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  • Bronson man wants to organize Summer Fest for his town

     A young man named Jeremiah Johnson came before the Bronson Town Council on Monday night seeking approval for the use of the park for a free family friendly event he plans to call Summer Fest.

    His goal: to unite the community and have a gathering he hopes will become an annual event.

     “I’d like to see the community get together and have a good time,” Johnson said.

    He said he had a vision of a bounce house and basketball and softball tournaments with family friendly music.

  • Summertime is the time to give blood

    Summer, when school is out and families hit the road for vacations, is a time when donors are in short supply, but the need for blood is as strong as ever. If it’s been a while since you donated, there’s no better time than now.

    In about the time it would take to shop for groceries for a week or knock out a crossword puzzle a blood donor can save a life.

  • New Pine Street sidewalk needs work

    For a sidewalk that’s been a long time coming, there have been a couple complaints on how it turned out.

     “It doesn’t look good,” Jerry Mongo said at the July 6 Bronson Town Council meeting.

    There are two areas of concern after a heavy rain, Bruce Greenlee said: two problem areas that are a little bit low. He said they need to get out there and see if they can come up with a solution.

    Council Member Beatrice Roberts made a motion to do so, with Council Member Katie Parks Bogart seconding and a unanimous vote.

  • Tomorrow's Equestrian Center lets the disabled experience the thrill of riding

    Williston is home to the only Special Olympics training center in Levy County. 

    Tomorrow's Equestrian Center is a non-profit organization that teaches adaptive regular horseback riding to disabled individuals.

    "It's a great organization," Volunteer Instructor and President of the organization, Sandy Arbour, said as she spoke to the Suwannee Valley Rotary club last Thursday.

    They are closed for the month of July, the only event being an annual picnic held earlier this week at Rainbow Springs.

  • Water district reconsiders move

    It was almost an exercise in futility when the Levy County Commission approved a resolution protesting a proposed plan by the South West Florida Water Management District to relocate its Brooksville Office to Tampa.

    Two weeks ago, the commission expressed its unhappiness with the proposal by the district that covers the southern and eastern part of the county not governed by Suwannee River Water Management District.

  • 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.