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  • Profile of a patriot

    From a young age, Jimmy Jones knew what he wanted to do in life.

    “I wanted to live life as someone that gives back,” he said Friday.

    So, when the 38-year-old Bronson native graduated Bronson High School in 1990, he enlisted in the Navy and became a member of the Seabees—a naval construction battalion formed in 1942 responsible for building bases, roads and airstrips, as well as providing humanitarian assistance.  Seabees are also trained to fight and defend.

  • County wrestles with real estate problems

    A building rented by Levy County for the Guardian ad Litem program that clients refuse to enter,  and a proposal to build a metal storage building for the Levy Emergency Management Department occupied most of the County Commission's attention Tuesday.

    The agenda was short for the commission's second meeting of the New Year, but it provided ample discussion and no resolution to the issues of the rented office and the building.

  • County schools could miss out on funds

    The Levy County Teachers Union declined to sign a Memorandum of Understanding for the federal Race to the Top Fund, leaving the school district's current chance of participation in the competitive grant program up in the air.

    The memo required signatures by Superintendent Bob Hastings, School Board of Levy County President Beth Davis and Teachers Union President Cindy Roach.

    Hastings and Davis signed the agreement, Roach did not.

  • Hastings: Levy Schools in need of more money

    Finding revenue to keep the school district growing and improving is still first and foremost on Superintendent Bob Hastings’ mind.

    Wednesday, the superintendent addressed about 20 people at the first Superintendent’s Breakfast, sponsored by the Levy School Foundation.

    Hastings is optimistic that the School District, like the nation, will rebound from the recent sour economic downturn, but he doesn’t think it will be this year, or even next.

  • Road Closing Today U.S. 19 to close in Dixie for deputy's funeral

    There will be a road closure in Dixie county Sunday Jan 17th from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. U.S. Highway/State Road 19 will be closed both directions in Cross City. A detour will be setup, vehicles coming west into Cross City will be detoured to County Road 351A southbound to CR 351 northbound back to SR 19. Vehicles coming east into Cross City will be detoured on to CR 351 southbound to CR 351A northbound back to SR 19.

      

  • Small-town business owner angry with Walmart

    A Chiefland business owner told city commissioners at Monday night’s meeting that Walmart is hurting his business.

    Renee Pichet, owner of Chiefland RV Park, said that Walmart’s practice of allowing RVs and travel trailers to park overnight is causing him to rethink $100,000 worth of renovation and expansion plans he had for his park.

    “Walmart’s great,” he said,” but they became campground-friendly.”

  • Only two county commission seats on fall election ballots

    The Levy County Supervisor of Elections Office is gearing up for the off-year elections and planning on only having two county commissioner races on the ballot.

    There has been some question whether interim Levy County Commissioners Marsha Drew and Chad “Cracker” Johnson would have to run for election after suspended Levy County Commissioners Sammy Yearty and Tony Parker were convicted in a federal political corruption case in December.

  • Signs of life returning to proposed hospital

    A city official, at Monday night’s commission meeting, said plans for the much-anticipated construction of a hospital in Chiefland are back on the drawing table.

    Laurie Copeland, project and finance coordinator for the City of Chiefland, told commissioners a company called DASCO Companies, LLC, based out of Palm Beach Gardens, is working to acquire the rights for construction of the proposed 60-bed facility.

    “We’re rockin’ as fast as we can roll,” Copeland said.  “These guys have money.”

  • Obituary: Chad Allen Reed, Sr.

         Chad Allen Reed, Sr., 33, of Cross City, Florida, a Captain with the Dixie County Sheriff’s Department, died in the line of duty on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2010, protecting the lives of the people around him. Born on September 24, 1976 in Perry he lived in Steinhatchee until he married and moved to Cross City, Florida.      Mr.

  • Dixie deputy dies in Cross City shooting

    The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating how a chase across four counties for the suspect in the shootings of four women — including two who died — came to a tragic end Thursday evening with a shootout at a Cross City gas station and the death of Dixie County Sheriff’s Capt. Chad Reed.

    Reed, whose funeral will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at First Baptist Church in Cross City, leaves behind a wife and two young sons. Visitation is Saturday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Rick Gooding Funeral Home in Cross City.