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  • Schuler re-elected Bronson mayor

    The Bronson Town Council wrapped up business for the 2013-14 fiscal year on Monday and set the tone for the coming year with the final approval of a budget for the year that started on Wednesday, a 4 percent pay increase for city employees and reelection of Franklin Schuler as mayor.

    The vote was 4-1 with Councilman Berlon Weeks dissenting. Weeks had made a nomination for Councilman Bruce Greenlee but it failed to receive a second after Council members Aaron Edmondson and Beatrice Roberts nominated and seconded, respectively, the nomination of Schuler.

  • Limbering up on the river

    Volunteers get ready to head out onto the Suwannee River Saturday as part of the Great Suwannee River Cleanup, just one of two in the area taking place on National Public Lands Day.

    Volunteers brought their own kayak, canoe, or walking shoes to help make the Suwannee River beautiful again by picking up trash in the river. After the trash pickup, volunteers were treated to a BBQ lunch.

  • Cyclist killed on highway

    A bicyclist was killed just before midnight Saturday after he was struck by a Jeep on U.S. 41, south of Williston.

    Oscar Alfredo Jeronimo Sic, 23, of Williston was traveling south on U.S. 41 in the center of the road, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

    The 2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee, driven by Robert Carl Kinsey, 53, of Morriston was behind the bicycle, traveling 50-55 mph. Behind Kinsey – at about 200 feet– were John Paul Linnell, 36, of Ocala driving a 2001 Hyundai Elantra and Samuel Antonio White, 48, of Tampa driving a 2015 Volkswagen Beetle.

  • Yes, it has rained a lot

    OK, you are probably ready for the rain to go away, but would you believe that based on rainfall for the summer months of June through August we have had our second driest summer since records started being kept in 1956.

    Really. The National Weather Service said so in a report released this week — right in the middle of one of the rainiest weeks this year.

  • County closes out year

    The Levy County Commission, under the watchful eyes of a few spectators, media and three political candidates, balanced its checkbook on Tuesday and closed out the books on the 2014 budget year that ended at midnight.

    The commission, minus Commissioner Chad Johnson of Chiefland (R-District 2) who was out of town, approved minor amendments to the $69,523,296 county budget that included increasing the Emergency Medical Fund by $39,123 to $5,800,255 and increasing the Fire Fund by $5,990 to $2,301,769.

  • Water districts' taxes to stay the same

    Taxes paid to the two water management districts in Levy County will not increase in the upcoming fiscal year.
    The Suwannee River Water Management District, which most of the county is located in, approved its annual budget of $33.4 million Sept. 23. The district's millage rate was set at .4141, which is a .05 percent decrease from the year before.

  • Yes, rain, hazardous weather again

     HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK

    NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TAMPA BAY RUSKIN FL

    500 AM EDT TUE SEP 30 2014

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    COASTAL CITRUS-COASTAL HERNANDO-COASTAL PASCO-

    COASTAL HILLSBOROUGH-COASTAL MANATEE-COASTAL SARASOTA-

    COASTAL CHARLOTTE-COASTAL LEE-INLAND LEVY-INLAND CITRUS-

    INLAND HERNANDO-INLAND PASCO-INLAND HILLSBOROUGH-INLAND MANATEE-

    INLAND SARASOTA-INLAND CHARLOTTE-INLAND LEE-TAMPA BAY WATERS-

  • Storm warning from weather service

     HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK

  • Ride to Provide returns Saturday,Oct. 25

    It started out as a visit by deputies to the LARC Center in Otter Creek.

    "We were asked to come out to talk to the clients," Sheriff's Lt. Sean Mullins told the Chiefland Rotary Club on Sept. 17. "I didn't know what to expect."

    He said the officers walked through the door and the adults started clapping.

    One thing he learned that day has stuck with Mullins: "They appreciate everything."

    Then came the idea of how cool it would be to ride bikes out to the center to show the clients.

  • Sheriff's report

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office reports the following arrests:
    • Sept. 21, Reginald Ventrell Adams Sr., 52, Chiefland, disorderly intoxication, battery.
    • Sept. 16, Paul Lavell Alexander, 36, Williston, two counts VOP.
    • Sept. 16, Thomas Alvarez, 44, Williston, obtaining goods or services. Bond $1,000.
    • Sept. 16, Terry Lee Arnold, 41, Inglis, DWLS-habitual. Bond $2,500.
    • Sept. 18, Brianne Brown, 29, Williston, stop pay with defraud. Bond $1,000.