Today's News

  • Unemployment in Levy rises to 11.1%

    The slow month-by-month decrease in Levy County's jobless rate has reversed course with unemployment rising to 11.1 percent in June, up 0.8 percent from May's unemployment rate.
    While a reversal in five months of declining unemployment, the rate is down from 12.3 percent for the same period a year ago.
    Levy County's labor force decreased by 146 to 17,409, the number of those employed dropped by 286 to 15,468, and those without jobs also dropped by 140 to 1,941.

  • Court dispositions

    n Reginald Vintrell Adams, possession of synthetic narcotic with intent to sell changed to sale of synthetic narcotic, and sale of cocaine within 1,000 feet of church or school, changed to possession of cocaine, 36 months with credit for 100 days on each, served concurrently. Must pay civil judgment and jail fund.

  • National Guard helps in pot bust

    Members of the Levy County Drug Task Force hitched a ride on an Army National Guard helicopter in an effort to locate illegal marijuana grows.
    On Friday, the task force made its first arrest as a result of the aerial inspection of Levy County.
    Capt. Danny Riffle, who has been spotting marijuana plants since 1983 and seized millions of dollars in the illicit weed, helped in the arrest of Mark O'Leary, 59, of Morriston.
    A raid in the area of Southeast 25th Street off of State Road 121 led to the confiscation of 247 marijuana plants.

  • Sheriff's Report & Most Wanted for July 28

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office reports the following arrests:
    n July 20, Terry Lee Arnold, 38, Inglis, DWLSR. Bond $1,000.
    n July 28, Debbie Lynn Barfield, 57, Williston, DWLSR. Bond $1,000.
    n July 22, Rebecca Ann Blackerby, 24, Bronson, DWLSR. Bond $500.
    n July 23, Carl Thomas Butler, 38, Old Town, driving on permanently revoked driver’s license, out of county warrant. Bond $3,350.
    n July 18, Julio Callazo, 31, Inglis, domestic battery by strangulation. Bond $50,000.

  • Social Security Question and Answer

    Social Security District Manager, Gainesville

    Is it true I must now receive my benefits through direct deposit?

  • Everything you wanted to know about Medicare but were afraid to ask:

    • How does Medicare work?
    • What Part D plan saves me the most money?
    • Where do I find supplemental insurance rates?
    • How does my employer's insurance work with Medicare?
    • Are there any programs to help pay for my PArt B premiums?
    • Are there any programs to help pay for my drug costs?
    Want to know the answers to these questions? Come see SHINE, a volunteer program with the Florida Department of Elder Affairs. For more information, call 1-800-262-2243.

    SHINE meeting schedule:

  • Get prepared before hitting doughnut hole

    AARP Director of Health

     A quarter-million Floridians age 65-plus will bite into Medicare’s “Doughnut Hole” in 2011.
    It’s not a treat.  The “Doughnut Hole” is another name for the coverage gap in Medicare’s Part D prescription drug benefit.  Medicare, the federal health insurance program for people 65 and older and for some younger persons with disabilities, offers coverage to help people pay for their prescription drugs.

  • Nosey says ...

    We can't allow Medicare to be replaced by private insurance. Paul Ryan, the House Budget Committee Chairman from Wisconsin, has been pushing a bill to give seniors financial aid to purchase private insurance.

  • Volunteer keeps hospice clients looking smart

    Special to the Citizen
    Mary Jane Deas of Chiefland is a licensed hair stylist who volunteers with Haven Hospice.
    She shares her styling talents by cutting hair for free for Haven’s patients. Deas travels to hospice clients' homes, the nursing homes or to the Tri-Counties Hospice Care Center in Chiefland — wherever the need may be.

  • Couple fishes for ways to serve

    Special to the Citizen
    Ed Keller and Eirlys Rawcliffe, a husband and wife team who volunteer numerous hours for Haven Hospice, are always looking for ways to serve.
    The couple donated the fish tank that is located in the Tri-Counties Hospice Care Center for patients and families to enjoy. They also donated the fish and fish food and maintain the tank.