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  • Rotary makes a difference

     By REBECCA GALLAGHER

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    Citizen Correspondent

    Rotary District 6940 Governor Lisa Weeks visited the Chiefland Rotary Club and the Suwannee Valley Rotary Club where she delivered enthusiastic speeches about “Making a Difference,” the theme chosen by Rotary International President Ian H.S. Riseley. 

    She visited Chiefland Rotarians Wednesday and Suwannee Valley Rotarians Thursday.

    Weeks reminded the groups of the challenge Riseley had put to Rotarians to “make a difference” by planting a tree for every member in the club between July 1, 2017 and Earth Day, April 22, 2018. 

    Weeks said, “It doesn’t have to be a big tree, just a little sapling.”

  • County approves proposal for animal control program

     

    The Levy County Board of Commissioners last Tuesday approved a proposal by the Levy County Animal Services to start a low cost spay and neuter program for the pets of low income and retired Levy County residents.

    In its request, LCAS argued that such a program would hopefully reduce the County’s pet overpopulation, making for fewer impoundments and euthanizations at the shelter.

  • Honor a deceased veteran this Memorial Day

     Please send us a photo and a short, typewritten description of your deceased veteran for Memorial Day. 

    Please submit memorials by May 19 for inclusion in the May 25 edition via email to David Davis at ddavis@chieflandcitizen.com., hand deliver or mail typewritten letters to 624 W Park Avenue, Chiefland, FL, 32626.

  • National Day of Prayer

     

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    About 40 people gathered around the flagpole at Chiefland City Hall May 4 on the National Day of Prayer. The faithful prayed for local, state and federal government leaders, the military and first responders and a return to social godliness.

  • Bronson ISO Rating remains unchanged; should go lower

    BRONSON –  City officials came together for a Town Hall meeting May 1, but a notable official was absent amid a salary dispute.

    Bob Niffenegger, town of Bronson building official, requested a contract renewal, seeking a pay raise and the ability to hire an employee assistant. When the council denied a similar request in 2016, Niffenegger submitted a letter of resignation.

  • Martinez: Proud American

    Leandro DeLeon Martinez cried as he recited the Pledge of Allegiance when he became a United States citizen in a swearing-in ceremony April 20 in Gainesville.

    “Si,” he said with a broad smile. Martinez speaks English, but he is more comfortable conversing in Spanish. Through an interpreter, he said, “Yes. I am very proud to be an American. I cried. I had tears when we recited the Pledge of Allegiance and when we started singing the ‘National Anthem.’”

  • City dog pound discussion heats up

    A group of area residents continue to hold differing views from city officials on the quality of the Chiefland City dog pound.

    City Manager Mary Ellzey and City Commissioner Teresa Barron discussed the possibility of leasing an industrial property if an organization steps forward to run a new dog facility. Barron recommends that residents create a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping Chiefland’s dogs.

  • Bronson hosts third Blueberry bash

    No matter how you like your blueberry fun, the Town of Bronson has you covered.

    It’s hosting its Third Annual Bronson Blueberry Festival Saturday, May 13, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at James H. Cobb Park.

    In addition to an endless supply of blueberries from local growers, vendors will be selling crafts and goods, and festival food will be available. 

    The family-friendly event will also include a kids area with crafts and activities. Entertainment will also be provided at the festival.

  • FEMA discusses proposed flood maps with residents

    An open house supported by Federal Emergency Management Agency was held April 27 at the Tommy Usher Community Center in Chiefland.

    Local property owners had the opportunity to meet with FEMA agents and specialists to review preliminary maps and discuss flood insurance, mitigation processes, appeals and any possible changes that may impact them and their properties within the county. 

  • Burn ban, drought continue

    Kate Sheridan

    Citizen Correspondent

    A county-wide burn ban enacted by the Levy County Board of County Commissioners was extended for seven more days as drought conditions continue and are expected to continue in the foreseeable future.