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Today's News

  • Opinions mixed on nuclear plants

    Levy County residents - and a few visitors - gave mixed reviews about the seting of a nuclear power plant near Inglis at a public hearing last week.

    Progress Energy has proposed building a two-unit nuclear plant on a 5,100-acre site it owns in southern Levy County.

    The meeting on Aug. 7 at the county courthouse was to collect information for a report the County Commission will send to the state Department of Environmental Protection. The DEP is the agency that will issue the site certification license for the plant.

  • Bronson OKs fire merger

    BRONSON - After months of discussion and haggling, the proposed Bronson-Otter Creek fire department merger is finally on track to becoming reality.

    By a 3-1 vote, Bronson Town Council approved a fire services agreement between the two departments at Monday's monthly meeting.

    The merger contract, which had been waiting for Bronson's approval for months, now goes to the Levy County Commissioners for a final going over to become official.

    The merger should be in place for the 2009 fiscal year.

  • Shooting fox was husband's only choice

    Pat Vrana got up, mowed the lawn and was headed inside for a bite to eat when her husband Don said something about seeing an animal that might be a fox in the yard.

    One week later, the couple is relaxing at home, but still shaken by the bizarre sequence of events that have followed.

    It's a story that has gone around the world: Woman attacked by fox, shot by husband.

    Late night comedians have made jokes. Hateful comments have been made about the husband on news web sites and in blogs.

  • Request for divorce ends with arrest

    David Maxwell Williams, 55, Southeast 55th Court, Inglis, probably wishes he had asked for a divorce a little differently.

    According to a police report, Williams and his wife were sitting on the couch when he said they were going to get a divorce and she said she wanted to talk about it.

    Williams then pushed her head down to the floor, but she got back up and sat next to him, according to the report. He pushed her to the floor again, this time on her back and held her down until she kicked him in order to get up, the report said.

  • Back to school tips

    CMS Supply List

    Chiefland Middle School asks that parents/guardians help students be prepared for the first day of school by purchasing the following for their students:

    Loose leaf notebook paper, several folders with pickets and paper fasteners, pencils and erasers, pens, colored markers or pencils and a backpack, which is not mandatory but usually necessary.

    Students are expected to buy a PE uniform at school. The cost will be between $15-$20.

    Meet the Teacher Day will be held Friday, Aug. 15 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. and 1-2:30 p.m.

  • Chiefland Police Reports

    Police are seeking a black male, about 18-19 years old, about 6 feet, 180 lbs, medium build, with shoulder length hair in the robbery of a 14-year-old boy on July 8.The boy said he was riding his bicycle on Northwest 11th Avenue when the man confronted him and asked for the bicycle, the report said. When he refused and tried to leave, the man grabbed the bicycle and hit him , the report said. The man took the bike, described as a gray and black 10-speed, according to the police report.

    Arrested were:

  • Sheriff's Reports

    The Levy County Sheriff's Office reports the following arrests:

  • Sample ballots in the mail

    Levy County's more than 25,092 registered voters are receiving their sample ballots this week and are facing a tough choice: Do they request an absentee ballot to save fuel, vote early at the Supervisor of Elections Office in Bronson, or vote the day of the election?

    Supervisor of Elections Connie Asbell says her office has new equipment this year that makes handling absentee and early voting for the Aug. 26 primary easier and saves money on labor costs.

  • What do you think of power plants?

    The public gets its one opportunity to tell the Levy County Commission what they think of Progress Energy's plans to build a two-unit nuclear plant near Inglis in a public informational meeting.

    The meeting is at 7 p.m. Thursday in Courtroom A of the Levy County Courthouse in Bronson.

    A legal notice for the meeting says its purpose is to inform the public about the power plant and transmission lines proposed in the county, to obtain public comments and to assist the commissioners in making their recommendation to the state on the project.

  • Chiefland permit fees increase

    New building permit fees have gone into effect for all commercial construction in Chiefland.

    The higher fees were approved by the City Commission at the request of Bill Hammond., city building and zoning director. The resolution approving the higher fees were approved at the July 29 commission meeting and call for them to go into effect immediately.

    Hammond said building permit fees on residential construction fees were adjusted in 2005 but commercial construction fees had not been increased since 2002,