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  • Manatee Springs turtles strong despite decline of ecosystem, high nitrates

    Turtle populations at Manatee Springs State Park appear to be strong, according to a scientist contracting with the Florida Department of Environmental protection.
    “They’re the easiest of all reptiles to study,” herpetologist Eric Munscher said in a phone interview last week.  
    Adults, especially females, tend to use the same areas year after year, he explained.  It creates a higher likelihood of recapturing previously tagged animals.

  • Tourism has strong year

    When the Deepwater Horizon started spilling oil into the Gulf of Mexico you could almost feel the fear among folks in Cedar Key whose livings depend on tourism and seafood.
    While no oil has reached Levy County and seafood purveyors are battling to win back public confidence in the area's pristine products — most of which are shipped out of the area — tourism that is measured by heads in beds is doing fine.

  • Man doesn’t want Levy nuke plant as neighbor

    The environmental impact of the proposed nuclear plant in Levy County could hit Robert Smith hardest. Once it is built, Smith will live 6,800 feet behind the buildings that will house two nuclear reactors.
    “When you did a study of locations, why was Crystal River not suitable?” Smith asked on Sept. 23 at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission public meeting in Crystal River called to discuss the draft environmental impact statement for the construction project.

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  • Saturday health and nutrition outreach events

    Special to the Citizen
    Two more in a series of monthly community outreach events, sponsored by the Florida Department of Children and Families, the Levy County Health Department, The Children’s Table and Elder Options, will be held  on Saturday, Sept. 25. The events, which will focus on local health and hunger issues, are at:
    n Fanning Springs Community Church, 17930 NW 90th Court, Fanning Springs, from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m.
    n Mount Pleasant Baptist, 310 SW 5th Street, Chiefland, from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m.
    Services provided will include:

  • County starts food bank

    William Brown stood up at Tuesday's Levy County Commission meeting, and by the time he yielded the floor he had three accomplishments to his book.
    Brown, co-founder of The Children's Table, first introduced the commission to Tyler Beauchamp, son of Mickey and Cheryl Beauchamp, of Bronson.
    Young Beauchamp is a member of the Future Farmers of America and as a project planted and harvested seven acres of peas for Children's Table to be distributed to feed families in need. Brown presented Beauchamp with a plaque honoring his gift.

  • Merger of three farm credit organizations proposed

    Farm Credit of North Florida, Farm Credit of Southwest Florida and Farm Credit of South Florida are pursuing a merger.
    The associations have signed onto a Letter of Intent to Merge — the initial step in collecting, analyzing and providing information regarding the merger’s advantages and disadvantages.  
    Farm Credit’s cooperative structure allows its’ members to have the final vote of approval through a proxy mail voting process.  

  • Bell seeks re-election to commission

    Nancy Bell, the incumbent County Commissioner for District 2, has announced her candidacy for re-election as a Democrat in the Nov. 2 general election. Bell has been chair of the Levy County Board of County Commissioners since November 2008 and was re-elected in 2009 and 2010.
    In her announcement, Bell said:
    I pride myself on my integrity and I strive to always do the right thing when representing the residents of my county. For years, I have voted to keep your taxes low by fighting for fiscal responsibility through prudent spending of your tax dollars.

  • More in Levy looking for jobs

    Levy County's unemployment rate for August nudged up to 13.6 percent, meaning 2,227 residents were out of work out of a workforce of 16,399 people. That's up from from 2,190 in July, when there were 16,322 people in the county's workforce.
    But the county is not alone as Workforce Connection reported that the Levy-Citrus-Marion counties area it serves posted a 14.2 percent unemployment rate, up .3 percent from July and a full percentage point higher than the same time last year.

  • Funeral Saturday for local soldier killed in Afghanistan

    Visitation is from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 10, for Pfc. James Anthony Page, killed during a roadside attack on Aug. 31 in Logar Providence, Afghanistan. He was one of four to die in the attack, according to the U.S. Department of Defense.