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  • First reading of city’s new EAR plan a go

    The Chiefland City Commission voted unanimously 4-0 at Monday night’s meeting to approve the city’s new comprehensive plan.

    The plan, which was last updated in 2000 and addresses ordinances relating to land use, transportation, housing, infrastructure, economic development and intergovernmental coordination, to name a few, must still undergo a final reading.

     But in the meantime, it will be sent to the Florida Department of Community Affairs for approval.

  • Students get mist to deter flu

    First-grader Sarah Sharp, 6, gets the seasonal flu mist vaccination from nurse Kelly Morgan Monday at Bronson Elementary School. The Levy County Health Department is offering the free seasonal flu immunization to elementary students whose parents sign up for it. On Wednesday, students at Whispering Wind Charter School were vaccinated, and students at Chiefland Elementary School will receive the mist on Monday, Oct. 19. For more information, call the health department at (352) 486-5300.For more information, call the health department at (352) 486-5300.

  • Ex-attorney convicted in federal court

    Former Chiefland City Attorney Joey Lander has been convicted in federal court on money laundering and mail fraud charges and is awaiting sentencing in January.

    Lander, who at one time was the Dixie County Commission attorney, was convicted in a scheme in connection with a vitamin company and two land developments.

  • Two dead in Three accidents in five days in Levy

    A spate of accidents in Levy County in the past week has left two women dead, nine injured and one man in jail on a charge of driving under the influence, according to Florida Highway Patrol reports.

    The first fatal accident occurred on Friday, Oct. 9, at about 7 a.m. when Carrie L. Cates, 39, of Bronson was struck by the passenger side mirror on a 2008 Ford pickup truck driven by Edward C. Hodge, 18, of Williston as she jogged on the paved shoulder of U.S. 27A/State Road 500 near Bronson town limits.

  • Cedar Key to get 3 new bridges

    Christmas has come a little early to Cedar Key and the state Department of Transportation is the Santa bringing three new bridges to replace older, worn bridges considered dangerous beyond their time.

    The good news came during the first meeting of the Levy County Board of Commissioners for the fiscal year that started Oct. 1. The room became almost giddy as the news was revealed. A fourth bridge will be replaced over the Waccasassa River in Gulf Hammock.

  • Chiefland man charged with DUI, fleeing scene of crash

    A Chiefland man is charged with driving under the influence, leaving the scene of an accident with serious injuries, and driving without a license in a crash that occurred on U.S.

  • Math coach paid up to $1,000 a day

    The School Board of Levy County approved a contract for a math coach consultant on Tuesday night that could total as much as $60,000 for as many as 60 days of coaching.

    The contract will authorize consultant Roberta Dilocker to be a math consultant that will primarily focus on Williston High School for 30 days, and other Levy County schools for an additional 30 days, if approved.

    Williston received an “F” grade last school year, and much of the initial improvement is focused on improving performance in math.

  • Bronson mayor planning to file defamation suit

    Bronson Mayor Franklin Schuler Jr. said he will be filing a defamation lawsuit against the parties to a complaint about his behavior at a concert that resulted him being reprimanded for a violation of professional standards in his job as a Levy County sheriff's corrections officer.

  • Purse thieves are still on the loose authorities say

    Two women who stole a purse from a Walmart parking lot are still on the loose, according to Chiefland officials.

    Phyllis Mudget, 76, Newberry, said, in a phone interview last week, she forgot her purse and left it in a cart in the parking lot of the Walmart Supercenter in Chiefland on Sept. 14. Mudget, the great-grandmother of 24 children, said she and her husband had driven off and didn’t realize the purse was missing until much later, but by then, she said, it was too late.

  • 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.