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Today's News

  • Youth Football: Chiefland tops Branford 6-0.

     Randy Fuller scored the only touchdown of the day, handing Chiefland a 6-0 victory last Saturday in youth football action.

    Branford staged a late drive in an attempt to tie the game, but Fuller also secured the win with an interception. Chiefland improved to 1-1 for the season.

    In Saturday's other game, the Chiefland Braves lost to SVL Red, 52-8. 

  • School Foundation helps close money gap

    Everyone knows college can be an expensive proposition for parents.

    The tuition. The textbooks. The living expenses. Over four years or more, it adds up quickly.

    But for Levy County students, the Levy County Schools Foundation can help students — and parents — with some of the costs of higher education.

    Coordinator Angela Johnson said that the foundation provides much needed financial assistance to Levy County students. Though the scholarships don't cover all higher education costs, every little bit helps.

  • Bronson man rebuilds life after found not guilty

    Dennis Russell, 45, has been busy trying to regain pieces of his old life.

    Since being found not guilty by a jury on Aug. 28 on charges of lewd and lascivious behavior with a child under the age of 12 and participating in a sex act with a child in custodial care, the road has been difficult for Russell.

    The charges were filed after a teen wrote a note to a teacher accusing him of the behavior.

    Russell, who spent 53 days in the Levy County Jail, before being bailed out on the charges in December 2007, was well known at the time of his arrest in the fall of 2007.

  • County passes on joining water authority for now

    The Levy County Commission has decided to pass on an invitation to join a regional water authority — asking the group to initiate discussions with the county's municipalities to join, then return to the board with its invitation.

    But then the county entertained another suggestion at its regular Tuesday morning meeting — possibly forming its own water authority with the municipalities. That suggestion could run afoul of the board's stated policy that it does not want to be in the utility business.

  • 7 minutes to spend $61 million

    It took all of 7 minutes, in a special meeting Monday night, for the Levy County Board of County Commissioners to approve the budget for the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1 and the resolutions setting the property tax at 7.4212 mills and the road, fire, solid waste and Emergency Medical Service assessments.

    The property tax of $7.4212 per $1,000 of a home's assessed value is the same rate as last year, but with decreasing home values, will raise only $14,771,592 on property in the county with a total value of $1,990,458,715.

    The total county budget is $61,799,394.

  • VFW honors POWs and MIAs

    In the Jim Sensbach Memorial Hall of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5625 stands a single round table. It’s a symbol of unending concern on the part of mothers who couldn’t sleep at night and fathers who had to act strong when they sent their children to war.

    It’s draped with a white tablecloth to remind Americans of the purity of the soldier’s intent.

    Empty chairs await the soldiers’ return, and slices of lemon on plates hint at the bitterness suffered by those gone missing or taken prisoner.

  • Levy Health Department addresses swine flu and the elderly

    While it may seem that the mainstream media is overlooking the elderly in its swine flu updates, the Levy County Health Department is taking measures to educate and inform the county's aged on the pandemic.

    Monday morning, Liz Powers, director of nurses at the health department, addressed members of Williston's AARP to ensure correct information about H1N1, or swine flu, is disseminated throughout the county.

  • Cancer scare leaves strong impression

    About eight months ago, 45-year-old Polly “P.J.” Jensen noticed a lump under her left arm.

    She was unable to afford health insurance and ineligible for Medicaid.  

    “So I kind of set it aside at the time – something I should have never done,” P.J. said. “Something every women should never do.”

    After a while, the mild discomfort became painful tenderness. “It got to the point that I couldn’t wear anything tight around that area.”

    She finally went to the doctor early this month.

  • Feds seek info on gopher tortoises

    Residents of Levy County can play an active role in determining if the gopher tortoise gets placed on the endangered species list, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

    The agency is conducting a 90-day study to see if the tortoises, which are currently listed as “threatened” in Florida, should be reclassified at the federal level.

  • Manatee to celebrate Public Lands Day

    The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Manatee Springs State Park, along with The Friends of Manatee/Fanning Springs Parks, Inc. will host the Suwannee River clean-up effort in support of the 16th Annual National Public Lands Day on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2009.