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  • City looks to study fire fee

    Chiefland City Commissioner Chris Jones wants the city to explore putting a fire assessment on property in the city — especially government-owned housing — in order to support the cost of service in the city.

    Jones’ request came during the commission’s Monday meeting after Fire Chief James Harris said his department answered 1,526 calls — fire, first responder and medical, during the 2016 calendar year.

  • City could have 2 RV resorts with 900 spaces

    Chiefland is going to get about 900 spaces for RVs if two planned resorts come to fruition.

    The Chiefland City Commission, which approved plans for a 450-space RV resort last spring, gave its approval Monday to a second proposed RV resort headed by developer Hal Lyons. Sitting as the City Planning Board the commission took two actions — one changing the city’s land use plan and another to change the land use for the new resort site and rezone it from R-1, single family residences, to R-2 multi-family homes.

  • Biker dies in Bronson crash

    A motorcyclist from Archer died shortly after 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 14, in a collision with a van on U.S. Highway 27A in front of Weeks Marathon station in Bronson, according to a Florida Highway Patrol Report.

    Michael Blanton, 41, the biker, was pronounced dead at the scene. The other driver in the accident, Donna Cohoon, 60, of Bronson, sustained minor injury.

  • Dean named permanent county coordinator

    Wilbur Dean, who has been serving as interim county coordinator since the retirement of County Coordinator Fred Moody on Dec. 23, was permanently given the position on Tuesday in a 3-2 vote.

    Commission Chair John Meeks of Bronson, R-District 1, and Commissioner Matt Brooks, of Williston, R-District 5, dissented on the vote saying they preferred to advertise the position and consider all candidates.

    Meeks said the assistant position, “It was not created to the heir to the throne.

  • Citizen to publish county notices, tax roll

    The Chiefland Citizen has won the rights to publish the legal notices and delinquent tax rolls for the next four years after the county sought bids when their previously chosen publication went out of business.

    Two years ago the Levy County Commission decided to bid out the publication of its notices and the tax roll in an effort to save money for the county and taxpayers.

  • Fanning Springs restoration celebration Friday

    The Suwannee River Water Management District (District) is hosting the Fanning Springs Restoration Showcase to highlight water resource projects in the Fanning Springs Springshed.

    Project managers and stakeholders will be on site at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 20 with displays and demonstrations to answer questions and provide information.

  • Marijuana moratorium heads to public hearing

    A nine-month moratorium in Levy County on the opening of any medical marijuana dispensaries passed its first public hearing without comment on Tuesday and will have a second public hearing on Tuesday, Feb. 7, at 6 p.m. at the county courthouse.

  • Emergency need for blood donations

    This from LifeSouth:

    We are currently in emergency need for all blood types. We are especially in need of negative blood types.  We have very few Tri-County drives in the next couple of weeks due to the semi-annual "What Colors Do You Bleed?" blood drive on UF campus next week.

    Ther is a blood drive today (Thursday, Jan. 19, at the College of Central Florida Levy Center until 6 p.m. 

    There is a blood drive in Bronson on Tuesday, Jan. 31, from 10 a.n. to 4 p.m. at the Levy County Courthouse at 355 S. Court St. 

  • Big adoption event at Levy County Animal Shelter

    Levy County is holding its first ever pet adoption event at the county animal shelter on Saturday, Jan. 14, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be free water and hot dogs available for prospective adopters.

    Levy County Animal Services is at 12055 N.E. 69th Lane, Bronson. Phone 352-486-5138.

  • Park manager seeks to strengthen bond between local state parks, community

    When Mark Abrizenski took over last April as park manager of Manatee Springs and Fanning Springs State Parks and the Nature Coast State Trail, he was disappointed at the lack of community involvement in the parks.

    Knowing the beneficial mutual relationship between the parks and the local economy, Abrizenski is determined to forge a stronger bond between the two, he told the Suwannee Valley Rotary Club at a meeting in December.