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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Temporary closure at Shell Mound beginning Sept. 28

    The Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge Shell Mound Unit fishing pier, both foot trails and the road will be closed beginning Monday, Sept. 28, for improvements to the parking area and road for approximately two weeks or until work is completed, Refuge Manager John Kasbohm said.

    The site is at the end of County Road 326 adjacent to the Shell Mound County Campground.  Kasbohm said the area will be closed for safety reasons as trucks and other heavy equipment will be operating in the area.  

  • “Traditional values” include listening with respect whether it be to parents’ wishes or the president

    Since School Superintendent Bob Hastings' election  last year, he has been on a path to remold the school system to his vision.

    He is opposed to teachers retiring then returning to the classroom at the top of the pay scale, so he laid a few off at the end of the school year. But he's hired several back with the help of federal stimulus money pushed through Congress by President Barack Obama.

  • Letter: Does anyone believe President Obama?

    Does anyone believe President Obama, when he says taxes won’t be raised if his Universal Healthcare plan goes through? Already Medicare and Social Security are bankrupt and money is being printed so fast within one to three years our dollar may be worth ten to thirty cents. Do the math!! What will you give up, food, meds, car, insurance? Unless you’re a millionaire you won’t make it and we’ve seen millionaires lose their mansions and go bankrupt.

  • Letter: Thank you Bronson voters

    I would like to thank the residents of Bronson for their support and votes of confidence. I wish to congratulate my opponent and hope he will strive to execute good judgment. The Town of Bronson needs leaders who will pursue a broader sense of direction that embraces the freedoms and principles our founding fathers held so dear. While being objective I hope Bronson can endeavor to accomplish sound goals. Solidarity for Bronson will continue to be my priority seeking a better quality of life for all.