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  • Levy jobless rate in January: 10.5

    If history is to be believed, the unemployment figures for Levy County have not been this good since early 2009 when they started climbing, and again in April 2011 when they started trending down from 12 percent mark to January's 10.5 percent.
    Levy County's jobless rate for January, which was released by the state on Tuesday, was 10.5 percent, down from December's revised 10.6 percent rate. The last time it was 10.5 percent was April 2011 and February 2009.

  • Girl Scout Cookie Week

    Girl Scout cookies were hot sellers in Chiefland on Saturday as sales spots could be found at Walmart, Winn Dixie and the old Sunoco station at the intersection of U.S. Highway 19 and Manatee Springs Road. Sadie Lastra, right and Kali Roberts with Ambassador Troop 48 were working to win drivers' attention to sell the enormous supply of cookies at $4 per box.

  • State warns consumers about unclaimed property scam

    TALLAHASSEE — Florida’s Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater today warned consumers about an emerging scam related to the retrieval of unclaimed property.  A company calling themselves The Florida Department of Financial Restitution has been contacting consumers claiming to be on contract with CFO Atwater’s Department of Financial Services and offering to reunite them with unclaimed property for an upfront fee of $600.  

  • Levy roads to be named for veterans Buesing, Campbell and Page

    State Rep. Leonard Bembry (D-Madison) announced March 8 that CS/HB 7039, a bill designating roads in Levy County for Marine Lance Cpl. Brian R. Buesing, Army Sgt. Karl A. Campbell and Army Spc. James A. Page has passed both houses of the Florida Legislature.  

  • Update on Ellzey wildfire: contained

        A wildfire that started yesterday, burning 225 acres near Ellzey has been about 60 percent contained, according to Florida Forest Service Fire Mitigation Specialist Ludie Bond.
        Bond said nobody was hurt in the blaze that started at about 3 p.m. on the west side of C.R. 336, about halfway between S.R. 24 and C.R. 330.  No homes were threatened by the fire, now named the Cannon Road Fire, she said, though a farmer's tractor was destroyed.

  • Hendersons named Citizens of the Year

    H.C. Henderson Jr. and the love of his life, the late Alice Faye Henderson, are the 2011 Citizens of the Year chosen by the Greater Chiefland Area Chamber of Commerce.
    "This is such a special moment in my life," Henderson said in accepting the award. He thanked the Chamber for including his late wife, who died about seven months ago.

  • Judge's order creates monumental reaction

    Eighth Judicial Circuit Chief Judge Martha Lott's administrative order regarding the placement of art, monuments and other items at county courthouses has struck a nerve with the Levy County Commission.
    In Tuesday's commission meeting the Feb. 21 order came in for harsh criticism, although one commissioner noted she was only asking to be heard before such things were done.

  • He knew Diddley

    Ellas McDaniel Jr. was just a year old when his father went from relative obscurity, driving an asphalt truck and playing rhythm and blues on the street corners of Chicago, to worldwide fame.
    “He was trying to put diapers on me and my sister. That’s what led him to play on street corners,” McDaniel said last week from the home of Chiefland friend Duane Schwingel. “My mother (Ethel) worked for the Polo Meat Co., cuttin’ up chickens.”

  • Sewage fees prove odorous

    A heated debate between several Bronson Town Council members Monday night ended when the council unanimously agreed that the town’s sewer ordinance stinks.
    “A lot of the language is imprecise and very loose,” Town Attorney Steven Warm told the council.
    Members, acting on Warm’s advice and offer to draft a new ordinance, voted to schedule a series of workshops to address the issue after a disagreement over how much of an impact fee should be charged to residents and business owners when connecting to new sewer lines.

  • Suwannee Fair opens for 60th year today

    The Suwannee River Youth Livestock Show and Sale, better known as the Suwannee River Fair, opens for its 60th year on Thursday at 3 p.m. with the acceptance of entries for the poultry and rabbit competitions.
    On Friday, the show moves into larger animals with the check-in of goats, dairy cows, and heifers.