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  • No billboard for Cedar Key this year

    “Come to Cedar Key” is not a message motorists driving on Interstate 75 are likely to see in 2012.
    Not unless some entity other than the Levy County Tourist Development Council is willing to pay for it.
    Council members told a small group requesting $10,000 at the LCTDC’s March 29 meeting that there are no funds for such a project in the current budget.

  • State coloring winner goes national

    Karina Lowyns, center, a fourth grade student at Chiefland Elementary School, is congratulated by CES Principal Patrice McCully, left and Judy Allen of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5625 Ladies Auxiliary, for winning first place at the state level in the organization's Patriotic Coloring Contest. She took home a check for $100 and a certificate. Her entry now moves on to the national VFW Auxiliary competition.

  • Sheriff's Report and Most Wanted for April 5

       The Levy County Sheriff’s Office reports the following arrests:
    n March 22, Austin Ryan Bouten, 20, Williston, lewd and lascivious behavior on a victim. Bond $100,000.
    n March 22, Crystal Elaine Braswell, 29, Old Town, VOP.
    n March 22, Spencer McSwain Colson, 28, Newberry, obstruction, fleeing/eluding. Bond $65,000.
    n March 23, Ashley Nicole Coronado, 23, Bronson, VOP. Bond $10,000.
    March 19, Jeanne Cutrona-Vera, 52, Morriston, out of county warrant. Bond $2,000.

  • Man charged with arson

    The state Fire Marshal's Office has determined that a house fire on Sunday, April 1, on Northeast 92 Court in Bronson was an arson and a man on felony probation on a drug charge has been charged with setting the fire, according to a Levy County Sheriff's Office press release.
    Jermain Lashaun Griffin, 28, of Bronson, is being held without bond on an arson charge at Levy County Jail.

  • Morriston man arrested in farm thefts

    Henry Joel Melendez Prestol, 32, of Morriston, faces three counts of burglary, three counts of grand theft, six counts of dealing in stolen property, forgery and uttering a forged instrument according to a Levy County Sheriff's Office press release.
    He was arrested after two horse farms in the Morriston area reported numerous thefts from January through March.

  • Levy officers get their man a year later

    A drug bust in Chiefland last year has led to the arrest of a Melrose man who initially escaped arrest by the Levy County Sheriff's Office, but has found out he could not escape their notice, according to a Sheriff's Office press release.
    Kenyatta Daron Howard, 36, of Melrose, was arrested Saturday, March 30, for possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell or deliver and possession of drug paraphernalia by Sheriff's Capt. Scott Anderson.

  • Levy Soil and Water Conservation District host 2012 speaking contest

  • County declines to name 'newspaper of record'

    Two weekly newspapers made their case for obtaining Levy County's legal advertising business, but the Board of County Commissioners took no action.
    For several months the commissioners have been considering a proposal to take bids for legal advertising. Two weeks ago the commissioners decided to table action on the proposal and conduct business as usual after being addressed by A.D. “Andy” Andrews, “the steward of the Levy County Journal,”  and Tom Ten Broeck, general manager of the Chiefland Citizen.

  • UF to study Levy sea rise

    Researchers at the University of Florida say they want community input from residents of Levy County on the threat of rising seas.
    Last month, according to UF Department of Urban and Regional Planning professor Dr. Kathryn Frank, UF began a two-year project aimed at helping the county cope with the inevitability of rising seas due to climate change.
    ‘We’re still in the information gathering process,” Frank said about the project, which is funded by a Florida Sea Grant

  • Tummond retires to golfing

    Dick Tummond, assistant county coordinator, is retiring to take a more leisurely job — manager of the Chiefland Golf and Country Club.
    Tummond, who oversees county utilities and the SHIP programs for the county, thanked the commission.
    He has been with the commission for 15 years and prior to that was in the independent claims adjuster business.
    His last day on the job is April 12.
    He is on the Central Florida Community Action Agency and plans to become involved in other community activities.