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Today's News

  • Purple is for survivors

    Mary Grace Curtin adjusts a purple bow at her best friend Adamarie Keeton’s home in Bronson. Curtin has been making the bows, while Keeton and Keeton’s sister Libby Barrin bake cookies and organize the fund-raising effort for their Tri-County Relay for Life team, Team Margaret.

  • Outdoor Classroom arrives at CHS

    Chiefland High School has received the "Outdoor Classroom" picnic tables.

     Thanks to a generous grant from the Levy County Soil and Water Conservation District and the generous donation of labor to build the picnic table from the Cross City Correctional Institution under the supervision of Assistant Warden Shannon Varnes, Vocational Instructor Jarrell Everett and Col. Daniel Bannister,  Chiefland High School now has an outdoor classroom with four picnic tables that will seat up to 32 students.

  • Free tax preparation available from AARP

    Free tax preparation and E-file with AARP Tax-Aide begins Feb.1. Sites will be open at libraries in Chiefland: Fridays 12-4 p.m. and Saturdays 10:30 a.m.–2 p.m. 493-2758, Trenton: Mondays 1-5 p.m. 463-3176, Williston: Thursdays 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the library, Cross City: Tuesdays 12-3:;30 p.m. through the tax season. Call or go by for an appointment. Guidelines are posted at all sites.

    Bring a friend, all your tax questions and 2008 tax papers. As always snowbirds are welcome.

     

  • Reach out to others

    The poet William Cowper long ago wrote the lines:

     God works in a mysterious way

    His wonders to perform.

    He plants His footsteps on the sea

    And rides upon the storm.

     

    One time, when the road of my life seemed a little rough, a friend placed a hand on my shoulder, and said some comforting words.  I gained courage and went on. Soon the road seemed smoother.

  • SBLC: Teachers could lose laptops, phones

    With the unanimous passage of new Anti-Fraud policy 7.23 last week, Bob Clemons, Director of Finance for the School Board of Levy County, has been given the additional duty of Fraud Investigator, authorized to confiscate both district and personal employee property.

    “Any irregularity, that is detected or suspected . . . shall be reported immediately to the Director of Finance” who will decide “whether pursuit of an investigation is warranted,” the policy states.

  • DCF closes Trenton office

    The Department of Children and Families will be relocating staff from Trenton to Chiefland and closing the office in Trenton. The last day the office will be open is Tuesday, March 10.

    Circuit Administrator Ester Tibbs reports, “Department of Children and Families staff members will continue to be responsive to the needs of our citizens. This change will allow us to reduce our lease costs without negatively impacting service delivery. It is our goal to continue to serve the entire community with no difference in the availability of any needed assistance. ”

  • What? Me worry?

    It took over 40 years but somehow I have managed to stop being a compulsive worrier.

    I wasn’t born with the affliction nor did I learn it from my mother, who was in a constant state of frenzy, tackling not only her worries but those of everyone she knew–and oftentimes those of people she had only heard of.

    I’m not sure when I started worrying, but I think it probably coincided with being a mother for the first time.

    And from that point on, it snowballed into a self-contained epidemic in my own head.

  • Social Security statement helps Americans save

    More than 100 national groups and hundreds of local organizations recently participated in America Saves Week. Social Security was proud to be one of them.

  • Inmate medical bills causing agony

    Levy County’s jail inmates are costing more at the doctor’s office than expected — including one prisoner who has a medical bill totaling $236,107.75 — and the sheriff has asked the county commission to take over paying the bills.

    “Yep, that’s kind of a sore subject,” said Capt. Evan Sullivan, spokesman for Sheriff Johnny Smith.

  • Chiefland hopes to jumpstart new construction

    The Chiefland City Commission has approved on first reading a proposal to suspend impact fees for fire, police, transportation and recreation for one year as a way to jumpstart new construction.

    The proposal, which won unanimous preliminary approval in the commission’s Monday evening meeting, comes up for a public hearing and final approval at 6 p.m. Monday, April 13 at City Hall.

    The commission had estimated it would receive $69,000 in impact fees in the fiscal year that started Oct. 1, 2008 and ends on Sept. 30.