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  • Bronson outage Tuesday due to tree limb

    If you drove through Bronson on Tuesday night and thought things looked a little dark you were right. Businesses were closed and the only traffic signal at County Road 24 and U.S. Highway 27A was not working.

  • USDA gives Fanning Springs Earth Day gift

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture is due to announce today the award of about $5.8 million to the City of Fanning Springs for  construction of its first wastewater treatment system.

    The announcement will come at the city's Earth Day celebration at Fort Fanning Historical Park.

    Ellen Boukari, a representative from the USDA Rural Development Department, said $2,946,000 will  be in the form of a loan, while the remaining $2,855, 000 would come from USDA grants.

    Boukari said the city was chosen because, "It's an environmentally sensitive area."

  • County revises recreation policy

    Levy County children who do not participate in athletic leagues but join in recreation programs will be the beneficiaries of a change in the county's recreation funds policy.

    The County Board of County Commissioners approved the policy change to allow the $60,000 annual budget — $12,000 per commissioner, to be spent on more than athletic activities by a 3-1 vote. Commission Chair Nancy Bell cast the dissenting vote. Commissioner Marsha Drew, who initiated discussion several months ago to change the policy, was absent from Tuesday's meeting due to illness.

  • Inmate medical bills need county bailout

    Levy County Sheriff Johnny Smith got a bailout on the jail’s medical care account, but it came with a few strings attached.

    Smith notified County Coordinator Freddie Moody that 75 percent of the inmate medical budget has been spent for the year and that one inmate’s bill is expected to go beyond the $100,000 mark.

  • Bronson news briefs

    n Demolition extended

    The Town of Bronson has extended the demolition of a condemned house for one more week. The Council voted 4-1 Monday night to give owner Ella Baumbach one more week to complete the demolition, or the Town will do it for her. Some minor progress has been made, said Bronson Building Official Robert Niffenegger, including partial removal of the roof.

    In January, a final extension of 15 days was given to Baumbach to have a licensed contractor complete the demolition of the structure. Last month, the Town gave Baumbach another 15-day extension.

  • Officials warn of mosquitoes

         They're back, and they're hungry for blood. With the recent rainfall, standing water and warm temperatures, Mosquitoes are going to be hatching fast, according to Matt Weldon, director of parks and mosquito control for Levy County. Yankeetown and Cedar Key, with their salt marshes, are two of the worst areas, Weldon said, though Gulf Hammock and Otter Creek can get bad, as well. To combat mosquitoes, Weldon said the  county has five trucks that spray an oily coating on the the surface of the water in problem areas, whi

  • Mosquito Facts

    n  80 species of mosquitoes known in Florida n  33 can be problems for humans and animals n  13 are capable of spreading pathogens

    --Information taken from www.mosquito.ifas.ufl.edu 

  • Citizens and officials worried about federal flood maps

    The City Commission voted unanimously 5-0 Monday night in favor of city officials sending a letter to federal and state agencies expressing concerns about recent flood map data. The letter, which will be a collaboration between City Manager Grady Hartzog and Building and Zoning Official Bill Hammond, will be sent to the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Suwannee River Water Management District with the hope that the agencies, especially FEMA, will review collected data affecting local property owners. According to a recent report from SRWMD, the maps,

  • Rise in traffic fatalities prompts driving refresher

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office is sponsoring driver refresher courses in Bronson and Chiefland as a result of an increase in traffic fatalities in the county. The free, two-hour class “Realities of Driving” is aimed at all ages. Lt. Sean Mullins of the Sheriff’s Division of Community Relations says the course is a wake-up call designed for all drivers who over time can become complacent in their driving. We can all use a refresher on safe driving habits, Mullins said. The Bronson class is April 20 from 7 to 9 p.m.

  • Good NewsLevy unemployment rate down

    The news was good for job seekers in Levy County in March as the jobless rate dropped to 13.5 percent, down from February's rate of 14.2 percent.

    That means out of 16,633 people in the civilian labor force, 14,390 were employed and 2,243 were unemployed.

    It's the first good news on the county's job front since October 2009 when the rate was 12.4 percent. The county's unemployment rate has sat stubbornly above 12 percent since July 2009.