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  • Fanning man dies in fire

    A Levy County man lost his life in a structure fire on Friday, May 1.

    The call came in at 10:02 p.m. that a residence at 7911 NW 166th Street, in unincorporated Levy County was on fire. The first truck arrived on the scene at 10:12.

    The Fanning Springs Fire Department responded along with Chiefland Fire, Levy County EMS, the sheriff’s office with deputies and investigators and then the state fire marshal’s office was called onto the scene.

  • ALS issue smoulders; county wants budget request by May 29

    Chiefland has decided to hold off on asking Levy County to include money for Advanced Life Support non-transport services in its budget request for fire services money this year.

    In Monday's City Commission meeting Chiefland Fire Rescue Chief James Harris said county Department of Public Safety Director David Knowles had asked that the proposed budget be submitted by May 29 for the fiscal year starting Oct. 1.

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  • South Levy fire chief scorched

    South Levy Volunteer Fire Chief Roger Crossman sat patiently through Tuesday's Levy County Commission meeting before asking if he could address the panel. He said the department is broke and could the commission help with $8,610 in bills. 

    “We took a pretty heavy hit on our budget for the year,” he said, noting it had been reduced. 

    He said the department must pay $5,906 for insurance by May 10or the vehicles cannot answer calls. The rest of the money is needed for repairs and maintenance on the department's vehicles. 

  • Pet adoption event in Bronson May 16

    The Bronson Ace Hardware, whose manager is Levy County Commission Chair John Meeks, is hosting the next pet adoption event for Levy County Animal Services and adoption fees will be discounted.

    The discount was approved during Tuesday's commission meeting at the request of Animal Services Director David Weatherford.

  • Bronson FOL want to keep beautification efforts in place

    Bronson Friends of the Library President Carol Ann Pratt appealed to the Bronson town council to keep lattice work set up around the patio of the Bronson library.

    At the town council meeting Monday night, Pratt said she heard in a roundabout way that it would be torn down by public works within a week and a half because it's a potential safety hazard.

    “I would like the chance to be able to argue with someone to keep it,” Pratt said.

  • Seven months later, Bronson backhoe situation is resolved

    Bronson town council members skirted controversy regarding an old backhoe belonging to the town at previous meetings, but finally came to a resolution of the issue on Monday night.

  • EOC prepares for hurricane season

    Every year the Emergency Operations Center personnel and corresponding organizations do a pre-season hurricane exercise.

    This year’s exercise took place at the EOC on the morning of April 29 with a focus on recovery.

    For the last year and three quarters, they’ve been moving to a system of functioning with incident command, said Emergency Management Director Mark Johnson.

    It was a successful exercise, he said, adding all the municipalities participated remotely.

  • Land changes will bring new business to Chiefland

    Two changes – one in Levy County's land use plan and one in zoning – will help bring a new business to Chiefland.

    The changes sought by Drummond Community Bank, the land's owner, will allow commercial use of a property once zoned forestry/rural residential. The change was necessary even though the property has been used for commercial and industrial purposes since 1973 when it was a welding operation. County Commission Chair John Meeks of Bronson (R-District 1) said he recalled the building on the property was once used for a carpet store.

  • Chiefland may lose funding with ALS

    It may not just be up to county commissioners to decide whether or not Chiefland loses over $66,000 in fire assessment money it currently receives if the city gains Advanced Life Support services.

    County Attorney Anne Bast Brown said the findings presented at a recent workshop were pretty clear: “the courts have determined you can't use fire assessment money for ALS.”

    Here's why.