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  • Florida celebrates Silver Alert system

    This month, Florida celebrates the sixth anniversary of the Silver Alert program.  Silver Alerts are activated statewide shortly after a senior with Alzheimer's or related dementia goes missing. Since Silver Alerts began in 2008, 909 alerts have been issued and 87 seniors have been found after an individual saw a Silver Alert, recognized the missing senior and called law enforcement.    

  • Pistol class Nov. 8

    The Levy County Sheriff's Office will host a basic pistol class to qualify for a Florida concealed weapons permit Nov. 8, beginning at 8 a.m. at the Sheriff's Office, 9150 N.E. 80th Ave., Bronson.

    The class will serve as a fundraiser for Bronson FFA.

    Online registration is $60: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bronson-ffa-alumni-pistol-class-tickets-136....

    Registration the day of the class is $65.

    For more information, contact Lt. Scott Finnen at sfinnen@levyso.com or 352-577-4211

  • Ellzey praised in city manager evaluation

    Chiefland's newest city manager received high marks at her first three-month evaluation Monday night.

    "I've been very pleased working with Mrs. Ellzey," Mayor Teal Pomeroy said, adding that her transition into the position has been "seamless."

    Mary Ellzey, who has worked with the city in various positions during the last 31 years, was unanimously hired by commissioners as city manager at the end of July.

    Her last position was that of deputy clerk.

  • Fanning candidates harmonize at forum

    Money — and how to help homeowners keep more of it — was on the minds of candidates for Fanning Springs mayor and council seat No. 4 at a forum where they discussed how the city will pay for its sewer system, bring a proposed Holiday Inn and Dairy Queen to the area and help residents find jobs.

  • Interest high in election

    With two county commission races on the ballot, a hotly contested governor's race, a constitutional amendment to allow medical marijuana and a local referendum to allow the Levy County Commission to grant tax breaks to new and expanding businesses, voters are casting ballots in high numbers. 

  • Weeks resigns from Bronson Council

    Bronson Town Council Member Berlon Weeks resigned his seat on the council Tuesday through a letter sent to town officials.

  • Weeks resigns from Bronson Council

    Bronson Town Council member Berlon Weeks tendered his resignation from that panel on Tuesday, Oct. 28, in a letter. 

    Weeks, a bail bondsman, has been looking into a business opportunity. 

    Here is his letter:

  • County commission moves meeting

    The Lev County Commission has moved the location of its Nov. 4 meeting to offices behind Hilltop School (the old Bronson High School) due to remodeling of the commission meeting room in the courthouse.

    The 9 a.m. meeting will be in the former offices of the Levy County Schools Foundation, 320 Mongo St., Bronson.

  • Early voting this week 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

    The Levy County Supervisor of Elections Tammy Jones is keeping her office open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. this week to allow early voting for the Nov. 4 general election. 

    As of Monday at 1 p.m. 988 voters had taken advantage of early voting to cast their ballot. Another 3,384 had returned their absentee ballots to the office. Levy County has 25,923 registered voters. There were 5,547 votes cast in the Aug. 25 party primaries. 

  • Fanning Springs attendance at 5-year low

    Statewide, according to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Florida's parks and trails saw an increase of more than 1.5 million people in attendance last year.
    The 27 million people who swam in Florida's springs, fished in its rivers, camped in its parks and hiked along its trails contributed about $2 billion to local economies, proving that ecotourism is a necessary part of life in The Sunshine State.