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Today's News

  • Jobless rate drops for second month

    April was a good month for Levy County resident to find work as the jobless figure dropped to 12.6 percent — almost a 1 percent drop from March when it was 13.5.  The news was doubly good for the county as it is the second month in a row that the number of jobless residents has dropped. In April the county had a civilian labor force of 16,673 persons, of which 14,577 were employed and 2,096 were not, according to figures from the Florida Research and Economic Database. In March there were 2.254  out of 16,682 county residents without work.

  • Community Calendar

    Today   Tourism board meets The Levy County Tourist Development Council will have their bi-monthly meeting  at 6 p.m. at the Levy County Visitors Bureau Office, 620 N Hathaway Avenue, Bronson. The meeting is open to the public.   Field trip on geology of springshed The Fanning and Manatee Springs Working Group will take a driving tour from 8 a.m.

  • Workforce Connection to offer Microsoft technology training vouchers

    Special to the Citizen Workforce Connection, Workforce Florida Inc., the Agency for Workforce Innovation and Microsoft  are working together to provide free technology training to individuals.

  • Photo course offered at CFCC

    The College of Central Florida (formerly Central Florida Community College) Levy Center will offer a four-week Intermediate Digital Photography and Editing class on Tuesdays from 6:15 to 8:15 p.m. beginning June 1. The class builds on the Basic Digital Photography and Editing course and is also open to students who have a working knowledge of their digital camera and basic photo editing software. The class will explore more advanced camera settings and delves into Photoshop Elements as a digital editing tool.

  • Levy County crime rate drops 5.4 percent

    One thing is certain, crime is down in Florida, Levy County and all but one of its municipalities overall and that is good news considering the state of the economy. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement's Uniform Crime Report for 2009 was released several weeks ago and buried in the stack of figures is good news.

  • Name change official: College of Central Florida

    Central Florida College President Dr. Charles Dassance, center, speaks to students, faculty and guests Wednesday  at the unveiling of a new sign at the school's Levy Center in Chiefland. Previously known as Central Florida Community College,  the school's new name reflects expanding educational opportunities for students throughout the area, he said. 

  • Graduation Activities

    Chiefland High School Baccalaureate Sunday, May 30 at 7 p.m.  Pine Grove Baptist Church Graduation Friday, June 4 at 7 p.m. Doyle McCall Stadium Open to the Public   Bronson High School Baccalaureate Wednesday, June 9 at 6:30 p.m..  First Baptist Church in Bronson Awards Night Thursday, June 10 at 6:30 pm

  • Best in class

    For some high school athletes, simply making varsity is an achievement.

    For others, it's the ability to contribute at a high level, consistently leading their teams to a successful season.

    But a select few can put a rare quality of talent on display. They can put fear in the hearts of opponents. They can excel. They can amaze. They can dominate.

    And no two high school athletes dominated their respective sports more than Chiefland High School's Eugene Carter in boys basketball and Taylore Fuller in softball.

  • Fire budget meeting brings issues to light

    Fire and emergency services in the city of Chiefland are about to get an overhaul.

    City commissioners tentatively agreed to hire two part-time firefighters at a Monday night fire budget workshop after Fire Chief James Harris reassured them money would be available to cover the salaries.

    The money’s there, he said.  “We just need to move stuff around.”

  • Locals concerned about oil’s effect on manatees

    Despite the fact the recent oil spill in the Gulf is hundreds of miles away, Chiefland may experience some negative results in terms of how one of its biggest attractions, the manatee, is affected.

    “We are concerned, as everybody else should be," Sally Lieb, Manatee and Fanning Springs state parks manager said in a phone interview Monday.  “A coating of oil on the surface of the water is just not something to be considered an environmentally healthy condition.”