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Local News

  • Tourism has strong year

    When the Deepwater Horizon started spilling oil into the Gulf of Mexico you could almost feel the fear among folks in Cedar Key whose livings depend on tourism and seafood.
    While no oil has reached Levy County and seafood purveyors are battling to win back public confidence in the area's pristine products — most of which are shipped out of the area — tourism that is measured by heads in beds is doing fine.

  • SRWMD pays taxes

    Special to the Citizen

  • League releases guide to amendments on ballot

    The League of Women Voters of Florida is a non-partisan expert resource available to help explain the Amendments to voters.
    With six complex ballot amendments this year, along with some highly contested candidate races with national implications, it is imperative that Floridians understand their votes will have a major impact on our state's future.

  • County news briefs

    Paying their dues
    Levy County will again pay its dues to belong to the North Florida Economic Development Partnership. Pat O'Neal, Nature Coast Business Development Council director, said the dues are 5 cents per resident — $2,041 — for the year. While payment is not due, O'Neal said the Partnership did want a letter indicating the Levy County Commission's support for remaining in the organization.

  • Man doesn’t want Levy nuke plant as neighbor

    The environmental impact of the proposed nuclear plant in Levy County could hit Robert Smith hardest. Once it is built, Smith will live 6,800 feet behind the buildings that will house two nuclear reactors.
    “When you did a study of locations, why was Crystal River not suitable?” Smith asked on Sept. 23 at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission public meeting in Crystal River called to discuss the draft environmental impact statement for the construction project.

  • Welcome to the NEW Chiefland Citizen site
  • 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.