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Today's News

  • School board votes ‘no’ on class size lawsuit

    In a rare 4-1 vote, the School Board of Levy County on Tuesday turned down an initial proposal to participate in a lawsuit against the state's Class Size Reduction Amendment.

    The Florida School Board Association intends to take legal action over the amendment, claiming that the potential penalties imposed on school districts could cost them $351 million statewide.

  • Education briefs

    Florida to receive $170 million in education grants

    U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced recently  Florida will receive $170.2 million through the School Improvement Grant program to turn around persistently poor performing schools throughout the state.

    The money comes from the $3.5 billion set aside by last year's federal budget and the federal stimulus.

  • Church News

    Help decode the mystery of life

       Bronson Road Church Vacation Bible School (VBS), begins Sunday, Aug. 1 at 6 p.m. with the theme "The Egypt File: Decoding the Mystery of Life. "

       Pre-K through 8th grade students are welcome to join this fabulous week in old Egypt, which will include a full supper, fun crafts, indoor/outdoor recreation and exploration in a Dig Pit. 

       VBS will continue each evening through Friday, when parents are invited to join in a Phantastic Phun Closing Program. 

  • Water district tax rate may increase

    The tax rate imposed by the Suwannee River Water Management District will go up for the first time in 20 years if its governing board holds to its tentative tax rate approved on July 13.    

    The SRWMD's  Governing Board  approved a tentative $61.6 million-dollar budget for the upcoming fiscal year and and a tax rate of 0.4934 mills at the last meeting held in Live Oak.  The tax rate increase represents  0.0535 of a mill.  A mill is a tax rate of $1 per every $1,000 of assessed property value.

  • County helps LARC with insurance bill

    The Levy Association of Retarded Citizens is losing clients and funding is being cut, but the doors are still open and the insurance needs to be paid to keep them open.

    That was the situation outlined by LARC Executive Director Betty Walker at Tuesday’s Board of County Commissioners meeting.

  • County briefs

    County bookkeeping makes the grade

    The annual audit of the county’s books drew a good grade from the auditor Alan Nast of Carr Rigga & Ingram LLC .

    Nast said the report was “unqualified” — meaning good, no exceptions were found — for the fiscal year 2008-09.

    “That is the highest level of assurance that we can give,” he told the Levy County Board of Commissioners in their regular Tuesday meeting.

    The only recommendation Nast made was for more internal controls on purchasing.

  • Fanning Springs calls city election in October

    Fanning Springs voters will go to the polls on Nov. 2 to choose three council members and a mayor in a nonpartisan election, according to a resolution passed by the City Council.

    Voters may also find themselves going to the polls for a primary on Oct. 5 if more than two candidates file in one of the four offices.

    City voter registration books in Levy and Gilchrist counties will be closed on September 6.

  • Levy County voter registration books close July 26

    Anyone not registered to vote in Levy County has until 4 p.m. July 26 to get registered for the Aug. 24 primary.

    The Supervisor of Elections Connie Asbell will be closing the books at the close of business on that date. The office is located at 421 South Court Street, Bronson, Florida.  

    If you have any questions, please call 352-486-5163 Ext. 4.

    Early voting begins on Aug. 9 and continues through Aug. 22.

  • Protecting sources means protecting the public

    During the course of its investigation into the current Gulf of Mexico oil spill, The Associated Press was given information from the then-office of Mineral Management Services that was not making a lot of sense.

  • Chiefland's Biehl now a Patriot

     Chiefland High School graduate and softball standout Amie Biehl received a full academic scholarship to continue playing at the College of Central Florida.

    Biehl will likely play shortstop or centerfield.

    Biehl’s tuition is covered for two years, and she will also receive a stipend for books each semester, she said.

    “It’s going to help out a lot,” she said. “My parents are really happy.”