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  • Fair gets OK for 2008

    Acting president of the Levy County Fair Association Bob Levesque appeared before Williston City Council Tuesday to request an agreement to hold the fair at the airport again this year. He pointed out that more than 8,500 people had visited the fair in 2007, benefiting the city's economy.

    Levesque acknowledged that the event did not make a profit in its first year, but expects that the experience of last year will contribute to a more successful event in 2008.

  • Clerk celebrates Black History Month

    BRONSON - Levy County Clerk Danny Shipp held a special celebration on Feb. 1 to herald the start of Black History Month.

    This year marked the fifth time Carolyn Cohens of Chiefland organized the event.

    Cohens gathered several photographs to put in the Archives and History Display Case in the lobby of the Levy County Courthouse in Bronson. A tri-fold pamphlet tells about the photos. Among the people featured in local black history is Marie Mungen who worked at Long Pond Motor Court and Grill, just south of Chiefland on U.S. Highway 19.

  • County commission says 'No' to evolution as fact

    While some people think the Levy County School Board is the elected group to define curriculum, the Levy County Board of County Commissioners unanimously stepped up to the plat on Tuesday.

    Commissioner Tony Parker led the charge, which resulted in a resolution being adopted by the County Commission on Feb. 5 to tell state leaders that evolution should be taught as theory and not fact.

  • Added work flies just below bid requirement

    BRONSON - By juggling some expenses, the Levy County Board of County Commissioners awarded a job worth just under $10,000 to Scherer Construction and Engineering of Gainesville without seeking bids.

    This item was not on the agenda for the Feb. 5 meeting, but the County Commission unanimously approved hearing the request, just as it approved the work.

  • Loss to Williston won''t hurt Eagles in district fight

    BRONSON – As a late-season test before the district tournament, Bronson's home finale against Williston was a great workout for both teams.

    "I feel better now," said Williston head coach Dave Vespignani, following the Red Devils' 64-48 win over the Eagles.

    The Devils had been shocked the night before when a Trinity Catholic team that was in no way their superior beat them badly.

    Eagles head coach Kelly Beckham had also been waiting to see which Williston team emerged after that Trinity game.

  • Indians snap long losing streak

    Things were getting about as dry as a desert for the Chiefland High boys varsity basketball team.

    The winless drought reached back to last year, or 32 days to be more precise.

    Last Thursday night, Jan. 31, the Indians broke a nine-game losing streak with a 68-53 victory over visiting Interlachen.

    Chiefland raised its record to 8-16. Interlachen fell to 5-15.

    "It's good to get a victory heading into the district tournament," Indian coach Mark Lundy said.

  • Richardson blossoms for Indian boys

    Cantrell Richardson began the 2007-08 basketball season watching from the stands.

    "I slipped on my grades and I was ineligible," admitted the Chiefland High junior.

    Richardson worked harder in the classroom to get his math and history marks up. By Christmas Tournament time, he was added on to the varsity roster.

    At first, Richardson showed flashes of brilliance, but it would take some time for consistency to come around.

  • County leaders discuss mine issues

    BRONSON - Levy County Commission Vice Chair Nancy Bell said the Strategic Aggregates Review Task Force Report has been completed on Tuesday.

    During the Feb. 5 meeting, commissioners did not discuss the upcoming request for a special exception for a mine in the Inglis area, but Commissioner Lilly Rooks reminded her colleagues that last year the state tried to let the Florida Department of Transportation gain power to override county ordinances regulating mines.

  • Secretary of state vows to fight for voting laws

    TALLAHASSEE - While the issue lacks the excitement of hanging chads, the pieces of paper left when voters in 2000 punched holes in Florida's voting cards, an upcoming court battle between the state and a Chiefland voter may bring some clarification to residency requirements for voting in city elections.

    Florida Secretary of State Kurt S. Browning said Jan. 31 that he "looks forward to vigorously defending the state's election laws" when he was asked for a response to the lawsuit filed against him by Andy Andrews, according to Division of Elections spokesman Sterling Ivey.

  • Armed robbery suspect arrested

    A man who is suspected of robbing a 55-year-old woman outside the Dollar General on Dec. 15 was arrested for strong-arm robbery on Jan. 31, according to records.

    Louis Franco Garcia, 26, is believed to be the man who sprang out from bushes on the south end of the store at 1302 N. Young Blvd. Garcia grabbed her purse, which had a cell phone and cash, according to the victim who told Chiefland Police Officer Nick Viaggio about the attack.