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  • Thief steals LARC’s lunch

    It’s not as if the clients at LARC don’t have it tough enough with continual cuts in state funding, but having a thief steal the green bean crop they were planning to harvest and cook for lunch on Monday was just adding insult to injury.

    Sometime between Friday when the Otter Creek Work Center closed and clients returned on Monday someone sneaked into the center’s garden and picked the bean bushes clean.

    And the thief was picky ignoring the tomatoes, squash and eggplants the clients had planted and carefully nurtured.

  • Another Way receives $5,000 Plum Creek Foundation grant

    Another Way, a non-profit organization offering counseling, support, and safe shelter to survivors of domestic and sexual violence in seven counties across North Central Florida was awarded a $5,000 grant by the Plum Creek Foundation to equip a safe outdoor play area at the group's 35-bed facility in Chiefland.

  • Yearty reports to prison in Pensacola

    William Samuel Yearty, 64, convicted of soliciting and accepting a bribe from an undercover FBI agent  posing as a developer wanting to build a project in Levy County and lying to the FBI in an interview, became inmate 20575-017 on Tuesday when he reported to the Federal Prison Camp in Pensacola.

    The 30-year veteran of the Levy County Commission and it's chairman found himself among the facility’s minimum security inmates at Sauffley Field, a U.S. Navy base.

  • Cobb honored with Town Hall dedication

    Dogan S. Cobb, former Bronson mayor and council member and retired Levy County Tax Assessor, was honored with the naming and re-dedication of the Town Hall whose construction he supervised.

    Cobb, who turns 100 years old on Nov. 29, was honored July 2 when about 200 relatives and friends turned out for the ceremony and party to celebrate renaming the Municipal Building on U.S. Highway 27A.

  • NOAA: Less than 20 percent chance oil will hit Levy

    The Levy County coastline has a less than 20 percent chance of oil washing up on its shores, according to a probability model released by the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration on Friday.

    “Much of the west coast of Florida has a low probability (1 percent to 20 percent) for impact,” states the report released by the NOAA’s Office of Response and Restoration. “The Florida Keys, Miami and Fort Lauderdale areas have a greater probability (61 percent to 80 percent) due to the potential influence of the Loop Current.”

  • Fox enclosures may be thing of past

    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has voted to have its staff draw up a rule that would bar fox and coyote enclosures, phase out the ones in operation by January 2013, and to consider the rule at its September meeting in Westin.

    The issue hits home in Levy County where fox/coyote enclosures have operated. The operations were permitted by the FWC until September 2009 when it decided not to permit new operations and to not renew the permits of operational enclosures.

  • Area festivals get TDC money

    The Levy County Tourist Development Council awarded $15,500 in advertising grants to area festivals last week. The grants pay for advertising campaigns that target people who live outside the county to encourage visitors and overnight stays.

    Cedar Key festivals received almost half of the allocated money – $7,000. The Old Florida Celebration of the Arts was awarded $3,000, CLAMerica received $1,000, and two new events sponsored by the Cedar Key Chamber, A Cedar Key Christmas and the Cedar Key Red Fish Tournament, received $2,000 and $1,000 respectively.

  • Florida tax amnesty runs through Sept. 30

    Florida taxpayers who owe unpaid state taxes can save money and clear up tax liabilities by going online to learn more about Florida’s 2010 tax amnesty that runs through September 30.  Tax amnesty information, including a Tax Information Publication and Tax Amnesty Agreement form, are available on Revenue’s website at  www.myflorida.com/dor/amnesty.

    Individuals can significantly reduce the interest that is due by up to 50 percent and pay no penalty.

  • Test scores show improvement for Levy

    Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test results are in, and overall Levy County schools showed improvement in almost all tested subjects.

    Assistant Superintendent Dr. Gina Tovine presented the district results to the School Board of Levy County during Tuesday’s meeting.

    In total, the school district had a 35 percentage point increase in students who scored three or above in reading, science and math in all grades tested.

  • Microsoft technology training vouchers offered

    Workforce Connection, Workforce Florida Inc., the Agency for Workforce Innovation and Microsoft  are working together to provide free technology training to individuals. Microsoft is donating to the state of Florida 35,000 vouchers for no-cost, online technology training and certification through the state’s 24 Regional Workforce Boards.

    Workforce will receive 964 vouchers in Citrus, Levy and Marion Counties, including 427 E-Learning vouchers, 427 Business Certification exam vouchers and 110 Information Technology Professional vouchers.