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Today's News

  • Bell seeks re-election to commission

    Nancy Bell, the incumbent County Commissioner for District 2, has announced her candidacy for re-election as a Democrat in the Nov. 2 general election. Bell has been chair of the Levy County Board of County Commissioners since November 2008 and was re-elected in 2009 and 2010.
    In her announcement, Bell said:
    I pride myself on my integrity and I strive to always do the right thing when representing the residents of my county. For years, I have voted to keep your taxes low by fighting for fiscal responsibility through prudent spending of your tax dollars.

  • More in Levy looking for jobs

    Levy County's unemployment rate for August nudged up to 13.6 percent, meaning 2,227 residents were out of work out of a workforce of 16,399 people. That's up from from 2,190 in July, when there were 16,322 people in the county's workforce.
    But the county is not alone as Workforce Connection reported that the Levy-Citrus-Marion counties area it serves posted a 14.2 percent unemployment rate, up .3 percent from July and a full percentage point higher than the same time last year.

  • Chambers honors two of the top businesses

    The Print Shop and Southeastern Integrated Medicine were named the "Business of the Year" by the Greater Chiefland Chamber of Commerce during the group's annual banquet Tuesday evening at Tommy Usher Community Center.
    The Chamber annually honors a business during the state' Industry Apprciation Week, but this year the group's Board of Directors decided to honor two businesses this year. Nominations were solicited from the community.

  • County: No raise for 4th year

    County employees will go a fourth year without a pay increase under a budget approved last week by the Levy County Board of Commissioners.
    The commission voted 2-3 on a motion to grant the pay raise by Commissioner Danny Stevens of Williston and seconded by Commissioner Lilly Rooks of Rosewood during an evening meeting on Thursday, Sept. 9, that was attended by about 25 county workers and their spouses.
    Dissenting in the vote were Commission Chair Nancy Bell of Chiefland, Commissioner Chad Johnson of Chiefland and Commissioner Marsha Drew of Yankeetown.

  • City water rates set to go up

    Chiefland Mayor Teal Pomeroy says he’s always been proud of the city’s low water rates.  They haven’t been adjusted in seven years.
    “Outsiders have come in and said, ‘Oh, you have to raise your rates,’ ” Pomeroy said at Monday night’s commission meeting.  He said his response has always been, “Well, no we don’t.”

  • School Board overturns automatic pay increases

    The School Board of Levy County unanimously voted on Tuesday to change the language of the school district’s contract with the Levy County Education Association, altering it so that automatic salary step increases for teachers and employees will now be negotiated annually.
    Both sides argued their cases before the board during an impasse hearing at the School Board’s offices in Bronson. The decision alters an agreement that has been in place for 30 years in the school district.

  • Funeral Saturday for local soldier killed in Afghanistan

    Visitation is from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 10, for Pfc. James Anthony Page, killed during a roadside attack on Aug. 31 in Logar Providence, Afghanistan. He was one of four to die in the attack, according to the U.S. Department of Defense.

  • Funeral Saturday for local soldier killed in Afghanistan

    Visitation is from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 10, for Pfc. James Anthony Page, killed during a roadside attack on Aug. 31 in Logar Providence, Afghanistan. He was one of four to die in the attack, according to the U.S. Department of Defense.

    Page, whose body arrived at Gainseville from Dover Air Force Base on Thursday evening, will be remembered in funeral services at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 11 at Knauff Funeral Home in Williston. Pastor Keith Stewart will be officiating.

  • School board sets millage and budget

    The School Board of Levy County on Tuesday approved its millage rate and budget for the 2010-2011 school year.

    During its bimonthly meeting in Bronson, the board unanimously approved a millage rate of 7.653, which includes an additional quarter mill that will bring in an estimated $767,000 in funds for discretionary critical needs.

    The quarter mill estimate includes a percentage contribution from the state, determined by the district’s full time enrollment of students.

  • Commissioner Lilly Rooks announces candidacy for District 4

    Lilly Rooks will be the first to tell you that she welcomes the challenges she faces every day serving as the “Voice” for the people of Levy County.  Her job as a County Commissioner involve long hours, frequent telephone calls, and many meetings.

    Rooks makes herself available to the people.  She appreciates your phone calls, your ideas, and your opinions.  Rooks is grateful for the warm reception she has received as you have welcomed her into your homes.  Your input has guided her in making the right decisions for our county.