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Today's News

  • Levy DPS organizes regional training

    Thirty-two local and regional firefighters and emergency personnel took part in extrication training sponsored by the Florida Fire Chief’s Association Oct. 11 and 12.

    Levy County Department of Public Safety Director David Knowles got FFCA involved after a request for such services at a recent fire administration meeting. The class was free of charge, thanks to FFCA, as well as several other businesses in the area that supplied lunch and tools.

  • Community, leaders meet on proposed resource center

    Citizens, elected officials and community leaders of Levy, Gilchrist and Dixie counties met a couple of weeks ago for a visioning session to discuss plans and priorities for the Tri-County Community Resource Center. The Visioning Session was facilitated by national experts from Casey Family Programs.

    The Tri-County Community Resource Center is planned to open in late 2014 in Chiefland. The center will serve residents of Levy, Gilchrist and Dixie counties by providing free services and resources that have been identified by citizens as some of their top needs.

  • CMHS Health Academy learns CPR

    According to the American Heart Association (AHA), cardiac arrest is a leading cause of death in the United States, and when people other than first responders and healthcare providers know CPR, a victim’s survival rate can more than double.

    With that in mind, Levy County Department of Public Safety offered and provided the Chiefland Middle High School Health Academy students with CPR training.

  • HOSA says thanks with a meal

    On Sept. 25, the Health Academy Seniors at Chiefland High School prepared a luncheon in honor of business partners who, over the years, have sponsored their class and HOSA club. The senior students  prepared a home-cooked meal for those who attended. During the luncheon the students addressed the different activities they participate in throughout the year.

  • Regional jobless 7.1, Levy 6.7

    Levy County is a bright spot in the region with a jobless rate of 6.7 percent in September, a figure not seen since the start of the recession and rising unemployment in May 2008, according to a CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion press release. In May 2008, the county's jobless rate was 6.3 percent and jumped to 7 percent by June.

  • McCallum addresses Chiefland Rotary

    Levy County Sheriff Bobby McCallum, left, spoke to the Chiefland Rotary Club on Wednesday, Oct. 8, about changes in his office, but also to tell them why he is against Amendment 2, the medical marijuana measure, on the Nov. 4 general election ballot.

    McCallum told the Rotarians, “This is not what it seems” and said it would open the door to a variety of legal problems and an increase in other illicit drug use. He asked the Rotarians to vote against the measure and to talk to others about why the measure is bad and ask that they vote against it.

  • Suwannee Valley Rotary donates to LARC

    The ARC of Levy County's Betty Walker, left, accepted a $500 donation for the organization last week from Chiefland's Suwannee Valley Rotary Club.

    "I do appreciate all that you have done for this," Walker said. "And the money will surely be put to good use."

  • How the First District Court of Appeal ignored Florida voters

    Martin Dyckman

    ContexTFlorida

    Voters across Florida cast ballots in November 2000 to say whether they wanted to continue electing most of their circuit and county court judges or would let the governor appoint them.

    Election was the overwhelming favorite everywhere. In Duval, Nassau and Clay counties, which comprise the Fourth Circuit, it was the choice of 69.3 percent of the voters.

    This week, Florida’s First District Court of Appeal had a message for them:

    Drop dead.

  • Amendment 2 not needed; we already have Charlotte’s Web

    Barney Bishop

    ContexTFlorida

    As time goes by, it appears that Amendment 2 is facing serious opposition from likely voters.

    Though the press has loved quoting a flawed Quinnipiac Poll that showed 88 percent of voters were in support, once pollsters began asking the question as it would appear on the ballot, support has dropped significantly to somewhere between 56 percent and 61 percent.

  • Paying attention to the body

    By Dr. Brent Stewart