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Today's News

  • County Briefs

     Census participation up

  • Breaking News Early voting for Aug. 24 primary begins Monday, Aug. 9
  • Birdwatching course scheduled for Aug. 20 at Levy Center

    In these tough economic times, more people are looking for different ways to enjoy the outdoors.

    Birding is one outdoor activity that is increasing in popularity, and Levy County has a plethora of sites to view and enjoy the unique aspects of Florida birdwatching.

    To help get people started with the new hobby, the College of Central Florida is offering a Birding Basics course Friday, Aug. 20 at the Levy Center in Chiefland. The class is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and the cost is $15 per person.

  • City election Tuesday Remember to vote at Chiefland City Hall betweeen 7 a.m.-7 p.m.

     Incumbent Commissioner Teresa Barron and former City Commissioner and Mayor Betty Walker are candidates for a seat on the Chiefland City Commission.

    Voting is at City Hall, 214 E. Park Ave. from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

  • Drug dealers getting special attention in Chiefland

    Two years ago, it was Williston that got the special attention of the Levy County Multijurisdictional Drug Task Force, and 40 people faced drug-related charges.

    This year, it is Chiefland's turn.

    In the past week, law enforcement officers have ended a marijuana grow house operation and rounded up a dozen persons and charged them with various counts of possession, sale and trafficking in a variety of illegal and prescription drugs.

  • Chiefland. The movie?

    Chris Wilson doesn’t ride bulls anymore.

        “You have to be a special person to ride a bull,” the 37-year-old husband and father of four said over the phone Monday.  “I’ve been stepped on.  I’ve been rammed into the ground.  And I’ve been sat on.”

    The sport of bull riding is a young man’s game, Wilson said.  “ I’ve seen guys get thrown 50 feet into the air.”  He said he has a brother-in-law who is paralyzed from the neck down from bull riding.

  • New county-by-county study shows future water shortages

    Levy County may have only a moderate risk of future water shortages, according to a new study by the Natural Resources Defense Council.

    The results of the study, released on July 20, show a county-by-county analysis of water shortages throughout the U.S. by the year 2050 due to climate change.

  • Levy County’s school millage tentatively set at 7.653 fonow

    The School Board of Levy County on Tuesday unanimously adopted its tentative millage rate and tentative budget for the 2010-2011 school year.

    But throughout the public hearing — the first by the school district for the next fiscal year —  signs of future financial distress filtered in to the discussions.

    Outside of school district employees, board members and the press, no one attended the hearing.

  • Palms Medical Group gets new chief exutive officer

    Palms Medical Group is proud to announce its new chief executive officer, Anita Riels.  Riels is a 2000 graduate of the University of Florida and has been employed as the chief finance officer of Trenton Medical Center Inc. since 2001.   Trenton Medical Center Inc. was renamed Palms Medical Group in April.  There are seven Palms Medical Group community health centers in North Florida. Riels is replacing the late P. DeWayne Yates, who lost his battle with leukemia in February of this year. Riels was interim chief executive officer, during Yates’ illness.

  • Social Security Stories Project seeks public's personal experience

    The Social Security Stories Project is seeking stories from individuals about the importance and impact of Social Security in their lives, with a goal of receiving 1,000 stories by the end of July.

    The submitted stories will be reviewed for possible inclusion in a new book to be published in honor of the 75th anniversary of Social Security on Aug. 14, 2010.

    There are 10 stories featured in a new video that can be viewed on YouTube. The video uses photos submitted by the story tellers, as well as audio captured through a special toll-free number set up for the project.