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  • Rotary gears up for Tour de Melon

    A Chiefland civic group has a plan for the city to capitalize on the area's rural beauty while at the same time contributing to charitable foundations.
    Suwannee Valley Rotary President Paige Brookins told the Chiefland City Commission Monday night that the group is planning to organize a bike ride in June in conjunction with the city's annual watermelon festival.
    Tour de Melon is the name of the event, and Brookins said she hopes to have hundreds of people participate

  • STARS come out Saturday for students

    The 12th Annual STARS Gala, hosted by the Levy County Schools Foundation, will be held Saturday at Chiefland Elementary School, but this is much more than a gathering of the county's movers and shakers. The event's theme this year is Set Sail For Education: Port Levy,
    The event raises money for students to go on field trips, for teachers to help classes take on educational projects and for high school graduates to attend college.

  • Birds of a feather ...

    Three pelicans, watchful for a meal, amble along the surface of the water Friday afternoon in Cedar Key.

  • 5 years of service

    Deborah McDowell, right, was recogized at Monday night’s Chiefland City Commission meeting for five years of service to the Chiefland Police Department. Chief Robert Douglas, right, said McDowell, who was promoted to executive assistant about three years ago, has done an excellent job.
    “My guys call her the department mom,” Douglas said laughing.

  • County libraries more than place to get a good book

    Levy County's public library director told the Chiefland Rotary Club that they should judge their libraries the way an investor would judge a business — by the return on the investment.
    And when it comes to Levy County's five branches that return is a whopping $28 for every taxpayer dollar invested in the system. "I want you to know what my return on investment is," said Brasher.

  • Chamber seeks Citizen of the Year nominations for 2011

    Do you know someone who has made a noteworthy contribution to the community, someone who has gone out of his or her way and beyond to help others, a person who demonstrates a dedication to accomplishing encouraging achievements? The Greater Chiefland Area Chamber of Commerce wants to hear from you. Anyone who would like to nominate a person for Citizen of the Year 2011 can submit a letter of recommendation, or call the Chamber office for a nomination form designed to help with the write-up.

  • Last day for early voting in GOP presidential primary

    Early voting for the GOP presidential primary ends at 4:30 p.m. Saturday , Jan. 28, at the Supervisor of Elections office in Bronson.

    There are 8,457 registered Republicans in Levy County eligible to vote in the presidential primary. There is no Democratic primary as incumbent President Barack Obama has no challengers.

    Voting is from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Supervisor's office at 421 S. Court Street, Bronson, next to the County Courthouse.

  • Time clocks, technology, insurance get priority

    County operations could enter  the 21st Century if the Levy County Commission accomplishes everything on the priority list it informally adopted during a workshop on Tuesday.
    Each commissioner presented a list of the priorities for the coming year and then spoke about what they wanted accomplished. After 90 minutes they agreed to focus on technology improvements, insurance coverage for county employees, a special events permit ordinance, local preference ordinance in purchasing, centralized purchasing, asset management and time clocks for county employees.

  • Darkness aids task force sweep

    Friday the 13th.
    Darkness falls on a secluded area far from prying eyes and the glare of city lights.
    In the darkness, members of the Williston Police Department, Chiefland Police Department and Levy County Sheriff’s Department marshal their forces.
    The darkness is occasionally interrupted by the glare of a laptop screen or cell phone.
    The reason for the clandestine meeting – area law enforcement members are preparing to raid a suspected “gambling house” in East Williston where drug dealing has already been confirmed.

  • Spillane to be next centenarian

    The year 1912 was a busy one for the United States and for the rest of the world.  Across the globe, the Republic of China was formed, and the countries of Serbia, Greece, Montenegro and Bulgaria were pitted against the Ottoman empire in the First Balkan War.