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  • No note? Go ask a judge for one

    It’s a story right off the national news: Homeowners fighting to prevent foreclosure on their property ask a lender to produce the original promissory note in legal proceedings.

    But in Levy County, it is the estate of Kathryn F. Causey, an accountant who died in January 2008, that is trying to stave off foreclosure by having the lender produce the promissory note.

  • Chiefland man dies in crash

    A 77-year-old Chiefland man died Thursday morning in a one vehicle crash on US Highway 19 about 500 feet south of Fanning Springs, according to a Florida Highway Patrol report.

                Paul Shobe was northbound in the inside lane of US 19 when his 2008 Chevrolet Silverado drifted northeast and went off the road onto the east shoulder and into the tree line on the east side of US 19.

  • Free tax preparation available from AARP

    Free tax preparation and E-file with AARP Tax-Aide begins Feb.1. Sites will be open at libraries in Chiefland: Fridays 12-4 p.m. and Saturdays 10:30 a.m.–2 p.m. 493-2758, Trenton: Mondays 1-5 p.m. 463-3176, Williston: Thursdays 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the library, Cross City: Tuesdays 12-3:;30 p.m. through the tax season. Call or go by for an appointment. Guidelines are posted at all sites.

    Bring a friend, all your tax questions and 2008 tax papers. As always snowbirds are welcome.

     

  • SBLC: Teachers could lose laptops, phones

    With the unanimous passage of new Anti-Fraud policy 7.23 last week, Bob Clemons, Director of Finance for the School Board of Levy County, has been given the additional duty of Fraud Investigator, authorized to confiscate both district and personal employee property.

    “Any irregularity, that is detected or suspected . . . shall be reported immediately to the Director of Finance” who will decide “whether pursuit of an investigation is warranted,” the policy states.

  • DCF closes Trenton office

    The Department of Children and Families will be relocating staff from Trenton to Chiefland and closing the office in Trenton. The last day the office will be open is Tuesday, March 10.

    Circuit Administrator Ester Tibbs reports, “Department of Children and Families staff members will continue to be responsive to the needs of our citizens. This change will allow us to reduce our lease costs without negatively impacting service delivery. It is our goal to continue to serve the entire community with no difference in the availability of any needed assistance. ”

  • Inmate medical bills causing agony

    Levy County’s jail inmates are costing more at the doctor’s office than expected — including one prisoner who has a medical bill totaling $236,107.75 — and the sheriff has asked the county commission to take over paying the bills.

    “Yep, that’s kind of a sore subject,” said Capt. Evan Sullivan, spokesman for Sheriff Johnny Smith.

  • Chiefland hopes to jumpstart new construction

    The Chiefland City Commission has approved on first reading a proposal to suspend impact fees for fire, police, transportation and recreation for one year as a way to jumpstart new construction.

    The proposal, which won unanimous preliminary approval in the commission’s Monday evening meeting, comes up for a public hearing and final approval at 6 p.m. Monday, April 13 at City Hall.

    The commission had estimated it would receive $69,000 in impact fees in the fiscal year that started Oct. 1, 2008 and ends on Sept. 30.

  • Cedar Key paves the way to keep Levy green

    On Jan. 22 Cedar Key Mayor Heath Davis asked three residents to serve on an Energy Advisory Panel to spearhead a citywide, citizen-based conservation movement.

    Faced with many tasks, Tom Deverin, Connie Nelson and Luz Kraujalis decided first to tackle the big project of recycling household and business garbage.

  • Tuesday accident kills one

    MORRISTON - A woman driving an SUV struck the back of a stopped school bus on U.S. 41 Tuesday morning.

  • Dunnellon woman dies in accident

    MORRISTON - A woman driving an SUV struck the back of a stopped school bus on U.S. 41 Tuesday morning. The driver was killed and a baby in her car was slightly injured.  According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Tiffany Poupard, 29, of Dunnellon, was northbound on U.S. 41 in Levy County just north of the Marion County line.