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  • Andrews Nursery building catches fire

    A large industrial building at Andrews Nursery in Chiefland caught fire on Thursday, March 17. The first units responded to the location at 9850 NW 42nd Court within four minutes of the call coming in at 1:23 p.m. and reported heavy fire showing through the roof on the west end of the approximately 5,000 square foot metal building. The building was built in 1956 and was used for the main nursery office, packaging trees and a large workshop.

  • Department of Public Safety succession plan approved

    For everyone who has asked – including the Chiefland City Commissioners – the county Department of Public Safety which operates the ambulances and fire services in the unincorporated county areas is “working fine.”

    That was the description given to the Levy County Commission on Tuesday by County Coordinator Fred Moody who sought the commissioners' approval of a succession plan for the department first drafted in 2012 and updated on March 3, just days before DPS Director David Knowles resigned.

  • Fanning fire chief demoted

    A hearing is scheduled to be held for Fanning Springs' Fire Chief who was suspended on Jan. 8 and later demoted from the position.

    The public hearing regarding the employment of Ron McQueen is set for Thursday, April 7 at 10 a.m. at Fanning Springs City Hall. M. Michael Osteen will preside as the hearing officer.

  • Chiefland city commission wants housing grant

    The Chiefland City Commission held its first public hearing on an application for the Community Development Block Grant on Monday and commissioners expressed an interest in seeking a grant to rehabilitate housing.

    The hearing was on the city's attempt to obtain $1.5 million from the state for economic development.

    The grant, similar to one sought last year to help attract a hospital to the city, would provide funding for infrastructure improvements such as water, wastewater and streets.

  • City moving on road work

    The Chiefland City Commission accepted a low bid for construction of Northwest 5th Street and approved an agreement with the state Department of Transportation to construct and maintain drainage and a culvert on Northwest 11th Street which is slated to go out for bid later this year.

    The city has money in its Streets Department budget for the work on Northwest 5th Street from U.S. 19/North Young Boulevard to Northwest 11th Street.

  • Fair moves into final weekend

    The Suwannee River Youth Livestock Show & Sale moves into its second and final week of action as swine, life skills, barbecue, and steers take the spotlight.

    And it all culminates on Wednesday, March 23 when buyers pour into the Fair Pavilion and try to set a new record: $1 million. Sales last year fell just short of that figure at just under $975,000. So the pressure is not just n the competitors from Dixie, Gilchrist and Levy counties, but on the buyers too.

    Last year, 369 animals were sold, 232 of those being hogs, 103 feeder steers and 34 fat steers.

  • Barking dogs, bad cats draw complaints

    Barking dogs and cats who roam onto neighbors' lawns to take care of business got the city Planning Board's attention on Monday.

    City Manager Mary Ellzey presented the board with a proposed ordinance designed to stifle animal noise in the city. Owners of animals that can be heard more than 10 feet from the property line and who make noise for more than 10 minutes could find themselves getting a verbal warning followed by citations on future visits from city employees. The proposal is modeled on a noise ordinance recently adopted by the Levy County Commission.

  • Chiefland Commission meeting agendas for Monday, March 14

    The Chiefland City Commission will meet in regular session at City Hall on Monday, March 14, at 6 p.m. in City Hall at 214 E. Park Ave. 

    Prior to that, at 5:45 p.m., the commission will  hold a public hearing on its grant applicatin for $1.5 million for infrastructure imrovements for water and sewer lines and roads leading to the proposed site of a hospital and a neighboring RV resort. 

    It will also meet in session as the Planning Board immediately following the regular commission meeting.

  • Hospital rep not happy with results

    An investigation into seven complaints that patients were advised against going to Regional General Hospital Williston and were taken to hospitals in Gainesville by Levy County Emergency Medical Services left no one satisfied at Tuesday's County Commission meeting.

    While Dr. Deviah “Dr. P” Pagidipati, owner of RGHW, was not present for Tuesday's meeting, his spokesman and compliance officer Joseph “Joey” Lander was and he was not satisfied with the report by David Knowles, county director of the Department of Public Safety.

  • City of Fanning Springs hires interim attorney

    A new man has stepped in to temporarily fill the shoes of the previous Fanning Springs City Attorney.

    Ray E. Thomas Jr., of Bell, has accepted the position in the interim as the city advertises the position in search of a full time attorney.

    "We did a pretty good search," Mayor Trip Lancaster said to those present at the monthly city council meeting held Tuesday, March 1. Thomas was willing to come talk to them.