.....Advertisement.....
.....Advertisement.....

Local News

  • 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.

  • State trail gets national designation

    By A.B. SIDIBE
    Special to the Citizen
    The Withlacoochie State Forest Trail was designated as a National Recreation Trail by the U.S. Department of Interior on June 15.
    With the designation, the Withlacoochee State Trail joins Tom Varn Hiking and Jogging Trail in Brooksville as the 2011 Florida inductees in the National Recreation Trail program.

  • FWC prohibits campfires on public lands until wildfire threat subsides

    In light of significant drought conditions and the increased threat of wildfires, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), in cooperation with the state Division of Forestry and other partner agencies, issued an executive order June 16 prohibiting campfires in wildlife management areas, wildlife and environmental areas and all other lands it manages.

  • Bay scallop season to open early, close late this year

    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) reminds people that the recreational harvest season for bay scallops in Florida will begin Saturday and extend through Sept. 25. The FWC, in support of Gov. Rick Scott and Cabinet, added three weeks to this year’s season to help  Florida fishing communities suffering from possible economic hardships due to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

  • FWC supports ‘Operation Dry Water’ for 3rd year

    Last year, 17 people died from boating accidents related to alcohol and drug use in Florida.
    “Alcohol- and drug-related boating accidents are preventable,” said Capt. Tom Shipp, of the FWC’s Boating and Waterways Section. “Even one death is too many.”

  • Yearty conviction upheld by appeals court

    Suspended Levy County Commissioner Sammy Yearty's appeal of his convictions on solicitation and acceptance of a bribe and lying to the FBI in an interview were upheld by the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in an unpublished ruling released Wednesday.
    The ruling by the three-judge panel of the Atlanta court is a victory for District Chief Judge Stephan P. Mickle and Assistant U.S. Attorney Greg McMahon, the judge and prosecutor in a series of public corruption trials against officials in Levy and Dixie counties.

  • Helping hands

     Chiefland Post Office
    really delivers

  • Seniors Vs. crime

    Bob McFadden, director of the Levy County Sheriff's Department's Citizen On Patrol (COPs) program, talks with about a dozen seniors at the Chiefland Multipurpose Senior Center on Tuesday. He was there as part of the "Seniors vs. Crimes" program, which teaches seniors about scams, among other things. "If anybody sends you anything or calls you with anything you're not sure about, give us a call. And never send any money."