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Today's News

  • Sheriff's Reports

    BRONSON - The following persons were arrested in Levy County. All are to be considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. All information in this report is taken from arrest reports provided by the Levy County Sheriff's Office.

  • Chiefland Police Reports

    The following persons were arrested by the Chiefland Police Department according to incident reports. All persons are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

    A ruse by a woman claiming to be her twin failed, according to the incident report. Shannon Renee Riley, 25, Southeast 195th Street, Old Town, was stopped in the Winn Dixie parking lot on Highway 19 after changing lanes to make a left turn without first signaling and crossing a solid lane line.

  • Chiefland millage set at 4.75

    The Chiefland City Commission unanimously gave final approval to a $4,607,492.48 budget and a 4.75 mills property tax for the fiscal year starting Oct. 1.

    The vote was 4-0 with Commissioner Rollin Hudson absent from the Sept. 23 meeting.

    The commission approved a $3,019,366.18 general fund budget. $1,553,797.64 utility service fund, $26,328.66 Industrial Park Fund, and $8,000 Law Enforcement Trust Fund.

    One of the largest items in the budget is the Police Department at $917,644.85 in expenses from the general fund.

  • Bronson passes budget

    In the final budget hearing held Tuesday night, the town of Bronson's council unanimously adopted the 2008-2009 budget of $1,319,917.

    Given the decrease in county-certified taxable property, the approved budget is 0.58 percent less than last year, according to town records.

    The millage rate of 3.2 will remain the same as last year. Bronson's rate is nearly 6 percent less than the state allowable rate of 3.4036 mills, according to Resolution 08-02.

    The purpose of Tuesday's hearing was to adopt the final budget figure.

  • There are ways to eliminate roadside trash

    Whether you live in wide open spaces like most of Levy County, or even in the big cities, litter is an unwelcome sight.

    For some reason, a lot of people in motor vehicles seem to have a big problem holding onto their trash and disposing of it in its proper place.

    Hence, we see all kinds of refuse littering our roadways. Cans and bottles, fast food containers, candy wrappers and cigarette butts are a few of the more common forms of trash making the view unsightly.

    With more and more people moving to Levy, there's more and more litter alongside the roads.

  • I am a Manatee

    More photos can be found on page 3 in our print edition

  • Sheriff promotes six

    Levy County Sheriff Johnny Smith has made several changes in the operation of his department, including hiring the former Cedar Key police chief and promoting six people in his office.

    Charles W. "Bubba" Castell, former Cedar Key police chief, has been hired as a civil deputy to work in the Levy County Courthouse.

    Castell replaces a deputy who has moved to the patrol division.

    Chief Deputy Mike Johnson, a major in the office, has been promoted to the newly ceated position of colonel.

    Capt. Mike Sheffield, jail administrator, is promoted to major.

  • Register to vote by Monday

    If you are planning to vote in the Nov. 4 presidential election and are not registered, you have until 4:30 p.m. Monday to register at the Levy County Supervisor of Elections Office in Bronson.

    Supervisor Connie Asbell said if you plan on mailing in your registration, it must be postmarked no later than Oct. 6 to be valid.

  • Oh deer! Unexpected visitor

    It was an evening like every other evening last week, as Linda Scoggins set out to enjoy her time away from work.

    But about 6:30, she spied a visitor jumping across her fence on property she and husband, Ron, own off Hwy. 321 in Chiefland.

    A baby deer sauntered into the yard and started making herself at home-by eating her flowers.

    For more that 20 minutes she watched the deer feed and frolic through binoculars, then she came right up to her and yearned for affection.

  • CFCC Classes

    Retirement Class

    The Central Florida Community College Levy Center is offering "Basics of Investing for Retirement" beginning in October.

    The course is designed to teach the basic principles of investing and saving for retirement, but is useful for anyone interested in learning about investing. Even if you think you have enough money saved for retirement, there are numerous factors that will greatly impact the financial picture before and even during retirement. Make sure you are prepared.