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  • Farmers market returns Jan. 10

    The downtown Chiefland Farmers Market returns Saturday, Jan. 10, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Train Depot Park in Chiefland.

       Chiefland’s downtown Farmers Market specializes in fresh, seasonal local food. Please come out and support the community market.

       More vendors are wanted! Do you have farm, garden or home made products to sell? For more information, call 352-493-1849. 

  • County wants to improve access

    It does not take a handicapped person to know that the Levy County Courthouse and Administrative Building in Bronson needs updating to accommodate those with disabilities. 

    The courthouse, the county's fourth, was constructed in 1937, and the administrative building was added in 1963. The sidewalks have been patched several times, but still there are cracks. Ditto for the stairs leading to the main administrative entrance; they are showing their age.   

  • Dog shooter sentenced

    Sandy the German Shepard mix is a happy, goofy dog who likes to play fetch, according to one of her caretakers. She has a permanent injury to her paw — the result of two shootings by a former owner, but it does not slow her down. 

    Sandy has been living at Chiefland Animal Hospital since she was brought in July 17 with three gunshot wounds. She is waiting for the right person to take her home.

  • Bronson moving along with sewer pipes

    Last week, the Town of Bronson was busy tearing up Court Street in an effort to get a portion of the town's new sewer system in the ground, as recent visitors to the Levy County Courthouse are undoubtedly aware.

    Crews, according to Bronson Public Works Director Jimmy Dunford, were scheduled to be done earlier this week. Dunford said the pipes in that area had to be placed about 25 feet below the surface. The road should be open by the end of the week.

  • Resident raises ire of council

    A Bronson councilman told one of his constituents Monday night that he was sick of his bi-monthly rants against the council.

    Elijah Williams was on the agenda to speak for no more than five minutes about holding an election to fill a council vacancy; but by the time he took to the lectern, the council had already agreed to call for a special election.

    “This should have gone to a vote in the first place,” Williams said, “but the reason it didn’t is this house is divided.”

  • FHP monitoring conditions on CR 326, SR 26

    The Florida Highway Patrol is monitoring an area on County Road 326 between County Road 337 and County Road 343 in Levy County throughout the night for the possibility of smoke and fog which could create hazardous driving conditions.

    Drivers should use caution especially during the night time and early morning hours.

    Motorists are reminded to reduce their speed and utilize low beam headlights in order to adapt to changing weather conditions.

  • Group hopes to build flagship facility for wounded vets at Otter Springs

    It's often said that for every negative outcome, something positive arises to put things back in balance.

    Such was the case when volunteers, inspired by the life of wounded Marine Sgt. Michael Nicholson, organized to form ForVets Inc.

    Nicholson's life was changed forever when he lost both legs and part of his left arm to an IED while on patrol in Afghanistan in 2011.

  • Fanning Springs signs developer’s agreement

    In a unanimous decision, with the absence of Marty Sanchez and Stoney Smith, the Fanning Springs City Council approved a motion to sign the developer’s agreement for the Holiday Inn project.

    The motion came after the public hearing - required due to the changes made in the grant application -held last Thursday afternoon at 4 p.m. The project went from promising 50 jobs down to 30 with the loss of the Dairy Queen that was to be brought in by Hudson Foods.

  • Bronson will hold election for vacant seat

    Two weeks ago the Bronson Town Council reached a stalemate when it came to the appointment of someone to fill the seat left vacant by the resignation of Berlon Weeks.

    Monday night members were in one accord to hold a special election and let the town’s voters decide who should represent them.

    Council members had been asked to rank applicants, but Vice Mayor Beatrice Roberts said she didn’t feel comfortable numerically ranking the candidates.

  • County blesses hospital with road changes

    The ink is barely dry on the state Certificate of Need for the proposed Suwannee River Community Hospital and work is getting underway on construction preparations.

    On Tuesday, Chiefland Accounting Specialist Laurie Copeland asked the Levy County Commission to approve a memorandum of understanding that would allow the city to install a 930-foot deceleration lane on County Road 320 in front of the hospitals location.

    The hospital is to be built on a site behind the Walmart in Chiefland.