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  • Businesses free to use portable signs

    There's no sign ordinance in the city of Chiefland for the next three months, according to Chiefland Building and Zoning Director Bill Hammond.
    Commissioners voted unanimously in favor of holding off on a proposed sign ordinance for three months last week after hearing a complaint from county commissioner and local business owner Ryan Bell.

  • CHAMPS

    Alden Davis sank a six-foot putt on No. 18 to lift Chiefland High's golf team to the Class 1A, District 7 title at the Mark Bostic Golf Course at the University of Florida on Monday.
    With the victory, the Indians qualify for Monday's regional tournament at Eagle Harbor Golf Course in Fleming Island.

  • Sheriff suspends three over missing money

    Three Levy County Sheriff's Office employees have been suspended without pay — and one has resigned — after an audit concluded money was not accounted for in their department, the office confirmed on Monday.
    "During an audit, we discovered the money was missing," said Maj. Evan Sullivan.
    Patricia Willis and Susan Everett are on suspension pending the outcome of an investigation, while Bonnie Babb resigned, said Sullivan. They were suspended on Sept. 14. All three worked in administration.

  • County Commission meets Monday at 9 a.m.

    The Levy County Commission found out Tuesday its Transit Department is driving a deal to purchase the Central Florida Electric Cooperative office complex in Chiefland and a grant to remodel it for a bus maintenance center.
    "I think the cart got out before the horse," said an obviously disgruntled Commission Chair Danny Stephens of Williston (D-District 5). "Something has gone wrong here."

  • HELPING HANDS — St. John’s hands out USDA food

     
     There will be a distribution of USDA foodstuffs on Oct. 22, Nov. 19 and Dec. 17  from 8:30 to 10 a.m. at St. John the Evangelist Church in Chiefland.

  • Bembry’s three bills signed by Gov. Scott

    State Rep. Leonard Bembry had three bills passed during the 2011 legislative session signed by Gov. Rick Scott in a ceremony.

  • Yankeetown celebrates planning award

       Yankeetown officials were presented the "Better Community Award" from the 1000 Friends of Florida in ceremonies on Tuesday during a community picnic. Participating were, left to right, Mayor Dawn Marie Clary, 1000 Friends of Florida President Charles Pattison, Levy County Commissioner Marsha Drew, Yankeetown Planning and Zoning Committee Chairman Larry Cohan, Town Councilmen Norm Shannahan and Jack Schofield, and Yankeetown Vice Mayor Larry Feldhusen.

  • Celebrate National Wildlife Refuge Week at Cedar Keys Light Station

       Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuges invite you to join in the celebration of National Wildlife Refuge Week. The historic Cedar Keys Light Station on Seahorse Key opens its doors free to the public Saturday and Sunday, October 15 - 16 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.   

  • In gratitude

    Chiefland Fire Chief James Harris gets a hug at Monday night’s commission meeting from 13-year-old Nadia Bailey who survived being kicked and dragged by a horse on June 27. Harris, along with two of his firefighters, were creditied with saving her life.
    Vice-Mayor Teresa Barron presented Harris, Clint Mauldin and Daniel Williams with letters of accommodation at the meeting.

  • Commission cuts sign moratorium to three months

    County Commissioner and local business owner Ryan Bell said current economic conditions are killing his business, and the Chiefland Commission's recent decision to impose a moratorium on portable signs isn't helping.
    Bell said he's placed about 50 of the signs along the sides of roads in the greater Chiefland area. He said they've helped increase business at his restaurant, often doubling the amount of customers he has on Sundays when he offers specials.