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Today's News

  • FDOT Road and Lane Closures for June 27-July 3, 2015

    Note: All FDOT work is suspended Friday, July 3 through Sunday, July 5 for the anticipated increase in traffic for the Independence Day holiday. All work resumes Monday, July 6. FDOT offices are closed Friday, July 3 for the holiday.  

     

    ALACHUA COUNTY

     

    Archer Road   Daytime lane closures weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Southwest 35th Boulevard for intersection improvements into Butler Plaza.

     

  • County OKs sex offender restrictions

    A last-minute plea invoking God failed to move the Levy County Commission as it unanimously passed new restrictions on where sex offenders and predators can reside and move about.

    The plea was made by Vanessa Thomas of Williston in a public hearing on the ordinance that limits residence to no more than two sex criminals at a time in a home, and bars the home from being located near places where children gather and limits offenders and predators from being in or loitering in areas where children gather.

  • Flying high again

    More than 100 people, including members of various military organizations turned out Saturday, June 27, for the installation of two flag poles at AMVETS Post 88 where two had been cut down a week earlier.

    Workers at the post came in on Sunday, June 21, to find that someone had cut down two of the five poles in front of the post between midnight and 7 a.m.

  • Chiefland turns corner for the better

    Chiefland City Manager Mary Ellzey brought good news to the Chiefland Rotary Club last week.

    She said the city has turned a corner on its finances and its future is looking better.

    Without dwelling the city’s financial squeeze two years ago and the loss of a bid for a hospital, she instead gave the Rotarians a positive picture of city operations and activities in the city.

    Ellzey. a longtime city employee, was tapped to be city manager in July 2014. She started out in the police department and has been with the city for more than 31 years.

  • County's finances in good shape

    The county's auditor Martha Garcia-Baker of Carr, Riggs & Ingram, told the Levy County Commission that its finances have been given the best grade possible but it needs to be aware that General Fund expenditures are more than General Fund revenues.

    However, the commission has no worries, Garcia-Baker said, because it has money in other funds that can be shifted to pay the bills, so the county is not running in the red. “We had the money to cover it,” said Commission Chair John Meeks of Bronson.

  • Fist bump with a superhero

    Spiderman was one of the superheroes visiting Lutherw Callaway Library last Fridlay as part of the Summer Reading Program for Kids.

    There is a program every Friday at 10:30 a.m. at the library during the summer. 

  • Carol McQueen appointed to state committee

    Carol McQueen, Director of Levy County Visitors Bureau and Levy County Tourist Development Council has been appointed to Visit Florida’s Industry Relations Committee.

    “Representing Levy County on a state level allows me the opportunity to promote our rural area and to lobby for better ways to market our region," McQueen said.

  • Supervisor of Elections inducted

    Tammy Jones, Levy County Supervisor of Elections, was sworn in as the 2015‐2016 treasurer of the Florida State Association of Supervisor of Elections (FSASE) at the 2015 Annual Summer Conference held June 7‐10 in Kissimmee.

    Jones, second from right,  was elected to the office by her fellow supervisors from across the State of Florida.

  • Moving on

    Levy County Commissioner Lilly Rooks, left, presents Mark Johnson with a plaque of appreciation for his 17 years with the county’s emergengy management department.

    Johnson is leaving as director of Emergency Management to take a job as an emergency planner for the Department of Health in Bronson, moving just a few blocks away.

  • Chiefland TU grad makes Dean's List

    Josue R. Martinez of Chiefland, a Class of 2015 graduate, was named to the Dean’s List at  Thomas University for the Spring Semester 2015. Dean’s List students attend TU full-time and have a GPA of 3.5 to 3.99.

    Thomas University, established in 1950, is a private not-for-profit university of about 1,100 students located in Thomasville, Ga. TU awards associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees using traditional classroom  

    settings and online delivery.