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  • Bomb squads holding exercise at Camp Blanding

    Military explosive ordinance disposal units and law enforcement bomb squads are holding Raven's Challenge an exercise in handling situations involving explosives and investigating such cases at Camp Blanding at Starke this week.

    The exercise, hosted by the Florida Army National Guard's 221st EOD runs through Friday.

  • Wilbur Dean takes No. 2 job in county

    Wilbur Dean has started work this week as the assistant to County Coordinator Fred Moody.

    Dean was among 13 applicants for the position. Moody, who may retire from his position in the next few years interviewed the top applicants and settled on Dean.

    The slot being filled by Dean has been vacant since the retirement of Dick Tummond three years ago.

    Dean, a farmer who recently received a CARES Award for using sound environmental and conservation practices on his farm, is no stranger to the Board of County Commissioners administrative office.

  • Plum Creek takes back King Road mine

    A proposed massive limerock mine on King Road in Inglis that stirred passions and controversy just a few years ago over the issuance of a special exception permit to strip 6.8 million tons of rock annually on 2,757 acres of a 4,750-acre site for 110 years quietly changed hands on Tuesday.

    Tarmac America LLC, a subsidiary of Titan America, first applied for a Levy County special exception permit in 2004. It was finally approved by the Levy County Commission by a vote of 3-1 after an emotion-fraught public hearing that went almost eight hours.

  • Chiefland asks tobacco sellers to protect children

    The Chiefland City Commission unanimously agreed to a request by representatives of Students Working Against Tobacco and adopted a resolution asking tobacco sellers to keep tobacco products – especially tantalizingly colorful, fruit-flavored ones, away from children.

    The resolution asks retailers to voluntarily stop displaying or selling flavored tobaccos.

    Chiefland is the last municipality in Levy County to adopt the measure.

  • Rep. Yoho lends his ear to constituents

    The issues were as diverse as the people who brought them to the attention of U.S. Rep. Ted Yoho (R-Dist. 3) during a town hall meeting held by the congressman in Williston Monday night.

    Yoho gave a brief introduction before turning the floor over to his constituents.

    "Ask me anything," he implored.

    And they did.

    From his stance on the Keystone Pipeline to immigration and Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO), one by one they asked questions, got answers and sometimes threw in how they wanted the representative to stand on issues.

  • Fanning man dies in fire

    A Levy County man lost his life in a structure fire on Friday, May 1.

    The call came in at 10:02 p.m. that a residence at 7911 NW 166th Street, in unincorporated Levy County was on fire. The first truck arrived on the scene at 10:12.

    The Fanning Springs Fire Department responded along with Chiefland Fire, Levy County EMS, the sheriff’s office with deputies and investigators and then the state fire marshal’s office was called onto the scene.

  • ALS issue smoulders; county wants budget request by May 29

    Chiefland has decided to hold off on asking Levy County to include money for Advanced Life Support non-transport services in its budget request for fire services money this year.

    In Monday's City Commission meeting Chiefland Fire Rescue Chief James Harris said county Department of Public Safety Director David Knowles had asked that the proposed budget be submitted by May 29 for the fiscal year starting Oct. 1.

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  • South Levy fire chief scorched

    South Levy Volunteer Fire Chief Roger Crossman sat patiently through Tuesday's Levy County Commission meeting before asking if he could address the panel. He said the department is broke and could the commission help with $8,610 in bills. 

    “We took a pretty heavy hit on our budget for the year,” he said, noting it had been reduced. 

    He said the department must pay $5,906 for insurance by May 10or the vehicles cannot answer calls. The rest of the money is needed for repairs and maintenance on the department's vehicles. 

  • Pet adoption event in Bronson May 16

    The Bronson Ace Hardware, whose manager is Levy County Commission Chair John Meeks, is hosting the next pet adoption event for Levy County Animal Services and adoption fees will be discounted.

    The discount was approved during Tuesday's commission meeting at the request of Animal Services Director David Weatherford.