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  • Fanning backs SWAT

    Representatives from Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT) attended the July 7 Fanning Springs city council meeting where a resolution passed asking retailers to discontinue the sale of flavored tobaccos.

    From left, Council Member Ron Queen, Chairman Paul Chase, SWAT member and Trenton High School Student Joshua Akin, Council Member Jane Nogaki, SWAT Coordinator Lorrie Akin and Mayor Trip Lancaster.

  • Bronson offers clerk job

    There were five final applicants for the position of Bronson Town Clerk, and Monday night town council members narrowed it down to their top pick. However, the decision did not come without some controversy.

    Deputy Clerk Susie Robinson excused herself from the room during the selection process because she is related to one of the applicants by marriage.

  • Taxpayers save big on tax roll

    Taxpayers reaped big savings from the Levy County Commission’s decision to bid out publication of the delinquent property and intangibles tax rolls this year.

    The last time the list was published, in 2014, it cost $60,000 because the contract was based on a per line charge of $1.65. There was no statutory requirement to charge that price, it had always been charged to property owners paying delinquent taxes and buyers of tax certificates.

  • Bronson proposes tax increase

    The Bronson town council has proposed a significantly higher millage rate for the coming fiscal year.

    Deputy Clerk Susie Robinson presented the council with the three rates provided to her.

     “We can set it at the highest and can change it later, but if we set it lower, we can’t go higher,” Council Member Beatrice Roberts said and the other council members concurred.

  • Drug arrests made in Levy

    Residents in Levy County have noticed some early morning activity involving law enforcement.

    Here's the official word from the Levy County Sheriff's Office:

    Deputies from the Levy County Sheriff’s Office, with the assistance of the U.S. Marshal’s Service Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force, are currently concluding follow up investigations (which includes arrests) on a long-term operation.  

  • We've moved – temporarily

    The Chiefland Citizen, Cedar Key Beacon and Tri-County Bulletin have vacated our offices on West Park Avenue due to renovations.

    The staff is working in the conference center of the Quality Inn, but we ask that customers call at 352-493-4796, instead of coming to see us, and leave a message to place ads or for a staff member. Your call will be returned as soon as possible.

    We ask that you bear with us for the next two weeks as we settle back in to our regular routine and a permanent office space.

    Thank you for your patience.

  • $15,000 reward offered in Rosewood arsons

    The Florida Forest Service and the Florida Forestry Arson Alert Association, in conjunction with a private landowner, are offering up to $15,000 for information leading to an arrest of an arsonist who recently set multiple wildfires in the Rosewood area of Levy County.

  • Meeks passes advanced training

    The Florida Association of Counties (FAC) presented Levy County Commissioner John M. Meeks with the Advanced County Commissioner designation following his completion of a comprehensive study program developed by the association.

    In addition he has won two posts in the county association. Meeks was also unanimously elected to represent District 5 – which includes all or part of Baker, Citrus, Columbia, Dixie, Gilchrist, Lafayette, Levy, Marion, Suwannee and Union counties – on the FAC Board of Directors.

  • Smoking, oxygen burn Chiefland home

    An elderly Chiefland man is healing from injuries and homeless after he started a fire by smoking while on oxygen.

    Chiefland Fire Chief James Harris told the Chiefland City Commission on Monday that it is the second fire his department has handled where an elderly person was smoking while being administered oxygen. In the first incident, the man died.

    “I don't know how to prevent this,” Harris said telling the commission the man told the firefighters he was smoking while on oxygen when the fire started.

  • Children's Table adding to its facilities

    A Bronson area food distribution center is growing and expanding, not only by the number of mouths they feed, but now they’re also adding on to its facilities.

    The Children’s Table has begun clearing the land to place the 60 by 60 foot steel building they’ve made a deposit on. There are plans for the building to eventually feature a large walk-in cooler and freezer with dry storage space, as well.