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  • County has new economic developer, office

    Cedar Key Councilman Pat O'Neal was introduced as the new director of the Nature Coast Business Development Council and the Enterprize Zone Development Agency to the Levy County Commission by representatives of the two agencies.

    The introduction came during the commission's regular meeting on Tuesday. And it did not take long before he needed something from the commission.

  • Sheriff reorganizes office, promotes one to major

    Levy County Sheriff Johnny Smith has reorganized his department in the wake of the retirement of Chief Deputy Mike Johnson in February.

    The chief deputy position, which paid about $85,000 annually, is being abolished and the Sheriff's Office will be broken into two distinct units headed by majors.

    Capt. Evan Sullivan, spokesman for the Sheriff's Office, is being promoted to major to head the Division of Law Enforcement, while Maj. Mike Sheffield, who has headed the County Jail,  will continue to be over the Corrections Division.

  • Run-off election for Cedar Key Commission set for May 25

  • U.S. Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite drops out of re-election race

    U.S. Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite has dropped out of her GOP primary campaign to seek re-election citing health reasons and endorsed Hernando County Sheriff Richard B. Nugent in the race for the 5th Congressional District.

    Brown-Waite's Washington, D.C., office confirmed the email sent out this morning was authentic and that the congresswoman would serve out her term until January 2011.

    Brown-Waite's office issued the following statements by the two.

    Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite:

  • Gingrich aide gives Levy GOP "red-meat" speech

    Rick Tyler, spokesman for former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and co-counder of ReAL — Renewing American Leadership, said he felt a little intimidated to be speaking to a group whose last speaker was U.S. Senate Candidate Marco Rubio.

    Tyler spoke to the annual Lincoln-Reagan Memorial Dinner, hosted by the Levy County Republican Executive Committee, on April 23 in Chiefland.  About 80 people attended the dinner.

  • City news briefs

    Officials vote:  Helmets and IDs a must

    Skate boarders who use the Delma Locke Skate Park will soon be required to wear protective helmets displaying a city-issued identification sticker.

    The City Commission voted 5-0 Monday night in favor of the new regulation, which will be displayed on a new sign at the park.

    City Manager Grady Hartzog said the new rule would allow the city to stay in compliance with standards set by the city’s liability insurance provider.

  • Pot discovered in Chiefland home

    A closet in a child’s bedroom may have been used for growing marijuana, according to a report filed during an investigation by the Levy County Drug Task Force and the Levy County Sheriff’s Office.

    On April 23, the Drug Task Force executed a search warrant at 7551 NW 95th St., Chiefland following several years of investigation that including alleged drug sales to a confidential source by James V. Boatright.

  • Campaign News

    According to the Levy County Supervisor of Elections web site the following candidates are seeking local public office:

    County Commissioner, District 2: Nancy Bell, Chiefland, Democrat; Chad Johnson, Chiefland, Republican.

    County Commissioner, District 4: Noel Desmond, Chiefland, Republican; Lilly Rooks, Rosewood, Democrat.

    School Board,  District 1: Cameron Asbell, Bronson.

    School Board, District 3: Robert Philpot Jr., Williston

    School Board, District 5: Rick H. Turner, Williston

        

  • Good news took 20 years for Fanning Springs

    It was about 40 years ago when the first Earth Day  was celebrated.  In a time when natural resources were often seen only in terms of how they could be exploited, Earth Day was initiated as part of a growing movement to place environmental protection at the forefront of American politics.

  • Community Meeting for Department of Children and Families in Trenton

    Ester Tibbs, administrator for the Department of Children and Families in Circuits 3 and 8, will hold an informational meeting that is open to the public about services offered through the Department on Monday, May 10 from 10 a.m. to noon. The meeting will be held in the Board of County Commissioners meeting room in Trenton, adjacent to the Court House on South Main Street.