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Berlon Weeks resigns
from Bronson Town Council

By Jeff M. Hardison © Oct. 29, 2014
     BRONSON --
Berlon Weeks resigned Tuesday afternoon (Oct. 28) from his position as the representative of the people of the town of Bronson.
     He was absent from the special meeting that had been called Monday night. Weeks formerly sat in Seat 2 of the Bronson Town Council.
     In his “email of resignation,” which was posted at 2:37 p.m. (Eastern Daylight Saving Time) to Town Clerk Kelli Brettel and to news media outlets, the man said he was quitting because he would have to be absent from too many meetings to do his job as a representative of the residents and visitors of Bronson.
     “I want to thank the people of Bronson for allowing me to not only be elected but allowing me to serve you for two terms,” Weeks noted. “I, with a heavy heart, and having the utmost respect and loyalty to our town, must respectful resign my position on the Bronson Town Council.”
     The man said he enjoyed every minute of the time he spent with the other Town Council members, but he has pursued and attained another business arraignments that forces him to be absent from spending the time he would need to spend on town matters.
     “Therefore, with utmost respect for my position and for you,” he noted “I feel that I cannot serve in the manner I previously served.  I in no way want to sit in that position and not do want I promised I would do; so I thank you  for the opportunity and thank you for your trust. I hope I didn't let you down.”
     In a telephone interview Tuesday, Weeks said he feels his greatest accomplishment during his years of service on the Town Council was to have the James H. Cobb Park named for the man who died while working for the town.
     Another significant matter where he felt he helped Bronson, Weeks said, was the expansion of the sewage collection pipeline, which is currently under construction.
     Other members of Bronson Town Council are: Seat 1 - Town Councilman Aaron Edmondson; Seat 3 – Vice Mayor Beatrice Roberts; Seat 4 – Mayor Franklin Schuler; and Seat 5 – Town Councilman Bruce Greenlee.


Levy County voters get
free rides between
their homes and the polls

Published Oct. 27, 2014
     LEVY COUNTY -- Levy County Supervisor of Election Tammy Jones said any Levy County voter who wants a ride to cast a ballot in the early election days or on Nov. 4 (Election Day) can have a free ride.
     Jones is working in partnership with Levy County Transit to make this possible.
     Any Levy County resident in need of transportation to the polls is eligible. This is a free ride to the polls from the rider's home and then a return ride to their home.
     This is happening from now through Nov. 1 for early voting, and on Nov. 4 (Election Day).
     Early voting is held at Levy County Supervisor of Elections Office in Bronson. On Election Day, the rider must vote at the precinct that is designated for the place where they reside.
     To make this happen, the voting rider is asked to call Levy County Transit at 352-486-3485 to make a reservation. Please make reservations in advance.
     Don’t let the lack of transportation be the reason you do not vote in the upcoming 2014 General Election.
     For more information contact the Supervisor of Elections office at 352-486-5163 or by email at tammy@votelevy.com.


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Children ride a train for free at the Family Fun Fest. See the story, more photos, and two videos -- including one of Gilchrist County Sheriff Bobby Schultz being tazed by his son Lafayette County Deputy Kyle Schultz. It is all on the COMMUNITY PAGE.
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Rep. Keith Perry and
candidate Jon Uman explain
reasons to vote for them

Story and Photos
By Jeff M. Hardison © Oct. 25, 2014
      CROSS CITY -- State Rep. Keith Perry (R-Gainesville, Dist. 21) and candidate Jon Uman (D-Gainesville) spoke with voters and others Friday night (Oct. 24) at Dixie County High School before the football game between the Dixie County Bears and the Newberry Panthers.
      The two gentlemen also fielded questions during the game.
KEITH PERRY
      Perry, the incumbent, considers himself to be a strong, effective leader who listens to his constituents.
/Run102414B      He notes that he has a proven record of "protecting our way of life." He supports agriculture by voting for policies such as speeding up approval on permits, increasing agricultural training and protecting water quality and supply.

Rep. Keith Perry and Dixie County High School Principal Jerry Wayne Evans speak with other before the start of the game.

