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  • County jail pulls plug on use of Bronson sewer

    BRONSON –When most people open a bill and see that the charges are alarmingly high, they usually get on the phone and argue their case.

    Some might get an adjustment, while some might get stuck paying the whole enchilada.

    When the Levy County Sheriff's Department received a monthly water/sewer bill of $10,700 from the Town of Bronson for county jail usage, Major Mike Johnson's jaw dropped.

    The bill is usually half that amount.

  • City spreads dry sludge at new location

    Chiefland City Commissioner unanimously approved on Feb. 11 a five-year contract to spread dry sludge in the area of the county surrounded by the Quincey Cattle Co. on Levy County Road 320 East.

    The contract is contingent on City Attorney Norm Fugate adding a release clause, in case the city gets out of the sludge-spreading business. For instance, if the city found a place to sell its dry sludge rather than paying to spread it on land, then the city would want out of the contract.

  • City delays decision on nuisance house

    A decision by Chiefland city leaders about what, if anything, the city can do in regard to the cleanup of a house filled with human waste, animal waste, garbage, rats, roaches and fleas will have to wait a couple of weeks after the Feb. 11 City Commission meeting.

    Two Chiefland women were jailed on Jan. 19 on four counts of child neglect.

    The suspects are Heidi Ann Prophet, 35, and Donna Gail Deal, 64, both of 510 N.W. Fourth Ave. They were accused of child neglect because of the squalor they allowed children to live in at the house on Northwest Fourth Avenue.

  • City taxpayers pay to defend city manager against Andrews

    By a unanimous vote on Feb. 11, the Chiefland City Commission agreed to fund the defense of City Manager Grady Hartzog Sr. in a lawsuit filed against Hartzog and others by Andy Andrews.

    The suit seeks a declaratory ruling from a judge regarding the definition of "residence," in regard to voting rights in Florida. Andrews also sued Levy County Supervisor or Elections Connie Asbell and Florida Secretary of State Kurt Browning.

  • 'Road to Nowhere' paved

    BRONSON - One Bronson resident calls it "the road to nowhere," and he wonders why it was paved.

    Levy County Road 1081, which is also known as Northeast 138th Terrace in the Windmill Acres subdivision of Bronson, was paved from Northeast 47th Place to the dead end. That's slightly more than three-quarters of a mile. This project and Northeast 47th Place from 136th Avenue to 138th Terrace were recently completed.

    C.W. Gilbert said he thinks only 45 cars a day travel on that part of CR 1081.

  • Give my regards to Broadway

    The music provided by the Chiefland High jazz band was light and airy as more than 200 people filed into the Williston Middle School's sparkling Cafetorium last Saturday night.

    The vegetable, cheese and fruit spread complemented by a punch fountain drew folks together to mingle before the main event - the 2008 Superintendent's Gala.

    The formal gathering was treated to a sit-down dinner catered by Williston High's culinary arts class.

    The annual Superintendent's Gala is a major fund-raiser for the Levy County Schools Foundation, which awards scholarships to county students.

  • City manager promises no repeat Sunshine Law violations

    Chiefland City Manager Grady Hartzog Sr. said on Feb. 6 that he might have misspoken on Jan. 28 when he said there was not a violation of the Sunshine Law.

    On Jan. 15, Chiefland Mayor Teal Pomeroy and Vice Mayor Teresa Barron were in the same room and there was discussion about a regional water supply for Chiefland, Fanning Springs and Trenton.

    The Florida Constitution safeguards every person's right to access of government meetings and records.

  • 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.