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  • Tea Party Rally at Levy Courthouse

    On tax day, Wednesday, April 15, at noon all across this nation over 5,000 rallies will participate in Taxed Enough Already (TEA) party rally. 

    If you are fed up with higher property taxes and dropping property values; higher gas prices while we don’t drill off Florida but China does, you should attend, a spokesman said.

  • Easter Services

    Bronson UMC

    Bronson United Methodist Church will be offering Holy Week services beginning with the Maundy (Holy) Thursday evening communion service at 7 p.m. at the church.

    On Good Friday there will be a presentation of "The Longest Night" during the service that begins at 7 p.m. Peggy Rowe, Melanie Doran and Judah Doran have been cast in the production.

  • Letters to the Editor

    To the editor:

    Water within the Dixie, Gilchrist and Levy County areas has been a “Hot Topic” for some time. I believe most of the citizens in this area have concerns about keeping our natural resource, water, in our area.

  • 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.