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  • TDC to meet on Thursday

    The Levy County Visitors Bureau in Bronson will host the bimonthly meeting of the Levy County Tourist Development Council on Thursday, May 28, at 6 p.m.

    The bureau is at 620 N. Hathaway Ave./U.S. Highway 27A, in the Levy County Road Dept. Office Building.

    The meeting is open to the public. For more information, call 352-486-3396.

     

     

     

  • Bronson to offer public works job

    After weeks of discussion and interviews, the Bronson town council has narrowed down the candidates for the public works director position that has been vacant for some time.

    Parks and Recreation director Curtis Stacy has been filling in as interim public works director since January.

    Council members voted on a point system, with their number one choice getting five points, number two getting three points and their third choice getting one point.

  • Bronson breaks even with audit

    Depreciation seemed to be a common theme in losses for the year for the town of Bronson.

    Terry Kite of Purvis Gray and Company presented the audit report for fiscal year 2013 to 2014 to the Bronson town council at their regular meeting on Monday night.

    In the general fund there were revenues of $751,000 and expenditures of $742,000, leaving $8,200.

    “It was pretty much a break even year,” Kite said. “You stayed within budget, that’s good.”

  • Dear Chiefland, get a plan

    Levy County and the City of Chiefland have reduced their discussion of Advance Life Support non-transport services to writing, although it may be via emails.

    The two have been going back and forth for almost two years with the city asking to be allowed to provide the service under the county’s Certificate of Need and the county asking that the city meet standards set by its medical directors. At times the back and forth has gotten heated.

  • 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.