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  • Mine test pit produces frustration for residents

    A handful of Yankeetown residents asked again to have the King Road limerock mine's test pit closed, but came away empty handed from the Levy County Commission's Tuesday meeting.

    Yankeetown Councilman Jack Schofield, who has been campaigning to have the pit filled in and the land reclaimed to its natural state, was not present at Tuesday's meeting. He was represented by Yankeetown Councilman Larry Feldhusen and the half-dozen residents accompanying Feldhusen.

  • Family donates artifacts from owner of Jackson House

    Leigh Anne Young and Amy Young, along with their father Ron Young and their Grandma Marion Freeland, presented the Town of Bronson with artifacts from the life of their great-great-grandfather Dr. James M. Jackson.

    Jackson was originally from Bronson, where he lived and worked before moving to Miami and starting the medical center known today as Jackson Memorial Hospital. His house was donated to the Town of Bronson by Perkins State Bank in 1998 and is now used as Town Hall.

  • Indictment in shooting of Dixie deputy

    A Dixie County grand jury has handed down a first degree murder indictment against a man in the Jan. 14 fatal shooting of Dixie Sheriff's Capt. Chad Reed Jr.

    Reed, 33, died after a shootout at a Cross City gas station where he and other officers attempted to apprehend John Kalisz, 55. Kalisz had led officers on a chase from Hernando through Citrus, Levy and Dixie counties as he fled his sister's home. He is charged in the shooting death of his sister, a second woman and the shootings of his niece and a fourth woman in Hernando County.

  • One hundred years

    Hundreds of friends and family members turned out Saturday to wish Marie Meeks, of Ellzey, a happy one-hundredth birthday.  Meeks, the oldest of 11 children born and raised in Williston, was a school teacher in Levy County for 35 years.  After the crowd sang happy birthday to Meeks, she grabbed a microphone and told them, “I want to thank everybody that came.  I enjoyed it and loved every minute of it...it has been a blessed life.”

  • Ten Commandments dedicated

    The Rev. Carl Carnegie is dry despite the rains as he blesses and dedicates the new Ten Commandments monument at the Levy County Courthouse as Kellie Stevens of Williston, wife of Levy County Commissioner Danny Stevens, shares her umbrella. About two dozen people turned out for the dedication despite rainy skies and cool temperatures. The monument is provided by the Tri-County Pregnancy Center of Williston on behalf of an anonymous donor. Under County guidelines the Center is responsible for the maintenance of the monument and any legal challenges to its placement on public land.

  • Deputy’s affair almost came to confrontation

    On July 17, 2009,  Melissa Owens called her daughter Crystal Owens Stephens because her son-in-law, Walt Stephens, a man with a temper who also owns guns, was headed to Deputy Charles “Chuck” Johnson Jr.’s home to confront his wife and the deputy.

    Stephens was also on the phone to dispatch saying he wanted to file a complaint about the affair and he was going to confront the two.

    Although Stephens did not have any of his guns with him that night, it was not known if he did have any weapon with him.

  • Smoke clears around fire job

    After four months of being without a permanent fire chief, city commissioners voted unanimously 4-0 at Monday’s special meeting to hire James L. Harris, of Chiefland, for the position.

    Vice Mayor Teresa Barron, at the beginning of the meeting, expressed interest in only two candidates, Harris and David R. Dobrzykowski, of Minneola.

    And despite Harris being one of the three final applicants Barron expressed doubt about at last month’s special meeting, she said, “I really do think that either of these two guys is great.”

  • Florida counties named natural disaster areas due to Jan. freeze

    U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack issued an official declaration designating 60 Florida counties, including Levy, Gilchrist and Dixie counties, as primary natural disaster areas, due to losses caused by record cold weather, frost, and freezes that occurred from Jan. 2 through Jan. 14.

  • No vote on Levy County Judge; ditto on one circuit judgeship

    Levy County voters will not get to vote this year on two of Gov. Charlie Crist's judicial appointments.

    That is because Article V, Section 11 (b) of the Florida State Constitution says appointees to vacancies will not have to stand for election for at least one year after their appointment.

  • Sheriff changes punishment for deputy who tased pet dog

    Sheriff Johnny Smith ignored the advice of two internal disciplinary boards and reduced the punishment  recommended for a deputy who admitted he used his Taser on a pet on several occasions.

    Deputy Charles Johnson Jr., the son of the department's No. 2 in command — Col. Mike Johnson, will not serve the three-day unpaid suspension, but instead get a written reprimand for tasing his German shepherd Kaiser.