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  • Breaking NewsProsecutor named to replace Smith as County Judge

    Prosecutor named to replace Smith as County Judge

        Assistant State Attorney Tim Browning, 53, of Archer, has been named to replace Levy County Judge Joseph Smith on the bench.

        Gov. Charlie Crist's office announced the appointment Monday afternoon, just days after Smith was honored at a retirement reception.

        He was chosen over two attorneys who practice in Levy County: Ronald Stephens and Charlotte Weidner.

  • $10K video buys guilty verdict

    It was a tough picture for anyone to erase from memory: two men sat across a table dining while the hands of an unseen third man — the one wearing a video camera whose wiring is sewn into his shirt — reaches into a bag and pulls out a stack of fresh $100 bills.

    “Let’s get down to business here,” the disembodied voice of FBI Special Agent Sean Quinn said, “This is $10,000 here.” He counts out the bills into ten stacks. The image of Benjamin Franklin on the front of the crisp bills almost seems to stare into the camera.

  • EMS buying new units

    The beleagured Levy County Emergency Medical Service is buying two new units for $114,695 each because the current fleet of seven vehicles is spending too much time in the shop with high-milage on them.

    The purchase, from Wheeled Coach of Winter Park, was approved by the commission during its regular meeting on Tuesday at the County Courthouse. The money is in the department's budget for the year.

  • Bronson to get new fire chief

    Firefighter Jeff DiMaggio has been selected by the town council to fill the vacant chief position for Bronson Volunteer Fire and Rescue.  DiMaggio joined the BVFR in July, after completing the construction of a home outside of the city limits. Before the move, he spent more than nine years as a member of the Cedar Key Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department where he also served as assistant chief.

    DiMaggio is a Fire Management Officer for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.  

  • Dialysis center comes to Chiefland

    Chiefland and Levy County residents needing the blood-filtering effects of kidney dialysis will soon find they need not travel far.  That’s because Chiefland is about to have its own kidney dialysis facility.

     Ron Colvin, field superintendent for the construction company overseeing the project, said the facility, started in October, should be completed by mid January.

    The building, owned by Fresenius Medical Care, is of modular construction and is about 7,000 square feet.  Colvin said the building is meant to handle up to10 patients at a time.

  • CFCC trustees select College of Central Florida

    Central Florida Community College is one step closer to getting a new name.

    The CFCC District Board of Trustees approved the name College of Central Florida at their Tuesday meeting. Other names recommended to the board were: Central Florida State College, Florida American College and State College of Central Florida.

  • Levy County legislative delegation hearing Dec. 17

    State Sen. Steve Oelrich (R-Cross Creek) announced today that the annual legislative delegation hearing for Levy County will be held Thursday, Dec. 17 at 2 p.m. Oelrich, Sen. Charlie Dean (R-Inverness), Speaker of the House Larry Cretul (R-Ocala), Rep. Leonard Bembry (D-Madison) and Rep. Rob Schultz (R-Homosassa) represent the citizens of Levy County in the Legislature.

  • Blair trial delayed

    Pamela Williams Blair, also indicted on one count of lying to federal agents in the Levy County political corruption investigation, will go on trial on Jan. 4, 2010.

    Blair was executive director of the Enterprise Zone Development Agency and the Nature Coast Business Development Council until shortly before being indicted in November 2008.

    She was head of the agency when FBI Special Agent Sean Quinn, posing as developer Sean Michaels, attended the EZDA banquet at Usher Community Center in Chiefland and donated $500 cash to the agency.

  • Forgotten county joins Purple Heart Highway

    The Military Order of the Purple Heart in Florida wants to have Levy County join a national movement to rename U.S. Highway 27 ... about three years late.

    “How could they forget us,” asked Commissioner Chad Johnson, when the item came up for a vote at Tuesday's Board of Commissioners meeting.

    “Especially in three years,” County Coordinator Fred Moody said as the room broke into laughter.

  • Manatee Springs to host historical reenactment

    Manatee Springs State Park has shifted the days for its annual Clay Landing Days to Saturday and Sunday this year in an effort to attract more visitors.

    This weekend's event will feature covered wagon rides and hayrides through the park’s north trail system.  

    Along the way, participants will encounter Creek and Seminole Indians and settlers camped out and dressed in period clothing.