      Speaking of water, Perry said he is among the members of the Florida Legislature who helped secure more than $30 million for local water projects and springs restoration last year.
      The main foundational issue Perry wants to work on next is improving economic development.
      “People have to have jobs,” he said. “We have to have economic opportunities. Without that, nothing else happens.”
      Without more jobs -- education suffers, as does the environment, and even the judicial system deteriorates due to a lack of revenue from taxes that result from a healthy economy, Perry said.
      “We made tremendous strides in the last four years that I have been in Tallahassee,” Perry said.
      The representative said he did not single-handedly do this, but he is among the leaders who helped business owners to improve the state’s economy. As a result of regulatory and tort reform, business was able to grow more, he said.
      Perry said he stands in the minority in one respect of the 160 members of the Florida House of Representatives and the Florida Senate. He is “blue collar” and there are only five or six of this type of state representative or senator, Perry said.
      “So I bring a different perspective to Tallahassee,” Perry said, “than almost anyone else. You’ve got to have that. We can’t have blue collar people pushed to the sideline, and not given the attention they deserve and need.”

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Jon Uman and his wife Claire at Dixie County High School for the Friday night game against the Newberry High School Panthers.

JON UMAN

      Uman is a third generation Floridian who grew up in Alachua County. He wants to fight for all of the people of Dixie County, Gilchrist County and western Alachua County, he said.
      Once a prosecutor who served under former Eighth Judicial Circuit State Attorney Rod Smith and then Eighth Judicial Circuit State Attorney Bill Cervone, Uman then went into practice for himself. He earned a reputation for taking on insurance companies and big corporations on behalf of regular people who need a hand.
      The people of Dixie, Gilchrist and Alachua counties do not currently have a voice in Tallahassee, Uman said as he explained why he wants to be elected as the next representative from District 21.
      “Currently our public schools are being gutted,” Uman said. “The regular guy has nobody standing up for him. Our legislators are all fighting for special interests in Tallahassee.”
      Jon Uman and his wife Claire have three children in school. Hunter and Summer attend public schools in Alachua County and Sara is a freshman at the University of Florida. He plans to fight to make public schools a priority.
      “I want to see our public schools properly funded,” Uman said. “I want to see our tax dollars going into public schools – not going to private, for-profit corporations.”
      As for testing, Uman said he opposes high stakes standardized testing and linking that to teacher merit raises.
      Uman said he plans to fight against privatization of the Florida Department of Corrections prisons, because that would mean the loss of many jobs for Floridians.
      It would be a disaster for the 30,000 DOC workers, he said.
Another issue he wants to tackle is the retention of pensions for state workers.
      “I think Wall Street and the special interests see a pot of gold when they see our Florida Retirement System and they want to take that and sell it off to Wall Street, and take their commissions. And I want to fight against that.”
      He is ready, willing and able to go now.
      “My opponent (Perry) and the Legislature say ‘Next year, next year, next year,’” Uman said. “I say let’s begin the fight this year.”
      And he knows that winning is an option in a fight.
      “I beat cancer twice,” Uman said. “Beating the special interests in Tallahassee should be no problem.”


Grand jury indicts
two murder suspects

By Jeff M. Hardison © Oct. 22, 2014
     DIXIE COUNTY -- Two men suspected of murder will face a jury, or a judge or enter a plea-negotiated agreement as the result of action by the Third Judicial Circuit Grand Jury, according to information provided Oct. 21 by Dixie County Sheriff's Office spokesman Maj. Scott Harden.
     Florida law requires a grand jury to indict a person for murder before that person starts the next part of the judicial process. A grand jury is formed from residents of a judicial circuit. The State's Attorney Office for that circuit presents information to the grand jury to show reason to try the case.
     The grand jury either presents a "true bill," which means the person can be tried, or "no bill," which means the prosecutor failed to show the grand jury enough cause for that group to believe it should be tried.
     In this part of the judicial process, it is not to decide guilt -- it is only to decide whether the case should be tried.
      On Oct. 20, the office of Third Judicial Circuit State’s Attorney Jeff Siegmeister presented two homicide cases to the grand jury at the Dixie County Courthouse, Harden said.
     These alleged murders happened in September. The grand jury returned indictments in both cases, Harden said.
     One case involved the death of Gabriel E. McCabe, who was shot and killed on the night of Sept. 11 near Gornto Springs. In that case, the grand jurors returned an indictment against Michael Barnette to be tried on the charge of first degree murder while being armed, and for possession of a short-barreled shotgun.
     The other case involved the shooting death of Colton Tyler Snellgrove on the morning of Sept. 13, in the town of Suwannee. In this case, the grand jury returned an indictment against Stuart Prescott to be tried for first degree murder while armed.
     Both Barnette and Prescott have been in the custody of the Dixie County Sheriff’s Office since their times of arrest on the days of the shooting. They both remain in custody pending future court proceedings, Harden said.

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