Local News

  • Good news on job front for Levy

    What a difference two years makes.

    Two years ago the Levy County unemployment rate for January was 13 percent, the highest it had been for the county since April 2008 when it was 5.2 percent and started growing.

    In November 2008 it hit 8.9 percent and kept moving up until two years ago.

  • Do you know an extraordinary citizen?

    Do you know someone that has made a noteworthy contribution to the community? Someone who has gone out of their way and beyond to help others? A person who demonstrates a dedication to accomplishing encouraging achievements?

  • City puts off decision on mold contractor

    The Chiefland City Commission has put off awarding a bid on mold remediation services for the City Hall until it can clarify some costs in the bids submitted by four contractors on Jan. 8.
    Black mold, which poses a health threat, was discovered in the city manager's office in September. Further inspections showed the city needed to take action to eradicate the mold in the ventilation system and building located on East Park Avenue.

  • Man bitten by cottonmouth

    Emergency medical service workers had their hands full Monday afternoon answering a call for a 22-year-old male snake bite victim with a language problem in Otter Creek.
    The call came in to the Levy County Sheriff's Office shortly before 4 p.m. that the man was in a white pickup outside the Otter Creek Country Store. An ambulance was dispatched and a Shands Cair helicopter was put on standby to take him to Shands Hospital in Gainesville.
    By 4:21 p.m.  Shands Cair had landed and left at 4:33 p.m. with the patient.

  • Chiefland City Manager Hartzog to leave post

    Chiefland City Manager Grady Hartzog Sr. received some criticism in his annual evaluation meeting with the Chiefland City Commission on Monday and when it was over he said he was ready to give it a rest after five years with the city.
    In the discussion of his performance for the past year — including comments about his four-day-a-week work schedule and the purchase of a city vehicle from a vendor outside the county —   the discussion closed when Hartzog tendered his resignation.

  • City asked to OK Sunday Alcohol sales

    Chuck Strange, owner of Chiefland Billiards, is in a wait and see mode now that he has put in a request before the Chiefland City Commission to consider allowing Sunday alcohol sales.
    Strange, who is no relation to Chiefland's most vocal alcohol opponent, Marie Strange, made his request at the commission's Monday meeting at the Chiefland Police Department's meeting room.

  • High hopes for Cedar Key oyster restoration

    A year-long experiment to increase oyster populations in Cedar Key that have died off because of reduced fresh water from the Suwannee River is slated to begin in March, according to scientists with the University of Florida.

  • FLOW addresses state's new water pollution standards

    More than 50 people showed up Monday night to take part in a discussion at a Lake City meeting dealing with new water rules aimed at keeping Florida’s water clean, though some in attendance had doubts about how effective the rules ultimately will be.
     “It is one of our biggest challenges,” said Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Drew Bartlett at the meeting, held by Florida Leaders Organized for Water (FLOW). “Essentially, what we are doing is setting water quality standards for our water bodies.”

  • Governor to consider springs restoration money

    Millions of dollars could be funneled toward springs protection and restoration projects in the state if approved by the governor later this year.
    Anne Shortelle, executive director of the Suwannee River Water Management District, said in a meeting last week that SRWMD alone had submitted about $15 million worth of proposals for springs projects upon a recent request by Gov. Rick Scott.

  • City Manager Hartzog leaving post

    Chiefland City Manager Grady Hartzog was due to have an evaluation and contract renewal at Monday's City Commission special meeting, but he instead told the city's leaders he's ready to give it a rest.

    He tendered his resignation effective Feb. 14, but later in the meeting agreed to stay on long enough for the city to find a replacement. Plans will bve made to advertise the position. 

    Details to come in Thursday's Chiefland Citizen.