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  • Etheridge takes a school break after 20 years

    School Board of Levy County member G. Frank Etheridge was honored during Tuesday's meeting, with board members presenting him with a plaque honoring his 20 years of service.
    Tuesday's meeting was Etheridge's final day meeting as a board member. He is retiring from the board at the end of his term. Etheridge, who represents Williston on the board, is also the president of Perkins State Bank in Williston.

  • Toys for Tots taking applications

    Registration is open for the Toys for Tots campaign in the tri-county area at the following locations:
    n Trenton — Library, Mondays, 9 am. to 1 p.m.
    n Bronson — Library, Tuesdays, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
    n Inglis — AF Knotts Library, Wednesdays, please call  447-4212
    n Chiefland  — Library, Monday and Wednesdays, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.        
    n Steinhatchee — Steinhatchee Elementary School,  Tuesdays,  10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

  • Levy soldiers remembered

    Two Levy County soldiers who died in combat in Afghanistan just weeks apart may be honored with stretches of state highways named for them.
    Army Sgt. Karl A Campbell, 34, of Chiefland, who only had a short time left in Afghanistan before returning home on holiday leave to see his son, Carl, 4, his wife and step-children, who were at Fort Campbell, Ky., would be memorialized with a stretch of U.S. 19 from 4th street to Park Avenue in Chiefland.

  • Hastings and union already sparring over 2011 contract

    In a quick decision Tuesday, the School Board of Levy County passed an addition to the contract between the district and the teachers union that made salary steps for teachers a negotiated item effective July 1, 2011.
    Previously, the step increases in pay were automatic. Now they must be negotiated annually. During a Sept. 14 impasse hearing, the board voted unanimously to make the steps negotiable. The decision was officially added to the current contract Tuesday.

  • $51.935 million in bonds allocated for TriCounty Hospital

    The proposed Tri-County Hospital for Chiefland has won almost $52 million of the $70 million in economic stimulus bond money it requested from the state's pool of federal Economic Recovery Zone Bonds approved by Congress in 2009.

    The Levy County Board of Commissioners was notified Thursday by the state Division of Bond Finance that it will receive $51.935 million of the bond money. And as more money comes into the bond pool — returned by municiaplities and county governments that cannot or are unable to use the money — more will flow to the hospital.

  • County looks into selling water systems

    An Atlanta-based water company has inquired about buying the county-operated Manatee Water System, which serves 64 households in the Chiefland area, and University Oaks water system, which serves 125 households in the Bronson area.
    Assistant County Coordinator Dick Tummond mentioned the inquiry from Amnisos of Atlanta at Tuesday's regular Levy County Board of Commissioners meeting, sparking a discussion of whether the county should sell and questions about how to handle a sale.

  • County food drive goal: 100,000 cans

    The Children's Table, the Levy County Commission and the mayors of Cedar Key, Inglis, Otter Creek, Chiefland, Fanning Springs, Bronson, and Williston have joined forces to start a food bank for Levy County residents and set a goal of  collecting 100,000 cans by Thanksgiving.
    Canned goods can be dropped off at the city and town halls, and the county courthouse. If you have a substantial donation, please call Levy County Food Bank at 352-486-6525 for a pick up.
    The following is a list of items being sought.
    Can Goods Only

  • Early voting through Oct. 30

    Cast your ballot in the 2010 elections early between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday-Saturday through Oct. 30, at the Supervisor of Elections Office, 421 S. Court St., Bronson

    http://www.votelevy.com/

  • Feigin challenges Bembry for District 10 House Seat

    Republican Dave Feigin of Cedar Key began a campaign for House of Representatives, District 10, facing off against incumbent Leonard Bembry, a Democrat.
    Feigin said his everyday work experiences keep him more in touch with the working population than his opponent has been for the past two years. Feigin is a 24-year retired veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard, who owns a thriving small business with his wife, Cris, in Cedar Key. Before leaving the service, he attained a rank of E6, and had authority over eight USCG stations and two USCG Auxiliary Stations.

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