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  • Sheriff, union at odds over money issues

    Levy County Sheriff Johnny Smith and the union representing the deputies are at odds over the handling of $500,000 that was overlooked until the last days of the 2008-09 budget and they have taken the additional step of filing a complaint against Smith's right hand man, Col. Charles M. Johnson Jr. with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

    In addition, the union has sent notice to the Public Employee Relations Commission declaring negotiations at an impasse and asking for the appointment of a panel of special magistrates to resolve the issues in dispute.

  • New book showcases Levy County’s rich past

    People interested in the history of Levy County will find over 200 images documenting the life of early settlers in a new book from Arcadia Publishing.

    Local author and artist Carolyn Cohens explores the area’s rich history through photographs in her new book Images of America: Levy County.

    Filled with pictures and brief profiles of Levy County’s early settlers, the book depicts people utilizing the land by farming, hunting and fishing. The images provide a strong documentation of the fashions, working conditions and architecture of yesteryear.

  • Breaking NewsJury unanimous: Yearty, Parker guilty

    Levy County Commissioners William Samuel "Sammy" Yearty and Robert Anthony "Tony" Parker were unanimously found guilty by a jury of conspiring and accepting a $10,000 bribe to pay for a trip to New York City in December 2007 in return for favorable treatment of a project proposed by an FBI agent posing as a developer.

    Yearty was also found guilty on a third charge — lying to a federal agent — for denying in an interview that he had accepted a lunch, dinner or gift from anyone.

  • FWC exotic, dangerous animal survey extended to Dec. 7

    Update:

    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has extended its deadline for the public to participate in an online survey that will help the agency develop new requirements for possessing Class I, II and III wildlife. The survey began on Nov. 3 and has been extended from Nov. 24 to Dec. 7. A limited response from the public resulted in the extension.

  • Yearty, Parker trial to begin Monday

    Levy County Commisioners Sammy Yearty of Gulf Hammock and Anthony “Tony” Parker of Bronson were on top of the world just a little over a year ago. Both had been re-elected — Yearty handily and Parker in an 88-vote squeaker.

    The next day, Yearty was in federal court accused in an unsealed federal indictment of soliciting and accepting bribes in return for using his position on behalf of a fictitious company, Gideon Development and the developer, an undercover agent who went by the name “Sean Michaels,” and of lying to federal investigators.

  • Officials meet,discuss future of area springs

    Officials and representatives from at least a dozen businesses and state and local government organizations gathered Thursday at Fanning Springs City Hall to discuss the fate and preservation of Manatee and Fanning Springs.

    Carol Lippincott, an environmental consultant, coordinated the meeting and started it off with an update on what is currently known about the health of the springs.

  • Williston man charged with abuse, molestation; mother with neglect of girl, 2

    A Williston man has been charged with lewd and lascivious molestation on a two-year-old girl while his girlfriend was charged with neglect of a child.

    Alexander Merida, 32, and Christina Morales, 28, were arrested Nov. 20 after an investigator with the Department of Children and Families was called to their residents on NE 48 Street.

    According to the sheriff’s office, the investigator noticed injuries to the child's face and scheduled a medical examination the following day. The sheriff’s office was brought into the case following the exam.

  • Dixie County’s only former POW dies at 88

    Clarification:

    The following story on Charlie Combs, a POW during World War II, said He was captured in Guam and was just a half mile from where an atom bomb was dropped on Japan. The story should have said Combs was taken from Guam to Japan after being captured by Japanese forces.

    Story:

    Charlie Combs got a rough start on life, and much of his youth was a battle for survival.

  • Bronson mayor refuses to resign

    Clarification

    A Nov. 19 Citizen story that said Bronson Mayor Franklin Schuler resigned from his job as a Levy County  Sheriff’s corrections officer I, a position he held for 19 years, as a result of a reprimand, should have said Schuler resigned after he received the reprimand because Schuler said he felt the sheriff could not be trusted to back him.

  • The Week Ahead

    Monday

    Cooks can get a break at CHS pie auction

    Cooking Thanksgiving dinner is stressful enough without having to worry about baking a dessert as well.

    So take the easy way out and buy dessert at the Chiefland High School pie auction. The city’s best cooks contribute their signature sweets to the sale.

    The doors to the school cafeteria open at 5:30 for a preview. Bidding starts at 6 p.m. County Commissioner Chad Johnson, a professional auctioneer, will do the honors.