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Today's News

  • Backpack meals program helps children in need

    When it comes to important factors in a student’s education and well being, his or her time in the classroom is only the tip of the iceberg.

    The Food4Kids Backpack Program has been successful in addressing Levy County children’s basic nutritional needs outside of the school halls.

    Students take home a backpack on a Friday with seven meals, and bring it back empty the following Friday to receive a refill.

  • Haven Hospice volunteer provides helping paw to Kids for K9s

    “It happened several times,” said Kaye Gaither. “My husband Michael, Honey and I would be in a public place and a small child would see us and smile. Then their parents would see us and become nervous and direct their children to stay away from us.”

  • CF receives suicide prevention grant

    The College of Central Florida has been awarded a $294,930 Campus Suicide Prevention Grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

    The funds will be used to implement a collegewide suicide prevention project. The project will allow the college to develop and implement an infrastructure that will promote education and awareness, incorporating the philosophy that it is everyone’s responsibility to be knowledgeable on suicide awareness, know the signs and symptoms, strategies to dealing with and know the resources to use, if an occurrence occurs.

  • Comunity Calendar for the week of July 28

    Today, July 28

    Regional planning council meeting

    Please be advised that there will be a North Central Florida Regional Planning Council meeting on Thursday, July 28, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites, 213 N.W. Commerce Blvd., Lake City.  Guest speaker will be Jim Wood, Office of Policy Planning, Florida Department of Transportation.

    Click on the following link for a printable version of the complete Council meeting packet.ncfrpc.org/CouncilPackets/2016/07_28_16.pdf

  • Oliver! opens Friday

    The Suwannee Valley Players summer youth production “Oliver!” opens on Friday, July 22 at the Chief Theater at 25 E. Park Ave. in Chiefland.

    The cast includes, left to right, in background, Sami Johnson-Streit, Ryan Tedin, Jenevieve Squires, Nelson Crawford; clockwise around table starting from the bottom, are Katie Hodge (as Oliver), Elijah Ridgeway, Wednesday Wright, Audrey Van Dyke, Jenna Walbaum, Alexis Lipscomb, Laci Acevedo (not seen), Jacob Walbaum, Zachary Harmon, Lacey Harmon.

  • Property values not rising quickly enough

    Usually when Levy County Property Appraiser Oz Barker says property values ― and hence property taxes ― are rising folks are not happy.

    But public officials are facing a different dilemma. While property values are going up in most of Levy County, they are not rising as fast as the cost of goods and services the county must provide. And there are an increasing number of exemptions that take property off the tax rolls or minimize the taxes they must pay.

  • Change is coming for Williston property owners

    Over the course of the next few months, decisions will be made by city residents that will affect Williston property owners for years to come.

    In its quest to clean up Williston and make it both aesthetically pleasing and structurally safe, the Board of Adjustments and Code Enforcement (BACE) will be making recommen-dations to tighten city codes and stiffen penalties for those owners who fail to comply with the law.

  • Cedar Key Oystermen’s, Suwannee Oyster associations win grant for restoration project in Suwannee Sound, Gulf

    Cedar Key, Florida (July 20, 2016). The Cedar Key Oystermen’s Association and the Suwannee Oyster Association have received a grant award of $20,000 to implement an oyster rehabilitation project in the Suwannee Sound, Gulf of Mexico. One of five collaborative grants awarded across the Big Bend counties—Dixie, Jefferson, Levy, and Taylor—the funding encourages partnerships to strengthen the region’s economic vitality while simultaneously ensuring the ongoing health of its natural resources.

  • Shell Mound road bids too high

    Bids for repaving and widening the pitiously rutted and worn Shell Mound Road have come in and they are well over the amount of a grant the state Department of Transportation is giving Levy County.

    So the Levy County Commission is asking the state if it can help with more money and looking into whether recreation impact fees collected from new construction can be used for the project on County Road 326/Southwest 78th Place better known as Shell Mound Road.

  • Free summer meal sites, hotline available for local kids in need

    There are 25 sites in Levy and the Tri-County area where children 18 and under can access free meals this summer through the United State Department of Agriculture’s Food Service Program.

    The sites, listed below, include several local schools, libraries and churches around Levy, Dixie, Gilchrist and Alachua County, and do not require any identification or documentation from clients.