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Local News

  • 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.  

  • 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.