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Today's News

  • 7th Annual Homemade Chili Cook-Off 2016

    Anyone who can cook chili is invited to participate in the 7th Annual Homemade Chili Cook-off on Friday, Feb. 12 from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.. It is being held at the Chiefland High School Agriculture Building. The cost is $15 per entry, meal included, as a benefit fundraiser for the Chiefland Ag Program.

    Entrants must adhere to the following general rules as follows: Entry forms must be received by Wednesday, Feb. 10. Entry must be a minimum of 1 gallon of chili so everyone can get a taste. Check-in for participants is 4:45 p.m. on day of contest. Judging will begin at 5 p.m.

  • County euthanizes 3 dogs in attack

    Three Italian mastiff dogs who attacked a man and a woman, snatching a toddler from her arms and mauling the child, were euthanized on Tuesday after their owner signed paperwork surrendering the animals to Levy County Animal Services.

    The surrender came after a hearing on Tuesday before Levy County Judge James “Tim” Browning on citations issued in the wake of the Dec. 8 attack that left Kaula Most, 26, and the toddler, now 2, and Arthur Tyson, 20, with stitches, emotional damage and medical associated bills.

  • Threepeat for spelling bee winner

    This year's winner for the Levy County District spelling bee will be traveling to Tallahassee for the next level of competition for the third time.

    Katlynn Karwan, of Williston Middle School, beat out top spellers from elementary and middle schools throughout Levy County in a contest on Friday, Jan. 8 at the Bronson Middle High School cafeteria. This is her third time winning the County Spelling Bee.

    "I think it may be her year," School Superintendent Bob Hastings said.

  • Local talent trying out for The Voice

    The community is rallying support for a local man who is trying to take his talent to the next level.

    Matthew Lunsford is planning to audition for the popular reality talent competition The Voice on Jan. 23 in Memphis, Tenn.

    "It's a mix of excitement and being terrified," he said.

    Lunsford started singing as early as he could remember. His father was a choir director when he was born and as it was told to him, his father would harmonize with his baby sounds to train his ear. Lunsford said he is blessed to have a musical family.

  • Chiefland Commission meeting agendas for Monday, Jan. 11

    The Chiefland City Commissin will meet at 6 p.m. in the meeting room at City Hall, 214 E. Park Ave., Chiefland.

    The commission will hold a regular meeting and a planning board meeting. 

    The public is encouraved to attent and participate in the meeting. 

    Click ont he link to see the agendas. 

  • Church News for the week of Jan. 7

    Peace Lutheran Church offers

    Services at Brookdale Citrus

    Rev. Terry McKee and several members of Peace Lutheran Church, Dunnellon, hold worship services on the 3rd Tuesday of each month for residents of Brookdale Citrus in Lecanto.

    A good number of the residents attended the December service and enjoyed singing Christmas carols after the service. Piano accompaniment was provided by Rebekah Williams.

    Kid Night

  • Unemployment taxes drop for business 

    Florida businesses will start paying lower reemployment taxes in January, due to the higher number of employed Floridians this year. The minimum tax rate will be cut more than 50 percent from the current rate of $16.80 per employee to $7.00 per employee in 2016.

    The $7 per employee minimum tax rate for 2016 is down from a high of $120.80 per employee in 2012. In just four years, Florida businesses have had their reemployment tax reduced by more than 94 percent.

  • Area's jobless rate drops to 5.9%

    The November  unemployment rate for the CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion area dropped by 0.2 percent over the month to 5.9 percent, which is 1.1 percentage points lower than the same time last year.

    Out of a labor force of 194,843, there were 11,427 unemployed, a decrease of 592 since October and 2,467 fewer than in November 2014. 

  • Students can enter dairy recipe competition

         The Dairy Council of Florida is hosting its third annual Gridiron Cooking Challenge, a fun-filled food competition for elementary and middle school students throughout Florida. Elementary and middle school students in groups of four are encouraged to create and submit an original recipe that features dairy products, such as milk, cheese and yogurt.

    The deadline for submissions is February 29.

  • Duke Energy customers to see lower rates

       Duke Energy’s Florida customers will see lower electric rates for 2016 as new rates will go into effect with January billing.

       The January 2016 rate will be $114.15 per 1,000 kWh (residential), which is 6 percent lower than the final 2015 rate of $121.59