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  • City votes to loan itself money for Christmas lights

    There will be snowflakes in the air at Christmas, more than 60 of them.
    But they won't be falling from the sky. They will be purchased from a light manufacturer up north, suspended from the light poles along city streets at Christmas time.

  • CF partners with Chamber, police for National Night Out

       National Night Out on Tuesday will be hosted by the College of Central Florida Levy Center, Greater Chiefland Area Chamber of Commerce and Chiefland Police Department. The event will be from 6-8 p.m. at the chamber office, U.S. Highway 19 South at the Trailhead Depot in Chiefland.
       Children and youths will have the opportunity to visit safety displays and activities; they will receive a stamp at each station acknowledging participation. The completed card can be exchanged for a free package of giveaways and refreshments.

  • Invasive plant workshops

       There will be an invasive plants workshop from 4:30-7:30 p.m. on Tuesday at the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Bronson.
       The workshop will help identify and define invasive plants and why they are important. Significant invasive plants in Levy County that will be covered are Congongrass, Tropical Soda Apple, Japanese Climbing Fern, Chinese Tallow, Air Potato, Camphor, Chinaberry and Japanese Honeysuckle.

  • Unemployment in Levy rises to 11.1%

    The slow month-by-month decrease in Levy County's jobless rate has reversed course with unemployment rising to 11.1 percent in June, up 0.8 percent from May's unemployment rate.
    While a reversal in five months of declining unemployment, the rate is down from 12.3 percent for the same period a year ago.
    Levy County's labor force decreased by 146 to 17,409, the number of those employed dropped by 286 to 15,468, and those without jobs also dropped by 140 to 1,941.

  • Log Cabin Quilters: July 28

    By WINNELLE HORNE
    Director, quilt museum
    The Log Cabin Quilters met Thursday, July 21, at the Levy County Quilt Museum.  We had a great time as Mr. Hardman, of Cross City, brought in three big boxes of craft books. Thank you. Everyone had a great time getting ideas for future projects.
    It was great to have B.J. Johnson back with us. She is so much help with anything we have to do. Pat should be back in the near future. We have missed both of them.

  • Run for the money

    Runners and clients cross the Suwannee River bridge over U.S. 19 on July 21 on the fourth day of the Run For The Money, the Key Training Center’s annual fundraiser. The run from Tallahassee to the Key Center ended on July 23 with festivities at the Lecanto campus. Key Training is located in Citrus County and serves developmentally disabled clients.

  • Board not interested in opposing Levy mine

    By MIKE WRIGHT
    Special to the Citizen

    INVERNESS – Citrus County commissioners couldn’t reject fast enough a request to join Crystal River officials in suing to stop a Levy County mine.
    Without a vote, commissioners unanimously stated they had no reason or standing to oppose the Tarmac America LLC’s King Road Mine north of Inglis.
    Commissioner Joe Meek, in particular, said the county had no business getting involved in a Levy County issue.

  • Plum Creek sells 18,000 acres in heart of Levy

    Austrian-born Canadian businessman Frank Stronach's name is not on the 18,000 acres of land that changed hands two weeks ago, but it may as well be.
    When combined with other purchases, Stronach could be on his way to becoming a force in Levy County's future.
    He has talked about plans to raise organic beef on "huge areas" in Florida.
     "I’m planning to buy 20,000 hectares of woods in (the U.S. state of) Florida. The climate is excellent there," he told the Austria Times in March 2010.

  • County fire board cuts $80k

    Consolidation of
    departments

    By MIKE CAPSHAW
    sports@chieflandcitizen.com
    The Levy County Fire Advisory Board met its goal of chopping more than $80,000 from its budget during a workshop Tuesday night in Bronson. Consolidating departments, trimming the county's allotment for three others and cutting training and equipment expenses dropped the proposed 2011-12 budget from $1.19 million to $1.11 million.

  • City staff threatens to quit over stalled budget

    A heated debate came to the surface at Monday night's Chiefland City Commission meeting over the issue of Chiefland Fire Rescue's proposed budget for the upcoming year.
    City staff and officials have been conducting budget workshops since early June, yet they say CFR Chief James Harris has been slow to submit a complete budget.