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  • 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,

  • Bronson to give BYL help

    BRONSON - At Bronson Town Council's July meeting, Berlon Weeks made a motion to free up close to $6,000 in the budget for the installation of a new irrigation system for the soccer fields at the newly named Bo Diddley Park.

    The next morning, Weeks went out to the fields to have a look-see.

    He realized that the Bronson Youth League, which uses the park year-round, has more pressing needs.

    "The baseball fields need a sprinkler system," he said. "Fencing needs to be repaired. The tennis courts need work. They need an ice machine."

  • Big headliner coming to Bark-N-Purr

    BRONSON - This past February, the Humane Society of Levy County held an outdoor concert at the Youth League Park, touting country star Chris Cagle.

    It was so successful and everybody had so much fun, they decided to do it again.

    The second annual HSLC Bark-N-Purr Concert will be held on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2009 at Bo Diddley Park (formerly BYL Park).

    Bronson approved the date at the Monday night monthly meeting.

  • Assessment hearing is Sept. 2

    The Levy County Commission approved four fees landowners pay and is holding a public hearing on the fees - which remain the same as last year- at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 2.

    The fees approved are:

    _ $75 preliminary Emergency Medical Services Tax Assessment Rat

    _ $25 assessment Solid Waste Assessment

    _ A variable Roadway Maintenance Service Assessment, and

    _ $31 Fire Protection Services fee.

    Even though the rates will not be increased, they must be approved annually and a public hearing must be held, County Coordinator Fred Moody said.