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Today's News

  • Bring back bartering

    My grandparents tuned in regularly to a radio segment called "The Swap Shop". For 15 minutes every day, people called in to offer something they had -for free or less than $20 or they called in to ask for items they needed.

    It was the old-fashioned bartering system upgraded to the modern 20th century. With little or no money, you could get the products or services you needed in exchange for something you could offer up.

  • Standards will clean up Suwannee

    Back in 1972, the Federal Clean Water Act was passed by Congress and President Nixon, setting guidelines to ensure that our nation's rivers remain healthy and clean.

    It has taken most states a long time to take action.

    Some like New Hampshire, Pennsylvania and Kansas, got their acts together quicker than others by drawing up widespread measures.

    Many others, including Florida, dragged their feet - waiting until their backs were against the wall.

  • Man charged with enticing child

    A 63-year-old Fanning Springs resident has been charged with impersonating a police officer, and luring and enticing a child into his vehicle.

    Levy County Sheriff's Investigator Lauree Allen arrested William Silas Johns July 10 on the charges.

    The 6-year-old girl who reported the July 2 incident was not physically harmed, according to a sheriff's office press release.

  • Chiefland Police Department

    Chiefland Police Department reports the following arrests:

    _ David Ceddrick Flanders, 27, Chiefland, is charged with possession of cocaine with intent to distribute within 1,000 feet of a church, possession of crack with intent to distribute within 1,000 feet of a church, trafficking in cocaine, possession of marijuana less than 20 grams, possession of drug paraphernalia on May 22.

  • Sheriff's Reports

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

    _ James Thomas Jr., 27, Chiefland, on two charges each of sale of crack cocaine, possession of crack cocaine after the sheriff's office arranged two drug buys from Thomas behind the South Chevron on Southeast 1st Street, Chiefland.

    The report says the area behind the Chevron in South Chiefland is known as being a place to purchase drugs. Bail for Thomas on all charges is $30,000.

  • RV sites will become permanent fixtures

    A request by Goethe Trailhead Ranch to convert 37 of 73 recreational vehicle sites into stationary park trailers drew sharp criticism from neighbors before being approved by the Levy County Commission on Tuesday.

    The Ranch, located at 9171 Southeast Levy County Road 337 between Williston and Dunnellon, is a horse-themed resort with a lighted arena, convenience store, tack and feed store, the Chuck Wagon Diner, 96 box stalls for horses, and access to more than 120 miles of trails in Goethe State Forest.

  • Who is responsible for crossing guards?

    A stalemate over who is responsible for funding school crossing guards' pay is headed to the state attorney general's office for an opinion.

    The Chiefland City Commission decided in its Monday night meeting to seek the opinion after the Levy County School Board rejected its request to increase funding from $10,400 per year to $12,960 to provide the guards for two hours per day at Chiefland Elementary School.

  • PSC approves need for nuke plants

    The public's opportunity to give the Levy County Commission their opinion on the proposed Progress Energy two-unit nuclear plant near Inglis will come at an informational hearing at 7 p.m. on August 7 in the Levy County Courthouse courtroom.

    The hearing, required as part of the plant's application process, would be the only one held by the Commission.

  • Suwannee Valley Players presents
  • Bronson questions fire chief's health

    BRONSON - A recent workers' compensation claim by Bronson Fire Chief Rick Lombardo has town officials wondering if he is healthy enough to perform his duties.

    Plus it has brought about the question, would a possible merger with Otter Creek put an added burden on his physical condition and affect the best interests of all concerned?

    The quandary surfaced at the July 7 monthly meeting when Town Lawyer Stephen Warm surprised council members when he revealed Lombardo's compensation claim history over the past couple of years.