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  • Nuke plant faces another setback

    The Green Party of Florida and two other groups learned Wednesday that their challenges to Progress Energy Florida’s plans to build two nuclear power reactors in Levy County have standing with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and their petition to intervene has been granted.

    The move could represent another setback to the utility. In May, it announced construction work on the $17 billion project would be delayed by at least 20 months when the NRC refused to give the utility limited work authorization for excavation and foundation preparation work.

  • Sheriff says budget cuts will cost three jobs

    There will be bad news for three employees at the Levy County Sheriff’s Office.

    They will lose their jobs in the coming year.

    That’s the news delivered by Sheriff Johnny Smith and Col. Mike Johnson to the County Commission as they delivered their revised budget proposal.

    “This is kind of sad in a way,” Johnson said. “It’s sad that we’re losing people.

    “I feel more consideration could have been given to the sheriff’s department.”

  • City sees red ink for next budget year

    It doesn’t matter how they slice it, the Chiefland City Commission is facing a budget for next year that is bleeding red ink.

    The commission considered two budget proposals prepared by its staff during a workshop on Monday — one with a 3 percent pay raise for non-management employees and one with nothing.

  • Woman, 21, dies, possibly from meningitis

    Fifteen Levy County residents have been treated with antibiotics after coming into contact with a 21-year-old woman who died of suspected bacterial meningitis at a Sumter County Hospital.

    Kellie Nichole Taylor, age 21, died July 7, at The Villages Regional Hospital in The Villages in Sumter County where she was staying with a friend.

    Barbara Locke, administrator of the Levy County Health Department, said it was “a sad case.”

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  • New Satellite phones create communications web to aid disaster recovery

    The Levy County Emergency Management has filled a gap in the communications loop throughout the region this week with the arrival of eight new satellite phones, according to LCEM Director Mark Johnson.

    “This plugs a huge communications hole in Levy County,” Johnson said. “If the area is hit with a major storm and all other communications are down, the satellite phones create an emergency responder communications web. We’ll be able to know exactly what the needs of each community are.” 

  • Levy County's jobless rate 11.4 % in June

    Levy County’s unemployment rate broke a new barrier in June rising to 11.4 percent as the state rate rose to 10.6 percent.

                      The report released by the state Agency for Workforce Innovation means another 211 persons filed unemployment claims in June.

  • Traffic stop, chase nets 3 bricks of drugs

    Williston Police Department is seeking the driver of a vehicle in which three aluminum foil-wrapped bricks of what is believed to be cocaine was found, according to a press release.

                The driver, whose identity is unknown, jumped out of the vehicle and fled after refusing to stop for and failing to elude Officer David Deonarine on Northeast 13th Street at about 11 p.m. Wednesday.

  • Chiefland police charge man in $13,000 ring theft

     

                      A Quincy man who had pawned one ring at Mitch’s Jewelry in Chiefland should have shopped around for another shop before he tried to pawn a second one — this time a diamond and platinum ring valued at almost $13,000.

  • Fugitive arrested In North Carolina

    Federal fugitive, John Roger Sager on the run from a federal indictment charging him with conspiracy to manufacture, posses and distribute the product from more than 1,000 marijuana plants was arrested at a campground in Canton, N.C., on Friday, July 17 by the Levy County Sheriff's Office working with the U.S.