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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Heart Springs goes Hollywood

    Hart Springs will be featured in a segment of a new TV series on geology put together by the British Broadcasting Corporation and the Discovery Channel.

    Filming for the project at Hart Springs, which focused on part of the spring's cave system, started Wednesday and ended on Friday.

    Lucy Van Beek, a BBC producer at the springs Wednesday, said the TV series, called “Naked Earth”, will be hosted by the BBC's Richard Hammond and will air some time in 2011.

  • Friction on county commission out in open

    The friction that has simmered among the Board of County Commissioners became a matter of record Tuesday during the regular meeting when Commissioner Marsha Drew of Yankeetown expressed her unhappiness with county employees.

    The once unanimous board has been splitting on votes, including a 2-2 tie on Tuesday that had to be broken by Commission Chair Nancy Bell. On more than one occasion a motion has failed for lack of a second, something that was unusual just two years ago.

  • Fanning considers using treated wastewater on area farms

    A plan to deliver recycled water to nearby farms is being proposed as part of the town of Fanning Spring’s future wastewater treatment facility, according to a representative from the Suwannee River Water Management District.

    John Dinges, director of Water Supply and Resource Management with SRWMD, said at the Fanning and Manatee Springs Working Group meeting at Fanning Springs City Hall Aug. 26 that the town has already applied for a permit with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.