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Today's News

  • Community convinces commision to rethink assessments

    The Levy County Commission, by a 3-2 vote, chopped its proposed EMS assessment in half Tuesday night after hearing from the business community that the six-cent per square foot rate was an undue burden in the downed economy.

    The action came at the end of a two-hour hearing on assessments levied on property owners. The commission approved 4-1, with Commission Chair Nancy Bell dissenting, to keep the road, fire and solid waste assessments the same as last year.

  • Levy commission concerned about siphoning of water supply

    The Levy County Commission is sending a letter to the St. John's Water Management District expressing the board's concern about what it feels is excessive water use in the populous area around Jacksonville.

    The commission took the action after Steve Minnis of the Suwannee River Water Management District, gave a report on the “state” of water supplies in the region indicating that the biggest withdrawals are in that area.

  • Canines head off to college

    The Humane Society of Levy County has received many requests for dogs and cats over the years, but a recent call from St. Petersburg College in Pinellas Park was a first.

    The college was looking for 19 dogs and cats to be entered in the college’s Veterinary Technician program.  

    “What are you going to do to these animals?” Arnette Garrison, the Society's Animal Rescue Liaison,  asked school officials.

  • Waste Pro helps folks overwhelmed by too much stuff

    It has been a couple of hot, sweaty Saturdays, but the employees of Waste Pro in Chiefland know they have helped folks who were in a fix.

    Mostly, it's folks who have found themselves with a lot of stuff on their property.

    As a community service, the crews at Waste Pro have been choosing one project every three months and helping folks mired in stuff clean up their property.

  • Community Calendar

    Thursday

    Law Day banquet honors  officers

    The Chiefland Woman's Club will be hosting its annual Law Appreciation Banquet at 6 p.m. at the Chiefland Elementary Cafeteria.

    The banquet honors the area's outstanding law enforcement, corrections and wildlife officers, and fire and emergency medical service personnel.

    Cedar Key Community blood drive

  • School board, union agree they don't agree

    Officials remain undecided about issues affecting teachers’ salaries and benefits.

    On Thursday, Sept. 3, members from the School Board of Levy County met with members of the Levy County Education Association to discuss five previously submitted proposals by the school board dealing with teacher supplements, pay raises and credits for teacher experience.

    The association rejected all five of the board’s proposals.

  • Constitution Rallies on Saturday

    A second round of tea parties are planned for Saturday in celebration of the Constitution Day, hosted by the groups that held similar parties on April 15.

    The Tea Party Rally on the Levy County Courthouse steps will  be from noon to 1 p.m.  Participants are asked to sit under the trees to the left of the steps so speakers don’t have to yell to be heard.

    Two issues will be the focus: healthcare and education, according to  Juanita Melchoir, an organizer of the Levy rally. After the discussion, there will be time for participants to be heard.

  • Suwannee River water district updates lands and rules

    Visitors to Suwannee River Water Management recreational sites will discover a host of new upgrades meant to make their visit more enjoyable.

    Bob Heeke, senior land resource manager for SRWMD, said the changes are designed to “help you find where you’re looking for instead of getting lost and having a bad day.”

    Heeke said SRWMD’s recreational sites are getting more parking lots, signs that mark trails and hours of operation, signs that show which activities are allowed in specific areas, and informational kiosks.

  • Mobile dental unit making appointments

    First Baptist Church of Chiefland will be screening patients and scheduling appointments for the Florida Baptist Mobile Dental Unit on Friday starting at 9 a.m.

    The service, which provides free dental care to needy patients throughout Florida, will be available from Sept. 14 to Sept. 18 at First Baptist, 511 N. Young Blvd.

    The Mobile Dental Unit, funded by the Florida Baptist Convention, provides basic dental services to patients, such as fillings and tooth extractions. If more extensive work is needed, local dentists may volunteer to treat patients in their offices.

  • Treat time like a treasure

    It was the last day of the month.  Taking my desk calendar and reviewing the appointments filled, the projects accomplished, and the obligations met, I tore it from the pad, rolled it up into a wad and threw it into the wastebasket.