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  • Citizens’ group files lawsuit against Progress Energy

    A group of concerned citizens has filed a lawsuit in Sumter County against Progress Energy, claiming laws were passed that violate the state constitution so the utility can collect money to pay for a proposed nuclear power plant.

    Coleman attorney Frank B. Arenas and Alberto E. Lugo-Janer, of Windermere, filed the lawsuit on Monday, Feb. 8, on behalf of Citizens for Ratepayers Rights, a non-profit group.

    Cherie Jacobs, Progress Energy spokesperson, said Thursday the company has not seen the lawsuit and cannot comment until it is reviewed.

  • Road closingHomecoming Thursday at Creekside School

    Creekside Christian School in Otter Creek will celebrate its Homecoming on Thursday, Feb, 25 with a parade beginning at noon and an alumni game at 7 p.m.

    The parade will start at North Otter Creek Avenue and State Road 24, proceed up to U.S. Highway 19 and down to Southwest 3rd Street where it will end at the school.

    All of the above roads will be closed for the parade with the Levy County Sheriffs Department providing protection for the marchers and the detour for traffic.

     

  • CHS softball selling BBQ Friday

    The Chiefland High School softball team is selling barbecue chicken dinners for $10 each on Friday, Feb. 26 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and at the baseball field before the game.

    To order a dinner, please call Coach Ginger Fuller at 493-6013

     

  • Breaking NewsBob Williams named Citizen of the Year for 2009

    Bob Williams, executive director of the Levy County Housing Authority, is the Greater Chiefland Chamber of Commerce 2009 Citizen of the Year.

    The Chamber's prestigious honor was bestowed on Williams, who also serves as president of the Levy County School Foundation and is a lay pastor at Chiefland First united Methodist Church, at the group's annual banquet at the Usher Community Center on Tuesday night.

    For more details, see this week's Chiefland Citizen.

  • Banker Al Qualls named alumni of the year

    Banker Albert P. “Al” Qualls Jr. of Fort Walton Beach was honored as the Alumni of the Year by the Levy County Schools Foundation at its annual STARS Gala.

    The Gala, which raises money for classroom grants, scholarships and sponsors education projects held its annual bash at the Bronson High School cafetorium.  About 220 people attended, a slight drop from last year's 232 attendees. The event also raised, according to early unofficial estimates, over $20,000 plus $1,600 from a silent auction.

  • Breaking: CHS football coach Ulmer steps down

    Chiefland High School varsity football coach Ajay Ulmer is stepping down, according to a press release distributed Friday.

    Ulmer is leaving the job to accept a position as Dean of Chiefland High School.

    The school will now search for a new coach in the coming weeks. No names of potential candidates has officially been released yet.

    The Indians finished 3-7 last season (2-3 in District 1A-5). 

    Look for the full story in this week's Chiefland Citizen

     

     

  • Hearing put off on exotic animal permit

     

    A public hearing on veterinarian's request for a permit to operate an exotic animal sanctuary in the Small Farms Unit 2 residential area of Morriston is postponed.

    The hearing on the special exception zoning permit by the Levy County Board of County Commissioners was to be held March 2 at 6:30 p.m.

    Rob Corbitt, county code enforcement director, said during the commission's regular Tuesday meeting that Dr. Suzanne Billiar has asked for a delay.

  • Dissolving Inglis may cost county

    The mayor of Inglis came to the Levy County Commission meeting with a message: If supporters of a referendum to dissolve the town are successful the county will be on the hook to operate the town's infrastructure and prove services.

    Mayor Bill Lake told the commissioners in their  Tuesday meeting that a referendum will be held on dissolving the town.

    Supervisor of Elections Connie Asbell has certified the organizers had met the minimum 84 signatures needed from among the town's 843 voters after 106 petitions were turned in to her office.

  • Mine test pit produces frustration for residents

    A handful of Yankeetown residents asked again to have the King Road limerock mine's test pit closed, but came away empty handed from the Levy County Commission's Tuesday meeting.

    Yankeetown Councilman Jack Schofield, who has been campaigning to have the pit filled in and the land reclaimed to its natural state, was not present at Tuesday's meeting. He was represented by Yankeetown Councilman Larry Feldhusen and the half-dozen residents accompanying Feldhusen.

  • Family donates artifacts from owner of Jackson House

    Leigh Anne Young and Amy Young, along with their father Ron Young and their Grandma Marion Freeland, presented the Town of Bronson with artifacts from the life of their great-great-grandfather Dr. James M. Jackson.

    Jackson was originally from Bronson, where he lived and worked before moving to Miami and starting the medical center known today as Jackson Memorial Hospital. His house was donated to the Town of Bronson by Perkins State Bank in 1998 and is now used as Town Hall.