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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."

  • Elections office grant used for voting machines

    Levy County Supervisor of Elections Tammy Jones said $10,808.08 in grant funds from the Help America Vote Act of 2002 will be used to reimburse Levy County for the new voting machines.

    Jones announced the grant and repayment at the Oct. 21, Levy County Board of County Commission meeting.

    The Voting Access for Individuals with Disabilities (VOTE) Program within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) administers these grants to the states for this purpose.

  • Gigantic rummage sale through Tri-County Area on Nov. 8

    Imagine it, one long continuous rummage sale on roads from Cedar Key to Chiefland, Fanning Springs, Trenton and Bell.

    That's a lot of shopping for new and used goods.

    Three Chambers of Commerce in the Tri-County Area are teaming up to hold the 1st annual River Rummage Sale, a continuous rummage sale that runs along the roadways from Cedar Key through Chiefland, Fanning Springs, Trenton and ending at the EMS station in Bell on Saturday, Nov. 8, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

  • Man arrested on burglary charges

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office has arrested David Michael Smith, 26, on burglary, grand theft and dealing in stolen property charges in connection with a break-in at a residence in Bronson on Oct. 3 and are investigating him in connection with eight other residential burglaries he admitted, according to a sheriff's office press release.

    The victim reported that an unknown suspect had removed copper wire from the walls and appliances at his home.