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  • Levy Health Department prepares for back-to-school swine flu

    As Students head back to school next week, The Levy County Health Department is preparing for potential widespread Novel  H1N1 (Swine Flu) outbreaks as soon as school starts.

    “We know we’re going to have clusters of outbreaks when school starts next week,” said Barbara Locke, Levy County Health Department Administrator.

    “We’re preparing for the worst and hoping for the best,” Locke said. “We expect to see clusters of cases – maybe five to 10 at this school one week, and then another five to 10 at that school.”

  • School hosts open house tonight

    The start of school is coming up fast and Chiefland schools have scheduled open house and the Freshman Invasion for tonight.

    Educators began returning to the classrooms on Monday, preparing them for visits by parents and for a year filled with students.

    The Chiefland High School 2009/2010 Freshman Invasion, sponsored by the Student Government, will be at 7 p.m. in the CHS auditorium.

    Freshmen will have the opportunity to meet Bill Tovine, the new principal, their teachers, get their schedules and learn about clubs and sports.

  • Birthday party for CFCC benefactor

    Central Florida Community College Foundation is joining former Levy County students and friends for a birthday celebration in honor of Jack Wilkinson.

    The community is invited to attend the celebration from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the Tri-County Nursing Home, 7280 SE State Road 26, in Trenton.

  • County assessment notices mailed this week

    The proposed property tax bills hitting mailboxes earlier this week will be joined today by Levy County's notice of its fire, waste, road and emergency medical service assessment notices.

    While property owners may think they are getting hit with the double whammy of notices for proposed property taxes and proposed assessments, business owners are the ones most likely to raise their eyebrows and pick up the phone to call their county commissioner when they see the EMS assessment.

  • School board facing challenges

    The new school year is set to begin, and the School Board of Levy County finds itself facing some fearsome challenges .

    Administrators are trying to maintain a disciplined, yet nurturing, learning environment, while dealing with looming budget cuts, the possibility of severe weather and the ever-growing possibility of an outbreak of  H1N1 virus, better known as the swine flu.

    Jeff Edison, director of administration, recounted his recent meeting with the State Health Board on the flu issue and what steps will be taken to avoid any outbreaks of the illness.

  • Bike path to Manatee Springs in the works

    Traveling to Manatee Springs State Park by bike or foot is soon to become a whole lot safer.

    In October, the Florida Department of Transportation will begin accepting bids for the construction of two five-mile-long paths along both sides of State Road 320 leading to the springs, according to FDOT Public Information Director Gina Busscher.

    She said the project, which will connect with Chiefland’s existing nature trail, will cost about $2.5 million and will be paid for out of the 2009 federal economic stimulus plan.

  • Springs best future may be found in working group

    Two dozen people with an interest in improving and preserving the quality of  Fanning and Manatee Springs met Aug. 12 in Fanning Springs City Hall to plot the springs' future.        

    "Our hope today is to find and isolate hypothetical best and worst case scenarios for the future of our springs over the next 30 years,” said Carol Lippincott, coordinator of the Fanning and Manatee Working Group.    

  • Tax notices hit mailboxes this week

    The U.S. Postal Service will begin delivering TRIM — Truth in Millage — notices to Levy County property owners this week.

        And the news in those 48,776 notices might not be what some folks expect, Oz Barker, Levy County Property Appraiser said.

        But before picking up the telephone or heading to Barker's office in a lather, he would like you to sit down with the tax bill, read a letter he has written explaining the property tax notice and any changes.

  • Last Minute News TS Ana forms in Atlantic Ocean

     National Hurricane Center in Miami announced early this morning the formation of the first named storm of the 2009 Atlantic Hurricane Season.

    As of 11 a.m. Saturday, Tropical Storm Ana was moving west at 16 mph with maximum sustained winds of 40 mph. It was located approximately 920 miles east of the Leeward Islands, the chain of islands southeast of Puerto Rico, latitude 14.3 north and longitude 48.3 west.

  • Storm Update Tropical Storm Claudette forms in Gulf; TS Ana, TS Bill form in Atlantic Ocean

    Tropical Storm Claudette is located approximately 100 miles west-southwest of Levy County and is moving north-northwest at approximately 16 mph.

    The Storm is a relatively small system, said Charlie Paxton of the National Weather Service-Ruskin. Cedar Key can expect only a half to one foot above normal tide, he said.

    There is a 40 to 50 percent chance of rain and thunderstorms this afternoon for the Levy County coastal areas.

    “All the rain is off shore right now,” Paxton said. “As for this afternoon, nothing is certain right now.”