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Today's News

  • County assessment notices mailed this week

    The proposed property tax bills hitting mailboxes earlier this week will be joined today by Levy County's notice of its fire, waste, road and emergency medical service assessment notices.

    While property owners may think they are getting hit with the double whammy of notices for proposed property taxes and proposed assessments, business owners are the ones most likely to raise their eyebrows and pick up the phone to call their county commissioner when they see the EMS assessment.

  • School board facing challenges

    The new school year is set to begin, and the School Board of Levy County finds itself facing some fearsome challenges .

    Administrators are trying to maintain a disciplined, yet nurturing, learning environment, while dealing with looming budget cuts, the possibility of severe weather and the ever-growing possibility of an outbreak of  H1N1 virus, better known as the swine flu.

    Jeff Edison, director of administration, recounted his recent meeting with the State Health Board on the flu issue and what steps will be taken to avoid any outbreaks of the illness.

  • Bike path to Manatee Springs in the works

    Traveling to Manatee Springs State Park by bike or foot is soon to become a whole lot safer.

    In October, the Florida Department of Transportation will begin accepting bids for the construction of two five-mile-long paths along both sides of State Road 320 leading to the springs, according to FDOT Public Information Director Gina Busscher.

    She said the project, which will connect with Chiefland’s existing nature trail, will cost about $2.5 million and will be paid for out of the 2009 federal economic stimulus plan.

  • Springs best future may be found in working group

    Two dozen people with an interest in improving and preserving the quality of  Fanning and Manatee Springs met Aug. 12 in Fanning Springs City Hall to plot the springs' future.        

    "Our hope today is to find and isolate hypothetical best and worst case scenarios for the future of our springs over the next 30 years,” said Carol Lippincott, coordinator of the Fanning and Manatee Working Group.    

  • Team Levy considers 9 ways to grow economically

    There are nine areas of potential economic growth for Levy County.   

    John Adams, president and chief executive officer of Enterprise Florida, who was one of two key speakers at a Team Levy meeting on Aug. 13, said, “We’re trying to look over the horizon just a little bit to see where those target markets are.”   

  • Log Cabin Quilters

    By WINNELLE HORNE

    The Log Cabin Quilters met Thursday, August 13 at the Levy County Quilt Museum. A lot of work was done.

    Our days and weeks are getting busier.  On Tuesday, eight of us went to Camp Caruth to help the children and counselors make pillows.  What a great day we had.

    On Wednesday, Derick and six boys were out and we got a lot of things taken care of — mowing, repairing the quilt block on the porch, hanging our Light House outside, putting up chairs in the cupboard outside and so much more.  Thank you Lancaster.

  • Fishing tournament benefits injured worker

    Rob Ilves, a popular figure in Horseshoe Beach who was seriously injured on July 4th while lighting off the Town of Horseshoe Beach's fireworks display, will be the beneficiary of a community fishing and scalloping tournament on September 5.

    Ilves and his wife, Donna, have lived in Horseshoe Beach for several years and have helped numerous people around town, according to Will Lawler, a promoter for the event.

  • FWC asks anglers to help gather reef fish data

    Biologists with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Fish and Wildlife Research Institute are asking anglers to assist  with a research project focusing on red snapper and other reef fish on Florida’s Gulf Coast.

    This project will provide fisheries researchers and managers with much of the catch-and-release survival information they need for assessing reef fish stocks.

  • Meet the world's disdain with confident grace born of faith

    The other evening I heard a man on the television emphatically state that he did not believe in the resurrection of Jesus Christ.  I could sense that he had a real feeling of scorn for those who do.     

    Prominent men in public places have also expressed their contempt for “born-againers.”  This is typical of the general attitude toward orthodox Christians and the truths they confess. 

  • Yes, Theresa, there will be Christmas lights.

     You gotta’ give it to Vice Mayor Theresa Barron, she can hang in there with the best of 'em. Take this Christmas lights thing. Barron wants the city to buy Christmas lights instead of leasing them.

    Total cost to adorn light poles on US Highway 27A and U.S. Highway 19 is about $14,000.     And that's just for part of the town. If she could get 100 light poles decorated, it would cost about $23,000. And they come with a three-year manufacturer's warranty. That's if the city had bought them in July.