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  • Man arrested in Nov. 13 shooting in city

    A registered sex offender has been arrested at the local McDonald’s on attempted 2nd degree murder and weapons charges after a Nov. 13 shooting in South Chiefland.

    Willie Tyron Davis, 29, sits in Levy County Detention Center under a $1.75 million bond. He is charged after his Dec. 28 arrest with being a convicted felon in possession of a weapon or ammunition, specifically a “shortened shotgun” that he is accused of using to shoot a Chiefland man in the buttocks.

  • Levy ESP of the year passing on love for reading

    As with many teachers and aides who work in small schools, Gayle Gatton has worn a lot of hats as an educator.

    Now, after 30 years in her profession, she’s doing exactly what she loves, even if it means less money.

  • Levy teacher of the year enjoying diverse course load

    Allen Strickland can hardly believe he’s being paid for all the fun he’s having.

    The algebra teacher and baseball coach at Bronson Middle High School is in his sixth year as an educator, and he recently started teaching shop class, reconnecting the 30-year-old with his roots.

    Strickland earned a degree in building construction at the University of Florida and worked in the field before entering education.

  • Mural signing ceremony in Bronson on Friday

    For those driving past the Bronson Ace Hardware and wondering what’s up with the mural being painted on the side of building there will be answers.

    Ace Hardware Manager John Meeks, chair of the Levy County Commission and member of the Tourism Development Council, said the mural promotes the attractions of Levy County.

  • Helping Another Way’s families

    Earline and Jim Smith, on right, donate 25 tickets to Kirby Family Farm Christmas Express to Another Way representative Nate Albano. The tickets are to be used by families in the program’s shelter and program in Chiefland.

  • Lee honored for 16 years service on planning board

    Former Levy County Planning Commission Member Vaughn Lee was honored on Tuesday for his 16 years of service by the Levy County Commission. Lee was presented with a certificate of appreciation.

    Pictured, from left to right, are Commissioners Mike Joyner, Rock Meeks, and Lilly Rooks; Lee, Commissiners John Meeks and Matt Brooks. Lee left the planning board a year ago but has returned to serve as an alternate.

     

  • Commission honors Students of the Month

    The Chiefland City Commission honored Students of the Month for October and November at its Dec. 13 meeting, presenting them with certificates of achievement. In addition the students each received a $20 gift card from the Chiefland Rotary Club and the Chiefland Middle High School Interact Club.

    Commissioner Rollin Hudson did the honors presenting them and reading aloud their nominations for the honor.

  • Limerock mine hearing Feb. 21

    A special exception permit for a proposed limerock mine in Montbrook that the Levy County Planning Commission recommended be denied will get a hearing from the Levy County Commission on Feb. 21 at 6 p.m.

    This is the second time a mine has been proposed on the same site. Seven years ago the planning board recommended a similar permit be declined after residents protested and the appeal to the county commission does before being heard.

  • No new courthouse under the tree

    A committee report says space and security are a problem in the Levy County Courthouse, built in 1907.

    But on Tuesday the Levy County Commissioners have signaled that the county's residents cannot afford to pay for a new one,

    So skip looking for it under the Christmas tree.

    However, 8th Judicial Circuit Courts Administrator Paul Silverman, who presented the report of the Courthouse Space Committee, did not go away empty handed.

  • FDOT solves Christmas tree challenge with repurposed signs

    The Florida Department of Transportation Chiefland Maintenance was posed a challenge from its district office in Lake City to build a Christmas tree from anything but an actual tree.

    With the right mixture of competitive, holiday spirit and crafty ingenuity, the FDOT employees took the reindeer by the antlers and ran with it.

    The result was a 6-foot “tree” made of repurposed road signs, and “reindeer” barricades with palm fronds attached as antlers.