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Today's News

  • Nancy Bell takes helm of county commission

    “I’m just glad we got a quorum and got our first meeting done.”

    That was the sentiment of Levy County Commissioner Nancy Bell as she chaired her first commission meeting in the wake of bribery charges and the suspensions of two commission members.

    While Bell never expected to take the gavel in such a situation, she appeared relieved that the first meeting was over. But the new job has new responsibilities.

    The 35-minute meeting had her signing paperwork for at least 15 minutes afterward.

  • Bob Hastings sworn in as school superintendent

    Robert “Bob” Hastings was sworn in as Levy County School Superintendent Tuesday morning, making history as the first Republican elected to a countywide office.

    “We keep in mind in all we do that we are bettering our system, thereby helping our children,” Hastings said. “We need to remember that we are working with our students so that they can have a good and healthy and productive future.”

  • Help us keep you covered

    It’s  no secret–the recent economic decline has affected not only banks and automakers, but the newspaper industry as well.

    With a decrease in revenues across the country, newspapers, especially daily newspapers, have been hit hard.

    Thankfully, it hasn’t severely impacted us on the local level–yet.

    But we’re taking precautions before it impacts us.

  • I'm anything but frigid

    It’s Tuesday night as I write this and meteorologists have threatened that this will be a night that sees temperatures plummeting below freezing.

    I am not concerned.

    Growing up in abject poverty in the mountains of Eastern Kentucky, I know what cold weather is.

    It is not Levy County, Florida at its coldest.

    My childhood home was a sprawling old house that had one coal heater in the middle of the living room to heat the entire house.

    It failed miserably.

  • Reader concerned about water plans

    To the editor:

        I have a number of concerns about Regional Water plans.

    I don’t know how a regional water system ever can be more cost effective. Many more miles of water lines will be needed to support this compared to an individual city system (plus booster stations, etc.) At this time I don’t believe any of our planners, including city users, have any idea what their future water needs will be – 5 years, 10 years, etc.

  • Pray for strength and compassion

    To the editor:

        I wish to express my deepest sorrow and dismay over the recent allegations involving our two county commissioners. In addition, I wish to convey my sincere appreciation and gratitude for the successes and accomplishments, past and present, of all our county commissioners.

        Many of us are experiencing difficult and laborious times of social and economic transformations and reconstruction, especially, during this time of the the holiday period.

  • God bless the Marine Corps

     To the editor:

     Two hundred thirty three years ago at Tun Tavern, Pa. The Corps was born and they've been around ever since, answering our country's call and fighting for what they believed in.

    They were in the Revolution, picking off boarders from the fighting tops. They were with Old Hickory at New Orleans. They fought in the malaria ridden Florida swamps.

  • Indians trample Tigers in homecoming romp

    At Thursday's Powwow for Chiefland Homecoming, Indians' Head Coach Ajay Ulmer wrote a fat check, knowing his senior-heavy team was good for the tab.

    “For these seniors, we will beat Trenton tomorrow night,” he promised the standing room-only crowd in the CHS auditorium.

    Friday night, the Indians showed up with sacks of money to make good on the coach's promise, pounding Trenton 53-15 and sending the seniors out on a high note.

  • Eagles fall to Bell, finish 4-6

    The Bronson Eagles learned how to succeed this year, posting a record breaking season of four wins, said new head coach Al Cooksey.  The season was also a milestone for the coach.  The Eagles’ win two weeks ago marked Cooksey’s 100th career victory.

    “We’ve come a long way," Cooksey said Friday on Senior Night after a loss to Bell 40-12.  “You all set a standard we can grow by,” he told his team.

  • Be slow to judge

     It's been a rough three weeks in Levy County.

    First School Board member Billy Morrison was charged with a misdemeanor.

    This week we learned Chiefland community leader Mary Marshall was under investigation for embezzlement.

    Then comes the news late Wednesday that Commissioners Sammy Yearty and Tony Parker were suspended from office by Gov. Charlie Crist, following federal indictments.