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  • City steps into 21st Century

    The city of Chiefland has taken another step toward going green--for a year, at least.

  • Burn ban lifted

    The rains have fallen and so has the mandatory burn ban in unincorporated areas of Levy County.

    The ban and the local declaration of an emergency due to the continuing drought was lifted Wednesday.

    The action was taken by the Levy County Board of Commissioners in conjunction with the state Department of Forestry.

    The ban was instituted due to the threat of wildfires on June 14.

    This means fireworks can be sold and exploded on the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

  • Road and Lane Closures for June 25 – July 1, 2011

    The following is a list of roadwork underway by the FDOT that may impact traffic.
     
    ALACHUA COUNTY:
     
    Archer Road (State Road 24)  Daytime lane closure for eastbound traffic at Southwest 40th Boulevard (just east of I-75) to allow Gainesville Regional Utilities to relocate a water line. Also, a westbound lane will be closed just west of Southwest 13th Street (US 441) to repair sidewalk.
     

  • No change for city commission

    There will be no challengers this year to seats held by several Chiefland city commissioners.
    The terms of commissioners Rollin Hudson (Group 3), Frank Buie (Group 1) and Sammy Cason (Group 5)  were set to expire this year. All three commissioners got on board last week during the city's qualification period. And they were the only ones.
    "Thank goodness," Cason said Monday afternoon about the lack of challengers.

  • Mandatory burn ban still in effect

    A mandatory burn ban and a declaration that Levy County is a disaster area due to drought and wildfires, issued by County Commission Chair Danny Stevens last week, has been approved and extended to June 28.
    The declaration, which qualifies the county for Federal Emergency Management Agency aid, and the ban were approved unanimously by the Levy County Commission.
    Tuesday's vote also authorizes Stevens (D-District 5) to extend the declaration and ban in seven-day increments as needed. He issued the original declaration and burn ban on June 14. The order prohibits:

  • Springs protection delayed again

    Gilchrist County commissioners have again stalled on a decision to create two springs protection zones in the county, stating Monday afternoon that language in the plan would have to specifically exempt agriculture from any of the rules.
    Marvin Weaver, a county extension agent representing the Gilchrist County Agricultural Advisory Committee, told commissioners that the committee was unanimously opposed to the plan the way it is written. The committee was asked to review the plan at the commission’s May 16 meeting for fear that it would not sit well with area farmers.

  • County test drives higher EMS, fire fees

    The Levy County Commission would like property owners to stay calm about the higher assessments it adopted Tuesday.
    They could come down when commissioners vote at the Aug. 2 public hearing to set the final rate.
    State law requires the commission to set a maximum tentative rate to include in notices being sent out ahead of the August hearing. It's also a state law that the assessments cannot go higher on Aug. 2 than those adopted on Tuesday, but they can go lower.

  • Jobless rate steady in May

    The unemployment rate for Levy County was unchanged from April's rate holding at 10.3 percent in May.
    The news was good all around in the three-county region served by CLM Workforce Connection as the 11.9 percent in Marion County was down from 12.1 percent in April, and Citrus County was unchanged at 11 percent. The overall regional rate of 11.5 percent over the month was a 0.2 percent drop and was 1.2 percent down over the year.
    Florida's unemployment rate for May was 10.5 percent while the national rate was 8.7 percent.

  • Yankeetown, Withlacoochee residents sue to stop Tarmac

    The Town of Yankeetown and the Withlacoochee Area Residents group are separately asking a judge to overturn the Levy County Commission's approval of a conditional special exception permit for the proposed Tarmac King Road mining project near Inglis.
    Yankeetown is petitioning for a writ of certiorari — basically a review of the commissioners' decision to grant the exception, while the Withlacoochee group is asking for an injunction on the grounds that the approval is inconsistent with the county's own Comprehensive Plan on environmentally sensitive lands.

  • UF researchers to study weight management plan in children through Levy extension

    This summer, researchers at the University of Florida will begin a study examining a weight management treatment program for children and their parents in Levy and surrounding counties in North Central Florida.