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  • Chiefland may lose funding with ALS

    It may not just be up to county commissioners to decide whether or not Chiefland loses over $66,000 in fire assessment money it currently receives if the city gains Advanced Life Support services.

    County Attorney Anne Bast Brown said the findings presented at a recent workshop were pretty clear: “the courts have determined you can't use fire assessment money for ALS.”

    Here's why.

  • Buy a pinwheel, help save a life

    The Chiefland Police Department is selling pinwheels for a good cause.

    April is Child Abuse and Domestic Violence Awareness Month, said Captain Ray Tremblay, adding they are selling the pinwheels for child abuse awareness.

    “The initial purchase of the pinwheels was donated, every dime goes directly to that,” Tremblay said referring to the Chiefland Community Christmas fund they raise money for annually.

  • Chiefland audit is positive

    It's been a good year for the city finacially, Robert Beauchamp said during an audit report for the city.

    He highlighted some figures and areas of growth to the board of city commissioners at their Monday night meeting.

    “The city has turned a big corner with regard to city finances,” Beauchamp said. In the past there was a decline in financial stability, “I'm pleased to report the trend has reversed itself.”

  • Hospital draws steps closer

    The city of Chiefland is literally working on paving the way for the new hospital.

    After the regular city commission meeting on Monday night, Accounting Specialist Laurie Copeland and Projects Coordinator Bryan Hassell presented the first public hearing for application for a Community Develop Block Grant.

    The grant will be in the economic development category and pay for infrastructure the city is responsible for such as water, sewer and roadways. The city is eligible for a $1.5 million grant, Copeland said.

  • Chiefland ponders where ALS money will come from

    A recent discussion on the details of bringing Advanced Life Support services to Chiefland left city commissioners seeking clarity from the county and without an answer as to where the funding would come from.

    “There’s not a problem with doing it, the problem with us is financial,” said City Commissioner Betty Walker.

    They’re not going to be given any additional money to do it, Teal Pomeroy added.

  • FDOT Road and Lane Closures for April 25 – May 1, 2015

    ALACHUA COUNTY

    Hull Road (UF Campus)  Possible daytime lane closures and sidewalk closures between Southwest 34th Street and Mowry Road to build concrete trail.

    Interstate 75   The new southbound entrance ramp from U.S. 441 in Alachua is now open to traffic. Nighttime lane closures from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. of the southbound exit ramp to U.S. 441. Northbound inside shoulder and southbound emergency lane closures continue just south of U.S. 441 (Exit 399) overpass in Alachua to finish the new ramp.

  • State inspections find skimmers on pumps

    TALLAHASSEE —A Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has sweep of more than 6,000 gas pumps in the state has found 81 “skimmers,” devices that capture consumers’ credit and debit card information.

    Adam Putnam, commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services, in announcing the results of the inspections on Thursday, Apriul 23, said, “From Okaloosa County to Miami-Dade County, these skimmers are being placed on gas pumps throughout the state.”

  • Green Light a mixed success

    Operation Green Light ― a one day amnesty that allowed paying overdue traffic tickets without the 40 percent collection fee ‑ was a mixed success for Levy County as only five people chose to take advantage of it.

    The main attraction of the amnesty was not just the elimination of the collection fee, but the opportunity to get driving privileges restored as driver licenses are suspended when a ticket is unpaid for more than 30 days.

  • Baby gator empties Blue Springs

    Swimmers at Blue Springs county park had to scramble out of the water after a young alligator – about 3 feet long – decided it would join in the fun of splashing around on the first day of spring break on Monday, April 6.

    Matt Weldon, director of the Levy County Parks and Recreation Department, said the waters were evacuated for a short time until the gator decided it would return to the woods.

  • Water district official says area lags in rainfall

    Despite the rain that Levy County is receiving of late Ann Shortell, executive director of the Suwannee River Water Management District, wants you to know that “Things are starting to get dry."