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  • Upcoming events

    Saturday, June 6

    Class of 1984 sets reunion

    The class of 1984 will be holding a Reunion at the river at Beauchamp River House at Fowlers Bluff, Saturday, June 6, noon to 5 p.m.

    Bring your family and a side dish. Meat, drinks and paper goods will be supplied.

    If you have any questions call Linda Jones at 352-493-6000 or Cathy Richburg at 352-221-5064.

     

    Deaf, hearing impaired picnic

    All Deaf/Hearing Impaired and family members are invited to a picnic on Saturday, June 6, at the Bronson First Baptist Church.

  • Teen driving program funded

    The Levy County Sheriff's Office, Community Relations Division, is offering a no cost, Teen Driver Improvement Program to all Levy County students who have a current Operators License or Learners Permit or who are about to get their Learners Permit.

    In 2005, Levy County ranked second in the state in the number of teen involved crashes for counties having a population of 0-50,000. This is an appalling statistic!

  • Levy jobless rate down slightly in April

    Unemployment in Levy County fell to 10.2 percent in April from 10.5 percent in March, according to a report released Friday by the state Agency for Workforce Innovation.

                      That means 1,770 people out of a total labor force of 17,338 were out of work.

  • Trial for Parker, Yearty delayed

    Suspended Levy County Commissioners William “Sammy” Yearty and Robert “Tony” Parker will be tried separately from co-defendant Pamela Williams Blair and their federal corruption trial is delayed until Aug. 3.

  • Property values fall

    If you heard a soft groan coming from city halls, town halls, and county and school offices it was to be expected.

    Levy County Property Appraiser Oz Barker released his office’s 2009 estimate of taxable values for regional, county and municipal governments.

    Barker, who at one time thought the decline in property values for the county would be about 7 percent, sent out his estimate showing it is down over 10 percent.

  • Recession hits Levy school operations

    Levy County’s largest service business has been hard hit by economic downturn.

    The board that oversees the operation has been advised that its assets valued at $2,427,803,027.00 just last year have slipped in value by 7 percent and will slide a total 18 percent by the end of next year.

    That means the revenues are likely to drop by as much as 50 percent at the current rate of return on those assets. The out-of-town parent business has told the local unit it cannot provide an infusion of cash because the overall income is down, dragging down its revenue picture.

  • Coffee with the Lions

    Morriston’s Small Farms subdivision is in an uproar over the location of lions, tigers, bears, apes and monkeys in their neighborhood — with some animals as close as 250 feet to a child’s bedroom.

     

    “I get the pleasure of looking at the lion while I have my morning coffee,” said Neva Riding, who lives across from a lion cage at the animal sanctuary on Southeast 192nd Court.

  • FEMA at work to provide help in Fowlers Bluff

    The big golden brown vehicle looks a lot like an RV on a visit to Fowlers Bluff just sitting outside the Volunteer Fire Department building, but the big dish on top says it is much more.

    FEMA — the Federal Emergency Management Agency — has sent the big bus known as a Disaster Recovery Center and a team of workers to help the residents affected by the spring flooding between March 26 and May 5 on the Suwannee River.

  • The future of our springs

    Levy County's two major springs, Fanning and Manatee, are considered important gems in the crown of Florida's fresh water system. However, experts warn that without cooperation among planners, residents and agricultural and industrial systems, the springs could be damaged beyond repair.

  • Custodian keeps job ... for now

    Chiefland Elementary School’s Head Custodian Dan Clark received notice Friday that he is facing termination of employment based on accusations of willful insubordination and timecard dishonesty.

    Superintendent Robert Hastings asked the School Board Tuesday to suspend Clark’s employment without pay until the next board meeting when he would recommend termination.

    Hastings said that Clark has neglected his duties, failed to accurately report his time, returned late after lunch, and repeatedly parked in the wrong place.