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  • Youth Conservation Corps jobs available at Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge

    Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge will be hiring four students for Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) this summer, according to Refuge Manager Andrew Gude.
     The Youth Conservation Corps is a summer employment program for young men and young women, ages 15 through 18, who work and learn together by accomplishing needed conservation projects on public lands.  

  • Bronson bar denied extended hours

    Dorothy McKenzie, owner of McKenzie's 4 corners in Bronson, cried Monday night as she asked the Bronson Town Council to consider letting her establishment stay open, serving liquor, until 2 a.m.
    “I've been there 33 years ..." McKenzie said, holding a petition she said had 220 signatures in favor of her staying open past her now midnight cut off.
    “It will save people's lives," she said, explaining that locals, because of the midnight cut off, end up traveling to other bars in towns such as Fanning Springs.

  • Public Safety Expo a success

    About 800-1,000 folks came through the gates of Williston Airport on Saturday not to take a trip but to see one of the largest arrays of emergency services equipment and get information on being prepared for hurricanes and emergencies at a Public Safety Expo hosted by the Levy County Department of Public Safety and Department of Emergency Management.

  • Dinner, dessert auction benefit cheerleaders

       The Chiefland High School cheerleading squad is hosting a cake and pie auction and a spaghetti supper to raise money for  uniforms and equipment.
       The event will be on Tuesday, May 29 in the Chiefland High School Cafateria. Meal service is at 5 p.m. and the auction is at 6 p.m. Dinners cost $5 each.  Spaghetti tickets can be purchased at Chiefland High School or at the door.    
       For more information, call Linda at 352-493-6000 , Debra at 352-493-6013  or Melissa (evenings) at 352-490-5354.

  • Home invasion suspect's dinner interrupted

    It was hunger that did in the second suspect in a home invasion robbery in Bronson on May 10.
    Levy County Sheriff's deputies and U.S. Marshals, acting on a tip, arrested Patrick Shawn McLaughlin, 45, as he tried to enjoy a quiet dinner at the Barnyard Junction Restaurant in Fort White.
    Deputies from Columbia County and Levy County  took McLaughlin into custody and treated him to breakfast guaranteed at the Columbia County Detention Facility.

  • Sheriff’s reports & Most Wanted for May 24

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office reports the following arrests:
    n May 14, Jess Thomas Adams, 31, Yankeetown, out of county warrant. Bond $513,
    n May 20, Melba Paige Alexander, 21, Morriston, DWLSR.
    n May 19, Shellie Renee Bailey, 36, Chiefland, Driving while license expired for more than four months.
    n May 19, Lowell Timothy Baker, 62, St. Petersburg, DUI, DWLSR, refusal to submit to DUI test, refusal to accept, sign citation or post bond. $50,000.

  • Congratulations to GED graduates

    Eleven graduates of the adult education program received their high school diplomas in graduation ceremonies at Tommy Usher  Community Center in Chiefland on Thursday, May 17.
    The students graduated from the College of Central Florida Levy Center program.  Two students — Alana M. Ashley of Chiefland and John K. Clifton of Trenton — were inducted into the National Adult Education Honor Society.

  • Prom Promise

    Bronson High School students sign the Prom Promise 2012 Friday at an event aimed at keeping students sober and safe prom night.

  • Shipp to run for county clerk

    Hi! I’m Danny Shipp, your Clerk of Court.
    I reside in Bronson with my wife of 37 years, Donna Wilkerson Shipp. We have two daughters, DeeJay, married to Chris Woods and Dana, married to Travis Lamb. We have four grandchildren, Kyle and Skylar Lamb, and Sarah and Emma Woods. My wife and I feel very blessed to have raised our family with the foundation of values only a community such as ours can provide.

  • Bronson council seeks interns to run recreation

    The Bronson Youth League may be on its way out.
    The Bronson Town Council voted unanimously Monday night to allow staff to negotiate with the University of Florida in hopes of securing interns from the school to help manage a proposed Bronson Sports and Recreation Department.
    “Do council agree that we need our own recreation department?" asked Mayor Beatrice Roberts, "And do workers agree?"
    “It's too many chiefs and not enough indians," Council Member Berlon Weeks said of the BYL.