Today's News

  • Unemployment taxes drop for business 

    Florida businesses will start paying lower reemployment taxes in January, due to the higher number of employed Floridians this year. The minimum tax rate will be cut more than 50 percent from the current rate of $16.80 per employee to $7.00 per employee in 2016.

    The $7 per employee minimum tax rate for 2016 is down from a high of $120.80 per employee in 2012. In just four years, Florida businesses have had their reemployment tax reduced by more than 94 percent.

  • Area's jobless rate drops to 5.9%

    The November  unemployment rate for the CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion area dropped by 0.2 percent over the month to 5.9 percent, which is 1.1 percentage points lower than the same time last year.

    Out of a labor force of 194,843, there were 11,427 unemployed, a decrease of 592 since October and 2,467 fewer than in November 2014. 

  • Community Calendar January 7

    Today, Jan. 7

    Tourist Development Council

    Levy County Tourist Development Council will meet for their bi-monthly meeting at 6 p.m. at 620 N. Hathaway Avenue, Bronson, Fl. (Levy County Road Dept. Office Building, U.S. Alt 27) The meeting is open to public.


    Library Friends meeting

  • Putnam's take on Obama’s gun order

    Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam issued the following statement regarding President Barack Obama’s executive action on guns:

    Our right to bear arms is enshrined in our U.S. Constitution, yet President Obama has again circumvented Congress with this executive action, infringing on law-abiding Americans’ Second Amendment rights.

    In Florida, where our population has soared to 20 million and we have 1.4 million concealed weapon licenses, our crime rate is at a 44-year-low.

  • It’s past time to start “dipping” your chip

    By Blake Dowling:

    Have you received your new credit card in the mail with a microchip in it?

    Does it allow the credit card company to know everything about you day or night?


    But in the short term it’s an added layer of security attempting to slow down the roaring rapids of credit card fraud and data breaches. The deployment of this type of credit card is much-needed in the United States, because such fraud has doubled in the past seven years.

  • Person of the Week

     — By Cameron Asbell, Cameron Asbell Insurance, Bronson

    Terri Grantham Cheston brings happiness everywhere she goes. She always seems to have a smile on her face and a positive message to bring.

    As a licensed massage therapist, her job is to help people find relief from muscle pain. As a person, I believe she was put here to help people find relief from the strains of life. Her positive energy seemed to radiate from her at all times.

  • Steinhatchee River stakeholder meeting Feb. 2

    The Suwannee River Water Management District (District) encourages residents, businesses and recreational users of the Steinhatchee River to participate in a public meeting.

    The purpose of the meeting is to give an overview of the minimum flows and levels (MFLs) development process for the Steinhatchee River and obtain public input.

    The meeting will be on Tuesday, Feb. 2, at 7 p.m. at the Steinhatchee Community Center: 1013 Riverside Drive, Steinhatchee. 

  • Log Cabin Quilters

    By Myrtice Scabarozi


  • Study: Citizen participation increases trust in science

    By Brad Buck

    Lay people who participate in citizen science develop more interest in science after participating in such a project, a new University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences study shows.

  • Citrus hospice recognizes outstanding workers

    CITRUS SPRINGS — Regina Genzel, Monica Johnson-Hawkins, Juan Sanchez and Heidi McDowell were honored as Employees of the Quarter for 2015 at the Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast Annual Holiday Staff Breakfast Meeting in Citrus Springs. Chosen based on nominations submitted by their coworkers, they were recognized for their dedication to service, compassion, excellence and attitude.