Local News

  • Local bondsmen say sour economy is keeping people in jail

    You won’t find Dog the Bounty Hunter in Florida but you will find Berlon Weeks and David Stone, Levy County’s two bail bondsmen.

    The two are in the business of assisting people get out of jail when they’re checkbooks are depleted.

    Becoming a licensed and insured bail bondsman is a five-step process, Weeks said.

  • Lawson: Repeal septic tank requirement

    TALLAHASSEE —A bill passed earlier this year meant to protect springs, in part by requiring septic tank inspections every five years, is too expensive in a tight economy and should be repealed, state Sen. Al Lawson said Tuesday.

    Lawson, D-Tallahassee and a candidate for Congress, sent a letter to Senate President Jeff Atwater, R-North Palm Beach, asking that legislation to repeal the requirement be brought up if lawmakers return later this year to address economic issues.

  • TRIM notices mailed out on Friday

    Levy County Property Appraiser Oz Barker told the Chiefland Rotary Club there is one thing everyone should keep in mind about his work. "I don't do taxes, I do assessments," he said addressing the group on Aug. 11.

  • Commission approves thinned down budget

    The Levy County Commission has a workable budget on the table, but they are not yet finished with it and the margin for error – handling emergencies — is only $500,000.  Deputy Clerk Sheila Rees, who handles county finances, said the budget document drawn up by her, County Coordinator Freddie Moody and Clerk of Courts Danny Shipp uses $4.5 million in reserves to balance the county’s accounts and has only $500,000 to cover emergency expenditures in the $53 million budget. “That’s not a real safe place to be, having reserves of o

  • Plans for Chiefland solar farm up in the air

    A Miami developer and business owner says he wants to build a 50-acre solar farm in Chiefland. Carl Nurse, managing director of Solargy Systems Inc., said Monday he's trying to pull funding together for the project, which, according to Nurse, could cost as much as $80 million.

  • Williston pursues solar power system

    Looking for ways to help both residents and the environment, the city of Williston is taking a ginormous leap into the 21st century by pursuing a solar energy system to power the city. Tuesday city leaders met with interested residents and elected officials to pitch their plan that will make Williston less dependent on fossil fuels. City Manager Marcus Collins and Adam Hall, the city’s project manager and land development regulations administrator, gave a 30-minute overview of their vision for the city to about 30 people that included State Reps.

  • Commission spurns sheriff's request

    The tension that has been building between the Levy County Commission and the Sheriff's Office over spending and budgets became an open matter of record at the commissions Tuesday meeting when the sheriff's request for $38,000 in contingency money was denied. Commissioner Danny Stevens of Williston made the motion to give the sheriff some of the money the commission held back from this year's budget to cover any last-minute inmate medical bills. But the motion died for lack of a second. The sheriff did not make an appearance to present the request.

  • Former economic director charged

    Amanda Douglas, the former director of the Nature Coast Business Development Council and Enterprise Zone Development Agency, is being formally charged with two counts of grand theft and two counts of scheme to defraud in connection with money missing from agency accounts. Assistant State Attorney Glenn Bryan confirmed on Wednesday that Douglas has made restitution of the funds, and that he has recommended she be released on her own recognizance.

  • County passes on bonds, for now

    Levy County does not have the requisite 100,000 residents to qualify for Recovery Zone Economic Development Bonds, but county officials think they could still get the money. The subject of the bonds, funded with federal stimulus bill money, came up during the Board of County Commissioners regular meeting Tuesday.  County Coordinator Freddie Moody said the county does not qualify for the $346,000 in economic development bond money and $519,000 in facility bond money designated for Levy County, but by turning the money back to the state it frees the money fro

  • Bronson considers options for sludge

    The subject was smelly and nasty. The discussion was detailed.