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  • Early voting starts Aug. 11
  • Chiefland millage down a 'smidgen'

    Chiefland property owners can breathe a sigh of relief as their property tax rates will go down a smidgen this year.

    However the Chiefland City Commission received proposals to raise fees, water and sewer rates, to go to a four-day work week and discussed the possibility of tying future fee and rate increases to the Consumer Price Index.

    The City Commission voted in its regular meeting Monday night to lower the rate from 4.7536 mills to 4.75 mills and to hold its budget meetings on September 9 and 23.

  • Levy CFCC offers classes

    CNA Program

    If you are interested in a career in health care you are invited to a free information session about the Certified Nursing Assistant class that will be offered by Central Florida Community College at Williston High School this fall.

    The CNA program is a great first step to a health care career. It prepares students for employment as nursing assistants in hospitals, long-term care facilities, medical offices and clinics.

  • Levy County millage rate stays same

    Levy County's property tax millage rate will remain at its current rate - 7.4212 mills - for the fiscal year starting Oct. 1

    That's good news for property tax owners. But the bad news for Levy County is that employees won't get a raise and it will have to spend its entire emergency reserve fund, to balance a reduced budget at that tax rate.

  • CES will expand

    With the site and design approval for a new structure, Chiefland Elementary School is hoping to put a dent in the 14 portable structures sitting on the south side of its sprawling campus.

    The Levy County School Board members OK'd the plans for a 11,700-square-foot building that will house eight classrooms.

    "They'll be replacing the portables," said assistant superintendent Jeff Davis at Tuesday's meeting. "They've (portables) been there since the school was built in 1993."

  • 4-H Campers sewing inaugural was 'fun-tastic'

    It was a celebration of firsts for the 4-H at the Levy County Extension Service office in Bronson.

    Everyone had made his or her first outfit - a top and a bottom.

    The quilting on the pillows was a first experience.

    Baking cookies was not a "first time" experience, but making them in the shape of clothing certainly was.

    There was the first boy in a class dominated by girls.

    It was the first time sore fingertips united them in a universal dislike of sewing needle pricks.

  • City's flushes have sweet smell of savings

    The staff at the Chiefland Water Reclamation Plant, the place where every toilet flush meets it end, have turned off two 40-horsepower fans that keep the smell down on the sludge digester.

    It sounds like a pretty noxious idea.

    But a change in the way sludge is separated from 168,000 to 170,000 gallons of wastewater daily means the smell emanating from the plant is that of money saved on the electric bill, blowers that no longer need maintenance, and less use of a petroleum-based chemical whose cost has been rising with crude oil prices.

  • Brandon Thorsen remembered

    About 150 people turned out for the dedication of a section of Highway 19 to Army Spec. Brandon Tyler Thorsen who was killed while on guard duty in Baghdad, Iraq, on Sept. 15, 2007. Thorsen's parents, Mr. and Mrs. David Thorsen were present and pulled the cover off the streetside sign. State Sen. Charles Dean, who helped pass the legislation designating the section of road in front of Chiefland High School, helped the Thorsens unveil the sign. Chiefland Police Chief Robert Douglas said, "To me it's a small thing . . .

  • Standards will clean up Suwannee

    Back in 1972, the Federal Clean Water Act was passed by Congress and President Nixon, setting guidelines to ensure that our nation's rivers remain healthy and clean.

    It has taken most states a long time to take action.

    Some like New Hampshire, Pennsylvania and Kansas, got their acts together quicker than others by drawing up widespread measures.

    Many others, including Florida, dragged their feet - waiting until their backs were against the wall.

  • RV sites will become permanent fixtures

    A request by Goethe Trailhead Ranch to convert 37 of 73 recreational vehicle sites into stationary park trailers drew sharp criticism from neighbors before being approved by the Levy County Commission on Tuesday.

    The Ranch, located at 9171 Southeast Levy County Road 337 between Williston and Dunnellon, is a horse-themed resort with a lighted arena, convenience store, tack and feed store, the Chuck Wagon Diner, 96 box stalls for horses, and access to more than 120 miles of trails in Goethe State Forest.