Today's News

  • Stroke patients better off with private insurance than Medicaid

    Stroke victims who use Medicaid or are uninsured were more likely to die, stay hospitalized longer and have worse medical outcomes than patients with private insurance, a study by University of Florida Health researchers has found.

  • Community Calendar for the week of Sept. 17

    Today, Sept. 17

    Tourism group meets

    Visit Natural North Florida (The Original Florida Tourism Task Force) will meet Thursday, Sept. 17, at 10 a.m. at the Visit Florida, Multi-Purpose Room at 2540 Executive Circle West, Suite 200, Tallahassee.

    For more information, contact Steven Dopp at 352-955-2200 ext. 109.


    Library Friends meetings

  • Pet adoption event marks Pet Appreciation Week

    The Tractor Supply Co. store in Chiefland is hosting activities for families and their pets, including pet adoptions, on Saturday, Sept. 19 as part of Pet Appreciation Week.

    Pet Appreciation Week or P.A.W., held from Sept. 16-20, is Tractor Supply’s annual event to celebrate pet owners and their furry friends.

  • Taxes, assessments stay same

    The property tax rate will remain at its current rate of 8.2741 mills and the assessments for fire, EMS, solid waste and roadway maintenance will remain the same.

    The rates were finalized, along with a a few amendments to the budget for the fiscal year starting Oct. 1. The tentative budget, approved Sept. 3, was $59,418,506, but some last minute grants helped it to grow to $60,523,360.

    The Levy County Commission approved the property tax and assessments, and the budget in a public hearing on Monday evening.

  • Meet the legislators Sept. 21

    The 2015 Levy County Legislative Delegation meeting will be held at 9:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 21 at the Dogan S. Cobb building, 660 E. Hathaway Ave., Bronson.

    For more information, to be placed on the agenda to speak at the meeting, contact Matthew McClain in Stone’s District Office at (352) 291-4436 or by email at Matthew.McClain@myfloridahouse.gov

  • Chamber’s Industry Appreciation banquet days away

    Haven Hospice’s new Community Center will be the setting for the 32nd Annual Industry Appreciation Dinner to honor the 2014 Business of the Year and Organization of the Year on Tuesday, Sept. 22.

    The Gathering Table is catering the event for the Greater Chiefland Area Chamber of Commerce.

    The theme is Hollywood with classic movies playing on the big screens, red carpets and some fun games and activities as well as the wonderful fellowship amongst the business community.

  • Running with the big kids

    The CAAA Chiefland Indians football team got to lead the way out of the teepee at Friday night’s Chiefland Middle High School Indians varsity football team game.

    Every year the high school players and cheerleaders honor their younger counterparts.

  • Levy needs a new courthouse

    Clearly the two county commissioners in a courthouse space committee meeting did not want to hear bad news, especially as they face the voters in 2016, but Robert Roundtree, chief judge for the 8th judicial Circuit, delivered it:

    “I hear a sense of some that we ultimately know where we want to go and that’s a new building.”

    Roundtree said a new courthouse could cost $9 million, that’s the price for building a similar new courthouse in Washington County.

  • Fall Home and Garden Clean-Up Project Tips

    (StatePoint) Fall is the ideal season to tick items off your home exterior to-do list. The weather is finally cooler, making the work more enjoyable; and a thorough fall clean-up will give you peace of mind all winter.

    Your MVP during home maintenance season can be the pressure washer. Up to 75 times more powerful than a garden hose, a pressure washer is a versatile tool that offers an efficient way to get a variety of cleaning tasks done.


  • Sterilize tools to prevent lethal fungal disease

    By Brad Buck


    UF/IFAS scientists urge people to sterilize their pruning tools before and after they trim their Canary Island Date Palm trees to avoid spreading a deadly disease.

    Monica Elliott, a plant pathology professor, published a study recently in the journal Plant Disease that shows that Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. canariensis, a pathogen that spreads fusarium wilt of Canary Island Date Palm, was discovered on a wild or Senegal date palm in Palm Beach County.