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  • Rising tides threaten new discoveries in Cedar Key

    Archaeologists with the University of Florida say rising seas and looting are threatening archaeological sites in the Cedar Key area.
    “There are really incredible time capsules that are going to be gone if we don’t get out there soon,” said UF professor of archaeology Ken Sassaman at a presentation Saturday at the Cedar Key Public Library.

  • County budget more than $700K in hole

    It went almost unnoticed at last week’s Levy County Commission meeting when Sheriff’s Maj. Evan Sullivan said the county budget is running a $732,358 deficit in the first three months of the year.
    Sullivan made the comment while announcing Sheriff Johnny Smith will not charge county and city agencies for dispatch services starting this fall as had been previously announced.
    “We know there’s an issue,” Sullivan said, referring to the money crunch.

  • Tarmac Mine hearing back in Courtroom A

    By MIKE WRIGHT
    Special to the Citizen
    Every day thousands of vehicles crawl through downtown Crystal River as they head north or south.
    City officials are cringing at the thought of adding heavy rock trucks to that mix.
    A company's proposal for a limestone mine just north of Inglis includes promises of up to 250 trucks per day heading south on U.S. Highway 19 through Crystal River — and the same amount returning empty to the quarry.

  • Religious event to come to skate park

    The message of Christ will be coming to Delma Locke Skate Park in a couple of months.
    City commissioners voted unanimously Monday night to allow North Chiefland Church of God to stage a Christian-based event there May 21.
    John Kyle, a representative from the church, told the commission the event will feature urban art, sculpture, skateboarding, music and street dancing. Kyle said the event will be all day.
    Skaters in the event will be members of a Christian skateboarding team that travels around ministering to the youth.

  • LARC lobbies for funding

    Betty Walker was the last to step on the bus leaving for Tallahassee. The faces of the passengers, clients of the Levy Association for Retarded Citizens, lit up when they saw her short frame come in to view.
    “Does anybody know why we’re going to Tallahassee?” Walker asked.
    “Yeah, for support!” replied a voice from the back. “We don’t want our services cut at all. We want funding.”

  • Out-standing in their field

    The entire student body of Chiefland High School lined up for an aerial photo a few weeks ago in celebration of the school’s achievement of an ‘A’ grade — up two notches from last year’s ‘C.’

  • Look for a mostly wet week

    Chiefland area residents can look for a mostly wet week according to a National Weather Service forecast for the week. About the best that can be said is since we're getting spring showers, they will be followed by spring flowers.

  • Levy unemployment drops to 11.4%

    Unemployment in Levy County dropped to 11.4 percent in February, a figure not seen for at least two years.

    The February unemployment rate represents a 1 percent drop from January's adjusted rate of 12.4 percent. according to a press release from CLM Workforce Connection, the regional employment agency serving Levy, Marion and Citrus counties.

    In Levy County, the number of those with jobs increased by 63 to 15,260 out of a civilian force of 17,222. Those without jobs dropped by 182 to 1,962. In January 2,144 were jobless out of a civilian workforce of 17,341.

  • Homemakers protest drug tests for volunteering

    A homemakers group — with most members over age 55 — took the Levy County Commission to task for requiring they provide urine samples for drug tests in order to do volunteer work in the county's libraries.

  • Rotarians told to brush up

    Dr. Bob Mount was the guest speaker at the Chiefland Rotary Club meeting Feb. 9 and he gave members a brush up on dental care. "You don't have to floss all your teeth, just the ones you want to keep," he said. He also advised using a soft toothbrush because it does not damage tooth enamel.