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  • County hires first public safety director

    Levy County has hired its first public safety director and he will start work on Aug. 22.
    David L. Knowles, a native of Hawthorne and a captain with the Citrus County Fire Rescue, has accepted the position that carries a $65,000 annual salary.
    The Levy County Commission unanimously approved Knowles' hiring at its Aug. 2 regular meeting.  He was their top choice among six candidates interviewed by the commission in July.

  • Spurned Christmas light dealer threatens lawsuit

    A sales display company from Tavares is considering taking legal action against the City of Chiefland for its early termination of a contract for leasing Christmas lights, according to a report from city staff.
    A few months ago, city commissioners voted to purchase Christmas lights to hang on poles lining city streets during the holidays. The city used to rent the lights at about $9,000 a year, but commissioners decided the city could save money in the long run if it purchased its own for a total of about $24,000.

  • Heat stroke hospitalizes Bronson public works director

    Bronson Public Works Director James Dunford is hospitalized at Shands Hospital in Gainesville after suffering a stroke on the job on Friday.

    He had finished working at the site of the new Dollar General Store and was discovered unconscious in his truck, according to a city official.

    Although temperatures were in the high 90s, the National Weather Service has said the heat index, a measure of the effect of high temperatures and high humidity, was over 100. 

  • Chiefland to bid farewell to Alice Faye Henderson

    Alice Faye Henderson, 70, put off this earthly house on Aug. 2, 2011 and now lives in a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens  (11 Corinthians 5:1). Cancer ravaged her body but it could not conquer her spirit. 

  • Deadline near for Business of the Year

       The deadline tfor nominating a local business that merits the Greater Chiefland Ara Chamber of Commerce's Business of the Year Award is Aug. 10.
       Each year the Chamber honors outstanding businesses during the state’s annual observance of Industry Appreciation Week. This year's industry celebration begins Sept. 12 and the local Chamber will host a banquet Sept. 13 honoring two local, notable businesses.

  • County increases millage rate, assessments

    The Levy County Commission expressed shock that it drew only one taxpayer to a public hearing on special assessments on Tuesday evening in the commission meeting room.
    It was a sharp change from two years ago when the hearing was held in the larger Courtroom A at the County Courthouse to accommodate the people objecting to increases in special assessments and any increase in property taxes.

  • School Board approves lowered budget, millage

    Near the end of a meeting in which the School Board of Levy County approved, among other things, a tentative millage and budget for 2011-12, board member Cameron Asbell of Bronson offered up a cost-savings idea.
    Asbell didn’t prepapre any notes to introduce his idea before Tuesday night, all he did was hold up the more than 100 sheets of paper he had been handed during the two-plus hour meeting. It was timely considering lack of funding was discussed several times.

  • Bronson and cable provider bicker over money

    The Bronson Town council members said Monday night they're fed up with the area's cable provider, Florida Cable Inc.

  • PSC assists FCC in curbing Lifeline duplication

        Lifeline Assistance (Lifeline), the discounted telephone service benefitting low-income consumers, has apparently benefitted some more than others.

  • Drew fails in bid to unseat Barber

    Commissioner Marsha Drew, of Yankeetown  (R-District 3), failed Tuesday in her second bid to unseat Thad Barber of Morriston from the County Planning Commission.