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  • Bronson passes budget, has money to give pay raises

    Bronson property owners will see an increase in property tax millage on their tax bills, but with falling property values, it may even out in the end.  The Town Council approved 3.44 mills per $1,000 of property value, an increase from 3.20 mills last year during a Monday evening budget meeting. Property in the city is valued at $36,469,680, down from $38 million one year ago. The council also approved a $1,126,006 budget for the fiscal year that starts today.

  • Skate park keeps kids off the streets

    Eighteen-year-old Joseph Moherek, clad in only sneakers, a baseball cap and a pair of faded jeans, held his skateboard loosely by the nose and stared hard at the obstacle in front of him. He took a deep breath, mounted his battered board and took off down the court of Delma Locke Skate Park like a ball bearing slung from a slingshot. He was a blur of teenage bravado perched upon four tiny wheels and a deck made of laminated plywood.

  • River clean-up a success despite low turnout

    Eight people working from canoes and kayaks showed up to clean up trash from the banks of the Suwannee River Saturday. The event, which was hosted by Manatee Springs State Park, was part of National Public Lands Day.  Volunteers removed several bags of debris from a 3-mile stretch of riverbank from Clay Landing to Manatee Springs. “We hope for a larger turnout next year,” said Vicki Tiseth, a park ranger in charge of organizing the event.

  • Buie Park to get pavilion

    Staff Report The City of Chiefland will be getting a pavilion that will be installed in Buie Park, according to Chiefland City Manager Grady Hartzog. Hartzog said, in Monday night’s commission meeting, that Levy County Commissioner Nancy Bell arranged for $1,750 to be donated on behalf on the county toward purchase of the structure. Hartzog said the pavilion would be about 24 feet long and 20 feet wide.

  • Health Council makes plans for seasonal flu shots

    The School Health Advisory Council held its first meeting of the 2009-10 school year Tuesday to discuss the previous school year’s successes as well as plans for keeping students healthy. The council, made up of nurses and health officials from the Levy County school district,   spent much of its meeting talking through the districts upcoming plans for prevention of both seasonal flu and swine flu. Angela Phillips, chair of the Advisory Council, said that teachers, administrators and even custodial departments were responding very well to the swine fl

  • CFCC wants help with name change

    When Central Florida Junior College opened its doors in 1957, it welcomed 286 students. Since then, it has merged with Hampton Junior, changed its name to Central Florida Community College, sprouted campuses in Citrus, Marion and Levy counties. This fall, CFCC welcomed 8,350 students to its campuses, and it started the process to offer four-year degrees in four areas. All that progress means it's time for a name change, CFCC President Charles Dassance said.

  • Sheriff Johnny Smith's statement to Levy County Commission

    This is the statement read by Sheriff Johnny Smith to the Levy County Commission at its meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 30, regarding the purchase of 15 patrol cars:

    Good Morning, Chairwoman and Commissioners

    • Thank you for allowing me to come before you today.

    • Over the past few months I have come before you on several occasions

    concerning budgetary issues and the fact that our 09-10 budget has been cut

    by over $400,000.00

    • One of my greatest concerns has been our aging fleet of vehicles and how we

  • Pony up another $15 for that traffic ticket

    Watch your speed, make sure the kids are restrained and buckle up your seatbelt because it will cost another $15 to pay your traffic ticket.

    The Levy County Board of County Commissioners on Tuesday gave second and final approval to an ordinance slapping a $15 court building fee on “non-criminal traffic infractions.”

    The new fee was approved by the Legislature in its session earlier this year.

    Clerk of Court Danny Shipp said in July that 8,000 tickets are issued annually in Levy County and the new fee could raise about $120,000.

  • Bumped by test

    Levy County students did not watch President Barack Obama's speech to students on Sept. 8, prompting questions from teachers and parents as to why the speech was not shown live to area schools.

    Ann Coffel, of Williston, said she was surprised to hear from a teacher in the school district that the speech would not be shown live to students. Coffel said she comes from a family of educators, and Obama's speech would have been a worthwhile teaching opportunity.

  • Bronson man rebuilds life after found not guilty

    Dennis Russell, 45, has been busy trying to regain pieces of his old life.

    Since being found not guilty by a jury on Aug. 28 on charges of lewd and lascivious behavior with a child under the age of 12 and participating in a sex act with a child in custodial care, the road has been difficult for Russell.

    The charges were filed after a teen wrote a note to a teacher accusing him of the behavior.

    Russell, who spent 53 days in the Levy County Jail, before being bailed out on the charges in December 2007, was well known at the time of his arrest in the fall of 2007.