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  • County millage stays same, budget drops to 2005-06 level

     Property owners can rest easy, as the Levy County Commission has decided to keep the millage rate at the same level as last year — 7.4212 — a figure that will lower the annual budget to the same size it was in 2005-2006 and spend every penny the county has in reserve.

  • Stuff the Bus helps students, teachers

    The drive to Stuff the Bus with school supplies for students will be taking advantage of tax-free weekend as the Levy County Schools Foundation and Morriston Baptist Church's Band of Brothers set up collection stations inside stores. The collection pens, pencils, erasers, colored pencils, paper, pocket folders, spiral notebooks, crayons, permanent markers, washable markers, highlighters, dry erase pens, rulers, index cards, Post-it notes, scissors, washable glue, glue sticks, Kleenex,  hand soap, sanitizer, binders and backpacks is an annual back to school ritual in Le

  • County Briefs

     Census participation up

  • Breaking News Early voting for Aug. 24 primary begins Monday, Aug. 9
  • City election Tuesday Remember to vote at Chiefland City Hall betweeen 7 a.m.-7 p.m.

     Incumbent Commissioner Teresa Barron and former City Commissioner and Mayor Betty Walker are candidates for a seat on the Chiefland City Commission.

    Voting is at City Hall, 214 E. Park Ave. from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

  • Drug dealers getting special attention in Chiefland

    Two years ago, it was Williston that got the special attention of the Levy County Multijurisdictional Drug Task Force, and 40 people faced drug-related charges.

    This year, it is Chiefland's turn.

    In the past week, law enforcement officers have ended a marijuana grow house operation and rounded up a dozen persons and charged them with various counts of possession, sale and trafficking in a variety of illegal and prescription drugs.

  • New county-by-county study shows future water shortages

    Levy County may have only a moderate risk of future water shortages, according to a new study by the Natural Resources Defense Council.

    The results of the study, released on July 20, show a county-by-county analysis of water shortages throughout the U.S. by the year 2050 due to climate change.

  • Levy County’s school millage tentatively set at 7.653 fonow

    The School Board of Levy County on Tuesday unanimously adopted its tentative millage rate and tentative budget for the 2010-2011 school year.

    But throughout the public hearing — the first by the school district for the next fiscal year —  signs of future financial distress filtered in to the discussions.

    Outside of school district employees, board members and the press, no one attended the hearing.

  • Do you qualify for help in paying Medicare costs?

    Do you qualify for help in paying Medicare costs?

    The Medicare Savings Program, a new Program for the state Department of Elder Affairs and Elder Options of Gainesville, is trying to find Medicare beneficiaries to qualify for help in paying their Medicare Part D Drug Plan costs (Extra Help/LIS) and/or to have their Medicare Part B Premium ($96.40 or $110.50) paid.

    To qualify for Part D assistance, an individual must have income and assets as follows:

  • Run for the Money takes a breather in Chiefland

    The hot mid-morning Florida sun beat down upon Philip Royal's head and neck.  Sweat poured from his body, and his feet and legs recoiled rhythmically from the shock of the hot asphalt beneath his shoes.

    Most people, if they had their way, would prefer to stay out of the sweltering heat this time of year, much less choose to run 180 miles down a lonely stretch of U.S. 19.

    But not Royal.  He said the difficulty of the journey is the whole point.