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Today's News

  • County attorney still in place after 11th hour attempt to terminate fails

    It was the third (month) anniversary of Commissioner Marsha Drew’s appointment to the seat by Gov. Charlie Crist, but the fireworks that went off at the Levy County Commission meeting Tuesday morning were in a discussion about County Attorney Anne Bast Brown’s contract and job benefits.

  • Cap-and-Trade: Bad for consumers and our nation

    The summer driving season is underway and Floridians will have to grapple with higher gas and energy prices in the months to come.  Unfortunately for them, the Leadership in Congress is poised to make matters even worse by establishing a new national energy tax to be paid by all Americans who drive a car, buy anything made in America, or turn on a light.

  • Animal cruelty charges dropped

    Charges against Sandy M. McClung, 62, of Northeast 76th Place, Bronson, who was charged with aggravated assault and animal cruelty after an incident outside her home have been dropped due to lack of prosecutorial merit and the facts not constituting a criminal offense, according to the Levy County Sheriff’s Department.

  • CFCC has continuing education courses

    The Central Florida Community College Levy Center in Chiefland has received the new July-December 2009 Continuing Education schedules. Please stop by the center at 114 Rodgers Blvd. to pick up your free copy. Schedules are also available at the libraries in Levy County.

    The following classes begin in July:

  • Perkins Financial names scholarship winners

    Perkins Financial Group announces the 2009 recipients of the Perkins Financial Group Scholarship and the winner of the prestigious President’s Scholarship for $6,000.

  • August hearing set on exotic animal operation

    The owners of a controversial exotic animal sanctuary in the Small Farms subdivision has filed a request for a special exception to zoning regulations to allow them to keep the lion, tiger, bear, two chimpanzees they have on the property.

  • School grades are in: Levy gets a ‘B’

    The Florida Department of Education released school grades last week, giving the Levy County School District as a whole a B grade, the same it received last year.

    “We are proud of our schools, proud of our teachers,” said Patrick Wnek, Director of Curriculum. “We want to congratulate our students and teachers for a job well done – of course, parents play a big role in that as well.”

    Eight schools in the county received an A, including all elementary and middle schools, as well as Cedar Key School.

  • Where do the Ten Commandments belong?

    So a move is afoot in Levy County to place a Ten Commandments monument on the grounds of the county courthouse.

    The county commission last week OK’d guidelines for monuments on the courthouse lawns.

    We have one at the Chiefland City Hall. It’s a huge black and white monolith. It’s there because the Chiefland Commission expressed the need for more prayer in the community.

    I pass it at least once a day during the week.

    I often use the sighting as a mental test to see if I can still remember all 10 directions.

  • Family book clubs instill interest in reading and academic success

    “The way to establish a familial tradition of reading is simple: read books, then talk about them.”

    While attending high school graduation for my daughter recently a parent asked me what the secret is to raising children who are successful in school. I was caught a bit off guard. I was emotional as I always am when seeing developing minds recognized for their achievements. I didn’t have an answer ready.

    Of all the things that I could have mentioned, the first thing out of my mouth was to encourage a household culture of reading.

  • Superintendent restructures district

    In an effort to streamline costs Superintendent Bob Hastings announced the elimination of eight administrative positions Tuesday, including Director of Literacy, Director of Secondary Education, Assistant Director of MIS/Technology, Coordinator of Testing/Attendance/Truancy, Coordinator of Supplemental Educational Services, Coordinator of ESOL, Teacher on Special Assignment over Instruction/Curriculum, and Evaluation Specialist.

    “The positions are no longer there or their responsibilities have changed,” Hastings told the School Board.