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  • Yes, it has rained a lot

    OK, you are probably ready for the rain to go away, but would you believe that based on rainfall for the summer months of June through August we have had our second driest summer since records started being kept in 1956.

    Really. The National Weather Service said so in a report released this week — right in the middle of one of the rainiest weeks this year.

  • County closes out year

    The Levy County Commission, under the watchful eyes of a few spectators, media and three political candidates, balanced its checkbook on Tuesday and closed out the books on the 2014 budget year that ended at midnight.

    The commission, minus Commissioner Chad Johnson of Chiefland (R-District 2) who was out of town, approved minor amendments to the $69,523,296 county budget that included increasing the Emergency Medical Fund by $39,123 to $5,800,255 and increasing the Fire Fund by $5,990 to $2,301,769.

  • Water districts' taxes to stay the same

    Taxes paid to the two water management districts in Levy County will not increase in the upcoming fiscal year.
    The Suwannee River Water Management District, which most of the county is located in, approved its annual budget of $33.4 million Sept. 23. The district's millage rate was set at .4141, which is a .05 percent decrease from the year before.

  • Yes, rain, hazardous weather again

     HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK

    NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TAMPA BAY RUSKIN FL

    500 AM EDT TUE SEP 30 2014

    SUMTER-PINELLAS-POLK-HARDEE-HIGHLANDS-DESOTO-COASTAL LEVY-

    COASTAL CITRUS-COASTAL HERNANDO-COASTAL PASCO-

    COASTAL HILLSBOROUGH-COASTAL MANATEE-COASTAL SARASOTA-

    COASTAL CHARLOTTE-COASTAL LEE-INLAND LEVY-INLAND CITRUS-

    INLAND HERNANDO-INLAND PASCO-INLAND HILLSBOROUGH-INLAND MANATEE-

    INLAND SARASOTA-INLAND CHARLOTTE-INLAND LEE-TAMPA BAY WATERS-

  • Storm warning from weather service

     HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK

  • Sheriff's report

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office reports the following arrests:
    • Sept. 21, Reginald Ventrell Adams Sr., 52, Chiefland, disorderly intoxication, battery.
    • Sept. 16, Paul Lavell Alexander, 36, Williston, two counts VOP.
    • Sept. 16, Thomas Alvarez, 44, Williston, obtaining goods or services. Bond $1,000.
    • Sept. 16, Terry Lee Arnold, 41, Inglis, DWLS-habitual. Bond $2,500.
    • Sept. 18, Brianne Brown, 29, Williston, stop pay with defraud. Bond $1,000.

  • Bronson breaks ground on long-awaited sewer project

    Bronson will begin construction on its $2.9 million sewer expansion project within the next few weeks.
    "It's been a long time coming, but it's finally here," Bronson Mayor Franklyn Schuler said at a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday morning in front of Town Hall.
    The sewer system, primarily aimed at increasing business development along the town's main corridor, has been in the works for years.

  • Chiefland votes to press on with ALS

    Chiefland still wants advanced life support non-transport services (ALS), but it's been acknowledged that it won't be cheap or coming to fruition any time soon.
    Commissioners voted unanimously in favor of continuing to pursue ALS with the county Monday night, though the latest plan involves an employee swap that will allow potential Chiefland paramedics to get up to speed with the county.

  • Chiefland Medical, the best medicine

    Chiefland Medical Center was honored Tuesday night at the Tommy Usher Center as Business of the Year at the Greater Chiefland Area Chamber of Commerce's annual Industry Appreciation Banquet.
    More than 100 community members and business owners attended the function, which has been taking place since 1984. The event, celebrated the same week as the state's Industry Appreciation Week, was catered by Bett's Big T.
    Rick Young, practice administrator for the medical center, thanked the staff at the center for making the business what it is.

  • Woman shot in forehead in domestic case