Local News

  • Bell edges Desmond in District 4 primary

    Ryan Bell defeated Noel Desmond in the Republican primary election for the District 4 County Commission seat Tuesday, closely advancing to November’s general election by a mere 36 votes.

    It was Levy County’s only local race on the ballot in the primary election, held on a day of poor weather and low turnout. Of the 21,415 registered voters in the county, 24.97 percent turned out to vote.

  • Jobless rate up in Levy

    While Florida was marking a rise in unemployment to 12 percent in July, Levy County's jobless rate rose by three-tenths of a point to 13.4 percent in July from June's 13.1 percent.

    It was much the same news in Marion County where unemployment in July was 14.1 percent and for Citrus County where it was 13.7 percent.

  • City officials: Fowlers Bluff fire board being difficult

    Chiefland Fire Rescue will continue to provide service to Otter Creek and Fowlers Bluff  because both are without official fire departments, Chiefland city officials said Monday night.  However, Chiefland officials are taking two different approaches to the service agreements with those cities.

    The commission voted unanimously to both approve a contract for fire and emergency services with Otter Creek and to discuss with county officials how to provide service to Fowlers Bluff without dealing with its board.

  • Levy schools eligible for federal funding

    Florida was awarded about $700 million for education from the federal government’s Race to the Top program on Tuesday.

    The School Board of Levy County is eligible to receive $1.1 million over four years from the program, despite not receiving all three required signatures during the application process. The funds are to be used for school improvement and education innovation.

  • Local bondsmen say sour economy is keeping people in jail

    You won’t find Dog the Bounty Hunter in Florida but you will find Berlon Weeks and David Stone, Levy County’s two bail bondsmen.

    The two are in the business of assisting people get out of jail when they’re checkbooks are depleted.

    Becoming a licensed and insured bail bondsman is a five-step process, Weeks said.

  • Lawson: Repeal septic tank requirement

    TALLAHASSEE —A bill passed earlier this year meant to protect springs, in part by requiring septic tank inspections every five years, is too expensive in a tight economy and should be repealed, state Sen. Al Lawson said Tuesday.

    Lawson, D-Tallahassee and a candidate for Congress, sent a letter to Senate President Jeff Atwater, R-North Palm Beach, asking that legislation to repeal the requirement be brought up if lawmakers return later this year to address economic issues.

  • TRIM notices mailed out on Friday

    Levy County Property Appraiser Oz Barker told the Chiefland Rotary Club there is one thing everyone should keep in mind about his work. "I don't do taxes, I do assessments," he said addressing the group on Aug. 11.

  • Commission approves thinned down budget

    The Levy County Commission has a workable budget on the table, but they are not yet finished with it and the margin for error – handling emergencies — is only $500,000.  Deputy Clerk Sheila Rees, who handles county finances, said the budget document drawn up by her, County Coordinator Freddie Moody and Clerk of Courts Danny Shipp uses $4.5 million in reserves to balance the county’s accounts and has only $500,000 to cover emergency expenditures in the $53 million budget. “That’s not a real safe place to be, having reserves of o

  • Plans for Chiefland solar farm up in the air

    A Miami developer and business owner says he wants to build a 50-acre solar farm in Chiefland. Carl Nurse, managing director of Solargy Systems Inc., said Monday he's trying to pull funding together for the project, which, according to Nurse, could cost as much as $80 million.

  • Williston pursues solar power system

    Looking for ways to help both residents and the environment, the city of Williston is taking a ginormous leap into the 21st century by pursuing a solar energy system to power the city. Tuesday city leaders met with interested residents and elected officials to pitch their plan that will make Williston less dependent on fossil fuels. City Manager Marcus Collins and Adam Hall, the city’s project manager and land development regulations administrator, gave a 30-minute overview of their vision for the city to about 30 people that included State Reps.