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  • Cake auction benefits city celebration

    Chiefland's Centennial Celebration may not be until 2013, but folks can start celebrating at a spaghetti dinner and dessert auction on Friday, July 20, at Chiefland Elementary School.

  • Dog kennel approved for Morriston

    A retired police officer and his fiancee have won approval to operate a dog kennel for up to 20 animals that will be used in a training operation for service, movie, tracking and law enforcement animals.
    Colby Gwyn-Williams and Jose Raul Hernandez are moving their operation from Key West to a 30-acre site on Southeast 215th Avenue — County Road 323 — in Morriston.

  • Rally protests teen's arrest

    About 30 people, shouting  slogans such as "self defense is no offense" and armed with protest signs and banners, marched Saturday from the Levy County Sheriff's Office to the county courthouse in support of a Bronson man they say was treated unfairly by law enforcement because of the color of his skin.
    “We're here because a black person stood up and resisted," said African People's Socialist Party Committee Member Penny Hess from the steps of the courthouse at the Saturday event.

  • City staff urges commission to raise tax rate

    Chiefland commissioners are about to break the bank.
    That was the message from city staff Monday night at the city’s first budget workshop of the year.
    “We have spent more than we have taken in,” Finance Coordinator Laurie Copeland said, urging that commissioners choose to raise the city’s property tax rate from the 4.75 mills it has hewed to since 2008 when it was cut from 4.7536.  

  • Political rally Friday in Bronson

    An old fashioned political rally with candidates, speeches and a community dinner will be held Friday at Bronson Speedway by the Greater Bronson Area Chamber of Commerce.
    Dinner begins at 6 p.m. and the menu includes a choice of fried mullet or barbecue chicken for the entree with sides of coleslaw, baked beans, hushpuppies or rolls and tea. Cost is $7 per person.
    Political candidates will have booths along the grand stand at the Speedway where they can meet and greet the public, so be prepared for an evening of talking, hand shaking and back slapping.

  • Mosquito workers racking up overtime

    Everyone was so happy two weeks ago when Tropical Storm Debby brought heavy rainfall to Levy County and other parts of Florida.
    The storm also left behind a nasty gift: standing water that is giving mosquitoes a chance to hatch out.
    If you are besieged by mosquitoes, welcome to the club.
    If you are a merchant selling mosquito repellant or foggers you are probably short on supplies.

  • Fugitive in cattle rustling case captured

    Ron Shepard who went on the lam after money meant to go to youth who sold steers at the Suwannee River Youth Livestock Show and Sale, was captured in a northern Mexico fishing town by the U.S. Marshals Service International Investigations Branch and returned to the U.S. on Tuesday.

    Shepard and a business partner, Jeremy Pierce who has been jailed since April in Illinois, are suspects in a multi-state cattle scam where Shepard bought animals on a handshake deal, sold them to brokers and did not deliver money to the sellers and brokers. Both men ar natives of Trenton.

  • Levy commission meeting Thursday

    The Levy County Board of County Commissioners will receive budget proposals for the fiscal year starting Oct. 1 in a workshop on Thursday, July 12 at 9 a.m. The board will meet in  he commission room at the County Courthouse in Bronson.

    The following budge requests will be presented, beginning at 9 a.m.:

    • Clerk to the Board Danny Shipp

    • Sheriff Johnny Smith

    • Supervisor of Elections Connie Asbell

    • Tax Collector Linda Fugate

    • Clerk of Court Danny Shipp

  • Latest road closings due to storm damage

    Tropical Storm Debby Road Closure Update – Number 9
    The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is providing an update on road and bridge closures in Northeast Florida due to Tropical Storm Debby.
    Columbia County
    ·       SR 247 at a section of roadway between County Roads 240 and 242 is closed and totally impassable. Traffic detoured to SR 47 and US 27.
    Nassau County

  • FWC lifts restrictions on Zone 4 of Suwannee River

    When Suwannee River floodwaters at Wilcox fell below 9 feet Sunday, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) deactivated boating restrictions in Zone 4.
    Zone 4 is the section from the County Road 340 Bridge at Rock Bluff to one mile below the Fowler Bluff boat ramp. This 51-mile segment falls under the boating restrictions as long as the Suwannee is at 9 feet or more at the Wilcox gauge, where flood stage is 11 feet.
    The FWC activated restrictions in this zone July 4.