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Today's News

  • County property values down only 5.5 percent, budget meetings set

    The Levy County Commission got some good news this past week from County Property Appraiser Oz Barker: property values are not down as much as earlier anticipated.

    Barker, who sent over the ubiquitous form DR420S Certification of Taxable Value that comissioners use in setting a tentative budget and property tax millage rate, had anticipated  a 7 percent drop in value. But the decrease is 5.5 percent on property valued at $1,871,247,226.

    That could be good news for the reeling real estate market where values have been sinking for three years.

  • Fate of sinkhole still unknown

    After establishing almost a year ago that a Chiefland sinkhole has a direct underground connection to Manatee Springs, state agencies said they have no plan in place to address the stormwater that feeds directly into the cavernous mouth located just blocks from City Hall.

    A document from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection does, however, state that state agencies are still awaiting the completion of a Basin Action Management Plan (BMAP), which could call for testing of the water.  But the BMAP could be as far as 18 months from completion.

  • Betty Walker announces for Chiefland Commission seat

    Life-long Chiefland resident, Betty Walker, is concerned about the direction our city is taking so she has decided to return to City politics and to seek election to the Chiefland City Commission Group Seat 4.  Betty is a 10-year veteran of the City Commission serving as a City Commissioner from 1997 until 2007 and also served as Mayor.

  • Cheerleading and Football signups Friday night

    The Chiefland Area Athletic Association will be holding football and cheerleading signups every Friday night from 5:00 – 8:00 and Saturday mornings from 9:00 – 2:00 throughout the month of July.  We will be at Strickland Park.   Ages 7 – 12 may sign up.  Contact Billy Hinote at 949-0601 for more information.

     

  • State gives Levy money for new ambulance

    The state of Florida passed out money for emergency medical services this week and Levy County received the largest amount of money in the state — $120,600.

    The money, in the form of a 90/10 matching grant will allow the county to purchase a new ambulance and to take one of its high-mileage units off the road, said Trish Seibold, director of Levy County Emergency Medical Services. The county's match will be $13,400.

  • Thief steals LARC’s lunch

    It’s not as if the clients at LARC don’t have it tough enough with continual cuts in state funding, but having a thief steal the green bean crop they were planning to harvest and cook for lunch on Monday was just adding insult to injury.

    Sometime between Friday when the Otter Creek Work Center closed and clients returned on Monday someone sneaked into the center’s garden and picked the bean bushes clean.

    And the thief was picky ignoring the tomatoes, squash and eggplants the clients had planted and carefully nurtured.

  • Another Way receives $5,000 Plum Creek Foundation grant

    Another Way, a non-profit organization offering counseling, support, and safe shelter to survivors of domestic and sexual violence in seven counties across North Central Florida was awarded a $5,000 grant by the Plum Creek Foundation to equip a safe outdoor play area at the group's 35-bed facility in Chiefland.

  • Yearty reports to prison in Pensacola

    William Samuel Yearty, 64, convicted of soliciting and accepting a bribe from an undercover FBI agent  posing as a developer wanting to build a project in Levy County and lying to the FBI in an interview, became inmate 20575-017 on Tuesday when he reported to the Federal Prison Camp in Pensacola.

    The 30-year veteran of the Levy County Commission and it's chairman found himself among the facility’s minimum security inmates at Sauffley Field, a U.S. Navy base.

  • Cobb honored with Town Hall dedication

    Dogan S. Cobb, former Bronson mayor and council member and retired Levy County Tax Assessor, was honored with the naming and re-dedication of the Town Hall whose construction he supervised.

    Cobb, who turns 100 years old on Nov. 29, was honored July 2 when about 200 relatives and friends turned out for the ceremony and party to celebrate renaming the Municipal Building on U.S. Highway 27A.

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