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  • Fire chief's contract renewed

    Chiefland Fire Rescue Chief James Harris came in for praise from the Chiefland City Commission which approved a new contract for him and a pay increase from $52,713.60 to $53,767.87 by a 4-0 vote with Mayor Teal Pomeroy absent.

    In the special meeting to evaluate Harris, Commissioner Teresa Barron said, “You have done really well this year. And I appreciate that we have a local person here who understands the needs.”

    Commissioner Rollin Hudson praised Harris for living in the city and for his ability to attract grant money for the department.

  • Fanning council addresses Sunshine Law violation

    Last week, three Fanning Springs council members pleaded no contest to Sunshine Law violations.

    As the court proceedings came to a close those council members — Barbara Locke, Jane Nogaki and Ron Queen — were finally able to speak out and the details of the meeting in question have come to light.

    “I thought I was doing the right thing by my constituents, trying to do a good budget for the city,” Queen said of the conversation that took place directly before the Sept. 21, 2015, budget meeting around 4:35.

  • Agendas for Chiefland City Commission meeting Feb. 8, 2016

    We apologize for the lateness of this posting of the agendas.  We did not have the right ones on Friday when we usually post. 

    The Chiefland City Commission meets on Monday, Feb. 8, in City Hall on East Park Avenue. 

    The Commission meets at 5:45 for the annual evaluation of the fire chief, then in regular session at 6 p.m. and following the regular meeting, the city commission — sitting as the planning board, will meet. 

  • Burn starts Wednesday in Goethe Forest

    The Florida Highway Patrol is notifying residents of Levy County that a planned Prescribed Forest Burn will begin Wednesday, Feb. 9 and continue through Friday, Feb. 12.

    Due to this burn several roadways near Goethe State Forest will be closed. The following roadways are expected to be closed beginning Tuesday morning: State Road 121, Levy County Road 337 and Levy County Road 326.

  • That coon dog’ll hunt, sing his way to dinner

    By Tony Young

    FWC

    Some of my huntin’ buddies and I really live for being out in a wet patch of woods in the middle of a cool night and hearing the not-so-distant sounds of our coon hounds when they open up on a hot trail.

    There’s just something about those hounds’ voices that sounds both pleasing and eerie at the same time.

    We like to brag about whose dog actually struck the trail first and whose got to the right tree first.

  • Levy EMS: Answering the call

    It was a regular day for county employees, what some even called a slow day, but a day unlikely to be forgotten by the people whose calls for assistance were answered.

  • Deal made in sunshine case

    Three Fanning Springs council members who were charged with violating the sunshine law have pleaded no contest.

    Charges against Barbara Locke, Jane Nogaki and Ron Queen were filed with the Levy County Clerk's Office on Jan. 26. The arraignment date was changed from Feb. 16 to Tuesday, Feb. 2.

  • Raccoons may be cause of birds leaving nests

    On April 19, 2015, the thousands of nests on Seahorse Key were occupied and the sounds of birds filled the air. Those feeding their broods brought in fish, some of which drooped from nests to be devoured by the cottonmouths that live below.

    “They are very sloppy and they are a food source, a very large source of food for the cottonmouth which eats marine fish,” said Coleman M. Sheehy III, a researcher on the island since 2001. “The important thing is they eat the fish, not the birds.”

    On April 21 Seahorse Key was quiet. No birds.

  • Parade for Words

    Students at Chiefland Elementary School concluded their celebration of literacy week with a parade of literary characters and vocabulary words.

    Throughout the day on Friday, Jan. 29, grade levels kindergarten through second grade students, who dressed up as their favorite literary character, paraded their outfits around the track or courts at the physical education area. Grade levels third through fifth made posters and dressed up to illustrate a vocabulary word. Each class participated in their grade level's parade during their recess time.

  • What should you do when you see a manatee?

    Manatees are found in many of Florida’s waterways and can be difficult to see, especially when you travel in a boat on the water. 

    You may see a swirl on the surface caused by the manatee when it dives; see an animal’s back, snout, tail, or flipper break the surface of the water; or you may only hear the manatee when it surfaces to breathe (as shown here). In all of these instances, keeping your distance and passive observation are the best ways to view manatees.