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  • Suwannee River Poets publish anthology

    Back in the mid 1990s, poet and author, Sandy Fink, rounded up a group of people interested in the reading, writing and preservation of a slowly vanishing art form – poetry. Initially called the Chiefland Poets’ Workshop, the members of the group have changed over the ensuing years, but not their love of the written word. Now known as the Suwannee River Poets, they meet once a month in Chiefland to share their work.

  • Hospital clears hurdle

    There are no Historical or cultural artifacts or endangered species at the proposed site of the Tri-County Hospital project and that has hospital CEO Frank Schupp happy.

    Schupp, who has been working on the project for more than a year was in a brighter mood than ever on Monday when he discussed the progress of the hospital.

    Work has been going on at the site to meet state regulations on locating and saving any artifacts and to certify no threatened or endangered species were at the site.

  • Sheriff offers special needs database

    In January 2009, the Levy County Sheriff’s Office implemented a new program designed to assist citizens of Levy County who have special needs.

    The program includes a database of special needs citizens of all ages such as Alzheimer’s patents, autistic persons and others with special needs.

    This database is accessible from the dispatch center and includes individual specific information on each entered person such as type of special need, contact person, home address, and specific instructions for first responders on how to best assist that person.

  • Video: Sheriff's deputies will patrol flooded areas

     In an effort to deter looting at flooded homes and harm to boaters from debris on the Suwannee River during the current flooding, officials in Levy and Dixie counties have teamed up to close boat ramps along the river as of dusk Saturday, April 11.

    Officials in both counties, sheriff's offices in the two counties, and state Fish and Wildlife Commission officers have teamed up to conduct coordinated patrols on the flooded portions of the river to deter looting that has occurred with past flooding when homeowners had to evacuate their homes and belongings.

     

  • Boil Water Notice still in effect

     

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office has received numerous phone calls from the Chiefland Country Club area with reports of yellow discoloration in the water. As a precaution we are asking the citizens in the area to boil water until further notice or drink bottle water. 

  • Flooding in Fowlers Bluff reaches homes

    The flood warning is still in effect and the Suwanee river is expected to crest on Tuesday, April 22.

  • County to lose 7 percent revenue

    Levy County’s assessed land value is expected to fall 7 percent in the coming year, meaning county government will take a $1.2 million hit in a budget that is already suffering from decreased revenues in the current year.

    County Coordinator Fred Moody told the commissioners that County Property Appraiser Oz Barker had informed his office that land values will be down by about 7 percent in the coming year.

  • Yearty, Parker trial delayed

    Suspended Levy County Commissioners W.S. “Sammy” Yearty and Robert Anthony “Tony” Parker have won a delay in their federal trial until June 1.

    Yearty and Parker, who were indicted in October, but not arrested until the indictments were unsealed after the November 2008 general election, are accused of conspiring to accept bribes in return for votes and influencing their fellow commissioners votes. Yearty has also been indicted on an additional charge of perjury.

  • Levy County citizens concerned about the environment joined residents of Alachua and Marion counties Mar 30 in Micanopy to strategize a response to the proposed state budget which reduces Florida Forever funding from the traditional amount of $12.4 million – leveraged to secure $300 million annually for land preservation – to $0 in the next fiscal year.

    The Florida Forever program focuses on purchasing land and land use rights to conserve and permanently protect land resources.

  • Re-training set for the unemployed

    Unemployed workers in Levy County are invited to attend Workforce Connection’s Stimulus Re-training Expo on May 7 beginning at 8:30 a.m. at Central Florida Community College’s Levy County Center. Attendees will learn more about training programs and scholarships for occupations that are projected to grow over the next few years. After short orientation session attendees can visit breakout sessions highlighting various occupational areas.