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Today's News

  • Life on the launchpad

    Bill Helms told of his 35 year career with NASA in a presentation rich in history and full of life adventures big and small. The Chiefland Rotary was the audience for this discussion, which Helms titled Adventures of a Console Jockey, and took place at their regular meeting June 17. 

  • Children's book aims to teach power of friendship

    Inspired by real life experiences, a local woman uses her writing to teach lessons in friendship.

    Ruth Nott, author of "New Friend True Friend," a children's picture book, said her inspiration came from situations facing her children as they traveled as a military family and often had to make new friends.

    “Sometimes it's hard to make new friends and sad to leave old ones,” Nott said.

  • Supervisor of Elections inducted

    Tammy Jones, Levy County Supervisor of Elections, was sworn in as the 2015‐2016 treasurer of the Florida State Association of Supervisor of Elections (FSASE) at the 2015 Annual Summer Conference held June 7‐10 in Kissimmee.

    Jones, second from right,  was elected to the office by her fellow supervisors from across the State of Florida.

  • Carol McQueen appointed to state committee

    Carol McQueen, Director of Levy County Visitors Bureau and Levy County Tourist Development Council has been appointed to Visit Florida’s Industry Relations Committee.

    “Representing Levy County on a state level allows me the opportunity to promote our rural area and to lobby for better ways to market our region," McQueen said.

  • Fist bump with a superhero

    Spiderman was one of the superheroes visiting Lutherw Callaway Library last Fridlay as part of the Summer Reading Program for Kids.

    There is a program every Friday at 10:30 a.m. at the library during the summer. 

  • County's finances in good shape

    The county's auditor Martha Garcia-Baker of Carr, Riggs & Ingram, told the Levy County Commission that its finances have been given the best grade possible but it needs to be aware that General Fund expenditures are more than General Fund revenues.

    However, the commission has no worries, Garcia-Baker said, because it has money in other funds that can be shifted to pay the bills, so the county is not running in the red. “We had the money to cover it,” said Commission Chair John Meeks of Bronson.

  • Chiefland turns corner for the better

    Chiefland City Manager Mary Ellzey brought good news to the Chiefland Rotary Club last week.

    She said the city has turned a corner on its finances and its future is looking better.

    Without dwelling the city’s financial squeeze two years ago and the loss of a bid for a hospital, she instead gave the Rotarians a positive picture of city operations and activities in the city.

    Ellzey. a longtime city employee, was tapped to be city manager in July 2014. She started out in the police department and has been with the city for more than 31 years.

  • Flying high again

    More than 100 people, including members of various military organizations turned out Saturday, June 27, for the installation of two flag poles at AMVETS Post 88 where two had been cut down a week earlier.

    Workers at the post came in on Sunday, June 21, to find that someone had cut down two of the five poles in front of the post between midnight and 7 a.m.

  • County OKs sex offender restrictions

    A last-minute plea invoking God failed to move the Levy County Commission as it unanimously passed new restrictions on where sex offenders and predators can reside and move about.

    The plea was made by Vanessa Thomas of Williston in a public hearing on the ordinance that limits residence to no more than two sex criminals at a time in a home, and bars the home from being located near places where children gather and limits offenders and predators from being in or loitering in areas where children gather.

  • Boaters reminded to be safe during scallop season

     The Coast Guard, along with Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is emphasizing boating safety at the start of this year’s bay scallop season from June 27 - Sept. 24..

    The Coast Guard is expecting to see an increase in the amount of boaters on the water for this year’s season and strongly encourage boaters to put safety at the forefront for this bay scallop season.