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  • Bronson opts to delay marijuana dispensaries

    Bronson passed a motion to adopt a proposal for an ordinance that would place a six-month moratorium on the operation of marijuana treatment centers and licensed dispensing organizations within the Town of Bronson.

    The final approval of the ordinance will be decided at the next Council meeting on Feb. 6.

  • Davis begins role as editor of newspaper

    David Davis is the new editor for the Chiefland Citizen and the Cedar Key Beacon. Citizen General Manager Dale Bowen made the announcement Feb. 2.

    “David has vast experience in the journalism field and an excellent understanding of community newspapers,” Bowen said. “We are excited to have David on the team, I know the community will appreciate his improvements to the newspapers.”

  • Teamwork nets 5 arrests in Fanning meth operation

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office Drug Task Force Division (DTF) and the Chiefland Police Department (CPD) combined forces on Friday to arrest five people — including one who was released from prison just eight days earlier, on drug charges in an investigation which began months ago.

    Investigators with both agencies began receiving citizen complaints in September 2016 that the home at 8841 N.W. 174 St. in Fanning Springs was being used to manufacture and sell methamphetamines.

  • Legislative wish list for Levy, cities long one

    One thing was certain at last week’s Levy County Legislative Delegation hearing: The county and its municipalities have a lot of needs.

    For state Rep. Charlie Stone of Ocala, R-District 22, and Sen. Rob Bradley of Green Cove, R-District 5, it may be a busy legislative session trying to pack in every earnest request for their help.

  • Medical marijuana faces 6-month moratorium

    The Chiefland City Commission approved drawing up a moratorium for six months on medical marijuana dispensaries during its Monday meeting.

    The vote was 4-0 with Commissioner Teresa Barron absent.

    “This is going to be a hot item” said Commissioner Donald Lawrence as he made the motion to have City Attorney Norm Fugate to draw up the necessary legal paperwork. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Chris Jones.

  • 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.