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  • Grades slip for schools

    By Sean Arnold

    Amid a statewide decline in school grades under new testing measures, the Levy County school district fell from a “B” to a “C” in this year’s preliminary district grades, released Friday by the Florida Department of Education. 

    The district missed a “B” by two percentage points.

  • Williston in good financial shape

    The city's financial officer gave his report on the first half of the year, ending in April, and things are looking rosy.

    Financial Officer Steve Bloom presented the report to the City Council at its Tuesday, July 5, meeting noting that by the end of April the city was 58.3 percent of the way through the fiscal year that started Oct. 1, 2015. 

    Some of Bloom's highlights:

  • Commission not happy with I-75 plan

    The Levy County Commission is not happy with the state’s plans to relieve pressure on I-75, which runs through Alachua County to the east by possibly putting a high-speed, toll road that would go up the east side of Levy County – and they are putting their distress in writing.

  • County assessments will stay same

    Levy County property owners can expect that the non-ad valorem assessments for ambulance, fire, the landfill and road services will remain the same in the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1.

    That's because the Levy County Commission, on Tuesday, tentatively gave unanimously approv- al to keeping the assessments at the same level as last year. The final vote will be done following a public hearing scheduled for Sept. 13 at 6 p.m. at the county courthouse in Bronson.

  • Most Levy officials re-elected

    By Lou Elliott Jones

    When qualifying for public office closed on Friday, June 24 at noon, most Levy County constitutional offers, one state senator and three candidates for school board heaved a sigh of relief as they drew no opposition. 

  • Levy residents take a pass on road

     By Mike Wright

     

    Freeway upgrades first. Parkway extension second.

    That’s the consensus of a group of elected and appointed officials representing six Florida counties grappling with what to do about Interstate 75 congestion between Gainesville and Tampa.

  • Independence Day in Levy County

    If you’re looking for an abundant dose of patriotism this Independence Day, there are lots of opportunities to celebrate in Levy County. 

    Williston, Friday, July 1

  • Residents sound off on I-75 pitch

    By Andrew Caplan

    You don’t have to guess about Karen Esty’s opinion on a potential long-term extension of the Suncoast Parkway.

    She practically wore it on her sleeve.

    Sporting a red “No more highways” sticker on her shirt, Esty was one of approximately 100 people who attended the I-75 Relief Task Force’s open house at the College of Central Florida’s Lecanto campus to give their input on the future state of the state’s roads.

  • Deadline Friday for August election

    This is the week for candidates to qualify for the Aug. 30 party primaries ballot and the way things look there will not be a Democratic ballot.  That's because most of the candidates for county and state office are either Republicans, in nonpartisan races or have no party affiliation. 

  • Commission reverses course on extension job

    By Lou Elliott Jones 

    The Levy County Commission reversed course on interviewing a woman for the agricultural extension director/4-H director’s position, which has been vacant since February, after Levy Cattlemen’s Association spokesman made a "23rd hour" request that the job be given to a director who is also a livestock agent.