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  • Shands: New ER adequate, Levy officials worry

    The imminent closing of Alachua General Hospital has some Levy County officials worried.

    “I’m very concerned about the time it’s going to take to get a patient in.  It’s going to make us wait longer to get a bed,” Trish Seibold, Levy County Emergency Management Services director, said in a phone interview on Oct. 23.

    Levy County EMS transports about 7,000 patients a year to emergency rooms located in several counties — with Alachua county hospitals being the most frequented, according to Seibold.

  • A treat for the season

    Through Saturday

    Buy your pumpkin at First UMC Chiefland

    The First United Methodist Church of Chiefland is selling pumpkins and gourds of all sizes, shapes and colors.

    The pumpkin sale will continue through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. The Pumpkin Patch is located in the field in front of the Methodist Church off U.S. Highway 27 and 7th Street. The Church is located at 707 N. Main Street in Chiefland.  

    All proceeds go to missions and charitable community projects.

  • City adopts amendment, balancing budget

    The city has managed to balance its 2008-09 fiscal-year budget after adopting an amendment that showed increases and re-allocations in several funds.

    The commission voted unanimously 5-0 Monday night to adopt the amendment to the general revenue fund.

    According to a city budget report, there was a $37, 940.35 increase to the general revenue fund for the fiscal year.  Grants to local law enforcement and fire rescue services account for most of the increase, but the report showed $17,000 came in the form of donations from private individuals and businesses.  

  • Drug bust over in seconds

    Six months of planning and drug buys went up like a puff of smoke on Friday when more than 40 officers from seven state and federal agencies raided three homes in Chiefland.

    Dubbed Operation Trick or Treat, officers from Chiefland and Gainesville police departments,  Levy, Alachua and Dixie counties, state Parole and Probation and the U.S. Marshal Office met at a location south of the city and made plans to enter as many as five homes and serve warrants for 85 felonies and 15 misdemeanors.

  • Pistol class raises funds for family

    This course will qualify for Florida Concealed Weapons Permit. Class will be held Saturday, Nov 7 starting at 8 a.m. in the Levy County Sheriffs Office classroom, 9150 N.E. 80th Ave., Bronson. The cost is $50 dollars and all proceeds benefit the Cates Family, five children whose mother who died after she was struck by a truck while jogging outside of Bronson.

     Sign up by calling (352) 486-5111 call Patty Galyean or Scott Finnen or email sfinnen@levyso.com

  • The Week Ahead

     All Week   Get your pumpkin at First UMC

    First United Methodist Church in Chiefland is holding its annual pumpkin and gourd sale in front of the church on U.S. Highway 27A/State Road 500.

    Small pumpkins are 50 cents each and prices on the larger pumpkins go up to $20. The church is also selling swan gourds and pie pumpkins.

    The stand is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, including Sundays, until Oct. 31. 

  • Chiefland Elementary Fall Festival Tonight

    Fall is here and Chiefland Elementary School is ready to celebrate.  The CES PTO is sponsoring the annual Fall Festival on Friday, Oct. 23, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the school.  

    Everyone in the community is welcome to attend, and all proceeds go to the school.  We have many fun activities planned, and you can play each for only 25 cents.

  • County waits on cities to act on water authority

    Once again Levy County has put off taking any action on joining any government utility authority until all of the municipalities reply to Chiefland Mayor Teal Pomeroy's proposal that the county form one of its own.

    The Levy County Board of Commissioners met Tuesday and one of the items on the agenda was Pomeroy's letter to the other seven cities in the county to form a countywide water authority.

     While the commission did not discuss it, they also received a letter from Fanning Springs Mayor Cheryl Nekola and City Commission Chair Whitney “Stoney” Smith.

  • Swine vaccine is now available

    The Levy County Health Department received its first shipment of H1N1 (Swine) flu vaccines — approximately 1,600 doses — late Tuesday, Oct. 13, and will make it available on Tuesday, Oct. 20.

    While more shipments are expected, the vaccine is in limited supply, so the Health Department is following vaccination recommendations made by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP).

    Those recommendations call for the initial vaccination efforts to focus on five target groups:

  • Low enrollment to cost school district

    School Board of Levy County Superintendent Bob Hastings said on Tuesday that the school district’s full-time enrollment decreased from last year by an estimated 96 students, raising concerns about a major source of revenue for the district.

    Speaking at the school board’s meeting, Hastings said that the loss of students would directly impact the amount of funds received from the state. The district also lost about 150 students from the previous school year.

    The estimated revenue loss is expected to be $1.75 million.