Today's News

  • Mandatory burn ban still in effect

    A mandatory burn ban and a declaration that Levy County is a disaster area due to drought and wildfires, issued by County Commission Chair Danny Stevens last week, has been approved and extended to June 28.
    The declaration, which qualifies the county for Federal Emergency Management Agency aid, and the ban were approved unanimously by the Levy County Commission.
    Tuesday's vote also authorizes Stevens (D-District 5) to extend the declaration and ban in seven-day increments as needed. He issued the original declaration and burn ban on June 14. The order prohibits:

  • Springs protection delayed again

    Gilchrist County commissioners have again stalled on a decision to create two springs protection zones in the county, stating Monday afternoon that language in the plan would have to specifically exempt agriculture from any of the rules.
    Marvin Weaver, a county extension agent representing the Gilchrist County Agricultural Advisory Committee, told commissioners that the committee was unanimously opposed to the plan the way it is written. The committee was asked to review the plan at the commission’s May 16 meeting for fear that it would not sit well with area farmers.

  • County test drives higher EMS, fire fees

    The Levy County Commission would like property owners to stay calm about the higher assessments it adopted Tuesday.
    They could come down when commissioners vote at the Aug. 2 public hearing to set the final rate.
    State law requires the commission to set a maximum tentative rate to include in notices being sent out ahead of the August hearing. It's also a state law that the assessments cannot go higher on Aug. 2 than those adopted on Tuesday, but they can go lower.

  • Military

      Army Pvt. Matthew C. McKinney, the son of Michael McKinney of Chiefland and Tammi Reda of St. Cloud. has graduated from the Infantryman One Station Unit Training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga. The training consists of basic infantry training and advanced individual training.

  • Anniversary celebration

    Denny and Jo Williams, of Chiefland celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. They were wed on June 20, 1961, in Dade City.

  • Engagement: Ransom-Jones

       Mr. and Mrs. Chet and Dana Collins and Stephen Jones, of Bell, announce the engagement of their daughter Andi Jones, also of Bell, to Randy T. Ransom, of Chiefland. Ransom is the son of Randy and Jammie Ransom, of Trenton, and Lorrie Hammock, of Chiefland.
       The bride-to-be attended  Bell High School and is currently studying nursing at Santa Fe College. The groom-to-be attended Chiefland High School and works at the Gilchrist Club, in Trenton.
    The wedding is planned for July 2, 2011, at 4 p.m. at Pricilla Baptist Church.

  • Log Cabin Qulters for June 23

    Director, Quilt Museum
    The Log Cabin Quilters met Thursday, June 16, at the Levy County Quilt Museum.  Some quilted and Joye brought in fabric that everyone had a great time looking for material for a future project. We always enjoy all the fabric that comes in because we can plan what our next project will be.
    More quilts are being planned and will soon be put together and quilted. We keep Eleanor busy as she does quilts on her machine. We do only hand quilting here.

  • Wedding: Neilsen-Graden

    Wanda Neilsen and William Graden are set to marry June 25, at 2 p.m. at 214 S.E. 3rd Ave., in Trenton.

  • Spring Dance Recital

    D&D Studios Inc, had its 6th Annual Spring Dance Recital Friday and Saturday nights at the Chiefland High School auditorium. Each night's performances included dance numbers from Ballet, Pointe, Lyrical, Hip-Hop, Jazz, Tap and Pom.
    Ages ranged from 3 to 74. The music styles consisted of Christian, Hip-Hop, Broadway, Country and Western and even some Shirley Temple.
    Owner Debbie Dean would like to thank all the students for their hard work and dedication, as well as the community for their continued support.

  • Jobless rate steady in May

    The unemployment rate for Levy County was unchanged from April's rate holding at 10.3 percent in May.
    The news was good all around in the three-county region served by CLM Workforce Connection as the 11.9 percent in Marion County was down from 12.1 percent in April, and Citrus County was unchanged at 11 percent. The overall regional rate of 11.5 percent over the month was a 0.2 percent drop and was 1.2 percent down over the year.
    Florida's unemployment rate for May was 10.5 percent while the national rate was 8.7 percent.