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  • Former economic director charged

    Amanda Douglas, the former director of the Nature Coast Business Development Council and Enterprise Zone Development Agency, is being formally charged with two counts of grand theft and two counts of scheme to defraud in connection with money missing from agency accounts. Assistant State Attorney Glenn Bryan confirmed on Wednesday that Douglas has made restitution of the funds, and that he has recommended she be released on her own recognizance.

  • County passes on bonds, for now

    Levy County does not have the requisite 100,000 residents to qualify for Recovery Zone Economic Development Bonds, but county officials think they could still get the money. The subject of the bonds, funded with federal stimulus bill money, came up during the Board of County Commissioners regular meeting Tuesday.  County Coordinator Freddie Moody said the county does not qualify for the $346,000 in economic development bond money and $519,000 in facility bond money designated for Levy County, but by turning the money back to the state it frees the money fro

  • Bronson considers options for sludge

    The subject was smelly and nasty. The discussion was detailed.

  • School opens Monday Watch out for students

    The school speed zone on County Road 341 at Chiefland Elementary School has gone high tech with new solar-powered, blinking lights that can be computer programmed to alert drivers to slow down and look out for children.  The two lights and signs were funded with grants from Plum Creek and Tarmac.  Levy County Commissioner Chad Johnson donated the marine batteries that store the solar power for the lights.

  • Free school breakfast approved by board, other issues debated

    The School Board of Levy County on Tuesday approved a universal breakfast program at Bronson Elementary School, allowing students at the school to get a free breakfast starting this fall. The state made the program available for schools in which 80 percent or more of the students qualify for the free or reduced lunch program.

  • Broadband authority has its first meeting in Cedar Key

    Last week marked the one-year anniversary of the North Florida Broadband Authority. On Aug.

  • Bronson officials discuss upcoming budget year

    Bronson Town Council members agreed it’s better to start with a higher proposed millage rate and come down once all the review and studies are complete. After some discussion, council members agreed last week to set a proposed millage of 3.8861 mills, but only because a proposed millage rate can be decreased and not increased. City Clerk Kelli Brettel offered several scenarios for the council to weigh, including keeping it as it is, going with the rollback rate and the highest of the rates. Property values are down in Bronson, Brettel said, and

  • Sheriff's Office buys new vehicles

    The Levy County Sheriff's Office has purchased six new vehicles — four for its K-9 units and two for the investigative unit for $167,462.80. Sheriff Johnny Smith said he stands behind the decision to replace vehicles that had 100,000 to 150,000 miles on each, including replacement of a car totaled in an accident where the other driver was found to be at fault. Smith said he is aware of how the purchase looks in a tight budget year.

  • Levy schools get a ‘B’

    For the third consecutive year, Levy County is expected to get a “B” when it comes to education. The Florida Department of Education released its annual school grades last week, and area schools that had their grades reported overall performed well.

  • Tarmac moves ahead on mine permit

    The zoning application came with $1,600 and eight cases of paperwork. The cover letter summed it up: "Tarmac America LLC is pleased to submit the King Road Limestone Mine Special Exception Application #3 ... This submittal is for the actual operation of the mine site which is +/- 4,750 acres," Tarmac executive Albert W. Townsend wrote to the Levy County Development Department. The letter was dated June 13, but it was not delivered to Levy County Building Official Rob Corbitt at his Bronson office until Aug.