Local News

  • PSC ends Levy nuke plant charge

    TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) on Thursday approved Duke Energy Florida, Inc.’s (DEF) petition to end the fixed $3.45 charge (per 1,000 residential kilowatt hours) on customer bills related to the cancelled Levy Nuclear Project (LNP), beginning in May.

    Under the utility’s 2013 Settlement Agreement with the Office of Public Counsel and other customer representatives, the fixed charge was used to recover remaining LNP project costs.

  • Bronson observation deck on the horizon

    Bronson plans that originally included a nature trail and observation deck have been scaled back to include just the observation deck portion.

    Council member Beatrice Roberts asked where they were with the nature trail at last Monday’s town council meeting, as they said they could not do anything with the multi-purpose building until they’ve developed that property.

    They will get together during the month of April to scale back the drawing and go from there, Town Clerk Kelli Brettel said.

  • New Holiday Inn will pay no county taxes

    Fanning Springs has gotten over what Mayor Trip Lancaster called the “last hurdle at this point” regarding the Holiday Inn project.

    The Gilchrist County Commission passed a 100 percent tax abatement 4-0 for the development project, Lancaster said during his mayor’s report at the Fanning Springs city council meeting last Tuesday.

    Later, in a phone interview, Lancaster said they agreed to the tax abatement for the hotel itself with one commissioner, Todd Gray, abstaining as he is a commercial builder.

  • Volunteer fireman saves man

    Chiefland Fire Rescue Volunteer Firefighter Kevin Davis says he did what he was trained to do, enter a burning structure and rescue anyone inside. That's what he did when he rescued a burned man from a fiery bed at Manatee Springs Motel, at 2226 N. Young Blvd., on Sunday, April 12 at 10:48 p.m.

  • Want ALS? Get ready to pay

    • Read the consultants report by clicking on the link at the end of the story.

    A majority of the Chiefland City Commission acknowledged on Monday what it had been loathe to do in the past two years: It will have to find more than $71,000 annually to pay for Advanced Life Support services, plus at least $55,000 in startup costs.

    And at the same time, the county could cut its fire/first responder service contribution by almost $67,000.

  • Monument back at city hall

    The Ten Commandments monument is back at Chiefland City Hall on East Park Avenue, restored to its old spot on the front lawn on Thursday, April 2.

    The monument has one change, though. The pedestal on the monument donated in 2008 by Joe Anderson Jr. was etched with the exhortation: "Love God and keep his commandments."

    The current monument, which uses tablets from Anderson's monument molded to a new pedestal, now bears the label: "The Ten Commandments." Anderson removed his monument from Chiefland in November 2011.

  • Volunteers needed

    Volunteers are currently needed in Levy County to advocate for children who have been taken away due to neglect, abuse, and/or abandonment. 

    They need a consistent person to be there for them and to give  independent recommendations to the court.  No special background is needed. 

    Classes are offered in Gainesville and Chiefland.  Call 352-493-6050 for more information or go to www.gal.alachua.fl.us.

  • Bronson votes to put sidewalks on North Pine

    Bronson town council voted to put the North Pine Street sidewalk project out for bids, with only new council member Katie Parks Bogart dissenting.

    Robert “Bob” Niffenegger, the town's building official, presented the plans and specifications to the council at its meeting Monday night and suggested they put it out for bids. The sidewalk will cross from the east side of Pine Street to the west side at Mongo Street, he said.

    “The apex of the hill, that's where it's gonna cross?” Council Member Bruce Greenlee asked.

  • 3 DOC employees arrested for plotting against inmate

    Students in Bronson's elementary and middle-high schools were in lockdown this morning as the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Levy County Sheriff's Office and several other law enforcement agencies swooped in to arrest three state Department of Corrections workers who are accused of plotting to kill a former inmate.

  • Levy County Commission Agenda for Tuesday, April 7





    April 7, 2015


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