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  • Bilingual? CERT needs you

    The Community Education Response Team is a bit like the Marines.

    They are looking for a few good men and women to work in the trenches when the going gets tough.

    Like the Marines they are picky about whom they accept.

    The do background checks.

    They want you to speak Spanish as well as English.

    The training requires a commitment and 10 Wednesday evenings.

    Unlike the Marines, they won't pay you.

    The satisfaction of helping your neighbors through what may be the worst period of their lives is all they offer in compensation.

  • Attorney limited in defending Andrews' lawsuit

    The Chiefland City Commission has ordered City Attorney Norm D. Fugate to withdraw from representing Chiefland's residents and the city commission in a legal suit filed by A.D. Andrews because the case costs the city $1,369 - thus far.

    While Fugate's representation was limited, the commission, in its regular Monday meeting, decided they would like him to continue representing City Manager Grady Hartzog, a target of the suit, should he need legal representation.

  • County's ESE among state's best

    BRONSON - When it comes to providing services and meeting the needs for Exceptional Student Education, or ESE students, Levy County grades out among the tops in the state.

    Levy is one of 16 school districts in Florida notching a perfect score of 8 in the latest State Performance Plan/Local Education Agency findings. There are 67 school districts in Florida.

    The 2008 scores were based on information from the 2006-07 school year.

    Levy has 1,400 ESE students spread among its schools.

  • Opinions mixed on nuclear plants

    Levy County residents - and a few visitors - gave mixed reviews about the seting of a nuclear power plant near Inglis at a public hearing last week.

    Progress Energy has proposed building a two-unit nuclear plant on a 5,100-acre site it owns in southern Levy County.

    The meeting on Aug. 7 at the county courthouse was to collect information for a report the County Commission will send to the state Department of Environmental Protection. The DEP is the agency that will issue the site certification license for the plant.

  • Bronson OKs fire merger

    BRONSON - After months of discussion and haggling, the proposed Bronson-Otter Creek fire department merger is finally on track to becoming reality.

    By a 3-1 vote, Bronson Town Council approved a fire services agreement between the two departments at Monday's monthly meeting.

    The merger contract, which had been waiting for Bronson's approval for months, now goes to the Levy County Commissioners for a final going over to become official.

    The merger should be in place for the 2009 fiscal year.

  • Shooting fox was husband's only choice

    Pat Vrana got up, mowed the lawn and was headed inside for a bite to eat when her husband Don said something about seeing an animal that might be a fox in the yard.

    One week later, the couple is relaxing at home, but still shaken by the bizarre sequence of events that have followed.

    It's a story that has gone around the world: Woman attacked by fox, shot by husband.

    Late night comedians have made jokes. Hateful comments have been made about the husband on news web sites and in blogs.

  • Back to school tips

    CMS Supply List

    Chiefland Middle School asks that parents/guardians help students be prepared for the first day of school by purchasing the following for their students:

    Loose leaf notebook paper, several folders with pickets and paper fasteners, pencils and erasers, pens, colored markers or pencils and a backpack, which is not mandatory but usually necessary.

    Students are expected to buy a PE uniform at school. The cost will be between $15-$20.

    Meet the Teacher Day will be held Friday, Aug. 15 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. and 1-2:30 p.m.

  • Sample ballots in the mail

    Levy County's more than 25,092 registered voters are receiving their sample ballots this week and are facing a tough choice: Do they request an absentee ballot to save fuel, vote early at the Supervisor of Elections Office in Bronson, or vote the day of the election?

    Supervisor of Elections Connie Asbell says her office has new equipment this year that makes handling absentee and early voting for the Aug. 26 primary easier and saves money on labor costs.

  • What do you think of power plants?

    The public gets its one opportunity to tell the Levy County Commission what they think of Progress Energy's plans to build a two-unit nuclear plant near Inglis in a public informational meeting.

    The meeting is at 7 p.m. Thursday in Courtroom A of the Levy County Courthouse in Bronson.

    A legal notice for the meeting says its purpose is to inform the public about the power plant and transmission lines proposed in the county, to obtain public comments and to assist the commissioners in making their recommendation to the state on the project.

  • Chiefland permit fees increase

    New building permit fees have gone into effect for all commercial construction in Chiefland.

    The higher fees were approved by the City Commission at the request of Bill Hammond., city building and zoning director. The resolution approving the higher fees were approved at the July 29 commission meeting and call for them to go into effect immediately.

    Hammond said building permit fees on residential construction fees were adjusted in 2005 but commercial construction fees had not been increased since 2002,