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  • 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.

  • Hartzog takes leave of absence

    Chiefland City Manager Grady Hartzog has been granted a leave of absence to care for his wife while she is treated for lung cancer.

    The City Commission approved the leave of absence using Hartzog’s accrued personal, annual and sick leave.

    While Hartzog is out, City Clerk Mary Ellzey will be acting city manager.

    Ellzey said anyone wanting to send well wishes to Hartzog and his wife can drop them off at or mail them to City Hall, 214 East Park Avenue, Chiefland, FL 32626.

  • BHS investigates students for alleged cheating on FCAT

    At the request of the Department of Education, Bronson High School is currently investigating four students for possibly sharing answers on the March FCAT Mathematics Retakes.

    The students are under investigation because their results showed “significant matched answer patterns in the same test group codes indicating a high likelihood that answers were shared,” according to a letter from the Department of Education dated April 22.