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Today's News

  • Schiefer says 'no' to job

    City finance director Mark Schiefer has declined the city council appeal that he become the new city manager. Schiefer has served as interim city manager since the council summarily fired James Coleman in early April.

    Council members have been unanimous in their praise for Schiefer's performance. When Schiefer accepted the interim appointment, the premise was that he would explore the responsibilities of the position and determine whether he thought he could successfully fulfill the city manager position, as well as whether he felt that the job was right for him.

  • Mining reprieve granted

    BRONSON-Manatee Springs won a reprieve in the legal battle by White Construction to operate a limestone mining operation within two miles of the springs, something prohibited by a 2002 Levy County ordinance.

    And, at the same time, the county may recoup its legal fees in the case.

    County Attorney Anne Bast Brown informed Levy County Commissioners on Tuesday that Judge David A. Glant of the Eighth Judicial Circuit had ruled in the county's favor in state court for their denial of a permit for the operation in March 2004.

  • The thread that runs for true

    Small, young voices, many with questions, filled the large place more used to mature conversation. One bemoaned that she could not get the thread into the eye of a needle. Another tried to fit her small finger into a large thimble before selecting another from the box of supplies.

    Earlier in the day all had learned to sagely use scissors and cut material. Now they were threading needles and learning to make stitches of an even size, preferably small and not so tight their material puckered.

  • Levy County Sheriff's Reports

    The Levy County Sheriff's Office reports the following arrests:

    _ Bobby G. Richardson, 24, Summer Lake Drive, Davie, was charged with sex offense against a child-fondling, victim 12-15 years old. Bond was set at $35,000.

  • Fire merger has way to go

    BRONSON - The more things change, the more they stay the same.

    Or in the case of the ongoing talks of a Bronson-Otter Creek fire department merger, the closer it seems to becoming reality, the light at the end of the end of the tunnel still seems dim.

    Already having the green light from Levy County and Otter Creek, the merger only needs the OK from the town of Bronson.

  • Williston celebrates the Fourth
  • Bronson gets new basketball coach

    BRONSON - Bronson boosters have said all along that the best candidate to succeed legendary head basketball coach Kelly Beckham would be homegrown talent. They were right.

    Cedar Key boys basketball head coach Aaron Haldeman will follow Beckham as the new head coach of the Bronson Eagles.

    Beckham announced in April that he had accepted the head coach position at Gainesville High School and would be leaving Bronson after serving more than 25 years.

  • New FCAT law takes effect

    About this time every year, people become aware of just what the Legislature accomplished at its spring session.

    Many new laws take effect on July 1, and this year is no exception.

    One of the major changes, or at least it seems that way, regards the FCAT, the school assessment test given to various students during the year.

    One thing that has been popular with schools, particularly elementary schools, has been a series of "pep rallies" to get students ready for the test.

    No more.

  • Community calendar

    Monday

    * AA Meeting, 7:30 p.m., Thompson Hall at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church.

    * Lions Club 7:30 p.m., Lions Club 401 S.E. Sixth Ave.

    * Levy Veterans Support Group, 7 p.m., Williston City Hall.

    * Whole Wide World @ My Public Library. Join us for books, stories, games crafts, and much, much more. All programs begin @ 10:00 a.m. at Williston Public Library, 528-2313.

    * Masonic Lodge #117 F.&A.M., 7:30 p.m., Ornan Lodge.

    Tuesday

    * Piecemakers, 9 a.m., Presbyterian Church.

    * Rotary Club of Williston, First Presbyterian Church, Noon.

  • Upcoming events

    Commodity distribution

    USDA commodity distribution for Levy County will be at the following locations:

    July 3, Bronson, ag building, 12:30 to 2 p.m.; Otter Creek, Town Hall, 2:30 to 3 p.m.

    Jully 12, Chiefland, Methodist Church, 707 Main St., 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

    July 17, Inglis, Community Center, 1-2 p.m.

    July 24, Williston, Lions Club, 1 to 2 p.m.

    USDA is available to all eligible recipients. There will be certification available tot hose who have not registered. If you have any questions call (352) 336-0839.

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