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  • Residents seek help with mud boggers

    The mud boggers are at it again in northern Levy County and one resident has asked the Board of County Commissioners for help because the traffic is tearing up a private road used by residents.

    Charles Wilkerson asked commissioners in their regular Tuesday morning meeting that “four-wheelers and mud boggers are coming down the road” and tearing up Northeast 125th Street, a private road.

  • Schools may cut 50 jobs

    In the wake of mid-year projected budget cuts of $1.9 million, the School Board of Levy County needs to lay off 50 employees, according to Director of Finance Robert Clemons.

    "We should have reduced our staff levels by at least 25 at the beginning of this school year," Clemons wrote in a letter to the Board dated Nov. 26. "Now that half of the year is gone we need to reduce our staff levels by 50 to achieve the same results."

  • Williston High principal to resign

    Williston High School will be getting a new principal.

    Mike DeLucas confirmed Wednesday that he has resigned, effective the end of the year.

    DeLucas will become instructional leader for the Florida Virtual School, which means he is the virtual principal of 110,000 students in the state.

    The Florida Virtual School enables students to take courses online for various reasons. One common reason is that their school does not offer the course they wish to take.

  • Census Bureau looking for census takers in Levy County

    The U.S. Census Bureau is looking for a few good people to work in the 2010 Census and at least one Chiefland official is hoping the count gets done accurately.

    Project and Finance Director Laurie Copeland says Chiefland's population in the 2000 Census fell two people short of qualifying for more federal grant money.

    "We're two recorded people between the 650,000 category and 700,000 category" for Community Development Block Grant, she said.

    "The federal government is using the 2000 data. . . and there is no way to change it."

  • Levy County 'Open for business'

    The Levy County Commission has a message for citizens: "We are Open for Business."

    During its 35-minute meeting Tuesday morning the three commissioners left no question that the county will continue normal operations despite the suspensions of two county commissioners facing federal trials on bribery charges.

    "We do have a quorum and the people's business will be conducted as it has always been," said Commissioner Nancy Bell of Chiefland, who moved up from vice chair to chair of the commission.

  • Marilyn L. Keels

    Marilyn L. Keels, 76, of Chiefland, died Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2008, at Seven Rivers Regional Hospital in Crystal River.

    Born in Newark, Ohio, she moved to Chiefland from Bradenton 11 years ago. She was a retired dental office manager, enjoyed making dolls, was an avid quilter and member of the Suwannee Quilting Club.

  • Morrison resigns from School Board

    Levy County School Board member Billy Morrison resigned Tuesday morning in the aftermath of being charged with a misdemeanor.

    Board member Paige Brookins read aloud a letter from Morrison that stated he had sent his resignation to Gov. Charlie Crist.

    Brookins said that Morrison had asked her to read the letter dated Nov. 18 so that it could be added to the official Board minutes.

  • Hastings takes office

    Robert Hastings was sworn in as Levy County School Superintendent Tuesday morning, becoming one of the first Republicans elected to countywide office in Levy County.

    "We keep in mind in all we do that we are bettering our system, thereby helping our children," Hastings said. "We need to remember that we are working with our students so that they can have a good and healthy and productive future."

    Judge Joseph E. Smith administered the oath for Hastings, as well as Board members Paige Brookins and Beth Davis who ran for re-election unopposed.

  • Barker unseats Akins

    "Unbelievable!"

    Osborn "Oz" Barker's reaction to being elected as Levy County Property Appraiser may well sum up the feelings of the county's Republicans as they won two offices for the first time in history.

    In addition to Barker, who unseated incumbent Democrat Francis Akins, voters chose Republican Robert "Bob" Hastings as county school superintendent.

    "It feels great," Hastings said. "It's something I've looked forward to for a long time."

  • Williston gets new council member

    At its Nov. 4 meeting, the Williston City Council named Marc Nussel to fill council seat B, which was vacated by the resignation of Cal Byrd.

    Nussel was a member of the council for eight years in the 1990s and most recently was the caretaker of the seat vacated by Justin Landon.

    Nussel, who is the owner of Williston Crane and Equipment, has indicated that he will run for a seat in the March elections. He will be sworn in at the next City Council meeting.

    The other applicants for the seat were Betty Fender, Lindsey Hager and Anthony Della Rocco.