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  • SRWMD has water conservation webpage

     The Suwannee River Water Management District has created a new page on its website (www.mysuwanneeriver.com) to provide more information about the new year-round water conservation requirements for landscape irrigation that went into effect Jan. 6.

    The webpage also provides water conservation tips for homeowners, utilities, farmers and other users.

  • Fire chief’s position still vacant

    The city commission is still undecided on who it wants as Chiefland’s next fire chief.

    The commissioners voted unanimously 5-0 Monday night at a special meeting planned for the hiring of a new chief to delay the hiring because of uncertainties surrounding the qualifications of the final three candidates.

    Included in the decision was Vice-Mayor Teresa Barron’s motion to do background investigations on three other applicants, included in the original six candidates, so that they may once again be considered for the position.

  • Landscape ordinance passes

    If trees are Mother Nature’s air purifiers, then Chiefland residents can breathe easy.

    The city commission, in a final reading Monday night, approved 4-1 a new landscape and tree ordinance aimed at improving the look, safety and conservation efforts of the city.

    Commissioner Rollin Hudson, who voted in favor of the ordinance upon its initial reading, was the only one to vote against it at Monday night’s meeting.

  • Federal energy grant could save city big

    The city will be one step closer to “going green” if it’s awarded a federally funded energy efficiency and conservation grant.

    Commissioners voted 4-1 Monday night in favor of applying for the grant, which is part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

    City Manager Grady Hartzog told commissioners the city is eligible to receive between $250,000 and $1.24 million, money that could be used to replace inefficient lighting in Chiefland’s parks.

  • Girls hold top spots in CHS 2010 class

    Being called to the principal's office first thing in the morning is likely to send shivers down the spine of the best student.

    But for Morgan Smith and Casey Sims, the call was only good news.

    School Principal Will Tovine was in the office with the ladies' parents to announce that Smith will be valedictorian and Sims will be salutatorian for the CHS Class of 2010. Both have 4.0 unweighted grade point averages.

    Sims mother Carrie Crews and grandmother Polly Lee were waiting with hugs after Sims realized she was not in trouble for some unknown crime.

  • Last day to nominate for Chamber Citizen of the Year

    The Greater Chiefland Area Chamber of Commerce will close nominations on  Friday, Jan. 29 for the 2009 Citizen of the Year. The honoree will be announced and presented with an award at the Chamber's annual banquet on Tuesday, Feb. 23.

  • Cedar Key is Florida’s number one community

    The USDA has named the City of Cedar Key as Florida’s Rural Community of the Year for 2009.

    Located on the Gulf Coast of Levy County, Cedar Key’s belief in partnering to protect the community’s history, environment and working people peaked the interest of UDSA Rural Development, and led to the award that will be officially presented the community next week.

    The title would not have been possible without the help of the city’s partners, said Greg Lang, Director of the Cedar Key Community Redevelopment Agency.

  • Help with heating bills begins Monday

    First there was the cold, so bitter heaters worked continuously for a week.

    Now, as electric bills hit the mailboxes, folks are feeling the heat of an economic squeeze.

    Telephones are working overtime at Central Florida Electric Cooperative, Progress Energy and local agencies that help folks who cannot afford the cost of staying warm.

  • Sinkhole snarls traffic on U.S. 19

    Florida Department of Transportation geotechnical engineers Binay Prakash, left, and Chandra Samakur discuss a sinkhole — about 12 feet in diameter and 8 feet deep — that developed in the inside lane of northbound U.S. Highway 19, about 5 miles north of Otter Creek.

    The sinkhole, which was discovered by crews adding paving to the shoulders along the roadway about 11 a.m. Tuesday, forced the closing of the northbound lanes of U.S. 19.

  • Dixie mourns loss of captain in shooting

    The Facebook page with almost 1,200 fans says it all:

    Dixie County Cried the Day Chad Reed Died.

    Another 1,300 fans have signed up at Keep Chad Reed in Our Prayers — We Love You Chad.

    At 33, the Dixie County Sheriff's captain was the face of the office as its spokesman, and the face of its future as a respected lawman predicted to someday be Dixie County Sheriff.