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Today's News

  • Bronson considers fire department merger

    In this corner you have more money, more equipment and a lower ISO rating.

    In the other corner you have insurance liability, territory and details, details, details.

    That was the scene Monday night as Bronson's town council listened to the beginnings of what may be a merger between its fire department and the now seemingly defunct fire department in Otter Creek.

    Rick Lombardo, Bronson's fire chief, presented a draft of an agreement that could start the ball rolling toward combining the fire departments.

  • Chiefland celebrates FFA Week

    Heather Rucker and her ag students recently held their 5th annual petting zoo as part of National FFA Week. Chiefland Elementary school's kindergarten students took a walking field trip to participate in the program set up for them at the middle school's ag property.

    "We do it for the kindergarteners. In two years I'll have the original group. Then I'll get to see if those kids are interested in ag and how many remember that day and what they went through and see if they've learned anything," Rucker said,

  • Community Calendar

    Thursday, March 6

    DAVA Elections

    The Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary Unit 63, Cross City will have nominations for officers at its March 6 meeting. All members are encouraged to attend,

    Friday, March 7

    Chicken Dinner

    Chiefland Masonic Lodge, Brown No. 51 will hold a chicken and rice dinner March 7 at noon. A $5 donation is requested. Meals are available for pick up or delivery.

    For more information call 493-1405.

    DAVA Yard Sale

  • Set Your Clocks Forward

    Be sure to set your clocks forward one hour before you go to bed Saturday.

  • New $2.9 million transfer station opens

    BRONSON - Levy County taxpayers netted $300,000 in savings with the opening of a new transfer station at the landfill east of Bronson, according to information released March 4 at the County Commission meeting.

    Project Manager Andrew Wellman of Peter Brown Construction said the close-out of this project reflects the saving and changes the $3.2 million project into a $2.9 million project.

  • Levy fire departments on new radios now

    As of Feb. 28, all 14 fire departments in Levy County are on the new radio system, according to information released at the March 4 County Commission meeting.

    Now that the radios are being used, a monthly fee begins. The provider, Williams Communication, is waiving the fee until April.

    Dick Tummond, assistant to the county coordinator, requested $12,264 from the county to pay the monthly per-unit fee for 143 radios for the months of April through September. Commissioners voted 4-0 to authorize the payment, which pays the fee through the end of the current fiscal year.

  • Recycle trailers may be moved

    BRONSON - When Renate Cannon asked if Levy County had discontinued its recycling trailer program, Landfill Director Benny Jerrels explained the situation during the March 4 County Commission meeting.

    A problem with these trailers arises, Jerrels said, when people use them to dump household garbage there. When that happens, the trailers are removed from locations for a period of time or forever.

    The recycle trailers have had tires stolen off of them and some people have even used them as a place to dump dead deer carcasses, Commission Chairman Sammy Yearty said.

  • 27 convicted of felonies in Levy County

    BRONSON - There were 27 people convicted of felonies in Levy County from Feb. 1 through Feb. 29, according to records.

    Following are the people and the crimes for which they were convicted:

    * James Ausherman, 28, of Bronson, resisting arrest by using a vehicle to elude law enforcement officers.

    * Ronald J. Barwick, 50, of Vidalia, Ga., producing methamphetamine and possession of illegal chemicals.

    * Joseph Burnett, 46, of Cross City, burglary and grand theft.

  • Case reopens to determine damages

    BRONSON - Many were called but few were chosen March 3 when a jury trial started to decide monetary damages to be awarded in a 2002 civil circuit court case that reopened.

    There were 150 people summoned to be jurors in the trial of Wesley versus Security Trust Plans, Circuit Court Clerk Danny Shipp told the prospective jurors that Monday morning.

    From those 150 individuals, about half were excused by the judge before the start of selecting a jury. That brought the number to 73 possible jurors, Shipp said.

  • Sheriff's Report

    The following people were arrested by the Levy County Sheriff's Office. All people in the United States are presumed innocent of crimes until they are proved guilty in a court of law.

    * Darrel Petrykowski, 19, of Bronson was arrested Feb. 23 for three counts of aggravated assault with a firearm and one count of carrying a concealed weapon. Bond $37,500.

    * Timothy Ronald Wetherington, 19, of Chiefland was arrested Feb. 29 for aggravated battery. Bond $15,000.