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Today's News

  • Do you want to help count people?

    The U.S. Census Bureau is looking for a few good people to work in the 2010 Census and at least one Chiefland official is hoping the count gets done accurately.

    Project and Finance Director Laurie Copeland says Chiefland’s population in the 2000 Census fell two people short of qualifying for more federal grant money.

    “We’re two recorded people between the 650,000 category and 700,000 category” for Community Development Block Grant, she said.

    “The federal government is using the 2000 data. . . and there is no way to change it.”

  • Small investment reaps millions in savings

    It’s the offer no one can refuse.

    Give me $651 in county money and I’ll give everyone in your county an average discount of 20 percent on their prescriptions.

    Heck, if their pets use medicines manufactured for human consumption, I’ll toss in a discount on their prescriptions, too.

    And those folks won’t have to pay a fee to get the discount.

    Levy County Commissioner Lillie Rooks said that’s just what happened.

  • The School Zone

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  • The School Zone

    Upcoming Activities, Events and Other School Information

    All Schools:

    Dec. 20-Jan. 5 Christmas and New Year’s Holiday

    Jan. 6-Students Return

    Chiefland Elementary School: 493-6040

    Now through Jan. 16- preorder CES Yearbooks on sale for $17 each

    Send in “Box Tops for Education” and check for expired dates.

    Chiefland Middle School: 493-6025

    Dec. 15-CMS Basketball G/B vs Trenton 4/5 p.m. AWAY

    Jan. 8-CMS Basketball G/B vs Lake Butler @ 5/6:30 p.m. AWAY

  • Parkin is Sunshine Scholar

    Bronson High School senior Sarah Parkin was named the 2009 Sunshine State Scholar for Levy County School District last week. The award recognizes the state’s top 95 students, Florida’s crème de la crème, in math and science. Sarah is one of 15 who will represent the North Central Region in the January 2009 state competition. The top 10 regional competitors will compete in the finale at Tallahassee in March. Sarah has earned 4.5 math credits and 5 science credits with straight A’s. Her weighted GPA is 4.37.

  • Progress Energy open house draws crowd

    CRYSTAL RIVER — Residents swarmed the National Guard Armory in Crystal River Tuesday to look

     

    at maps of the potential routes of Progress Energy Florida’s new

    transmission lines.

    “We sent out about 6,000 letters in the whole area,” said Gail T. Simpson,

    manager, public policy and constituency relations for Progress Energy.

    By a rough estimate, at least 500 residents attended Tuesday’s open house.

    The parking lot at the armory was overflowing.

  • County Budget Picture Murky

    Levy County’s finances are a mixed bag and commissioners may wish they could read tea leaves to know the county’s future.

    Clerk of Court Danny Shipp and Sheila Rees, head of county finance, gave a report on county revenues and expenditures during Tuesday’s Board of County Commissioners’ meeting that was neither glowing or dismal.

    For the first three months of the fiscal year revenues estimated general fund revenues are up with Rees estimating the county will receive $5,321,042 for the period when the commission had budgeted $5,173,241.

  • Visitors learn how manatees are tracked

    Folks both young and old braved the cold to come out Saturday morning to Manatee Springs State Park, where members of the U.S. Geological Survey’s Sirenia Project held an informative exhibition on the exciting technologies and techniques used in tracking area manatee populations.

    In addition to traditional VHF tracking methods, visitors were also shown new, high-tech digital and GPS (Global Positioning Satellite) tags, which allow researchers to update tagged manatee positions every 15 to 20 minutes and pinpoint their location to within several yards.

  • Bid protest set aside

    The Chiefland City Commission has set aside a bid protest filed by an Illinois company over a pump for the city’s wastewater operation because it came late and the product was too expensive.

    Laurie Copeland, city project and finance coordinator, said the request for bids on the pump said bids could be submitted for diesel or gas-fueled pumps, that the city only intended to spend $47,000 on the pump, and the city reserved the right to waive certain specifications.

  • Property appraiser moves closer to the public

    It was his ninth day in office and Levy County Property Appraiser Osborn “Oz” Barker was restless.

    He’s eager to get to work, but first there is a week of training in Tallahassee. When he returns he will be on the move. He has his Bible and a copy of “God’s Promises to You,” by Max Lucado on his temporary desk in the old office occupied by his predecessor Francis Akins.

    Barker’s Christian beliefs are well known. He makes no secret that he seeks to walk with Jesus.