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  • State warns consumers about unclaimed property scam

    TALLAHASSEE — Florida’s Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater today warned consumers about an emerging scam related to the retrieval of unclaimed property.  A company calling themselves The Florida Department of Financial Restitution has been contacting consumers claiming to be on contract with CFO Atwater’s Department of Financial Services and offering to reunite them with unclaimed property for an upfront fee of $600.  

  • Levy roads to be named for veterans Buesing, Campbell and Page

    State Rep. Leonard Bembry (D-Madison) announced March 8 that CS/HB 7039, a bill designating roads in Levy County for Marine Lance Cpl. Brian R. Buesing, Army Sgt. Karl A. Campbell and Army Spc. James A. Page has passed both houses of the Florida Legislature.  

  • Update on Ellzey wildfire: contained

        A wildfire that started yesterday, burning 225 acres near Ellzey has been about 60 percent contained, according to Florida Forest Service Fire Mitigation Specialist Ludie Bond.
        Bond said nobody was hurt in the blaze that started at about 3 p.m. on the west side of C.R. 336, about halfway between S.R. 24 and C.R. 330.  No homes were threatened by the fire, now named the Cannon Road Fire, she said, though a farmer's tractor was destroyed.

  • Hendersons named Citizens of the Year

    H.C. Henderson Jr. and the love of his life, the late Alice Faye Henderson, are the 2011 Citizens of the Year chosen by the Greater Chiefland Area Chamber of Commerce.
    "This is such a special moment in my life," Henderson said in accepting the award. He thanked the Chamber for including his late wife, who died about seven months ago.

  • Judge's order creates monumental reaction

    Eighth Judicial Circuit Chief Judge Martha Lott's administrative order regarding the placement of art, monuments and other items at county courthouses has struck a nerve with the Levy County Commission.
    In Tuesday's commission meeting the Feb. 21 order came in for harsh criticism, although one commissioner noted she was only asking to be heard before such things were done.

  • He knew Diddley

    Ellas McDaniel Jr. was just a year old when his father went from relative obscurity, driving an asphalt truck and playing rhythm and blues on the street corners of Chicago, to worldwide fame.
    “He was trying to put diapers on me and my sister. That’s what led him to play on street corners,” McDaniel said last week from the home of Chiefland friend Duane Schwingel. “My mother (Ethel) worked for the Polo Meat Co., cuttin’ up chickens.”

  • Sewage fees prove odorous

    A heated debate between several Bronson Town Council members Monday night ended when the council unanimously agreed that the town’s sewer ordinance stinks.
    “A lot of the language is imprecise and very loose,” Town Attorney Steven Warm told the council.
    Members, acting on Warm’s advice and offer to draft a new ordinance, voted to schedule a series of workshops to address the issue after a disagreement over how much of an impact fee should be charged to residents and business owners when connecting to new sewer lines.

  • Lee Sullivan candidate for Levy sheriff

    My name is Lee Sullivan, I started my law enforcement career in Levy County where I grew up and graduated from Chiefland High School and I hope to complete my career as Levy County sheriff.

  • Suwannee Fair opens for 60th year today

    The Suwannee River Youth Livestock Show and Sale, better known as the Suwannee River Fair, opens for its 60th year on Thursday at 3 p.m. with the acceptance of entries for the poultry and rabbit competitions.
    On Friday, the show moves into larger animals with the check-in of goats, dairy cows, and heifers.

  • Set your clocks ahead an hour Saturday night

    Sunday marks the beginning of Daylight Saving Time (DST), and with it comes a change in the number of days lawn and landscape watering is allowed throughout the Suwannee River Water Management District.