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  • Recycling expected to grow in Chiefland

    Recycling in Chiefland has been such a success in its first year that Waste Pro officials would like businesses to know they can help them recycle too.
    Dana Miller, who does municipal marketing for the waste hauler, told the Chiefland Rotary Club on Jan. 11, that her firm can work with businesses to show how recycling can benefit the business. "We can work it where it's reducing your cost," Miller said. "We can come into your business and customize it."

  • Drought could fuel wildfires, officials warn

    It's not just the rivers, lakes and springs that are affected by the recent drought in Levy County. The lack of rain is also expected to exacerbate the spread of wildfire this season.
    Ludie Bond, wildfire mitigations specialist with the Florida Forest Service, said wildfire is always an issue in the state, though January typically marks the beginning of a more active season.
    "We want citizens to use caution," she said. "It's so dry and so windy right now that a fire could get away from someone very quickly."

  • Transit director fired

    The director of Levy County Transit has been fired from her job after refusing an offer to resign.
    On Tuesday, the Levy County Commission, without much comment, unanimously approved naming the system's No. 2, Connie Conley, as interim director.
    Conley replaces Desiree Painter, who in the past few months had come under fire for attempting to push through a $1.6 million grant application to finance the purchase of the Central Florida Electric Cooperative's administration and maintenance facilities in downtown Chiefland.

  • Chiefland FFA chili cook-off, cake auction Friday

    The Chiefland FFA Alumni are having their 3rd Annual Homemade Chili Cook-Off on Friday, Feb. 3, at the Chiefland High School Ag. Building.  Cost is $15 per entry and this also includes the hot dog/chili meal.
    Check-in time for entrants is 4:45 p.m., with a minimum of one gallon of chili. Prizes will be awarded.  Hot dog/chili meals will be sold to the general public for $5, beginning at 5:30.  

  • Proposed nuclear plant awaits ruling

    CRYSTAL RIVER — With two nuclear plants in Levy County looming on the horizon, residents voiced their opinions Jan. 12 about the effect on the Nature Coast’s environment.

  • Rotary gets news update

    Tom Ten Broeck, general manager, of the Tri-County Bulletin,
    Chiefland Citizen and Cedar Key Beacon, accepts a gift from Suwannee Valley Rotary Club President Paige Brookins after addressing the club on Jan. 12.
    Ten Broeck told
    the club about changes in the
    publications’
    operations.
    Ten Broeck said that printing of the papers has moved to Crystal River, but that other
    operations are viable and
    remaining in
    Levy County.

  • Chiefland Chamber news

    Make reservations for meeting
    The Greater Chiefland Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and members meetings will be Friday, Jan. 27, at a new location.
    The meetings will be at a new temporary location, Haven Hospice,  311 N.E. 9th St., Chiefland.
    Lunch for the membership meeting is being catered in by BubbaQues Restaurant at $5 per person.
    Members need to RSVP to chieflandchamber@bellsouth.net or call the office, Monday-Friday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

    Mixer at Chiefland Billiards

  • United Way offers free tax prep, filing for local residents

    If you worked in 2011 and your household made less than $50,000, United Way of North Central Florida wants to do your taxes for free.
    It’s part of a combined effort with the IRS to help low to moderate-income working people keep more of their refund and not pay for income tax services.
    "This is money that is owed to the working-class and middle-class citizens of our community," said Debbie Mason, president and CEO of United Way of North Central Florida.  "They just need to know about it to take advantage of it."

  • Second AC theft suspect arrested

    A second man sought in the Dec. 27 theft of an air conditioner that was captured on the owner's game camera was arrested on Wednesday by Levy County Sheriff's Deputy Scott Stancil.
    Raymond Shiver, 26, of Morriston, joins his brother Alexander Matthew Shiver, 23, at the Levy County Jail on charges of  grand theft. The elder Shiver also faces a charge of resisting arrest without violence after he fled on foot from Stancil during a traffic stop in Williston.

  • CHS drops a letter

    The state Department of Education's grades for high schools are out and it's a mixed report for Levy County.
    The report card:
    • Bronson Middle/High School got a C, down from last year's B
    • Cedar Key High School got a C, down from last year's A
    • Chiefland got a B, down from last year's A, and
    • Williston High School got a B, up from a C.