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Government

  • Bronson weighing changes to employee pay, city hours in light of new overtime rule
  • County extends emergency declaration

    The first order of actual business for the Levy County Commission on Tuesday was ratifying the declaration of an emergency that was signed on Wednesday, Aug. 31, by County Commission Chair John Meeks. It was unanimously ratified by the commission.

    Then the board went on to approve hearing a non-agenda item on extending the order another seven days. When asked why it was not being extended a full 14 days, County Attorney Anne Bast Brown said that is the limit by the state.

  • When is FEMA coming?

    Levy County Emergency Management has been gathering reports of storm damage on their hotline 352-486-5155 that will help in obtaining Federal Emergency Management Administration aid for Levy County residents impacted by the storm.

    David Peaton, assistant director of Levy Emergency Management, said the County Building Department Director Bill Hammond also had teams out assessing the damage throughout the county.

  • Fanning chamber gives back to fire department

    The Fanning Springs Chamber of Commerce donated 100 percent of the proceeds of the duck race and then some to the Fanning Springs Fire Department.

    The popular duck race event was one of the highlights of the Festival of Lights held this past Dec. 5. Chamber members sold every duck they had, around 1,850, and made about $1750. They rounded up and gave the fire department $2,000.

  • County fills jobs with little notice

    By LOU ELLIOTT JONES

    editor@chieflandcitizen.com

    Transparency in government reared its ugly head at the Levy County Commission on Tuesday as newspaper reporters questioned how employee vacancies and appointments to boards are handled.

  • Republicans complete “sweep” of county government

    Staff Report

       Candidates have been beating a path for the Supervisor of Elections office in these first weeks of the year to file their candidacy and one interesting note is the Republicans have completed their “sweep” of county officeholders.

    The last holdout was County Tax Appraiser Linda Fugate who ran as a Democrat in 2012, but this week filed as a Republican.

    That makes every constitutional officeholder in the county a member of the Grand Old Party.

  • Putnam's take on Obama’s gun order

    Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam issued the following statement regarding President Barack Obama’s executive action on guns:

    Our right to bear arms is enshrined in our U.S. Constitution, yet President Obama has again circumvented Congress with this executive action, infringing on law-abiding Americans’ Second Amendment rights.

    In Florida, where our population has soared to 20 million and we have 1.4 million concealed weapon licenses, our crime rate is at a 44-year-low.

  • Qualifying for Bronson council seat starts Jan. 27

    Staff report 

    The Town of Bronson will be holding a special election March 10, in part, to determine who will fill Town Council seat No. 2, which was left vacant by Council Member Berlon Weeks a few months ago. Weeks resigned to pursue other business interests.

    Several local candidates stepped forward to fill the position when, initially, the town council considered appointing someone to the position. It was later decided a candidate should be chosen by voters.

  • Edison runs for superintendent

    I have been in prayer for a long time seeking God’s will for my professional life. Through this process I truly believe that He has led me to seek the office of Superintendent of Schools.

  • Ten Commandments approved for city hall

    The Ten Commandments monument is on its way back to the front lawn of Chiefland City Hall in the same spot where it was located.

    It's pretty much the same monument that was removed a couple of years ago but with a new message on its foundation. “It should be there in a week or so because it is being reconfigured,” said the monument's owner, Dr. Jerry Nash of Harmony Baptist Association.

    The old monument read on the footer: Love God, and keep his Commandments. The top portion was a condensed version of the commandments.