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  • Crashes spur county to new policy

    A spate of crashes in the last month involving Levy County vehicles— including one where a gentleman's agreement on who would pay for the repairs — is resulting in a policy being written on the handling of such incidents.

    In the past month, a county vehicle used by the extension office, a county truck that was towing portable work lights, and a county dump truck loaded with asphalt were all involved in accidents.

  • CES students strut for babies

    The pavement was alive with the pitter-patter sound of hundreds of tiny feet walking, skipping and running.

     Some of the children, arms flailing, lungs gasping, were striving to take the lead, while others, with a more modest gait, were content to bring up the rear.

    They circled the track like a giant centipede; separate parts headed in the same direction and with the same goal in mind.

  • Levy students turn out to test their knowledge

    The Tri-County Land Judging contest, hosted this year by Levy Soil and Water Conservation District, brought more than 50 FFA students together Friday to test their knowledge of soil and land characteristics.

    All Levy County middle and high schools were represented, as well as several teams from Bell in Gilchrist County. Dixie County was unable to attend this year.  

  • Prescribed fire helps natural areas, residents

    Florida Agriculture Commissioner Charles H. Bronson is promoting the awareness of prescribed fire’s vital role in maintaining the health of state  forests and other natural areas, as well as protecting the safety of the residents and visitors.

  • Census Bureau hiring locally

    The Census Bureau is now accepting applications locally for temporary positions to begin in the spring of 2010.      Most people will be hired as Census Takers and are paid weekly.  Each will receive paid training, excellent hourly wage and substantial mileage reimbursement.  The hours are flexible, offering both part and full time positions for up to eight weeks of employment, right here in your own neighborhood.

    Applications are being accepted. 

  • Judge to be “invested” Friday

    A formal investiture for newly appointed Levy County Judge James T. “Tim” Browning will be held Friday at 4:30 p.m. in Courtroom A at the Levy County Courthouse.

    The public is welcome to attend the ceremony and the reception that follows in the cafetorium at Hilltop Alternative School behind the courthouse.

    The ceremony, which dates back to feudal times, is a formal ceremony where the judge takes an oath to uphold the U.S. and Florida constitutions and the laws of the state.

  • Decision tabled for fear of setting precedent

    City commissioners decided by consensus on their Feb. 22  meeting to once again table a decision on whether or not the city should help the county collect emergency management service impact fees.

    The fees, an issue first brought before the commission at its meeting on Feb. 8, were adopted by the county in 2008 and would allow the city to keep 2 percent of the fees it helps the county collect from the issuance of building permits within the city.

  • Planning board appointment hits unplanned snag

    A proposal to reappoint two members of the county planning board without advertising the positions ran into public opposition and a tempest of words at the usually calm Levy County Board of County Commission meeting on Tuesday.

    Shenley Neeley, head of planning for the county, informed the commission that the four-year terms of Thadus Barber from Commission District 3, represented by Marsha Drew of Yankeetown, and Ron Grant from District 5, represented by Danny Stevens of Williston, will expire on April 30.

  • Bronson reviews issues most important to residents

    The Town of Bronson held its first community forum regarding the Comprehensive Plan last week to discuss and make preparations to update the plan.

    “The Department of Community Affairs mandates that the comp plan must be reviewed every seven years,” said Bruce Day with the Withlacoochee Regional Planning Council, hired by the Town to update the plan.

  • Hastings: Budget woes continue

    The School Board of Levy County’s budget woes continue, with full time enrollment dropping by 118 from its ranks in the 2009-10 school year.

    Speaking before the board Tuesday, Superintendent Bob Hastings announced the decrease, which comes on top of the full time enrollment decrease of 215 from the previous school year.