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  • Herbicide class is March 3

    Want to know how herbicides are used in the Aquatic Plant Management Program in Florida’s lakes, particularly the Orange Creek Basin?

    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is hosting an aquatic herbicide workshop March 3 from 6 to 8 p.m. to help inform the public and answer questions about the use of herbicides in public waters, including the Orange Creek Basin lakes. The location of the meeting is at the IFAS Extension Office, 2556 W. Highway 318 in Citra.

  • Bronson votes to raise sewer rates

    The town of Bronson council members voted three to one to raise sewer rates.

    Clerk Kelli Brettel presented the proposed changes at the Feb. 17 meeting. She said Tom Gustafson of the Florida Rural Water Association performed a water study and gave them suggested rates equivalent with the national standard. However, the rates actually proposed for the city are much lower council members said.

  • Williston man burned by explosion

    A Williston man is being treated at Shands for injuries he sustained this morning (Wednesday) after an electric radiator exploded.

  • Get your veggies at Chiefland Farmers Market

    The weather forecast calls for a chance of rain Saturday so everyone should get out early to the Chiefland Farmers Market at Trailhead/Old Depot Park on U.S. Highway 19 South.

    The market, held on he second and fourth Saturdays of the month, opens at 8 a.m. and closes at 1 p.m.

    Chiefland’s downtown Farmers Market specializes in fresh, seasonal local produce, meats, plants, animals and food. Please come out and support the community market.

  • Sex offenders not welcomed at school

    Sex offenders and sex predators take note: You are not welcome at activities at Levy County schools even if you have a child enrolled in public school.

    The Levy County School Board on Tuesday approved the posting of signs warning parents convicted of sex crimes that they are only welcome after arranging an appointment with a school official – and they must be escorted by an officer or school official, when dropping off or picking up their child and when they are casting a vote if the school is designated a polling place.

  • Fire chief almost burns his bridge

     There's a saying: Don't burn your bridges behind you as you go out the door.

    It was almost the case at the Chiefland City Commission meeting on Monday when a discussion of 10 goals for Chiefland Fire Chief James Harris disintegrated into a heated clash between Commissioner Teresa Barron, his former boss, his current boss, Vice Mayor Betty Walker and a near walkout by Harris.

  • Agenda for Chiefland City Commission meeting Feb. 23
  • Tax break ordinance for proposed Holiday Inn approved

    Things are moving forward for the proposed Holiday Inn Express project in Fanning Springs.

    So said Mayor Trip Lancaster during the mayor’s report at the Feb. 3 Fanning Springs city council meeting. He also said that at the regular Gilchrist County commission meeting held the day before, an ordinance was approved 5 to nothing to allow for an abatement of some taxes for the Holiday Inn.

  • Stone gains clout in new legislative job

    Friday, Feb. 13, was not a bad luck day for state Rep. Charlie Stone (R-Ocala), whose 22nd District is made up of all of Levy County and a portion of western Marion County.

    Florida House Majority Leader Dana Young (R-Tampa) and Majority Whip Jim Boyd (R-Bradenton) on Friday announced the appointment of Stone and fellow state Reps. Colleen Burton (R-Lakeland), Julio Gonzalez (R-Venice) and David Santiago (R-Deltona) as House Majority Deputy Whips for the 2015-2016 legislative term.

  • Courthouse remodeling detailed

    It started with a simple complaint: A reporter said he and others in the back of the commission meeting room could not hear what was being said. It appeared the overhead speakers did not work. 

    The fix included new sound and recording equipment, a new dais for commissioners so wiring could be hidden, new microphones, comfy seats for the public even if fewer in number, and a bill for $57,379.09 for taxpayers.