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Today's News

  • In our opinion: The public understands opinion driven by self-interest

    True journalists — those who go into the profession with no agendas or selfish motives — hold one thing dear to their hearts–the sanctity of news.

    That means 1) reporting accurately on events that transpired; and 2) presenting both sides of an issue in an effort to better inform the readership.

    The most important aspect of these two points is keeping personal feelings and opinions out of the news. Opinions only belong in one place – the editorial page, under a header that reads, “Opinion.”

  • 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.

  • Primary voting ends at 7 p.m.

    It's time to vote folks. Really, primary voting ends at 7 p.m. today. 

    And if you want to see the results, there is the usual viewing party outside the Supervisor of Elections office next to the county courthouse on South Court Street in Bronson.

    There is also a new location to watch results: The fellowship Hall at First Baptist Church in Bronson will be open for residents to watch the results after the polls close. 

  • CF gets first chunk of money for campus

    The reception room of what will, in a few short years, be the old College of Central Florida Levy Center was packed Thursday evening in celebration of funding for a new campus.

    "Ten years, four veto pens, but we're there," was one of the comments made Thursday night by CF President James Henningsen.

    Money for the proposed CF Jack Wilkinson Levy Campus has been stalled for some time, but Gov. Rick Scott signed off on the funding a couple of months ago.

  • 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.

  • Three injured in pileup by Bronson Speedway

    An off-duty Alachua County Sheriff's deputy helped put out a vehicle fire and rescue a seriously injured woman after three cars collided by the Bronson Speedway on State Road 24 on Tuesday, Aug. 19, shortly before 3 p.m.

    All three motorists involved in the wreck were taken to UFHealth Shands Hospital for treatment — two with minor injuries and the third with serious injuries, according to the Florida Highway Patrol report by Trooper M. Corrao.

  • Driver sought in hit-and-run

    A driver who hit a man who had been ejected from his vehicle onto U.S. Highway 19 just south of Northwest 147th Place after another accident on Saturday, Aug. 16, at 2:50 a.m. is being sought by the Florida Highway Patrol and the public is being asked to help.

    An FHP report by Trooper M.A. Kennard said a witness described the vehicle as a white car, possibly a Ford Taurus.

    Anyone with information on the accident is encouraged to contact Trooper Daphne Yuncker ay 352-732-1260 ext. 235 or the FHP Troop Watch Supervisor at 800-395-8248.

  • 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

  • Bull riding rodeo benefits Chad Smith

    Bull rider Chad Smith, who was injured during a ride in Kissemmee on Feb. 22, will be the beneficiary of the Chad Smith Benefit Bull Riding event on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 22-23, at Carter's Arena south of Chiefland. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. and the action begins at 7:30 p.m.

    The event is organized by Renegade Rodeo, a sanctioned organization. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students and children under 5 years old admitted free.