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Today's News

  • Education: A look back at 2008

    From new science standards and deep budget cuts to teacher awards and a new Superintendent, education in Levy County experienced many newsworthy occasions in 2008. The following are highlights from this year’s important headlines.

    January:

    Superintendent Cliff Norris announces he will not run for re-election, opting instead for retirement.

  • Maria Tresper comes to life Jan. 10

    Are you interested in learning more about Levy County’s involvement in the Civil War? Then join the Friends of the Luther Callaway Public Library to hear the account of one local woman, Maria A. Tresper, who lived at Clay Landing during the conflict.

  • Woman bitten by pit bull at state park

    A 34-year-old woman was bitten on the leg by a pit bull terrier mix weighing about 60-pounds as she walked in Manatee Springs State Park on Sunday afternoon.

    Mike Schenck of Levy County Animal Control, said park officials contacted his office and the Levy County Sheriff’s Office about the incident.

    Levy County Emergency Medical Services responded to the call, said EMS Director Trish Seibold, but the woman refused transportation to a medical center for treatment, preferring to seek treatment on her own.

  • Audits begin in Bronson

    Accountants from Purvis Gray and Company arrived Monday morning at the Bronson Town Hall to begin preliminary work for the past three fiscal year audits, starting with the 2004-05 and the 2005-06 books.

    “I think those years will be the most involved,” said recently hired town clerk Kelli Brettel.

  • Progress Energy open house will answer nuke questions

    Progress Energy is holding an open House for Levy County residents interested in learning more about its proposed nuclear plant near Inglis and the path power lines will take from the plant.

    The event, one of a series of three, will be held Tuesday, Jan. 13, at the National Guard Armory at 8551 W. Venable St., Crystal River. Other meetings are scheduled for Brooksville and Homosassa later in the week.

    The open house will show the route the four transmission lines will take from the two-unit nuclear power generator plant to a substation in Hernando County.

  • County taking bids on road projects

    Levy County is attempting to make the most of its road money by taking bids for a road project while the cost of asphalt has dropped.

    Bids on work on a 5.8-mile strip of County Road 316 between County Road 337 to Northeast 20th Street are due at 10 a.m. Jan. 19. The project calls for widening and resurfacing the existing pavement and roadbed, and doing shoulder work. The work is estimated to take 210 days — or about 7 months.

    The project is being funded by a Small County Outreach Program grant of $1.431,060.

  • Officials take oath of office

    Levy County Judge Joseph Smith, right, administers the oath of office to Levy County’s constitutional officers, from left to right, Sheriff Johnny Smith, Tax Collector Linda Fugate, Supervisor of Elections Connie Asbell, Property Appraiser Oz Barker and Clerk of Court Danny Shipp. The ceremony was held Monday morning in Courtroom A of the Levy County Courthouse in Bronson.

     

  • New disease sweeping our area

    To the editor:

    It’s a new year and what a wonderful time for change.

  • New district slot a good fit for Chiefland

    The tentative realignments of football districts and classifications by the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) looks favorable for the Chiefland, as the Indians move down to Class 1A District 5. Schools are assigned to classifications by population, and to districts by geography, and Chiefland High School now falls into a smaller population category.

    Chiefland football head coach Ajay Ulmer likes the Indians' chances in the new district to which they've tentatively been assigned.

  • Beckham's Canes come close in Tampa Hoops Classic

    Former Bronson basketball head coach Kelly Beckham took his Gainesville Hurricanes to the Tampa Hoops Classic last week, beating Oak Ridge (Tenn.) 64-49 and Thomas Jefferson (Brooklyn, N.Y.) 70-52 to ride the tournament bracket into the third round. At press time, the Canes were set to face Orlando Olympia in the semifinal, Olympia having beaten Tampa Berkeley Prep 69-64 and Clearwater 65-44.