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  • Public urged to made addresses visible

    BRONSON - Sheriff Johnny Smith Jr. recently asked people in Levy County to post their 9-1-1 addresses in visible places.

    He made this request to help law enforcement officers, firefighters and Levy County Emergency Medical Services personnel reach people who need emergency services.

    Levy County 9-1-1 Coordinator Mike West said some address numbers are faded or have fallen from where they have been posted before. People should put the numbers near their driveways, he said, because some houses are too far from the road or they are hidden by trees.

  • County 9-1-1 maps sometimes send responders wrong way

    BRONSON - Dividing Levy County into quadrants for the 9-1-1 mapping process created a problem for first responders from Cedar Key, according to Cedar Key Assistant Fire Chief Robert Robinson.

    Levy County is split into four sections at the intersection of State Road 24 and U.S. Highway 19 at Otter Creek, Robinson explained. While U.S. 19 actually goes southeast to northwest and SR 24 goes southwest to northeast, the map builders made it read as if SR 24 goes north and south, he said.

  • Woman sounds address alert

    Eve Jensen of Cedar Key said she thinks Levy County Emergency Medical Service personnel should practice reading maps more.

    Jensen's husband K.C. Brown needed ambulance transport to Malcom Randall, the Department of Veterans Affairs hospital in Gainesville. That was in July, and now in February she is still incensed.

    Levy County EMS, Jensen said, aroused her extreme anger and indignation by not listening to her when she gave directions to reach her home at 1181 Gulf Blvd.

  • Developer says South Levy mine enviro-friendly

    Albert W. Townsend, director of real estate and environmental services for Tarmac America, wants people to know the proposed mine in southern Levy County is unique - just as all mines are different from each other.

    It is named King Road Mine.

    This site has high quality limestone, and is among the few places where such rock exists in Florida, Townsend said. This aggregate material is a vital resource for construction and it is in short supply, he said.

  • Nuisance abatement considered

    After Heidi Ann Prophet, 35, and Donna Gail Deal, 64, were arrested recently, they left the house at 510 N.W. Fourth Ave. as they were put in the Levy County Jail

    Until they can each come up with $30,000 in bail, or until their cases are finished in court, they will remain at the jail.

    In the meantime, Chiefland city leaders fell they must deal with what they see as a public health hazard. The house is full of garbage and feces, as well as roaches, rats and ants.

    Even with all of the windows and doors shut, the pungent stench can be smelled for yards away.

  • Woman struggles to preserve land that was once church, cemetery

    Julia Henderson may be getting on in years, but her mind is sharp.

    When she closes her eyes, she can still see it.

    "I was in my early 20s," said Henderson, who is now in her 80s. "The AME Church was the center of the Adamsville community. Behind the church, I remember seeing mounds where bodies were buried. They were unmarked. There were no names."

    Today, those reflections have been clouded by visions of men with land-clearing machinery, then putting up barbed wire fencing around the church yard, and finally letting cattle run free on the land.

  • Septic system could reduce nitrates

    Although it hasn't been definitely confirmed about what puts more nitrates into Levy County water, septic systems or fertilizers, experts told the county commission last week ways to reduce contaminants by using a new septic system.

    Dr. Mark Hooks of the Florida Department of Health spoke at length on advanced septic tank systems, or performance-based systems, that actually remove more nitogen, a byproduct of human waste, before the water from the tank hits the drainfield and eventually the groundwater.

  • Levy County voters pick contrary to state voters

    BRONSON - Levy County's voters did not go exactly like the rest of Florida's constituents, but the votes were similar overall.

    With 100 percent of the votes counted in Levy County by 9 p.m. on Jan. 29, Hillary Clinton took 40.64 percent (2,235) of the Democrats' votes and John McCain garnered 31.44 percent (1,102) of the Republicans' votes, according to Supervisor of Elections Connie Asbell.

  • CHS volleyball players are toasted

    Chiefland High volleyball coach Emily Gore revisited the 2007 season last Thursday night, Jan. 24, with a banquet honoring the players held in the school cafeteria.

    The Lady Indians posted a 12-12 record, but more importantly, finished district runnerup and qualified for regional action.

    The second of two wins in one day ranks as the most memorable moment. Chiefland avenged two losses to Dixie County during the regular season with the big victory over the Lady Bears in the district tournament semifinals.

  • Lady Indians post victory over Cedar Key

    BRONSON –For senior night, Bronson girls basketball head coach Greg Hamilton got a special present – his team at full strength. Due to one thing or another – illness, injury, holidays – he's never had a full complement on the floor, during this, one of the Lady Eagles' best years.

    On Friday, his team beat Cedar Key 46-21 with a full crew, and what a crew it was.