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  • Bronson moving forward with nature trail development

    The state has approved preliminary designs for a nature trail in the Town of Bronson that would allow officials to move forward with several projects the town has had on the table.

    In April, Town Clerk Kelli Brettel told the council that Bronson would have to honor a 2005 agreement with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to turn some of its property into a recreational area in order to qualify for future land grants from the agency.

  • Slain deputy road naming OK'd

    Levy County Deputy Atticus Haygood Ellzey is the only county sheriff's deputy who died in the line of duty and the Levy County Commission made the first move on Tuesday to honor his sacrifice by renaming a highway.

    The United States Officer Down Memorial states: "Deputy Ellzey was shot and killed after being lured into some bushes by a man who wanted to show him something. When he entered the bushes he was shot by the man's accomplice. Both men were convicted of the murder and hanged."

  • TRIM notices in the mail

    Levy County Property Appraiser Oz Barker informed the Levy County Commission on Tuesday that this years Truth in Millage (TRIM) notices will be hitting the mail today (Thursday) and Friday.

    The notices are a way of notifying property owners of what to expect on their tax bills later this year and to also notify them of the public hearing dates for adoption of the final assessments and property taxes.

  • County commission to Chiefland: Election not driving ALS decision

    The Levy County Commission — especially Commissioners John Meeks, Ryan Bell and Chad Johnson — have a message for Chiefland about ALS non-transport: Next week's election is not driving the decision to implement it.

    In fact, while attacking press reports that indicate otherwise, the commissioners want residents to know they are moving ahead with implementing the Advanced Life Support non-transport (ALS) not just for Chiefland, but for the whole county.

  • 2 dead in University Oaks fire

    A 10-year-old girl and her great grandmother died in an early morning fire that consumed the mobile home they lived in on Northeast 105th Avenue in the University Oaks subdivision near Bronson.

    The bodies of Elizabeth Fredrick, 78 and Rhiannon Rickmyer, 10, were retrieved.

    A Levy County Sheriff's Office press release said foul play is not suspected in the blaze and grief counseling is being provided to students and faculty at the school Rickmyer attended.

  • County Commission Agenda for Tuesday, August 19

    AGENDA

    REGULAR MEETING

    August 19, 2014

     

    Call to Order

    Invocation

    Pledge to Flag

     

    Issues related to Agenda items

    • Complete public comment form and submit to clerk -State your full name and address -Discussion must be limited to a maximum of three (3) minutes per person

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    Levy County Sheriff's Office — Sheriff Robert McCallum

  • Mayors of Our Community

    Funding for trips, home for a homeless Rotary Club, supplies for Scouts, bows for cheerleaders, the meals before road trips to state championship finals all comes together at one place: the Chiefland Beef O'Brady's on U.S. Highway 19, north of Chiefland.

    The restaurant is not in the city limits, but its owners, Stacy and Mark Swain, call Chiefland home and they have been named “Mayor of Their Community” by the parent corporation.

  • Park vagrant spurs action

    A one-legged homeless man in a wheelchair camping out at a Fort Fanning Historical Park has spurred city council members to consider passing an ordinance against panhandling and no solicitation.

    According to Fire Chief Ron McQueen at last Tuesday's city council meeting, the vagrant – as Mayor Cheryl Nekola has coined him - is costing the city money.

    The man reportedly slumps down in his wheelchair and those who pass by either stop to give him money or they call 911, McQueen said. Once first responders arrive, the man assures them he is fine.

  • City leaders claim county is roadblocking

    The county has a grudge against the City of Chiefland, is what some city officials are saying about Chiefland’s pursuit of emergency services and annual funding from the county for fire protection.

    At Monday night’s city commission meeting, both the issues of ALS and fire funding were discussed during a recap of a meeting last week on ALS between area medical directors, officials from the county and the City of Chiefland.

  • Fanning to get help with sewer

    The City of Fanning Springs has been awarded a $600,000 Florida Small Cities Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) in the neighborhood revitalization category that will assist with expanding the city’s sewer system.

    “All the taxpayers out there, this is free money that we need for our sewer,” said Council Member Stoney Smith at last Tuesday’s city council meeting.