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  • Man accused of holding woman prisoner for 6 days

     

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    A Bronson man is in Levy County jail under a $3.25 million accused of holding a former girlfriend against her will at his home for six days and battering her physically and sexually.

    Levy County Sheriff’s Office investigators arrested John Clayton Partin IV, 47, on Wednesday,July 20, and charged him with sexual battery, false imprisonment and interference with a law enforcement officer.

  • No, it didn't rain much in June

    LIVE OAK Suwannee River Water Management District's rainfall in June averaged 5.95 inches below the long-term June average monthly rainfall of 6.39 inches a 7 percent shortfall.

    The highest rainfall amounts fell in the southern portion of the district as both Alachua and Levy counties received more than 8 inches of rain. Some areas of Alachua, Dixie and Levy counties saw rainfall totals over 11 inches, generally associated with the passage of Tropical Storm Colin early in June. But mush of that was in neighboring districts.

  • Student volunteers needed for Stuff the Bus

    The Levy County Schools' Foundation needs volunteer students to help with the annual Stuff The Bus Campaign.

    If you have a child who is looking for community service hours and can be at the Chiefland Walmart on Saturday, Aug. 6, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The student doesn’t need to volunteer for the entire time, but please let Matthew Dettloff at matthew.dettloff@levy.k12.fl.us or call 941-812-4661.

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  • Williston Council denies package store

    In a unanimous decision Tuesday night, Williston City Council voted to deny a special exception for Yash Patel, who hoped to locate a package store at 131 N. Main St.

    The property is currently home to a church pastored by Gladys Days.

    Council had three choices before it – A) approve the exception B) approve the exception with special conditions or C) deny the exception.

  • City goes with Waste Pro

    After two staff studies and much discussion on Monday, the Chiefland City Commission decided to renew its garbage pickup contract with Waste Pro.

    City manager Mary Ellzey opened the discussion saying whether No. 1 ranked bidder Waste Pro of Fanning Springs or No. 2 WCA of Gainesville got the contract “residential customers will see savings, some commercial will see savings.” The third bidder was Advanced Disposal.

    She also noted that lower prices for garbage hauling also mean the city’s 82 percent franchise fee will bring in less money.

  • County Emergency Management buys WeatherSTEM for schools

    The Levy County Department of Emergency Management in partnership with the WeatherSTEM Company has now made it much easier and more accurate for citizens of Levy County to check their local weather conditions.

  • Property values not rising quickly enough

    Usually when Levy County Property Appraiser Oz Barker says property values ― and hence property taxes ― are rising folks are not happy.

    But public officials are facing a different dilemma. While property values are going up in most of Levy County, they are not rising as fast as the cost of goods and services the county must provide. And there are an increasing number of exemptions that take property off the tax rolls or minimize the taxes they must pay.

  • Change is coming for Williston property owners

    Over the course of the next few months, decisions will be made by city residents that will affect Williston property owners for years to come.

    In its quest to clean up Williston and make it both aesthetically pleasing and structurally safe, the Board of Adjustments and Code Enforcement (BACE) will be making recommen-dations to tighten city codes and stiffen penalties for those owners who fail to comply with the law.

  • Cedar Key Oystermen’s, Suwannee Oyster associations win grant for restoration project in Suwannee Sound, Gulf

    Cedar Key, Florida (July 20, 2016). The Cedar Key Oystermen’s Association and the Suwannee Oyster Association have received a grant award of $20,000 to implement an oyster rehabilitation project in the Suwannee Sound, Gulf of Mexico. One of five collaborative grants awarded across the Big Bend counties—Dixie, Jefferson, Levy, and Taylor—the funding encourages partnerships to strengthen the region’s economic vitality while simultaneously ensuring the ongoing health of its natural resources.

  • Shell Mound road bids too high

    Bids for repaving and widening the pitiously rutted and worn Shell Mound Road have come in and they are well over the amount of a grant the state Department of Transportation is giving Levy County.

    So the Levy County Commission is asking the state if it can help with more money and looking into whether recreation impact fees collected from new construction can be used for the project on County Road 326/Southwest 78th Place better known as Shell Mound Road.