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  • State, local training available for businesses

       The College of Central Florida CF Institute, Workforce Connection and Marion County EDC are sponsoring an informational session for businesses in Citrus, Levy and Marion counties on how to apply for or obtain Quick Response Training, Incumbent Worker Training and Employed Worker Training grants.
    The session is 8-11 a.m Thursday, April 7 at three locations:
    • Ewers Century Center, Room 107, CF Ocala Campus, 3001 S.W. College Road
    • CF Citrus Campus, Building C4, Room 103, 3800 S. Lecanto Highway, Lecanto

  • County commission discusses future, past

    Levy County is moving into the 21st Century, while returning to its old ways.
    During the formal meeting Tuesday morning and free-wheeling workshop later, led by Commissioners Ryan Bell, of Chiefland (R-District 2), and Marsha Drew, of Yankeetown, (R-District 3), the commission discussed:

  • Rising tides threaten new discoveries in Cedar Key

    Archaeologists with the University of Florida say rising seas and looting are threatening archaeological sites in the Cedar Key area.
    “There are really incredible time capsules that are going to be gone if we don’t get out there soon,” said UF professor of archaeology Ken Sassaman at a presentation Saturday at the Cedar Key Public Library.

  • CNA Refresher course at CF Levy Center

    The College of Central Florida Levy Center will begin a Refresher Course for Certified Nursing Assistants on Monday, April 4. This 16-hour program is intended for non-practicing CNAs who would like to re-enter the field and CNAs who have allowed their license to lapse and need to retake the state licensure exam.
    The class will meet Monday through Thursday, April 4-7, from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. The course fee is $139 and no textbook is required.

  • CHS honors students get in-the-field learning

    Special to the Citizen
    The Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge is the perfect outdoor classroom.  Real world learning changes everything:  the experience stays with students, they see science in action, and it’s a career eye-opener.
    Lita Weingardt, science teacher at Chiefland High School, wanted her students to get a jump on others by getting some in-the-field learning before the Advanced Placement test.

  • Sheriff's reports and most wanted

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Department reports the following arrests:
    n March 23, Erick Hernandez Acosta, 33, Morriston, DWLSR. Bond $5,000.
    n March 23, Elliott Howard Ansin, 24, Interlachen, sale of controlled substance and possession of controlled substance. Bond $15,000.
    n April 4, Cris Alan Arnold, 48, Englewood, DWLSR. Bond $1,000.
    n April 3, David Darrell Ables, 31, Fanning Springs, DWLSR habitual. Bond $2,000.

  • FHP seeking information

    The Florida Highway Patrol is still searching for the driver of a vehicle that caused an accident early on March 18 when the driver failed to stop at a stop sign on C.R. 339 and S.R 500 in Levy County.
    The driver, according to an FHP report, drove out onto the road causing a tractor-trailer to swerve, hit a guard rail and flip onto its side. There was about $30,000 worth of damage to the tractor-trailer, according to the report. The driver who caused the accident fled the scene, and FHP has no other details.

  • Court dispositions

    The following persons were sentenced, found not guilty or the case nolle pros — dropped — in the Criminal Division of the 8th Circuit Court in Levy County. The information is taken from public records.
    n  Mirl Edward Hobbs, domestic battery, nolle pros.
    n  Michael Raymond Keller, dealing in stolen property, 180 days with credit for 105 days served. Must pay civil judgement.

  • Sheriff's Report & Most Wanted for March 31

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office reports the following arrests:
    n March 22, James Bascum Allen, 39, Old Town, readmit from court DWLSR.
    n March 26, Griagal Connell Barr, 34, Williston, burglary of a dwelling. Bond $40,000.
    n March 21, Bobby Lee Bean, 23, Bronson, readmit from court DWLSR.
    n March 27, Dennis James Berry, 58, Chiefland, hold for the state of Ohio, three counts: trafficking in drugs, possession of drugs and possession of criminal tools.

  • County budget more than $700K in hole

    It went almost unnoticed at last week’s Levy County Commission meeting when Sheriff’s Maj. Evan Sullivan said the county budget is running a $732,358 deficit in the first three months of the year.
    Sullivan made the comment while announcing Sheriff Johnny Smith will not charge county and city agencies for dispatch services starting this fall as had been previously announced.
    “We know there’s an issue,” Sullivan said, referring to the money crunch.