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  • 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.

  • Scallop season gets an early start

    Bay scallop season will open 12 days earlier that usual this year, giving area recreational scallop enthusiasts a head start in harvesting the mollusks.

    Traditionally starting on July 1, bay scallop season will instead begin on this Saturday, June 19. The season will close on the usual date of Sept. 1.

  • Water district meeting leaves city still asking questions

    Chiefland city officials got no definite answers from the Suwannee River Water Management District's Governing Board Tuesday about the fate of a 122-acre plot of land surrounding the city's 33-acre well site.

    Mayor Teal Pomeroy, one of three city officials attending the board meeting in Live Oak, said, "Chiefland thinks it's in our best interest to control that site." Pomeroy asked if purchasing the site or leasing it for recreational use would be something the board would consider.

  • County jumps into fox penning issue

    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission is considering adopting rules to govern the penning and hunting of foxes and coyotes in enclosed lands, something the Levy County Board of Commissioners wants continued.

    The commission, in its regular meeting Tuesday at the County Courthouse, voted unanimously in favor of a resolution stating support for legally operated fox hunting enclosures. The resolution says such businesses "are a benefit to Levy County and should be allowed to continue lawful operation."