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Today's News

  • Chiefland audit is positive

    It's been a good year for the city finacially, Robert Beauchamp said during an audit report for the city.

    He highlighted some figures and areas of growth to the board of city commissioners at their Monday night meeting.

    “The city has turned a big corner with regard to city finances,” Beauchamp said. In the past there was a decline in financial stability, “I'm pleased to report the trend has reversed itself.”

  • Learning agriculture through reading

    Every year Tonya Townsend does a agricultural related lesson with her class in honor of Ag Literacy Day, celebrated this year on April 21.

    “I enjoy it because we live in an agricultural community,” Townsend said. “I take a lot of pride in it … using and showing kids how important our farmers are.”

    Every year Florida Agriculture in the Classroom, Inc. writes and produces a book for students. Townsend said this is her tenth year participating in the activities with her class.

  • Hospital draws steps closer

    The city of Chiefland is literally working on paving the way for the new hospital.

    After the regular city commission meeting on Monday night, Accounting Specialist Laurie Copeland and Projects Coordinator Bryan Hassell presented the first public hearing for application for a Community Develop Block Grant.

    The grant will be in the economic development category and pay for infrastructure the city is responsible for such as water, sewer and roadways. The city is eligible for a $1.5 million grant, Copeland said.

  • Chiefland ponders where ALS money will come from

    A recent discussion on the details of bringing Advanced Life Support services to Chiefland left city commissioners seeking clarity from the county and without an answer as to where the funding would come from.

    “There’s not a problem with doing it, the problem with us is financial,” said City Commissioner Betty Walker.

    They’re not going to be given any additional money to do it, Teal Pomeroy added.

  • FDOT Road and Lane Closures for April 25 – May 1, 2015

    ALACHUA COUNTY

    Hull Road (UF Campus)  Possible daytime lane closures and sidewalk closures between Southwest 34th Street and Mowry Road to build concrete trail.

    Interstate 75   The new southbound entrance ramp from U.S. 441 in Alachua is now open to traffic. Nighttime lane closures from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. of the southbound exit ramp to U.S. 441. Northbound inside shoulder and southbound emergency lane closures continue just south of U.S. 441 (Exit 399) overpass in Alachua to finish the new ramp.

  • Drug team shuts Bronson meth lab

    Levy County Drug Task Force Investigators responded to 9590 N.E. 78 Lane in Bronson to investigate a possible clandestine methamphetamine lab.  Investigators made contact with the home owner, Joseph Heath Morgan, 39, who agreed to speak with the investigators. 

  • State inspections find skimmers on pumps

    TALLAHASSEE —A Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has sweep of more than 6,000 gas pumps in the state has found 81 “skimmers,” devices that capture consumers’ credit and debit card information.

    Adam Putnam, commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services, in announcing the results of the inspections on Thursday, Apriul 23, said, “From Okaloosa County to Miami-Dade County, these skimmers are being placed on gas pumps throughout the state.”

  • Jobless rate keeps dropping; Levy lowest in region

    The jobless rate for the three-county region of Levy, Citrus and Marion counties is continuing to drop, with Levy County leading the way, according to CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion, which tracks such data.

    The regional jobless rate in March dropped by 0.3 percentage point over the month to 6.8 percent and is down 1.1 percent over the year. Out of a labor force of 194,747 there were 13,237 unemployed, a decrease of 630 since February and 2,455 fewer than the same time last year.

  • Green Light a mixed success

    Operation Green Light ― a one day amnesty that allowed paying overdue traffic tickets without the 40 percent collection fee ‑ was a mixed success for Levy County as only five people chose to take advantage of it.

    The main attraction of the amnesty was not just the elimination of the collection fee, but the opportunity to get driving privileges restored as driver licenses are suspended when a ticket is unpaid for more than 30 days.

  • FWC: Don't feed the alligators

    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has a publication available on its website, “A Guide to Living with Alligators,” that warns the public of the dangers involved in feeding alligators.

    It's against the law. And violators can be cited and spend time in court or pay a fine.

    The brochure , by Jamie Feddersen and Tim Donovan, both of the FWC, advises swimmers to not swim outside of posted swimming areas or in waters that may be inhabited by alligators.

    Feddersen and Donovan write in the brochure: