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Today's News

  • School millage rate falls as property values rise

    The rise in total property value in Levy County has led to a drop in the tentative millage rate just passed by the School Board of Levy County.

    The SBLC on Monday voted to adopt the tentative millage at the rollback rate, which is the rate required to collect roughly the same amount of revenue as the previous fiscal year.

  • Tri-County children often leave county for foster care

    The overwhelming majority of children in Levy, Dixie and Gilchrist County who enter foster care have to leave the Tri-County area.

    That was a major takeaway from a talk last Thursday by Michelle Giordano, the foster care recruitment specialist for Partnership for Strong Families, at a meeting of the Suwannee Valley Rotary Club in Chiefland.

    Giordano reported that there are 31 children from the Tri-County area currently in licensed foster care homes; 87 percent of those children are living outside the county they're originally from.

  • Cedar Key excellent lab for dolphin research

    Cedar Key Dolphin Project

    Dr. Stefanie K. Gazda began researching Cedar Key bottlenose dolphins in 2001 for her master’s thesis. She came to the area to study bottlenose dolphins’ foraging behavior and over the years her research has led to the discovery of many aspects of dolphin behavior.

  • Three Bronson Town Council seats open

    Three Bronson Town Council seats are up for election Sept. 12. Up for reelection are Aaron Edmundson, seat one; Beatrice Roberts, seat 3; and Mayor Bruce Greenlee, seat five.

    An email was sent to all three candidates. Mayor Greenlee, a lifelong resident of Bronson, wrote in his response that he has served four years on the council though he has worked in government for over 30 years in the Road and Bridge Department for 29 years. He was the administrative superintendent for 11 years.

  • City Manager earns high scores, raise

    John Tyler Nilsen, Citizen Correspondent

    Chiefland City Manager Mary Ellzey received high marks in her annual performance evaluation held before the July 24 city commission meeting.

    Ellzey received an overall 3.67 composite score on a 5.0 scale. This composite score averages out the grades given by each of the five city commissioners.

    “Great job! Mary thank you so much for working so hard to make the city better,” Mayor Betty Walker said of the honor.

  • To DEET or not to DEET

    How many people remember the mosquito spraying trucks of their youth? Were you one of the kids that, when hearing the distinctive sound made from the propulsion of fog emitted from the truck, ran out into the haze, running directly behind the truck to be engulfed in the white fog?

    It’s a memory many older Floridians share. Thankfully parents today are more aware of the chemicals in the environment and educate children to be aware of chemicals that may harm them.

  • Chiefland Chamber gets new leadership

    Jenna Clifton has joined the Greater Chiefland Area Chamber of Commerce as executive director.

    Clifton has more than 15 years of administrative office experience, including many years working with nonprofit organizations within the state. She is a longtime Levy County resident and currently resides in the town of Bronson with her husband and four children.

    Chamber President Ryan Watson said, “We are confident Jenna will be an excellent match for this position and a strong asset to the Chamber,”

  • Higher learning

    The new College of Central Florida Jack Wilkinson Levy Campus isn’t quite ready for its closeup, to flip the words of Gloria Swanson’s character in the film noir classic Sunset Boulevard.

    But after 14 years of development, fundraising and construction, it’s getting close.

  • Williston man arrested for sexual battery on a minor

    The Levy County Sheriff's received a report of sexual abuse to a minor July 8, 2003. The then 9-year-old victim told Investigators that over a period of several weeks a person who she trusted the most did sexual things to her that were hard for her to talk about because they were "gross." 

  • Man arrested for breaking into Frogs

    The owner of Frogs BBQ Pad on U.S. Highway Alternate 27  just outside of Williston discovered someone had broken into his business on Monday, July 3. The owner reported the thief took a laptop computer and cash.