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Today's News

  • Arrested in pot bust, man says he was housesitting

    A routine traffic stop for a tag light that was not working led to the arrest of a Palm Harbor man on charges of possession of about a pound of marijuana and over $7,000 cash and a recommendation you don't hire him to be your house sitter.

    Bobby Dale Burnett, 28, was driving a 1999 Dodge Durango stopped by Chiefland Police Officer F. Macy at about midnight on August 7 in front of the Pizza Hut on Young Boulevard for the broken tag light.

  • Cheer camp is hard work

    Like a lot of sports teams, cheerleaders don't escape the rigors of summer camp.

    The girls have to do reps, learn new techniques and work up a sweat to ensure a smooth showing on Friday nights.

    Twenty Chiefland High cheerleaders prepared for the coming school year by participating in a three-day camp held last week at a steamy Chiefland Middle School gym.

    The girls worked hard on perfecting stunts and routines for six hours each day.

    Jenny Sagadraca and Stephany Maldonado of the UCA Association came to town to run the camp.

  • Sheriff's Reports

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

  • Missing the neighbors

    Fred and Ethel are dead. And so are the Clampetts. The entire clan.

    For two days I have mourned the loss of my neighbors-not the sitcom stars of 50 years ago but an entire convocation of spiders, presumably banana spiders, that have resided at my back door all summer and most recently decided to expand their lodging to the front door.

    For the last three summers, I have watched their homes develop over days, weeks and months- lacework webs that bear intricate patterns and designs.

    Visitors often dodged them and admonished me to tear them down.

  • Residents missed two opportunities

    Serving 53 consumers from its location in Otter Creek, the Levy Association for Retarded Citizens (LARC) provides much needed training for people who are searching for a way to adapt in a world that is not always kind to them.

    Since July 2003, adult daycare funding has been cut 24 percent in the state of Florida and on July 1, 2008 the most recent cuts went into effect. Already LARC's executive director Betty Walker has cut staff hours and rearranged other staff members to serve the needs of their clients.

  • Bilingual? CERT needs you

    The Community Education Response Team is a bit like the Marines.

    They are looking for a few good men and women to work in the trenches when the going gets tough.

    Like the Marines they are picky about whom they accept.

    The do background checks.

    They want you to speak Spanish as well as English.

    The training requires a commitment and 10 Wednesday evenings.

    Unlike the Marines, they won't pay you.

    The satisfaction of helping your neighbors through what may be the worst period of their lives is all they offer in compensation.

  • Attorney limited in defending Andrews' lawsuit

    The Chiefland City Commission has ordered City Attorney Norm D. Fugate to withdraw from representing Chiefland's residents and the city commission in a legal suit filed by A.D. Andrews because the case costs the city $1,369 - thus far.

    While Fugate's representation was limited, the commission, in its regular Monday meeting, decided they would like him to continue representing City Manager Grady Hartzog, a target of the suit, should he need legal representation.

  • County's ESE among state's best

    BRONSON - When it comes to providing services and meeting the needs for Exceptional Student Education, or ESE students, Levy County grades out among the tops in the state.

    Levy is one of 16 school districts in Florida notching a perfect score of 8 in the latest State Performance Plan/Local Education Agency findings. There are 67 school districts in Florida.

    The 2008 scores were based on information from the 2006-07 school year.

    Levy has 1,400 ESE students spread among its schools.

  • 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.