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  • Chiefland Huddle House best, again

     The Chiefland Huddle House received the Best of the Best award for the second year in a row from its corporate headquarters this week for being the top restaurant in the South Region. The award is part of an incentive program designed to promote excellence in every area, such as service, quality, cleanliness, and overall customer experience. The regional award comes with a $5,000 check that will be shared among the employees. The national Huddle House winner will be announced July 19.

  • Chiefland City Briefs

    City needs new chlorine system City Manager Grady Hartzog told city commissioners at Monday night’s meeting the city will have to spend thousands of dollars to upgrade or replace the gas chlorination system, which treats city water. The system was recently evaluated by the state and needs to be brought into compliance, he said. The city can either upgrade the system, or get a new system which uses liquid. Hartzog recommended converting to the liquid system.

  • Workforce Connection recruiting oil spill workers in Levy

    Workforce Connection is partnering with a BP subcontractor to recruit 80 qualified community responders in Levy and Citrus counties to be trained by BP contractors as standby responders to help with beach clean-up efforts of the oil spill along the coast.

        This opportunity is for beach cleanup only and will not involve shoreline cleanup, wildlife rescue, volunteer positions and the vessels of opportunity program.  This is the first phase of preparedness and other contractor positions and workforce opportunities may be posted at a later date.

  • Teen driving classes making the streets safer in Levy County

    It's no secret that teenagers and driving can be a risky combination. According the U.S. Department of Transportation, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among 15- to 20-year olds. Levy County, with its open rural roads and highways, also has its share of teen fatalities from car accidents. This year alone, four Williston teenagers have been killed, three of whom died in Marion County. Most recently, 16-year-old Thoedore Radacky was killed June 15, after losing control of his car on State Road 121.

  • Pomeroy wins unopposed in city election

    It's getting close to election time in the City of Chiefland.  The commission seats in Groups 2 and 4 are up, however, Mayor Teal Pomeroy, who qualified last week, is unopposed and keeps his Group 2 seat. Vice-Mayor Teresa Barron is being challenged by Betty Walker, a former Chiefland city commissioner and mayor who served the city from 1997 to 2007, in the Group 4 race. Both candidates are longtime Chiefland residents.  Barron, a Republican, said she's served on the commission since 2004, serving as mayor for one year.

  • Familiar faces on ballot in Levy

    When voters in Levy County head to the polls most of the names they encounter will be familiar. And of course, there will be several offices they won’t see on the ballot because candidates did not draw any opposition by the time candidate qualifying closed at noon on Friday, June 18. They include the three seats on the Levy County School Board and three 8th Judicial Circuit judges. School Board Member Cameron Asbell of Archer, appointed one year ago by Gov.

  • Citizen and Pioneer staff win 8 awards in annual Florida Press Association contest

    Reporters and editors for the Chiefland Citizen and the Williston Pioneer walked away last week with eight writing awards from the Florida Press Association during its annual luncheon celebrating its Better Newspaper Contest. Citizen Editor Lou Elliott Jones took third place in Serious Column Writing for “Where do the Ten Commandments belong?”  In it, Jones asks the question, “When did it stop being the job of religions, churches and pastors to be the physical keepers and teachers of the Commandments and become government’s job to post and remin

  • Grants may help make walk to school safer

    During the School Board of Levy County's semi-monthly meeting Tuesday, Assistant Superintendent Dr. Gina Tovine informed the board of a proposal to improve sidewalks and pedestrian areas near schools in Chiefland and Williston. The school district, working with committees consisting of school principals and city officials, applied in April for a federal grant through the Florida Department of Transportation for money to encourage children to walk and bicycle to school.

  • Levy County schools still eligible for Race to the Top funds

    The School Board of Levy County is eligible for $1.1 million over four years from the federal Race to the Top fund, according to Superintendent Bob Hastings. Speaking before the school board on Tuesday, Hastings said he received word from the Florida Department of Education that Levy County was still eligible for the money from the federal education program. The superintendent, school board president and teachers union president from each of Florida's school districts were required to sign a Memorandum of Understanding to originally be considered for the funding

  • Levy's jobless rate down for 4th month

    Levy County's unemployment rate hit a record high of 14.3 percent in January, but it has dropped every month since then hitting 12.6 percent in May, according to figures released by the state last week. That was a 0.2 percent drop from April's 12.6 percent, March's 13.5 percent and February's 14.2 percent. The last time the unemployment rate was this low was in October 2009, when it was 12.4 percent. The good news is that it was not just Levy County that experienced a drop in the number of people without a job in May.