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Today's News

  • Chiefland closer to ordinance on sexually oriented businesses

     

    Chiefland is one-third of the way toward regulating nudity at adult oriented businesses, but it put off approving a licensing ordinance for those businesses while also waiting for the City Planning Board to approve an ordinance regulating zoning for such businesses.

  • Morrison resigns school board post

    Levy County School Board member Billy Morrison resigned Tuesday morning in the aftermath of being charged with a misdemeanor.

    Board member Paige Brookins read aloud a letter from Morrison that stated he had sent his resignation to Gov. Charlie Crist.  Brookins said that Morrison had asked her to read the letter dated Nov. 18 so that it could be added to the official Board minutes.

  • County: Open for business

    The Levy County Commission has a message for citizens: “We are Open for Business.”

    During it’s 35-minute meeting Tuesday morning the three commissioners left no question that the county will continue normal operations despite the suspensions of two county commissioners facing federal trials on bribery charges.

    “We do have a quorum and the people’s business will be conducted as it has always been,” said Commissioner Nancy Bell of Chiefland, who moved up from vice chair to chair of the commission.

  • 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.