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  • Weeks resigns from Bronson Council

    Bronson Town Council Member Berlon Weeks resigned his seat on the council Tuesday through a letter sent to town officials.

  • Weeks resigns from Bronson Council

    Bronson Town Council member Berlon Weeks tendered his resignation from that panel on Tuesday, Oct. 28, in a letter. 

    Weeks, a bail bondsman, has been looking into a business opportunity. 

    Here is his letter:

  • County commission moves meeting

    The Lev County Commission has moved the location of its Nov. 4 meeting to offices behind Hilltop School (the old Bronson High School) due to remodeling of the commission meeting room in the courthouse.

    The 9 a.m. meeting will be in the former offices of the Levy County Schools Foundation, 320 Mongo St., Bronson.

  • Early voting this week 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

    The Levy County Supervisor of Elections Tammy Jones is keeping her office open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. this week to allow early voting for the Nov. 4 general election. 

    As of Monday at 1 p.m. 988 voters had taken advantage of early voting to cast their ballot. Another 3,384 had returned their absentee ballots to the office. Levy County has 25,923 registered voters. There were 5,547 votes cast in the Aug. 25 party primaries. 

  • Fanning Springs attendance at 5-year low

    Statewide, according to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Florida's parks and trails saw an increase of more than 1.5 million people in attendance last year.
    The 27 million people who swam in Florida's springs, fished in its rivers, camped in its parks and hiked along its trails contributed about $2 billion to local economies, proving that ecotourism is a necessary part of life in The Sunshine State.

  • Toys for Tots sign-ups just around the corner

    For many, the holiday season serves as a reminder of just how unfortunate circumstances can sometimes be.
    Families don't always come together, hopes aren't always realized, and presents aren't always under the tree, if there even is a tree.
    It's a thing people like Toys for Tots Coordinator Bryan Chrisp hope to soften.

  • McCallum addresses Chiefland Rotary

    Levy County Sheriff Bobby McCallum, left, spoke to the Chiefland Rotary Club on Wednesday, Oct. 8, about changes in his office, but also to tell them why he is against Amendment 2, the medical marijuana measure, on the Nov. 4 general election ballot.

    McCallum told the Rotarians, “This is not what it seems” and said it would open the door to a variety of legal problems and an increase in other illicit drug use. He asked the Rotarians to vote against the measure and to talk to others about why the measure is bad and ask that they vote against it.

  • Community, leaders meet on proposed resource center

    Citizens, elected officials and community leaders of Levy, Gilchrist and Dixie counties met a couple of weeks ago for a visioning session to discuss plans and priorities for the Tri-County Community Resource Center. The Visioning Session was facilitated by national experts from Casey Family Programs.

    The Tri-County Community Resource Center is planned to open in late 2014 in Chiefland. The center will serve residents of Levy, Gilchrist and Dixie counties by providing free services and resources that have been identified by citizens as some of their top needs.

  • Business tax exemption referendum will be on ballot

    By David Pieklik

    Successful economic development takes a variety of factors to come together for a business to decide to locate to or expand in one county over another. Building availability and affordability, having the properly trained workers and a convenient location are all decisive during the site selection process.

    For a community engaged in discussions with a prospective or existing business – whether in a rural or urban setting -- the primary objective remains the same: staying competitive with “the other guy.”

  • Levy DPS organizes regional training

    Thirty-two local and regional firefighters and emergency personnel took part in extrication training sponsored by the Florida Fire Chief’s Association Oct. 11 and 12.

    Levy County Department of Public Safety Director David Knowles got FFCA involved after a request for such services at a recent fire administration meeting. The class was free of charge, thanks to FFCA, as well as several other businesses in the area that supplied lunch and tools.