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  • Ride to Provide a 'blessing'

    U.S. 19 looks like a pretty big piece of road, at least until both northbound lanes are crammed with motorcycles - some 275 of them. Cars and trucks waited, and their drivers stared, as a mile-long parade of chrome, fringed leather and flames flowed through the tiny U.S. 19-State Road 24 interchange into Otter Creek Saturday morning.

  • Bronson clerk quits

    BRONSON - Donna Conquest enjoyed her job as Bronson's Town Clerk.

    For five years, she faithfully served the town and its people, performing a variety of tasks from taking water payments and answering questions from the public to balancing the budget books.

    But everybody apparently has their breaking point.

    Tired of accusations and personal attacks levied at her by two town council members and the fire chief in front of the public at monthly meetings over the past year, Conquest decided she had enough.

  • BOCC learns more costs go with radios

    The Levy County Commission was taken aback to learn in a budget workshop that the new radio system used by law enforcement and emergency responders will be expensive to maintain.

    During a workshop for county constitutional officers Tuesday afternoon, commissioners were told the county's 332 hand-held and mobile units, which already cost $14.95 each per month in user fees are almost out of warranty and an extended warranty will cost $175 per unit per year. That's $58,100 per year on top of the $59,560.80 in user fees.

  • Rustic setting sets scene for fund-raiser

    The Gilchrist Club, a private sportsman's paradise situated among the natural habitat of 23,000 wooded acres, is hosting Haven Hospice's fall fund-raiser on September 13.

    "Fall at the Lodge" will feature music on a deck overlooking Suwannee Lake, dinner on the lawn between the Main Lodge and the Cypress Lodge, scene of the silent auction, and clay shoots conducted by the club's guide.

  • With $10 and a phone number, he saw the world

    As America approaches the seventh anniversary of 9/11, Amar Parkash has a message for us: This is a great country.

    "It's greatness is not in the F-21 or 31 or the Sherman tanks," he says. "It is in the generosity of its people. That personifies what America is."

    Parkash says he should know. As he hitchhiked around the world, he arrived at Kennedy Airport in January 1968 with $10 in his pocket and the telephone number of his father's friend, a doctor practicing in New York City.

  • Chiefland leads pack at volleyball tourney

    "One of our goals was to come here and win this preseason tournament," said Emily Gore, head coach of Chiefland varsity volleyball.

    They did. Chiefland played scrappy, resourceful ball, taking three games in the first round to put down a more talented Williston team, then finishing off host Bronson in two games in the championship round.

    In the finishes of the four-team field, which saw Chiefland first, Bronson second, Williston third and Cedar Key fourth, every coach saw finetuning to be done, but also reasons to celebrate.

  • The money shuffle begins

    The Levy County Commission is doing the end-of-year money shuffle as some departments have some cash on hand to help other departments strapped for cash.

    In its regular meting Tuesday morning, the commissioners approved moving money around to help six departments that were short of funds.

    The commission took cash from the following funds and departments:

    General Revenue, $180,561

    E911, $9,440

    Emergency Medical Services, $276,843

    Fire, $204,512

    Drug Task Force, $17,612

    Capital Projects, $542,157

    And gave funds to:

  • AMVETS threw a terrific holiday weekend

    The usual suspects triumphed at Monday's karaoke contest held at AMVETS Post 88 in Bronson, though the menu of music on tap was long and deep.

    It took a three-way sing-off to crown Carissa Fields of Chiefland, with her letter-perfect rendition of Celine Dion's "My Heart Will Go On." Bronson's Reginald Stacy placed second with his tiebreak song of "Purple Rain," by Prince, and Samantha Beckham was third with Martina McBride's "Independence Day."

  • Chiefland looks at other legal options

    The Chiefland City Commission is hanging out the "Help Wanted" sign just two weeks after muzzling City Attorney Norm Fugate for actively participating in a suit brought by businessman Andy Andrews.

    Mayor Teal Pomeroy, who placed the item on the Monday night meeting agenda, said, "I want to consider advertising for legal services and see what we get."

    The commission first discussed getting bids for legal services, but later decided to seek proposals.

  • Chiefland ponders four-day work week

    Outside workers for the city of Chiefland will be able to go to a four-day week, but city hall workers may not get the same schedule.

    The city commission in its regular meeting on Monday evening decided to allow City Manager Grady Hartzog to put outside workers - such as public works - on a four, 10-hour day schedule, but balked at closing city hall on Fridays.

    Hartzog also proposed expanding the ways residents can pay their bills when city hall is closed by taking online and telephone payments using credit or debit cards.