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  • Park vagrant spurs action

    A one-legged homeless man in a wheelchair camping out at a Fort Fanning Historical Park has spurred city council members to consider passing an ordinance against panhandling and no solicitation.

    According to Fire Chief Ron McQueen at last Tuesday's city council meeting, the vagrant – as Mayor Cheryl Nekola has coined him - is costing the city money.

    The man reportedly slumps down in his wheelchair and those who pass by either stop to give him money or they call 911, McQueen said. Once first responders arrive, the man assures them he is fine.

  • City leaders claim county is roadblocking

    The county has a grudge against the City of Chiefland, is what some city officials are saying about Chiefland’s pursuit of emergency services and annual funding from the county for fire protection.

    At Monday night’s city commission meeting, both the issues of ALS and fire funding were discussed during a recap of a meeting last week on ALS between area medical directors, officials from the county and the City of Chiefland.

  • Fanning to get help with sewer

    The City of Fanning Springs has been awarded a $600,000 Florida Small Cities Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) in the neighborhood revitalization category that will assist with expanding the city’s sewer system.

    “All the taxpayers out there, this is free money that we need for our sewer,” said Council Member Stoney Smith at last Tuesday’s city council meeting.

  • Boy, 6, dies after dog attack

    Joel Chirieleison, 6, was a sweet young man who loved to please and could be counted on to help with tasks.

    However, he will not be in class when Chiefland Elementary School opens on Monday.

    Chirieleison, who was left alone in the yard for 10-15 minutes on Thursday, Aug., 7, died after being attacked by two pit bull dogs at the home of his paternal aunt, Heather Claar, on Northwest 162nd St.

  • Sheriff releases sketch of suspect

    A composite sketch of a man sought in a possible child abduction in Inglis on July 31 has been released by the Levy County Sheriff's Office.

    A 10-year-old girl reported being approached by a man while walking to a friend's home on Maple Street in Inglis on Thursday, July 31, at about 12:20 p.m. She said a white Chevy S-10 with rust spots driven by a white male passed her, then the driver — described as bald with a goatee and rotting teeth — pulled alongside, opened the passenger door, motioned to her and said “Come in.”

  • Officials will hold Chiefland to strict standards on ALS

    Officials are still attempting to hammer out the details that would allow Chiefland Fire Rescue to be certified in non-transport advanced life support (ALS), but there's still concern over cost and whether or not strict standards can be met.

  • Boy, 6, dies after dog attack

    A 6-year-old boy died Thursday morning after an attack by two pit bull dogs at a home in Fanning Springs.

    The call that a child was being attacked by one dog came in at about 8:15 a.m. to the Levy County 911 Communications Center. It was also reported that two dogs were involved in the incident.

  • County billboards promote Cedar Key

    Cedar Key and Levy County will get a high profile boost with tourists along Interstate 75 in Gainesville during what is typically a slow season.

    Carol McQueen has been in negotiations to design billboards that tout the county’s attractions to people traveling through Gainesville.

  • Candidates speak out at forum

    If anyone came expecting fireworks at the candidates forum hosted by VFW Post 5625 and the Chiefland Citizen, they were likely to come away disappointed. But hopefully they came away better informed. 

    The event on Friday Aug. 1, at the VFW Post in south Chiefland, likely the only candidates forum being held before the Aug. 26 primary, drew about 30 people for the steak dinner beforehand, and candidates and their surrogates from the County Commission District 2 and District 4 races and the Congressional District 3 race.

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  • OPC wants Duke to refund $54 million

    By Pat Faherty

    The Florida Office of Public Counsel (OPC) wants Duke Energy to immediately credit back to customers approximately

    $54 million for components that were never delivered for the Levy County nuclear plant, but were already paid for by charges on power bills.