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  • Weekend promises to be busy with bull bash, kayak race

    AMVETS Post 88 of Bronson will host the 35th Annual Wild Hog Canoe & Kayak Race on Saturday, April 28. The race begins at 8 a.m. on State Road 24 at the Waccasassa Bridge two miles east of Otter Creek.
    All proceeds go to the Levy ARC.
    This year's race features categories for kayak or canoe, and kayakers can now participate in the women’s division of the 55+ senior division. Race fee is $30 for kayaks.

  • Democrats to meet in Bronson, Tuesday, April 24

     

    On Tuesday, April 24, the Levy County Democratic Committee will hold a meeting at the Bronson Restaurant at 6 p.m.

  • County contests $990,000 Medicaid bill

    Levy County will join other counties and the Florida Association of Counties in challenging the new law that allows the state to take money to pay Medicaid bills out of state tax collections before they are sent on to the counties and to bill for 10 years of contested bills.
    The County Commissioners unanimously approved spending $1,000 to join the lawsuit.
    The Legislature passed House Bill 5301 which changes the way the state collects on Medicaid bills. Gov. Rick Scott signed the bill into law on March 23.

  • Groundwater levels continue to plummet

    While scientists, policy makers and stakeholders alike disagree on how to address the issue of Florida’s water, one thing is certain: It continues to become less available.
    Drought is part of the problem. The Suwannee River Water Management District, which manages 14 counties in Northern Florida, reports an overall rainfall deficit of about 16 inches for the last year, which, from April to March, has been the “driest April March period since 1932.”

  • Local concerns addressed by state school rep

    In effort to communicate sweeping reforms in state education, Florida Department of Education Chancellor Pam Stewart spoke with county academic officials and educators at an open house on April 11.
    The meeting, held at the county academic administration offices in Bronson, presented a forum for questions and concerns about the changes.

  • Two big outdoors events Saturday

    There are two big events Saturday that should draw Chiefland residents to the outdoors and show off our best resources.
    At 8 a.m. the Cycle for Education bicycle ride registers riders for a leisurely trip on the Greenway trail to raise money for classroom needs for the Levy County Schools Foundation. The ride ends in time for a quick lunch.

  • Council considers running kids league

    The Bronson Youth League is in sad shape, according to Bronson Council members and area resident Charlie Kennedy.
    Kennedy spoke at Monday night's council meeting, explaining his concern for what he called poor leadership on behalf of the league.
    "We need to hold people accountable for their jobs," Kennedy said. "Right now, we have very little accountability."

  • Four arrested in farm copper thefts

    The arrest of four men has solved a recent rash of copper wiring thefts from rotary irrigation sprayers on Levy County farms, according to a Levy County Sheriff's Office press release.
    Robert Carter, Christopher Chapin, James Perry and Darren Reese were arrested April 10 on multiple felony charges by Sheriff's Det. Roger Bell.

  • Sheriff's Report and Most Wanted for April 19

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office reports the following arrests:
    n April 12, Michael Allen, 22, Fanning Springs, burglary, petit theft, illegal use of credit cards. Bond $6,000.
    n April 15, Susie Ann Bennett, 56, Chiefland, petit theft.
    n April 11, Alethea Beyer, 37, Ft. Myers, disorderly intoxication, possession of controlled substance without a prescription. Bond $6,000,
    n April 13, James B. Bunt, 48, Trenton, out of county warrant. Bond $5,000.

  • Biker killed in Williston

       An early morning accident April 12 left a Summerfield man dead.
       Jeremy Wahl, 28, the rider of a 2008 motorcycle was pronounced dead at the scene after emergency workers responded to the accident at SW 12 Ave. and S. Main St., Williston around 6:30 a.m.
    According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Angie Brewer, 69, of Williston was traveling east on SW 12 Ave. in her 2006 Chevy and was attempting to turn left onto S. Main St. and failed to see Wahl, who was traveling west.