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  • Patriotic service Sunday at Lighthouse Word Church

    Lighthouse Word Church is hosting a Patriotic Service on Sunday, July 1, at 10:30 am, in honor of our independence as a nation.  
    Special guests include keynote speaker Chiefland Police Chief Robert Douglas, State Attorney Bill Cervone, 8th Judicial Circuit Judge David Glant, Levy County Judge James T. “Tim” Browning and many other city and county officials.  
    Patriotic music and voter registration will also be featured at the service.
    The public is invited to join in the celebration.

  • LARC vs political candidates Saturday

       You see their names all over Levy County, but do you know the faces of the many people who are running for political office? The Levy Association for Retarded Citizens has planned a showcase for the candidates to introduce themselves at an invitational softball challenge.
       The LARC softball team has invited all candidates running for political office to a face-off two-inning softball game. A second game will be played by two teams made up of political candidates picked at random to play against each other in a three-inning face off.

  • Party switches keep supervisor busy

    The deadline to be registered to vote or change any information on voter registration records for the Aug. 14 primary is July 16, but Supervisor of Elections Connie Asbell is already busy helping voters change their party affiliation and getting voter information cards in the mail this week.
    Asbell, who is not seeking re-election, said some voters have been coming in to change their party registration from Democrat to Republican and have said they are doing so in order to vote in the sheriff's race.  

  • FWC supports ‘Operation Dry Water’ for 4th year

    Last year, nine people died from boating accidents related to alcohol and drug use in Florida. That represents 13 percent of the state’s fatalities for 2011.
    “Alcohol- and drug-related boating accidents are preventable,” said Capt. Tom Shipp, of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) Boating and Waterways Section. “Even one death is too many.”

  • Sheriff’s reports & Most Wanted for June 21

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office reports the following arrests:
    n June 14, Philip Michael Baxman, 35, Cedar Key, DWLSR, tampering, battery. Bond $42,000.
    n June 11, Mark Edward Broat, 22, Charleston, W. Va., burglary, petit theft. Bond $75,000.
    n June 16, Eugene Thomas Days, 44, Williston, petit theft, trespassing. Bond $6,000.
    n June 13,  James Smith Ferguson, 56, St. Petersburg, DUI, leaving scene of crash. Bond $3,000.
    n June 11, Kimberly Ann Foster, 24, Old Town, FTA. Bond $2,000.

  • Wilbur Dean candidate for Levy Clerk of Court

    Citing a number of opportunities for improvement, Wilbur Dean announces his candidacy for election to the office of Clerk of the Circuit Court for Levy County.  As provided by the Florida Constitution this office is responsible for circuit and county court cases, the official records and assisting the board of County Commissioners by accounting for county finances which includes budget preparation, paying the bills and writing the paychecks for all department employees under the Board.

  • Steve Oelrich running for Congress, 3rd District

    I’m Steve Oelrich, conservative Republican running for Congress in the newly created 3rd Congressional District here in North Central Florida. Currently, I’m a state Senator representing over 60 percent of this new district, and was the first and only Republican Sheriff elected in Alachua County since Reconstruction. I’m pro-life, pro-gun and pro-family.

  • County OKs voice for Williston police

    For the first time Williston Police Department officers and the Levy County Sheriff's deputies will be able to communicate seamlessly. It only cost $2,077.37 for the solution to a problem that has put a wall of silence between their two radio systems.
    While it will not bring down the wall entirely — as both agencies use different bands for communication — it will lower the bar.

  • Bronson votes no on park expansion

    Bronson council members missed an opportunity to expand the town's park Monday night when they voted 3-2 against purchasing about 14 acres of adjacent and nearby property. About 11 acres owned by Virginia B. Allen adjacent to the park was being offered to the town for about $51,000, according to an e-mail sent to the town from Libby Barr, a representative of the families wanting to sell the property. The e-mail also states that Allen was willing to finance part of the balance at 6 percent interest for four years.

  • County wants help with time capsule

    On April 2, 1513, three ships that had sailed out of Hispanola in March sighted a verdant landscape that their leader Juan Ponce de Leon named La Florida.
    While the name honored the lushness of this state, it also harked to his Catholic faith which was celebrating Easter, known as Pascua Florida — the Festival of Flowers.
    In the 500 years since de Leon and his sailors landed on the Atlantic side of Florida things have changed.