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Today's News

  • Bullseye

    By Sean Arnold

    The Olympic athlete’s quest is a grueling trek, requiring relentless self-discipline, with few short-term rewards.

    For Bronson resident and silver medalist Jake Kaminski, the path was even more difficult as he prepared for next month’s 2016 Rio Olympics, where he will represent the U.S. in archery for the second straight summer games.

  • 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:

  • 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 gets legal protection

    The Williston City Council has approved its attorney's suggestion that all city purchase orders have wording that limits its liability to what is allowed by state statute. 

  • Bronson Council discusses parking improvements

    By Sean Arnold

    At its meeting on July 5, the Bronson town council applauded another successful run of its annual Fourth of July celebration at James H. Cobb Park, while discussing the need for a more robust parking solution.

  • Toddler found wandering on highway

    Motorist Mitzi Lacoste, a travelling nurse, could not believe her eyes when she spotted the truck in front of her braking –for a toddler dressed only in a shirt, walking by himself about 6 feet off of U.S. Highway 19 approximately ¾ of a mile north of the caution light at Gulf Hammock.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.