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  • Sheriff's cars just one item for the end of year spending

    Those 15 shiny, new patrol cars that Levy County Sheriff Johnny Smith purchased last week before the end of the fiscal year are back in Georgia.

    Not that he's trying to get the $414,145.20 money back. No, they are back at the dealership so they can be painted with the office's logos and equipped to go on the road in the coming weeks.

    The reason the sheriff bought the cars without all the required doo-dads is that he was up against a Sept. 30 deadline to spend the money and have the vehicles in his possession, or it would have to be turned back to the county.

  • Bo Diddley to be inducted into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame

    Secretary of State Kurt S. Browning has announced the selection of the late recording artist Bo Diddley for induction into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame. Diddley was recommended for the Hall of Fame honor by the Florida Council on Arts and Culture and will be inducted into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame during Florida Heritage Month, March 2010.

  • Levy County has first H1N1, swine flu, death

    A 13-year-old Levy County girl has died in an H1N1 Swine Flu related case, according to the Levy County Health Department. 

    “Our deepest sympathies are extended to family and friends,”  Barbara Locke, County health adminstrator, said..

    “We continue to receive and investigate reports of flu transmission in the County and urge citizens to exercise precautions against infection.”

  • Sheriff buys 15 new patrol cars

    In a reversal of fortune, Levy County Sheriff Johnny Smith told the Levy County Commission that on Monday he discovered he had money left in the budget year that ended Wednesday and he spent $414,145.20 on 15 new patrol cars. At the same time, he told the commissioners,who sat quietly during his announcement, that he will be returning $70,000 they put in next year's budget for repairs to the aging sheriff's patrol fleet and another $40,000 that was in the budget for repairs. Most commissioners' reaction was good with one pointing out that the sheriff must cover

  • Fire fighters take cash but reject new contract

    An ongoing issue involving money owed to Fowlers Bluff Volunteer Fire Department by the City of Chiefland was resolved Monday night. Dr. Bob Mount, president of the FBVFD board, told commissioners the board, in a Saturday morning meeting, had accepted the City of Chiefland’s refund offer of $17,000—money left over from what Levy County originally allotted to FBVFD.  The commission originally made an offer of $14,331.99. “The money is all fine.

  • Bronson passes budget, has money to give pay raises

    Bronson property owners will see an increase in property tax millage on their tax bills, but with falling property values, it may even out in the end.  The Town Council approved 3.44 mills per $1,000 of property value, an increase from 3.20 mills last year during a Monday evening budget meeting. Property in the city is valued at $36,469,680, down from $38 million one year ago. The council also approved a $1,126,006 budget for the fiscal year that starts today.

  • Skate park keeps kids off the streets

    Eighteen-year-old Joseph Moherek, clad in only sneakers, a baseball cap and a pair of faded jeans, held his skateboard loosely by the nose and stared hard at the obstacle in front of him. He took a deep breath, mounted his battered board and took off down the court of Delma Locke Skate Park like a ball bearing slung from a slingshot. He was a blur of teenage bravado perched upon four tiny wheels and a deck made of laminated plywood.

  • River clean-up a success despite low turnout

    Eight people working from canoes and kayaks showed up to clean up trash from the banks of the Suwannee River Saturday. The event, which was hosted by Manatee Springs State Park, was part of National Public Lands Day.  Volunteers removed several bags of debris from a 3-mile stretch of riverbank from Clay Landing to Manatee Springs. “We hope for a larger turnout next year,” said Vicki Tiseth, a park ranger in charge of organizing the event.

  • Buie Park to get pavilion

    Staff Report The City of Chiefland will be getting a pavilion that will be installed in Buie Park, according to Chiefland City Manager Grady Hartzog. Hartzog said, in Monday night’s commission meeting, that Levy County Commissioner Nancy Bell arranged for $1,750 to be donated on behalf on the county toward purchase of the structure. Hartzog said the pavilion would be about 24 feet long and 20 feet wide.

  • Health Council makes plans for seasonal flu shots

    The School Health Advisory Council held its first meeting of the 2009-10 school year Tuesday to discuss the previous school year’s successes as well as plans for keeping students healthy. The council, made up of nurses and health officials from the Levy County school district,   spent much of its meeting talking through the districts upcoming plans for prevention of both seasonal flu and swine flu. Angela Phillips, chair of the Advisory Council, said that teachers, administrators and even custodial departments were responding very well to the swine fl