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Today's News

  • Team Levy moves from talking, to planning for county's growth

    Amanda Douglas, executive director of the Nature Coast Business Development Council, said Team Levy’s next meeting would be placing people into groups to help determine the growth strategies for the county.

    “This is actually something we can do as a plan of action, to take action,” Douglas said at the Sept. 30 Chiefland Rotary Club meeting.

    Douglas said the groups would consist of six to eight people playing “scenario games” where maps would be developed that indicate potential growth areas for the county.

  • Clam Task Force Meeting

    The Statewide Clam Industry Task Force is made up of representatives from the various shellfish growing areas in Florida. Their last meeting of the year will be held at the Community Center in Cedar Key on Wednesday, October 14.  

    Agenda items include Interstate Shellfish Sanitation Conference issues, implementation of consent of use for aquaculture docks, Working Waterfronts legislation, development of a CARES program for clam growers through the Suwannee River Partnership, and more. In addition, there will be status reports given from each growing area.

  • Chiefland at Trenton Slideshow

     

  • Levy County has first H1N1, swine flu, death

    A 13-year-old Levy County girl has died in an H1N1 Swine Flu related case, according to the Levy County Health Department. 

    “Our deepest sympathies are extended to family and friends,”  Barbara Locke, County health adminstrator, said..

    “We continue to receive and investigate reports of flu transmission in the County and urge citizens to exercise precautions against infection.”

  • Sheriff buys 15 new patrol cars

    In a reversal of fortune, Levy County Sheriff Johnny Smith told the Levy County Commission that on Monday he discovered he had money left in the budget year that ended Wednesday and he spent $414,145.20 on 15 new patrol cars. At the same time, he told the commissioners,who sat quietly during his announcement, that he will be returning $70,000 they put in next year's budget for repairs to the aging sheriff's patrol fleet and another $40,000 that was in the budget for repairs. Most commissioners' reaction was good with one pointing out that the sheriff must cover

  • Fire fighters take cash but reject new contract

    An ongoing issue involving money owed to Fowlers Bluff Volunteer Fire Department by the City of Chiefland was resolved Monday night. Dr. Bob Mount, president of the FBVFD board, told commissioners the board, in a Saturday morning meeting, had accepted the City of Chiefland’s refund offer of $17,000—money left over from what Levy County originally allotted to FBVFD.  The commission originally made an offer of $14,331.99. “The money is all fine.

  • Bronson passes budget, has money to give pay raises

    Bronson property owners will see an increase in property tax millage on their tax bills, but with falling property values, it may even out in the end.  The Town Council approved 3.44 mills per $1,000 of property value, an increase from 3.20 mills last year during a Monday evening budget meeting. Property in the city is valued at $36,469,680, down from $38 million one year ago. The council also approved a $1,126,006 budget for the fiscal year that starts today.

  • Skate park keeps kids off the streets

    Eighteen-year-old Joseph Moherek, clad in only sneakers, a baseball cap and a pair of faded jeans, held his skateboard loosely by the nose and stared hard at the obstacle in front of him. He took a deep breath, mounted his battered board and took off down the court of Delma Locke Skate Park like a ball bearing slung from a slingshot. He was a blur of teenage bravado perched upon four tiny wheels and a deck made of laminated plywood.

  • 4-H shows how it can teach kids and parents

    The Levy County 4-H clubs kicked off the official beginning of their year with an Annual Roundup this past Saturday at the IFAS Extension office in Bronson.  The clubs showed potential members the benefits of joining 4-H, which is celebrating its 100th year in Florida, by holding shooting and archery exhibitions, as well as a barbecue chicken cook-off for kids. Albert Fuller, extension director for 4-H in Levy County, said the Annual roundup was a big recruitment tool for the local clubs, averaging about 100 to 150 enrollments every year. &ldquo

  • River clean-up a success despite low turnout

    Eight people working from canoes and kayaks showed up to clean up trash from the banks of the Suwannee River Saturday. The event, which was hosted by Manatee Springs State Park, was part of National Public Lands Day.  Volunteers removed several bags of debris from a 3-mile stretch of riverbank from Clay Landing to Manatee Springs. “We hope for a larger turnout next year,” said Vicki Tiseth, a park ranger in charge of organizing the event.