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Today's News

  • Blast from the past

     

    By ALLEN STRICKLAND

    Special to the Citizen

  • Yoho response to Obama's SOTU

     Congressman Ted S. Yoho (R- District 3) gave the following statement after attending tonight’s State of the Union address:

    “Tonight we have heard the President lay out his vision and priorities for America.

  • Info leads to Bronson drug bust

    Levy County Sheriff's K-9 Deputy Clint Anderson was on patrol in Bronson when he received information that Jermey Jamal Mayes, 24, was driving while his license was suspended.

    After Anderson confirmed the license had been suspended in November 2014 for failure to pay traffic fines.

    Anderson located Mayes on Court Street in Bronson and conducted a traffic stop on the 1993 Lincoln he was driving. During the stop Mayes confessed to having a firearm in the vehicle.

  • Fewer workers = lower unemployment

     CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion reported Friday that the region's jobless rate in December fell to 6.4 percent, down 0.4 percentage point over the month and down 0.6 percent compared to the same time last year.

    There were 12,723 unemployed in the region, 860 fewer than in November and 1,291 less than December 2013.

    Levy County continued to post the lowest unemployment rate in the region at 6 percent, followed by Marion County with 6.4 percent and Citrus County at 6.7 percent. The not-seasonally adjusted rate for Florida and the nation is 5.4 percent.

  • Drivers reminded to heed 'Move Over' law

    In 2013, there were over 130 traffic crashes in Florida that involved motorists who violated the Move Over law. Of those crashes, 81 resulted in injuries and 2 in fatalities. This month, the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles is reminding motorists of the state’s Move Over law.

    The Move Over law was enacted in 2002 to help protect law enforcement officers, emergency workers, and tow truck drivers when they are performing their duties along the roadside. In July 2014, the Move Over law was expanded to include sanitation and utility vehicles.

  • Weekend warriors in Bronson, Cedar Key

    An Army Reserve unit that goes into areas after combat or natural disasters to help reestablish civil government is coming to Bronson and Cedar Key this weekend for a training exercise.

    And while a media release says this is a way of sharpening weekend warrior’s skills for when they are deployed to places like war torn Bagdad or Sierra Leone during the ebola outbreak, at least one Cedar Key city commissioner sees a more sinister plan at work.

  • FDOT Road and Lane Closures for January 24-30

    ALACHUA COUNTY

    Archer Road   Daytime lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. just west of Southwest 47th Street for median modifications for Gainesville Council on Aging.

    Daytime eastbound lane closures east of Southwest 37th Boulevard for driveway modifications at Sonny’s BBQ.

    The main driveway at UF Health/Shands (Circle of Hope) is closing Monday for an extended period for construction at the hospital.

  • Legislators listen to wish lists

    There must be a law in nature that says the smaller the meeting room the bigger the turnout. Such was the situation when the Levy County legislative delegation met last week to hear what county and municipal leaders and residents want to see come out of the upcoming legislative session.

  • Water main crack left some dry

    A crack in a water main along Northwest 12th at Northwest 17th caused the loss of service to part of Chiefland on Thursday morning, but city crews had it repaired by 9:20 a.m., said City Manager Mary Ellzey.

    Some residents reported being without water or having low water pressure while others had no interruption in service.

    City Hall received a number of calls after word got out about the problem, but the number of people affected was small, according to a city worker.

     

  • County agrees to agricultural office lease

    Each year 48 million people (1 in 6 Americans) are sickened by foodborne diseases and of that number 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die, according to recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

    Everyone has probably heard of the massive food recalls of tainted food. 

    But what few know is that Congress passed a law that President Barak Obama signed into law empowering the Food and Drug Administration, among other agencies, to implement ways to prevent foodborne illnesses.