Today's News

  • Barron announces candidacy

    I, Teresa Barron proudly announce my candidacy for re-election to the Chiefland City Commission, Group 4.

    I’ve served as your Chiefland City Commissioner since August 2004.  My decision to run for office was not an easy one, however, I felt I could help bring about positive change to my City and a Commission that, at the time, seemed to be in turmoil.  In these last six years, there has been a great deal of positive change.  

  • Coast Guard extends highest protection to Levy

    Levy County Commissioner Lilly Rooks ,of Rosewood, who has been working with local officials and the Coast Guard in St. Petersburg on a plan to protect the coastline and local seafood industry from the effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, had good news for her fellow commissioners.

  • Nature Coast Business Development Council offers update on BP claims process

    There are several ways to file a claim with BP, said Pat O’Neal, Director of the Nature Coast Business Development Council, in an update Monday evening held in Chiefland to inform citizens about who should file and how to go about the process.

    “There are three ways, but they want you to file online or by phone first. That will assign you a number that will stay with you,” O’Neal said.

    The third filing option is to visit a claims office in person. The nearest one to Levy County just opened in St. Petersburg.   

  • Official says chance of oil getting slimmer

    Levy County Emergency Management Director Mark Johnson and staff member John MacDonald took a helicopter flight last week with the U.S. Coast Guard to survey the coastline and the Gulf of Mexico.

    “Each county emergency management director on the west Coast of Florida under the protection of USCG Sector St. Petersburg gets this opportunity,” Johnson said. “It was our turn for the recon flight.”

  • Tips for dealing with mosquitoes

    Mosquito season is here and we all need to remember a few tips to avoid being bitten.

    The five D’s are:

    n Dusk and Dawn are when mosquitoes are most active so you should avoid being outside at those times. And if you must be outdoors then--

    n Dress so your skin is covered with clothing. Wear shoes, socks, long pants, and a long sleeved shirt.

    n Drain any empty containers and stagnant water so mosquito wrigglers can’t grow up to become biters.

  • Historical society awarded $1,000 grant

    The Levy County Historical Society Inc. — a non-profit organization dedicated to collecting, preserving and interpreting Levy County history for the education and enjoyment of present and future generations —was awarded a $1,000 grant by the Plum Creek Foundation.  Funds will be used to cover expenses for the Levy County Railroad Days event in March 2011.

  • School board votes ‘no’ on class size lawsuit

    In a rare 4-1 vote, the School Board of Levy County on Tuesday turned down an initial proposal to participate in a lawsuit against the state's Class Size Reduction Amendment.

    The Florida School Board Association intends to take legal action over the amendment, claiming that the potential penalties imposed on school districts could cost them $351 million statewide.

  • Education briefs

    Florida to receive $170 million in education grants

    U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced recently  Florida will receive $170.2 million through the School Improvement Grant program to turn around persistently poor performing schools throughout the state.

    The money comes from the $3.5 billion set aside by last year's federal budget and the federal stimulus.

  • Church News

    Help decode the mystery of life

       Bronson Road Church Vacation Bible School (VBS), begins Sunday, Aug. 1 at 6 p.m. with the theme "The Egypt File: Decoding the Mystery of Life. "

       Pre-K through 8th grade students are welcome to join this fabulous week in old Egypt, which will include a full supper, fun crafts, indoor/outdoor recreation and exploration in a Dig Pit. 

       VBS will continue each evening through Friday, when parents are invited to join in a Phantastic Phun Closing Program. 

  • Water district tax rate may increase

    The tax rate imposed by the Suwannee River Water Management District will go up for the first time in 20 years if its governing board holds to its tentative tax rate approved on July 13.    

    The SRWMD's  Governing Board  approved a tentative $61.6 million-dollar budget for the upcoming fiscal year and and a tax rate of 0.4934 mills at the last meeting held in Live Oak.  The tax rate increase represents  0.0535 of a mill.  A mill is a tax rate of $1 per every $1,000 of assessed property value.