• Fanning chamber gives back to fire department

    The Fanning Springs Chamber of Commerce donated 100 percent of the proceeds of the duck race and then some to the Fanning Springs Fire Department.

    The popular duck race event was one of the highlights of the Festival of Lights held this past Dec. 5. Chamber members sold every duck they had, around 1,850, and made about $1750. They rounded up and gave the fire department $2,000.

  • County fills jobs with little notice



    Transparency in government reared its ugly head at the Levy County Commission on Tuesday as newspaper reporters questioned how employee vacancies and appointments to boards are handled.

  • Republicans complete “sweep” of county government

    Staff Report

       Candidates have been beating a path for the Supervisor of Elections office in these first weeks of the year to file their candidacy and one interesting note is the Republicans have completed their “sweep” of county officeholders.

    The last holdout was County Tax Appraiser Linda Fugate who ran as a Democrat in 2012, but this week filed as a Republican.

    That makes every constitutional officeholder in the county a member of the Grand Old Party.

  • Putnam's take on Obama’s gun order

    Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam issued the following statement regarding President Barack Obama’s executive action on guns:

    Our right to bear arms is enshrined in our U.S. Constitution, yet President Obama has again circumvented Congress with this executive action, infringing on law-abiding Americans’ Second Amendment rights.

    In Florida, where our population has soared to 20 million and we have 1.4 million concealed weapon licenses, our crime rate is at a 44-year-low.

  • Qualifying for Bronson council seat starts Jan. 27

    Staff report 

    The Town of Bronson will be holding a special election March 10, in part, to determine who will fill Town Council seat No. 2, which was left vacant by Council Member Berlon Weeks a few months ago. Weeks resigned to pursue other business interests.

    Several local candidates stepped forward to fill the position when, initially, the town council considered appointing someone to the position. It was later decided a candidate should be chosen by voters.

  • Edison runs for superintendent

    I have been in prayer for a long time seeking God’s will for my professional life. Through this process I truly believe that He has led me to seek the office of Superintendent of Schools.

  • Ten Commandments approved for city hall

    The Ten Commandments monument is on its way back to the front lawn of Chiefland City Hall in the same spot where it was located.

    It's pretty much the same monument that was removed a couple of years ago but with a new message on its foundation. “It should be there in a week or so because it is being reconfigured,” said the monument's owner, Dr. Jerry Nash of Harmony Baptist Association.

    The old monument read on the footer: Love God, and keep his Commandments. The top portion was a condensed version of the commandments.

  • Get to know late author of "A Land Remembered"

    For anyone living in Florida, “A Land Remembered,” by the late Patrick Smith, is a must read. The struggles and triumphs of three generations of the MacIvey clan who settled in North Central Florida on the eve of the Civil War will make you laugh and cry. The story traces the struggles and triumphs of Tobias and Emma as they eke out a hardscrabble existence back in a time and place long gone.

  • City staff urges commission to raise tax rate

    Chiefland commissioners are about to break the bank.
    That was the message from city staff Monday night at the city’s first budget workshop of the year.
    “We have spent more than we have taken in,” Finance Coordinator Laurie Copeland said, urging that commissioners choose to raise the city’s property tax rate from the 4.75 mills it has hewed to since 2008 when it was cut from 4.7536.  

  • Thefts prompt relocation of Bronson Public Works

    Several burglaries and mischief involving town property maintained by Bronson Public Works prompted Council Member Berlon Weeks Monday night to suggest moving the location of the public works department.
        The council voted 3-1 in favor of relocating the office, now in the old Town Hall building, to an office in the back of the concession stand at the town's sports complex.
        Council Member Aaron Edmondson voted against the motion, offering, "I just vote no," as his reason.