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  • Rotary district governor visits Suwannee Valley Rotary

    Chiefland's Suwannee Valley Rotary Club was visited today by special guest speaker David Rauch, a member of the Rotary Club of Mid Bay Choctawhatchee Bay and Rotary International District 6940 Governor.
    Rauch, who has been traveling the district and speaking to different Rotary clubs, highlighted the importance of retaining members, recruitment and continuing to make a difference in the community.
    "It's more than a theme," Rauch said, "it's a call to action."

  • Levy Public Safety promotes breast cancer awareness

    The Levy County Department of Public Safety (LCDPS) is proud to participate in National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. In an effort to increase awareness, LCDPS employees will be wearing pink shirts in the month of October.

    Breast cancer is the second most common cancer in women. About one in eight women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point.

    The good news is that many women can survive breast cancer if it’s found and treated early.

  • Cedar Key red tide subsiding

    Red tide in Cedar Key appears to be running its course.

    All commercial clam leases in the area were shut down the last few weeks due to positive testing results of Karenia brevis, a dangerous microorganism associated with red tide algae that hasn't been an issue since 2005.

    Eastern portions of Cedar Key clam leases, including Dog Island, were reopened Oct. 3. Test results, according to the state's Division of Aquaculture, showed 0 Karenia brevis cells present as of Oct. 1.

  • Animal services gains new powers

    Animal owners who neglect, mistreat or cannot provide adequate care for their animals could find themselves in Levy County Court where the judge could order Levy County Animal Services to remove the animals from their custody

    In two unanimous votes the Levy County Commission approved:

    • a change to the job duties of animal services workers to include investigation of violations of the state's animal cruelty law and

  • A pigskin reminder: it’s time to donate blood

    With summer vacations now behind us and the biggest season of all underway – football season – it’s a good time to think about donating blood.

    During the summer, when school is out and student numbers drop on university campuses, the blood supply takes an annual dip as well. Now, with students back and vacations over, donors are needed to rebuild the community blood supply.

  • Duke auction yields bargains for Levy County

    The Levy County Department of Public Safety (LCDPS) won three bids at a recent auction for items from the Duke Energy Nuclear Power Plant:

    • $15,000 - One (1) 2012 breathing air trailer system (valued at $150,000)

    • $300 - One (1) Clow Corp fire hydrant (valued at $1,500)

    • $300 - Two (2) Clow Corp fire hydrants (valued at $1,500 each)

  • Deadlines loom for Fanning hotel project

    Plans are coming down to the wire for the Fanning Springs’ Holiday Inn Express and Dairy Queen development project.

    “We need this application out the door by the end of the month,” said grants administrator Fred Fox at Fanning Springs’ city council meeting last Thursday. The state has to have all the money obligated by Dec. 12, he said.

  • Msg to Chiefland: You pay the bill

    Memo from the Levy County Commission to the City of Chiefland: Nothing is free.

    And while you are at it, could you explain how, if you cannot afford to pay for an $11,000 study on how allowing the city to provide Advanced Life Support (ALSnt) non-transport service would affect the county's EMS assessment, how will you pay the $250,000 a year it takes to operate ALSnt service?

  • Commission won't fund ALS study

    The Levy County Commission voted 4-1, with Commissioner Chad Johnson of Chiefland voting no, to deny helping Chiefland fund a study of the assessment program as part of the city's request to operate an ALS non-transport service.

    The city had asked the county to share part of the $11,000 cost and to allow the city to make monthly payments for the study. But the commissioners, saying the city was showing it is not able to afford the $250,000 per year service if it cannot fund an $11,000 study, voted to deny the request.

  • Miami patient tests negative for Ebola in preliminary test

    Tallahassee — A Miami patient who was tested for Ebola on Sunday was negative in a preliminary test and a second patient in Sarasota, who traveled to West Africa, was also tested, by the Florida Department of Health (DOH), the Joint Information Center announced on Monday.

    In following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) protocol, another sample from the Miami patient was sent to the CDC's Atlanta lab for confirmation of this negative result. The CDC's results are expected on Wednesday.