasionally has one or two riders.

    “I thought it would build from one week to the next, but it didn't,” Phillips said. “We need to regroup.”

  • Bronson town council to double its pay

    On Aug. 2, the Town of Bronson will hold the second and final reading of an ordinance amendment that increases council members’ pay by 100 percent.

    In February, the council added an extra meeting to its monthly schedule due to an increase in public business, but a decision was not made as to whether council members would be compensated for the additional time.

  • Fauna with a smile

    Wildlife and whimsy collide in Santa Fe College's new exhibition of Earl and Mari Robbins' photography in "Animal Attitudes." The collection of 35 color digital photos will hang in the President's Hall Gallery, upstairs in the Administration Building at Santa Fe College through Aug. 18.

  • Community outreach events to focus on health and hunger issues

    Two community outreach events, sponsored by the Florida Department of Children and Families, the Levy County Health Department and the Children’s Table, will be held on Saturday, July 31. The events, which will focus on local health and hunger issues, will be held in Levy County at the following locations and times:

    • Inglis Town Hall, 135 Highway 40 West, from 8:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m.

    • Otter Creek Town Hall, 555 SW 2nd Avenue, from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m.

  • GED offers MORE for college

    The College of Central Florida's successful Adult Education Program, which serves about 750 students per year, wants to do more than bestow Florida High School diplomas and General Equivalency Diplomas to students.

    The program's seven educators at the Levy Center want to help graduates get something MORE — a successful entrance and graduation from college.

  • Drew becomes certified commissioner

     The Florida Association of Counties (FAC) presented Levy County Commissioner Marsha Drew with the Certified County Commissioner (CCC) designation following her completion of a comprehensive study program developed by the association. Commissioner Drew received the designation during an awards ceremony held at the FAC Annual Conference in Hillsborough.

  • Chiefland Fire Rescue wants Otter Creek contract

    Homeowners in the town of Otter Creek and the surrounding unincorporated Levy County area are seeing their insurance premiums go up and need relief.

    One solution, said Town Attorney Brent Baris, is to contract fire service coverage with the Chiefland Fire Department.

    But that brings up the sticky wicket of keeping fire assessment money collected from county residents for fire protection in Fire District No. 13 separate from money used to provide services within the township whose residents don't pay the fire assessment.