What prompts this frenzy?

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By Lou Elliott Jones, Editor

Levy County is in a gossip frenzy. All it took was someone being out of the office, someone being added to the federal grand jury indictment that resulted in two Levy County commissioner being suspended and folks with nothing better to do than stoke the flames.

The first::

Sheriff Johnny Smith has not been arrested. This tidbit has been hanging around for weeks and keeps cropping up anew.

Smith’s spokesman has said the sheriff has no comment — a number of times.

This has just got to be hurting Smith’s family and we empathize.

This publication has asked folks to withhold judgment and to stop the gossip. The rumors only sow discontent and suspicions. And you have to ask how does it make Levy County look?

Next up:

Commission Chair Nancy Bell is the subject of a rumor that she is looking to fire some folks at county.

The whole thing almost makes the Queen of Hearts in Alice in Wonderland look like a charitable soul.

Bell says there’s no hit list or plans to fire anyone. And it would take a majority vote of the board to let an employee go.

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