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  • Student sweat out FCAT weeks

    Parents, be extra nice to your kids this week and next. Buy them an ice cream or their favorite candy bar. Little Johnny or Mary is apt to be feeling the pressure of relentless FCAT testing.

    Yes, the much ballyhooed Florida Comprehesive Assessment Test is being given statewide to students in grades 3-11.

    The annual tests, which mirror the Sunshine State Stardards, gauge how students measure up against others from across the state in three critical areas –language arts, mathematics and science.

  • Road crew fixes problem from clay pocket

    BRONSON - They build, repair and maintain roads in Levy County.

    This team of 67 men and women make up the Levy County Road Department and they make sure the highways and byways allow people to traverse them.

    Watching work at one site for a couple of hours on March 5 provided an opportunity to see one aspect of the work they do.

  • Levy celebrates Black History Month

    It's all about the power of choice-and discovering that power through education.

    That was the resounding theme Saturday night as members of the community came together to celebrate and participate in the 10th annual Black History Month banquet .

    Monica Scott, a 2000 graduate of Chiefland High School and a recipient of a Black History Committee Scholarship, was keynote speaker for the evening.

  • Bronson considers fire department merger

    In this corner you have more money, more equipment and a lower ISO rating.

    In the other corner you have insurance liability, territory and details, details, details.

    That was the scene Monday night as Bronson's town council listened to the beginnings of what may be a merger between its fire department and the now seemingly defunct fire department in Otter Creek.

    Rick Lombardo, Bronson's fire chief, presented a draft of an agreement that could start the ball rolling toward combining the fire departments.

  • Chiefland celebrates FFA Week

    Heather Rucker and her ag students recently held their 5th annual petting zoo as part of National FFA Week. Chiefland Elementary school's kindergarten students took a walking field trip to participate in the program set up for them at the middle school's ag property.

    "We do it for the kindergarteners. In two years I'll have the original group. Then I'll get to see if those kids are interested in ag and how many remember that day and what they went through and see if they've learned anything," Rucker said,

  • Set Your Clocks Forward

    Be sure to set your clocks forward one hour before you go to bed Saturday.

  • New $2.9 million transfer station opens

    BRONSON - Levy County taxpayers netted $300,000 in savings with the opening of a new transfer station at the landfill east of Bronson, according to information released March 4 at the County Commission meeting.

    Project Manager Andrew Wellman of Peter Brown Construction said the close-out of this project reflects the saving and changes the $3.2 million project into a $2.9 million project.

  • Levy fire departments on new radios now

    As of Feb. 28, all 14 fire departments in Levy County are on the new radio system, according to information released at the March 4 County Commission meeting.

    Now that the radios are being used, a monthly fee begins. The provider, Williams Communication, is waiving the fee until April.

    Dick Tummond, assistant to the county coordinator, requested $12,264 from the county to pay the monthly per-unit fee for 143 radios for the months of April through September. Commissioners voted 4-0 to authorize the payment, which pays the fee through the end of the current fiscal year.

  • Recycle trailers may be moved

    BRONSON - When Renate Cannon asked if Levy County had discontinued its recycling trailer program, Landfill Director Benny Jerrels explained the situation during the March 4 County Commission meeting.

    A problem with these trailers arises, Jerrels said, when people use them to dump household garbage there. When that happens, the trailers are removed from locations for a period of time or forever.

    The recycle trailers have had tires stolen off of them and some people have even used them as a place to dump dead deer carcasses, Commission Chairman Sammy Yearty said.

  • Streets considered for improvements

    After Chiefland City Engineer Lee Mills spent an hour telling the City Commission about roads that might be paved, City Manager Grady Hartzog Sr. listed four he saw as best candidates during the Feb. 25 commission meeting.

    The four roads Hartzog listed are all the city can afford now, he said, but Finance and Projects Coordinator Laurie Copeland is working to obtain Community Development Block Grants. These CDBGs are for water, sewer, fire hydrants and some paving, she said.