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  • Commission won't fund ALS study

    The Levy County Commission voted 4-1, with Commissioner Chad Johnson of Chiefland voting no, to deny helping Chiefland fund a study of the assessment program as part of the city's request to operate an ALS non-transport service.

    The city had asked the county to share part of the $11,000 cost and to allow the city to make monthly payments for the study. But the commissioners, saying the city was showing it is not able to afford the $250,000 per year service if it cannot fund an $11,000 study, voted to deny the request.

  • Miami patient tests negative for Ebola in preliminary test

    Tallahassee — A Miami patient who was tested for Ebola on Sunday was negative in a preliminary test and a second patient in Sarasota, who traveled to West Africa, was also tested, by the Florida Department of Health (DOH), the Joint Information Center announced on Monday.

    In following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) protocol, another sample from the Miami patient was sent to the CDC's Atlanta lab for confirmation of this negative result. The CDC's results are expected on Wednesday.

  • Missing man located

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office reports that the missing man from Inglis has been located.



    is seeking the public’s assistance in locating Arnold Dean Fahr. Mr. Fahr is described as a white male, 78 years old.  He is partially bald and has gray hair and wears glasses.  Mr. Fahr also wears a prosthetic leg. 

  • Chiefland veteran keynote speaker on 'The Peublo Incident'

    The U.S.S. Pueblo was masquerading as a scientific research vessel off the coast of North Korea when enemy forces determined the ship was of interest, sending  a small fleet of boats to corral its crew of 81 officers and enlisted men.
    That was 1968, and the enemy had good reason to be suspicious. The Pueblo was a U.S. Navy surveillance ship, loaded down with the most high-tech spy equipment of the day, as well as a good deal of intelligence.

  • Dean appears before commission on Duke metering

    Senator Charles Dean (R-Inverness) appeared last week before the Florida Public Service Commission’s special meeting to address the Duke Energy Meter Rerouting issue.  Dean had concerns over the issue.

    “This is a very important issue, one I have heard much about from my constituents, and I wanted to make sure to bring their concerns to the Public Service Commission,” Dean said.

  • Schuler re-elected Bronson mayor

    The Bronson Town Council wrapped up business for the 2013-14 fiscal year on Monday and set the tone for the coming year with the final approval of a budget for the year that started on Wednesday, a 4 percent pay increase for city employees and reelection of Franklin Schuler as mayor.

    The vote was 4-1 with Councilman Berlon Weeks dissenting. Weeks had made a nomination for Councilman Bruce Greenlee but it failed to receive a second after Council members Aaron Edmondson and Beatrice Roberts nominated and seconded, respectively, the nomination of Schuler.

  • Limbering up on the river

    Volunteers get ready to head out onto the Suwannee River Saturday as part of the Great Suwannee River Cleanup, just one of two in the area taking place on National Public Lands Day.

    Volunteers brought their own kayak, canoe, or walking shoes to help make the Suwannee River beautiful again by picking up trash in the river. After the trash pickup, volunteers were treated to a BBQ lunch.

  • Cyclist killed on highway

    A bicyclist was killed just before midnight Saturday after he was struck by a Jeep on U.S. 41, south of Williston.

    Oscar Alfredo Jeronimo Sic, 23, of Williston was traveling south on U.S. 41 in the center of the road, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

    The 2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee, driven by Robert Carl Kinsey, 53, of Morriston was behind the bicycle, traveling 50-55 mph. Behind Kinsey – at about 200 feet– were John Paul Linnell, 36, of Ocala driving a 2001 Hyundai Elantra and Samuel Antonio White, 48, of Tampa driving a 2015 Volkswagen Beetle.

  • Yes, it has rained a lot

    OK, you are probably ready for the rain to go away, but would you believe that based on rainfall for the summer months of June through August we have had our second driest summer since records started being kept in 1956.

    Really. The National Weather Service said so in a report released this week — right in the middle of one of the rainiest weeks this year.

  • County closes out year

    The Levy County Commission, under the watchful eyes of a few spectators, media and three political candidates, balanced its checkbook on Tuesday and closed out the books on the 2014 budget year that ended at midnight.

    The commission, minus Commissioner Chad Johnson of Chiefland (R-District 2) who was out of town, approved minor amendments to the $69,523,296 county budget that included increasing the Emergency Medical Fund by $39,123 to $5,800,255 and increasing the Fire Fund by $5,990 to $2,301,769.