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Today's News

  • 'It looked like a war zone'

    By Michael Bates

    Tuesday in the middle of his living room at his Yankeetown home — what’s left of it, that is.

    Twenty-seven inches of water swept through Ralph Dixon’s home in Hurricane Hermine, destroying furniture, lamps, kitchen utensils and other items that make up a life.

    It’s hot in the living room. The air condition and power are out. Dixon, 84, sweated while he packed up what was salvageable. What can be saved will be put inside a portable storage unit he had delivered and placed in his driveway.

  • Seventh annual Beast Feast to raise money for Levy County Schools Foundation

    The Levy County Schools Foundation is holding its seventh annual Beast Feast, which features southern food and a live auction fundraiser, on Oct. 1.

    The event offers a “unique southern dinner,” including venison, gator tail, mullet, sausage, pork, fish chowder, gumbo, swamp cabbage, boiled corn, grits, baked beans and desserts. and a live auction. The dinner is served at 6 p.m.

    It takes place at The Etheridge Farm & Produce at 2351 NE 140th Avenue, Williston.

  • Chiefland Haunted House opens Oct. 14

    The Chiefland Police Department, the Chiefland and Suwannee Valley Rotary Clubs and Levy County IAFF Local 4069 are joining together to open the Chiefland Haunted House on Oct. 14 at the old Central Florida Electric Cooperative warehouse.

    The CPD usually has a Halloween event on the city's trick-or-treat night but due to the excellent turn out last year, the officers decided the city needed a better, bigger experience.

    The event os moving to the now-vacant CFEC warehouse at 1125 Northwest 11th Ave., off U.S Highway 19 in Chiefland behind Hardee's.

  • Industry Appreciation Banquet Tuesday

    On Tuesday Sept. 27 the Chiefland Chamber will honor Mark and Stacy Swain, owners of Beef O'Brady's in Chiefland, as Chiefland’s 2016’s Business of the Year . They will be honored for their outstanding entrepreneurship and work in the community.

    Tickets are $30 with an RSVP. The event will take place at the Haven Hospice Community Center. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the program begins at 6 p.m.

    If you would like to attend, please RSVP to the Chamber office 352-493-1849.

  • CFEC annual meeting Oct. 1

    Central Florida Electric Cooperative (CFEC) is inviting members to attend its annual meeting on Saturday, Oct. 1.

    Registration starts at 8 a.m. for “Early Bird Drawings,” with door prizes, soft drinks and information booths.

    There will be entertainment by “LifeSong” from 8:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m., before a business session and presentation of reports and election results at 10 a.m.

  • County ups property tax to 2005 level

    The Levy County Commission has given final approval to 9 mills, but not after excoriating the County Clerk Danny Shipp who did not attend Monday’s public hearing, but instead sent an assistant to make an 11th hour request to cover pay raises for non-court employees and an expected employee insurance premium hike.

    And it did not stop with the public hearing as the commissioners turned up the heat in their regular meeting asking for responses to their requests for information on a new internet provider agreement. And mocking his absence through most of the meeting.

  • School Board millage sees slight drop

    The School Board of Levy County unanimously adopted its final 2016-2017 millage and budget, setting the combined millage rate at 6.876, and the total budget at $77,264,131.00.

    The budget was revised up from the original advertised estimate by $1,503,385, largely due to $1,259,923 in additional anticipated costs for capital projects.

  • FEMA assistance to start flowing

     

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    WASHINGTON –The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that federal disaster assistance has been made available to the state of Florida to supplement state, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the area affected by Hurricane Hermine during the period of August 31 to September 11, 2016.

  • Wizard of Oz auditions open

     

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    The Suwannee Valley Players announce auditions for the classic story, “Wizard of Oz” by L. Frank Baum. This is the story of Dorothy Gale and her dog Toto and the adventures they have when she is hit on the head during a tornado.

  • Dates announced to register for Toys for Tots

     

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    The Tri-County Toys for Tots campaign has announced registration dates, times, and locations. There will be one registration date in each county. Residents are encouraged to make plans to attend one of these events, as additional registration opportunities may be limited. Registration requirements are listed below.