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  • Seven months later, Bronson backhoe situation is resolved

    Bronson town council members skirted controversy regarding an old backhoe belonging to the town at previous meetings, but finally came to a resolution of the issue on Monday night.

  • EOC prepares for hurricane season

    Every year the Emergency Operations Center personnel and corresponding organizations do a pre-season hurricane exercise.

    This year’s exercise took place at the EOC on the morning of April 29 with a focus on recovery.

    For the last year and three quarters, they’ve been moving to a system of functioning with incident command, said Emergency Management Director Mark Johnson.

    It was a successful exercise, he said, adding all the municipalities participated remotely.

  • Land changes will bring new business to Chiefland

    Two changes – one in Levy County's land use plan and one in zoning – will help bring a new business to Chiefland.

    The changes sought by Drummond Community Bank, the land's owner, will allow commercial use of a property once zoned forestry/rural residential. The change was necessary even though the property has been used for commercial and industrial purposes since 1973 when it was a welding operation. County Commission Chair John Meeks of Bronson (R-District 1) said he recalled the building on the property was once used for a carpet store.

  • 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.”