Local News

  • Bronson gets new clerk

    The Town of Bronson Council hired a new town clerk last week during a special meeting called to fulfill the hiring process. More than 30 applications were submitted for the position.

    Before the final decision was made, the council interviewed the top six applicants. Kelly Brettel's first day as the new town clerk will coincide with the town meeting Nov. 3. Brettel has 20 years of accounting experience and has already read the clerk manual in preparation of her new job.

  • Chiefland closer to ordinance on sexually oriented businesses

    Chiefland is a step closer to having a set of ordinances on the books that tightly regulate adult sexually oriented businesses.

    The City Commission, in its regular meeting on Monday evening, unanimously approved on first reading an Adult Establishment Licensing Ordinance and changes to the city's existing Adult Establishment Nudity Ordinance.

    The second reading of the two ordinances will be at the commission's regular meeting at 6 p.m. Nov. 10 at City Hall.

  • Vote Tuesday

    Interest is high in the Nov. 4 election as 21.6 percent of Levy County's registered voters have cast their ballots by absentee or in early voting as of 4 p.m. Tuesday, according to the Supervisor of Elections' office.

    The tally:

    4,913 absentee ballots requested

    3,435 absentee ballots received

    2,203 early voting ballots cast

    The total for the early and absentee ballots received is 5,638 ballots of 21.69 percent of the county's 25,983 registered voters.

  • Chiefland discusses garbage

    There's going to be a little adjustment to the city's garbage rates for dumpster service - especially for two businesses with large compactor Dumpsters.

    That's because the city has discovered that Waste Pro had not included pricing for compactor Dumpsters like the ones in operation at Wal-mart and Walgreen's for the City Commission meeting on Sept. 22 where the commission approved raising garbage rates in the city.

    The vote was 3-1 with Mayor Teal Pomeroy dissenting and Vice Mayor Teresa Barron absent to attend a county budget meeting.

  • Two want to represent Chiefland

    The Chiefland City Commission will be interviewing the only two candidates who applied for the position of city attorney at 5 p.m. on Nov. 10.

    Norm D. Fugate of Williston, who specializes in government and real estate law and is Chiefland's city attorney, will be interviewed at 5:30 p.m. and Brent E. Baris, a real estate attorney and city attorney for Otter Creek, will be interviewed at 5 p.m.

    They were the only applicants who gave the city proposals for legal services by the 4:30 p.m. Oct. 20 deadline.

  • Trick or Treat in Chiefland Saturday

    The city of Chiefland's Trick or Treat will be from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25.

    The city commission, in its regular meeting on Oct. 13 decided to stick with it's policy of holding trick or treat on the last Saturday of the month even though Halloween falls on a Friday this year - 6 days after the city-sanctioned event.

    Williston will host its annual Trail of Treaters Friday, Oct. 31 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in downtown Williston.

  • Superintendent candidates face off

    Candidates for Levy County Schools Superintendent Robert Hastings and Jeff Edison met Monday night at the old Bronson High School auditorium to speak to voters and answer questions about their respective campaigns.

    Hastings presented himself as the candidate for change, stressing the need to improve the dynamic between administration and teachers while Assistant Superintendent Edison placed his focus on putting kids first.

    "We need an administration that cares about employees," said Hastings. "There are changes coming, I assure you, there are changes coming."

  • Residents unhappy with mud boggers

    Mud boggers who use a private site on County Road 337 near N.E. 125th Street need to have their driver licenses, vehicle registrations and insurance papers up to date on Sunday, Oct. 26 as the Levy County Sheriff's Office is conducting a checkpoint at the intersection.

  • Early voting under way

    Early voting in the presidential election has started and will continue through Saturday, Nov. 1 at the Levy County Supervisor of Elections office on Court Street in Bronson.

    Interest is high in this year's election, Connie Asbell, supervisor of elections, said.

    The county has registered about 500 new voters since February. There are 25,983 registered voters with 14,056 registered Democrats, 7,919 registered Republicans, 1,163 with no party affiliation and 2,755 with other party affiliations.

  • School board member charged with lewdness

    School Board of Levy County member Billy Morrison was a no-show Tuesday morning for the regular meeting of the Levy County School Board, 10 days after his arrest in Gainesville.

    Morrison, 47, of Bronson, was charged at the Santa Fe College Northwest Campus in Gainesville Oct. 11 with lewdness and exposure of sexual organs, both misdemeanors, after a police patrol and undercover investigation of a rest room at the school.