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  • Money for jobs that's practically free

    Would you hire a new employee if you could have 80 percent of the payroll costs reimbursed?

    The state of Florida has $200 million available to to do just that for private, government and non-profit groups under the Florida Back To Work grant program, a federal economic stimulus program.

    In fact it's easy, officials of CLM Workforce Connection said in a briefing last week to the Chiefland community and to the Levy County Board of County Commissioners on Tuesday.

  • Springs bike path to open soon

    A new bicycle/pedestrian path running from Chiefland to Manatee Springs State Park is about to be completed. “It’s pretty close.  I think they should be done next week or so,” Gina Busscher, public information director for District 2 of the Florida Department of Transportation, said in a phone interview last week.  That’s about a month earlier than its planned final construction deadline of July 1, according to Busscher. Busscher said the project, which started construction on Jan.

  • Happy Memorial Day

    Sunday, May 30    1 p.m., Orange Hill Cemetery, Williston, American Legion Post 236 and VFW Post 5511 1 p.m. Cedar Key Cemetery, Cedar Key, Tri County Detachment of the Marine Corps Color League Monday, May 31    1 p.m. Rosemary Hill Cemetery, Bronson, Amvets Post 88 and Post 444

    1:30 p.m., American Legion Post 383, Old Town, followed by lunch 

  • Letter fuels decision on fire services

    City commissioners voted unanimously Monday night to re-offer a contract for fire services — accompanied by letter acting as a 120-day notice — to the Board of the Fowlers Bluff Volunteer Fire Department. The issue, though not listed on the agenda, was brought up by Vice-Mayor Teresa Barron in response to a recently published “letter to the editor” from the Fowlers Bluff fire board members. The letter was in response to statements Chiefland Fire Chief James Harris made in a prior commission meeting about the difficulty of getting a timely

  • Jobless rate drops for second month

    April was a good month for Levy County resident to find work as the jobless figure dropped to 12.6 percent — almost a 1 percent drop from March when it was 13.5.  The news was doubly good for the county as it is the second month in a row that the number of jobless residents has dropped. In April the county had a civilian labor force of 16,673 persons, of which 14,577 were employed and 2,096 were not, according to figures from the Florida Research and Economic Database. In March there were 2.254  out of 16,682 county residents without work.

  • Workforce Connection to offer Microsoft technology training vouchers

    Special to the Citizen Workforce Connection, Workforce Florida Inc., the Agency for Workforce Innovation and Microsoft  are working together to provide free technology training to individuals.

  • Levy County crime rate drops 5.4 percent

    One thing is certain, crime is down in Florida, Levy County and all but one of its municipalities overall and that is good news considering the state of the economy. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement's Uniform Crime Report for 2009 was released several weeks ago and buried in the stack of figures is good news.

  • Name change official: College of Central Florida

    Central Florida College President Dr. Charles Dassance, center, speaks to students, faculty and guests Wednesday  at the unveiling of a new sign at the school's Levy Center in Chiefland. Previously known as Central Florida Community College,  the school's new name reflects expanding educational opportunities for students throughout the area, he said. 

  • Graduation Activities

    Chiefland High School Baccalaureate Sunday, May 30 at 7 p.m.  Pine Grove Baptist Church Graduation Friday, June 4 at 7 p.m. Doyle McCall Stadium Open to the Public   Bronson High School Baccalaureate Wednesday, June 9 at 6:30 p.m..  First Baptist Church in Bronson Awards Night Thursday, June 10 at 6:30 pm

  • Fire budget meeting brings issues to light

    Fire and emergency services in the city of Chiefland are about to get an overhaul.

    City commissioners tentatively agreed to hire two part-time firefighters at a Monday night fire budget workshop after Fire Chief James Harris reassured them money would be available to cover the salaries.

    The money’s there, he said.  “We just need to move stuff around.”