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By Lou Elliott Jones

 Census participation up

The first trend in the 2010 U.S. Census of Levy County has been spotted and awarded with a fancy plaque: More people participated than in the 2000 deciennial census. Lee Armstrong of the U.S. Census Bureau’s Atlanta Office, presented the Levy County Commission with the award at the opening of the Tuesday regular meeting.  Armstrong said participation in Levy was 68 percent this year, up from 54 percent in 2000, and the story was much the same for Bronson, which rose from 50 to 56 percent participation, and Chiefland, which surged from 43 percent to 69 percent. That news will be welcome to Laurie Copeland, Chiefland’s finance director, who has said in the past that if just two more persons had been counted in the 2000 Census the city would have qualified for more federal grant money.   Bronson finally  has agreement The Levy County Commission approved two agreements with the City of Bronson on Tuesday. The first calls for the city to collect an EMS impact fee from residents in the town. This is a one time fee on new construction. Bronson is one of the last to agree to collect the money for the county when issuing building permits. In the second agreement, the city and county renewed its annual library agreement. The city furnishes the building, maintenance and utilities, while the county furnishes the books, computers and librarians.   Praying for speedy relief Troy Turner, senior pastor at First Baptist Church of Bronson, may have won the title of “Fastest Pastor” at Bronson Speedway in it’s glory days, but he’s now trying to slow the folks who put the pedal to the metal as they zip along on court street past his church and the Levy County Courthouse. The short road actually has two churches, including the United Methodist Church of Bronson, and it’s a popular shortcut between U.S. Highway 27A and State Road 24. Drivers coming off either road at 40 mph are missing the initial speed signs that set a 25mph limit, and the ones by the church that lower it to 15 mph. Turner asked the Levy County Commission to help deter the speeding. Road Department Administrative Superintendent Bruce Greenlee was told to study alternatives available like rumble strips, speed bumps and blinking lights among others, and report back to the commission.