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  • Saturday health and nutrition outreach events

    Special to the Citizen
    Two more in a series of monthly community outreach events, sponsored by the Florida Department of Children and Families, the Levy County Health Department, The Children’s Table and Elder Options, will be held  on Saturday, Sept. 25. The events, which will focus on local health and hunger issues, are at:
    n Fanning Springs Community Church, 17930 NW 90th Court, Fanning Springs, from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m.
    n Mount Pleasant Baptist, 310 SW 5th Street, Chiefland, from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m.
    Services provided will include:

  • County approves budget

    The Levy County Commission did a little housekeeping on the proposed 2010-2011 budget in a special meeting on Monday  and then approved the $58,531,978 spending plan.
    Property owners will not have their millage — 7.4212 mills — raised, nor will county employees be receiving a raise in pay. But the commission will be absorbing the cost of an 11.8 percent increase in the employees' health insurance for the workers and their families.

  • County Briefs

    Drug grant approved
    A request to accept $75,725 in federal grant money to pay the salaries of officers in the Levy County Multi-Jurisdictional Task Force 19 was approved by the Levy County Board of Commissioners at its meeting on Tuesday.
    Levy County Sheriff's Maj. Evan Sullivan said the money distributed by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement will not cover all the salaries but he said it helped county taxpayers to get the money from Washington, D.C.

    Inmate medical in the red

  • Bell seeks re-election to commission

    Nancy Bell, the incumbent County Commissioner for District 2, has announced her candidacy for re-election as a Democrat in the Nov. 2 general election. Bell has been chair of the Levy County Board of County Commissioners since November 2008 and was re-elected in 2009 and 2010.
    In her announcement, Bell said:
    I pride myself on my integrity and I strive to always do the right thing when representing the residents of my county. For years, I have voted to keep your taxes low by fighting for fiscal responsibility through prudent spending of your tax dollars.

  • County starts food bank

    William Brown stood up at Tuesday's Levy County Commission meeting, and by the time he yielded the floor he had three accomplishments to his book.
    Brown, co-founder of The Children's Table, first introduced the commission to Tyler Beauchamp, son of Mickey and Cheryl Beauchamp, of Bronson.
    Young Beauchamp is a member of the Future Farmers of America and as a project planted and harvested seven acres of peas for Children's Table to be distributed to feed families in need. Brown presented Beauchamp with a plaque honoring his gift.

  • Meet The Candidates Night

    Levy County voters are invited to bring their questions for candidates in the Nov. 2 election and leave with answers from the Cedar Key Lions Club's Meet the Candidates Night.
    The forum is on Tuesday, Sept. 28,  at  7 p.m. at the Cedar Key Community Center, 6th St., Cedar Key.
    The candidate forum will be moderated by Lion Dale Register.  Come meet and greet the county and state candidates.
    Light refreshments, appetizers and desserts will be served courtesy of the Cedar Key Lions Club.

  • County starts food bank

    William Brown stood up at Tuesday's Levy County Commission meeting, and by the time he yielded the floor he had three accomplishments to his book.
    Brown, co-founder of The Children's Table, first introduced the commission to Tyler Beauchamp, son of Mickey and Cheryl Beauchamp, of Bronson.
    Young Beauchamp is a member of the Future Farmers of America and as a project planted and harvested seven acres of peas for Children's Table to be distributed to feed families in need. Brown presented Beauchamp with a plaque honoring his gift.

  • Merger of three farm credit organizations proposed

    Farm Credit of North Florida, Farm Credit of Southwest Florida and Farm Credit of South Florida are pursuing a merger.
    The associations have signed onto a Letter of Intent to Merge — the initial step in collecting, analyzing and providing information regarding the merger’s advantages and disadvantages.  
    Farm Credit’s cooperative structure allows its’ members to have the final vote of approval through a proxy mail voting process.  

  • Bell seeks re-election to commission

    Nancy Bell, the incumbent County Commissioner for District 2, has announced her candidacy for re-election as a Democrat in the Nov. 2 general election. Bell has been chair of the Levy County Board of County Commissioners since November 2008 and was re-elected in 2009 and 2010.
    In her announcement, Bell said:
    I pride myself on my integrity and I strive to always do the right thing when representing the residents of my county. For years, I have voted to keep your taxes low by fighting for fiscal responsibility through prudent spending of your tax dollars.

  • More in Levy looking for jobs

    Levy County's unemployment rate for August nudged up to 13.6 percent, meaning 2,227 residents were out of work out of a workforce of 16,399 people. That's up from from 2,190 in July, when there were 16,322 people in the county's workforce.
    But the county is not alone as Workforce Connection reported that the Levy-Citrus-Marion counties area it serves posted a 14.2 percent unemployment rate, up .3 percent from July and a full percentage point higher than the same time last year.