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Today's News

  • Taking The Oath

    Levy County Judge James T. Browning, right, gives the Oath of Office to long-time Chiefland commissioners Teresa Barron, left, and Teal Pomeroy.

       Both ran unopposed earlier this year, though Barron, who had served as vice mayor until Monday, was supplanted by Commissioner Betty Walker as the new vice mayor. Barron, who had made the motion to appoint herself vice mayor, was outvoted by Mayor Teal Pomeroy and commissioners Walker and Chris Jones. Commissioner Rollin Hudson had seconded her motion, but after the vote motioned for Walker to sit as vice mayor.

  • Commission OKs assessments, tentative property tax

    It took just 10 minutes and 20 seconds on Thursday for the Levy County Commission to approve four assessments, a tentative property tax millage and a tentative budget for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1.

    But that's because only one private citizen showed up for the meeting that was attended by four staff members, Sheriff Bobby McCallum, two of McCallum's aides, and two media people. And that is not unusual.

  • County Commission Agenda for Tuesday, September 16

    AGENDA

    REGULAR MEETING

    September 16, 2014

    Call to Order

    Invocation

    Pledge to Flag

    Public Comment — Issues related to Agenda items -Complete public comment form and submit to clerk -State your full name and address -Discussion must be limited to a maximum of three (3) minutes per person

    Public Hearing

    Development Department — Bill Hammond, Development Director

  • Road closures in Levy County

    The Florida Department of Transportation will be working on the following road next week:

     

    Alternate U.S. 27   Daytime lane closures for southbound traffic from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. between Jerrels Road and State Road 24 in Bronson for concrete repair.

     

    U.S. 19   Daytime lane closures for northbound traffic from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. between Northwest 90th Court and Florida Street in Chiefland for asphalt repair.

     

  • Red tide organism found in Cedar Key

    A dangerous toxin-producing organism known as Karenia brevis from a red tide bloom first spotted in the Gulf of Mexico near the end of July has made it to Cedar Key, according to officials.
    In early August, the bloom was 50 to 80 miles offshore, and testing for the organism, which can affect the nervous system of people and animals, confirmed that it had only reached areas near Pinellas County.
    But the bloom, over recent months, has migrated with the wind, coming as close to shore as 5 to 30 miles between Dixie and Pinellas counties.

  • ‘Tis the season to get hired

    CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion will hold a trio of area job fairs just in time for the ramp up to the holiday season. Job fair preparation workshops are also planned.

    Complete details, registration requirements if applicable, and job fair preparation tips are  available at www.careersourceclm.com/calendar. There is no charge to attend the following job fairs but professional dress is required:

  • Florida continues effort to control invasive lionfish

    Staff report
    State officials are cracking down on lionfish cultivation.
    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation moved Wednesday to prohibit the harvest and possession (other than for destruction) of eggs from the fish and have made it illegal to intentionally breed the animals, which are recognized as an invasive species that  is bad for habitat and native Florida fish.

  • Buying the baby

    I am guessing it was almost a year ago when the city was in the throes of its strapped financial situation and two new commission members were warming their seats that Fire Chief James Harris gave a speech on the history of Chiefland Fire Rescue, a story of small town volunteerism.

    Then he wrapped it up with a few selected bits of data and said moving forward the city would have to decide whether it wanted a volunteer organization or a paid, professional city department.

  • 4-H Roundup in Bronson

    The Levy County 4-H Roundup is Sept. 20, at 625 N. Hathaway Ave., in Bronson. The event begins at 9 a.m. and marks the beginning of the 4-H year.

       A barbeque contest begins at 8 a.m. Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m.

       The public is encouraged to attend. For more information, call 352-486-5131, or email atretheway@ufl.edu.

  • 'Hutch' Hutchinson ride benefits Haven

    The 4th Annual “Hutch” Hitchinson's Legacy Poker Ride to benefit Haven Hospice will be Saturday, Oct. 11, all vehicles welcome. And the ride happens come rain or shine.

    The ride is organized by friends of Hutchinson, a biker who organized rides to raise funds for community projects and who died in a tragic accident in Homestead in 2010. All proceeds from the run will stay in the Tri-County Area served by Haven.

    The top prize for the best hand in the ride is a three-night stay at the Blue Ridge Motorcycle Campground.