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  • Commission not happy with I-75 plans

    The Levy County Commission is not happy with the state's plans to relieve pressure on I-75, which runs through Alachua County to the east by possibly putting a high-speed, toll road that would go up the east side of Levy County and they are putting their distress in writing.

    On Tuesday, the commissioners noted their unhappiness with a proposal to upgrade U.S. Highway 41 to handle traffic on a new Tampa to Jacksonville route. Their action came after a public meeting was held in Williston on June 24 by the task force studying ways to relieve the traffic stress on I-75.

  • County begins budget workshops

    The Levy County Commission will officially begin its annual series of budget workshops with the first one on Wednesday, July 13, beginning at 9 a.m.

    The agenda calls for elected constitutional officers to make their presentations in the morning session, a break for lunch and then at 2 p.m. the commission will reconvene to hear requests from the municipal fire departments. The county contracts with the cities for coverage in the unincorporated areas.

    The meeting will be in the commission meeting room at the Levy County Courthouse, 355 S. Court St., Bronson.

  • County assessments remain same

    Levy County property owners can expect that the non-ad valorem assessments for ambulance, fire, the landfill and road services will remain the same in the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1.

    That’s because the Levy County Commission, on Tuesday, tentatively gave unanimously approval to keeping the assessments at the same level as last year. The final vote will be done following a public hearing scheduled for Sept. 13 at 6 p.m. at the county courthouse in Bronson.

  • County wants action on SR 24 due to accidents

    Levy County Commissioners have had enough with the accidents along a stretch of State Road 24 by the Bronson Speedway and University Oaks subdivision and they want the Florida Department of Transportation to do something about it.

  • Band shell in talks for Fanning Springs

    Talks of a band shell for Fanning Springs park Fort Fanning have met with positive responses from city council members.

    At the June 21 council meeting, Fanning Springs Chamber of Commerce President Michael Michaelis and Chamber Member Scott DeBerry presented a short video to the council that featured details and images of similar projects along with interviews with chamber members and others on why they felt the project would benefit the city.

    The structure could be used for movie nights, concerts, plays and more.

  • Chiefland hospital alive, progressing

    The Chiefland City Commission got some welcome news on Monday, an email from a person involved in the Suwannee Valley Community Hospital assures that the developers CBC Real Estate and Neuterra Health are proceeding with plans to build the facility.

    Frank Shupp, in an email sent Monday to City Manager Mary Ellzey, wrote: “The Hospital status in as follows: The Certificate of need is ‘alive’.”

  • Citizens sound off on highway pitch

    By Mike Wright

    Freeway upgrades first. Parkway extension second.

    That’s the consensus of a group of elected and appointed officials representing six Florida counties grappling with what to do about Interstate 75 congestion between Gainesville and Tampa.

    The I-75 Relief Task Force decided on a tentative plan that calls for upgrades to the freeway before entertaining thoughts of extending the Suncoast Parkway north to the Gainesville-Ocala area.

  • Celebrating freedom

    Williston, Friday, July 1

    The holiday weekend kicks off with the annual Pre-4th Extravaganza. Floats and marching units will mark the nation’s birthday with a parade at 5 p.m. down Noble Avenue. After the parade, the action moves to Williston’s Horseman’s Park for an evening of free entertainment and fellowship.

  • Commission reverses course on ag extension job

    The Levy County Commission reversed course on interviewing a woman for the agricultural extension director/4H director's position which has been vacant since February after Levy Cattlemen's Association spokesman made a “23rd hour” request that the job be given to a director who is also a livestock agent.

  • Citizens can sound off on highway pitch Friday

    By Andrew Caplan

    You don’t have to guess about Karen Esty’s opinion on a potential long-term extension of the Suncoast Parkway.

    She practically wore it on her sleeve.

    Sporting a red “No more highways” sticker on her shirt, Esty was one of approximately 100 people who attended the I-75 Relief Task Force’s open house at the College of Central Florida’s Lecanto campus to give their input on the future state of the state’s roads.