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  • LARC client tapes radio promo for Ride to Provide

    LARC client Daniel Rose joined Ride to Provide organizer Lt. Sean Mullins and LARC workshop manager Kathy Eschbach in Ocala's WIND-FM studio this week to tape an informational and promotional spot for the Sept. 12 Ride to Provide to benefit LARC.

    The spot will air Sunday Aug. 2 at 5:30 a.m. on 107.7 FM and at 6:20 p.m. on 93.7 FM. The Ride to Provide is a free, scenic motorcycle ride from Bronson Middle High School to the LARC campus in Otter Creek. For more information, visit www.ridetoprovide.net.

  • Citizen, Beacon, Pioneer staffers win top awards

    Readers of the Chiefland Citizen, Williston Pioneer Sun News and Cedar Key Beacon enjoy some of the best newspapers in the state of Florida, and the papers have the awards to prove it.

    Staffers and contributors to the three Levy County newspapers received five individual awards from this year's Better Weekly Newspapers contest, sponsored by Florida Press Association.

    Among the awards was the state's most prestigious award for columnists, awarded to Jenna McKenna.

  • School board budget hearing Tuesday

    Levy County property owners might want to free up a few hours this coming Tuesday evening. At 5:01 p.m. on July 28, the Levy County School Board will hold its first public hearing on the 2009-2010 budget, including the proposed property tax millage for the coming year. In this past Tuesday's meeting of the school board, Finance Director Bob Clemons laid out two possible options for the coming year's budget ? one that holds the millage at essentially the same level as last year (7.75 mills for 09-10 vs.

  • Board to students: Don't take photos

    Warning to Levy County students: you already weren't allowed to use your cellphone, pager or cellphone digital camera during the school day. Now you're really not allowed to. At Tuesday's meeting of Levy County School Board, Director of Curriculum Patrick Wnek presented some changes to the Student Code of Conduct, the manual that governs student discipline in county schools. Changes included the addition of the words “wireless communication device” to the description of mobile phones and pagers.

  • Board to students: Don't take photos

    Warning to Levy County students: you already weren't allowed to use your cellphone, pager or cellphone digital camera during the school day. Now you're really not allowed to. At Tuesday's meeting of Levy County School Board, Director of Curriculum Patrick Wnek presented some changes to the Student Code of Conduct, the manual that governs student discipline in county schools. Changes included the addition of the words “wireless communication device” to the description of mobile phones and pagers.

  • Traffic ticket costs going up

        Drivers and scofflaws beware.

    The Levy County Commission voted unanimously to have the county attorney prepare an ordinance raising the court facility fee tacked onto every citation from $15 to $30.

        The item came up during the commission’s regular meeting Tuesday morning when County Clerk of Court Danny Shipp said Legislature passed the law approving the increase in the 2009 session.

  • Breaking News Missing man sought

     

    The Levy County Sheriff's Office is searching the Suwannee River and Fanning Springs State Park for a man who disappeared while vacationing there with his family.

  • Board to settle valedictorian problem once and for all

    Over the last several years, conferring valedictorian and salutatorian honors on Levy County's top-achieving high school seniors has been a process fraught with controversy and dissatisfaction. Complications in recent years include large numbers of co-valedictorians with identical GPAs, and unweighted GPAs causing students taking less-difficult standard high school courses to be honored over students taking honors and dual-enrollment courses.

  • Montbrook mine hearing set for Aug. 18

    A conditional special exception permit for a proposed limerock mine in the Montbrook community that has been hotly contested by residents will be considered in a public hearing on Aug. 18 at 6:30 p.m. by the Levy County Commission.

    The mine permit application by Johannes Vanderwey calls for the operation to be done near the intersection of U.S. Highway 41 and County Road 322 in Montbrook community on an 88.18 acre site. The plans call for major mining, including blasting and crushing, on 68.8 acres for the next 20 years.

  • County deadlocks 2-2 on contract

    The Levy County Commission operating with three elected commissioners, two suspended commissioners, one interim commissioner and a vacancy in an interim commission seat hit the wall with a tie vote that could not be broken Tuesday.

     

    The vote came during the regular meeting where Tax Collector Linda Fugate and County Judge Joe Smith asked the commission to terminate its contract for the Courthouse Space Study with Clemons Rutherford Associates of Tallahassee.