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  • Yearty, Parker trial delayed

    Suspended Levy County Commissioners W.S. “Sammy” Yearty and Robert Anthony “Tony” Parker have won a delay in their federal trial until June 1.

    Yearty and Parker, who were indicted in October, but not arrested until the indictments were unsealed after the November 2008 general election, are accused of conspiring to accept bribes in return for votes and influencing their fellow commissioners votes. Yearty has also been indicted on an additional charge of perjury.

  • Levy County citizens concerned about the environment joined residents of Alachua and Marion counties Mar 30 in Micanopy to strategize a response to the proposed state budget which reduces Florida Forever funding from the traditional amount of $12.4 million – leveraged to secure $300 million annually for land preservation – to $0 in the next fiscal year.

    The Florida Forever program focuses on purchasing land and land use rights to conserve and permanently protect land resources.

  • Re-training set for the unemployed

    Unemployed workers in Levy County are invited to attend Workforce Connection’s Stimulus Re-training Expo on May 7 beginning at 8:30 a.m. at Central Florida Community College’s Levy County Center. Attendees will learn more about training programs and scholarships for occupations that are projected to grow over the next few years. After short orientation session attendees can visit breakout sessions highlighting various occupational areas.

  • Hartzog takes leave of absence

    Chiefland City Manager Grady Hartzog has been granted a leave of absence to care for his wife while she is treated for lung cancer.

    The City Commission approved the leave of absence using Hartzog’s accrued personal, annual and sick leave.

    While Hartzog is out, City Clerk Mary Ellzey will be acting city manager.

    Ellzey said anyone wanting to send well wishes to Hartzog and his wife can drop them off at or mail them to City Hall, 214 East Park Avenue, Chiefland, FL 32626.

  • BHS investigates students for alleged cheating on FCAT

    At the request of the Department of Education, Bronson High School is currently investigating four students for possibly sharing answers on the March FCAT Mathematics Retakes.

    The students are under investigation because their results showed “significant matched answer patterns in the same test group codes indicating a high likelihood that answers were shared,” according to a letter from the Department of Education dated April 22.

  • Prescribed burn on the Refuge

    As the sun dries the final traces of moisture left from a damp night, 10 prescribed fire specialists make their way into the meeting room at the Cedar Key and Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge headquarters for the morning briefing.

  • God Committee opens May 8 at the Chief

    The story unfolding in the conference room in St. Patrick’s Hospital brings to the forefront an important process that thousands of people deal with every year.  The God Committee is actually a heart transplant selection committee that is faced with the task of deciding who receives donor hearts.  You will be on the edge of your seat as ethics are hotly debated down to the last minute to decide which patient receives the next newly available heart. Join us in the conference room for this thought-provoking drama in two acts by Mark St. Germain.

  • NRC hearing focuses on environmental concerns

    A coalition of environmental groups has filed a petition with the Federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission asking what no one in Levy County has thus far voiced about the proposed two-unit nuclear plant near Inglis.

    If the already operational Crystal River nuclear plant had an accident that required an evacuation within 10 miles of the plant, how would Progress Energy get workers in to operate the Levy County plant located just 9.6 miles away?

  • VFW honors students, community leaders

    Chiefland Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5625 held its annual Youth and Community Awards Banquet Sunday, April 19 to honor those who have excelled in their field in 2008-2009.

    In its program, the Post acknowledged the youth, who exhibited interest in patriotism, love of country and respect of veteran.

    Teachers were commended for being a guiding force to develop future leaders.

    The Post saluted civil servants who are the community's protectors.

    Artists and youth who support the VFW National Home were cited for "adding a ray of sunshine."

  • LARC aces crucial state audit

    Donnie knows he has a right to dignity. Daniel is able to read and write. Frank knows how and when to dial 9-1-1. Every client at Levy Association for Retarded Citizens (LARC) has a plan for learning and achievement, and the staff and volunteers help them reach their goals.