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  • Community convinces commision to rethink assessments

    The Levy County Commission, by a 3-2 vote, chopped its proposed EMS assessment in half Tuesday night after hearing from the business community that the six-cent per square foot rate was an undue burden in the downed economy.

    The action came at the end of a two-hour hearing on assessments levied on property owners. The commission approved 4-1, with Commission Chair Nancy Bell dissenting, to keep the road, fire and solid waste assessments the same as last year.

  • Levy commission concerned about siphoning of water supply

    The Levy County Commission is sending a letter to the St. John's Water Management District expressing the board's concern about what it feels is excessive water use in the populous area around Jacksonville.

    The commission took the action after Steve Minnis of the Suwannee River Water Management District, gave a report on the “state” of water supplies in the region indicating that the biggest withdrawals are in that area.

  • School board, union agree they don't agree

    Officials remain undecided about issues affecting teachers’ salaries and benefits.

    On Thursday, Sept. 3, members from the School Board of Levy County met with members of the Levy County Education Association to discuss five previously submitted proposals by the school board dealing with teacher supplements, pay raises and credits for teacher experience.

    The association rejected all five of the board’s proposals.

  • Constitution Rallies on Saturday

    A second round of tea parties are planned for Saturday in celebration of the Constitution Day, hosted by the groups that held similar parties on April 15.

    The Tea Party Rally on the Levy County Courthouse steps will  be from noon to 1 p.m.  Participants are asked to sit under the trees to the left of the steps so speakers don’t have to yell to be heard.

    Two issues will be the focus: healthcare and education, according to  Juanita Melchoir, an organizer of the Levy rally. After the discussion, there will be time for participants to be heard.

  • Suwannee River water district updates lands and rules

    Visitors to Suwannee River Water Management recreational sites will discover a host of new upgrades meant to make their visit more enjoyable.

    Bob Heeke, senior land resource manager for SRWMD, said the changes are designed to “help you find where you’re looking for instead of getting lost and having a bad day.”

    Heeke said SRWMD’s recreational sites are getting more parking lots, signs that mark trails and hours of operation, signs that show which activities are allowed in specific areas, and informational kiosks.

  • Mobile dental unit making appointments

    First Baptist Church of Chiefland will be screening patients and scheduling appointments for the Florida Baptist Mobile Dental Unit on Friday starting at 9 a.m.

    The service, which provides free dental care to needy patients throughout Florida, will be available from Sept. 14 to Sept. 18 at First Baptist, 511 N. Young Blvd.

    The Mobile Dental Unit, funded by the Florida Baptist Convention, provides basic dental services to patients, such as fillings and tooth extractions. If more extensive work is needed, local dentists may volunteer to treat patients in their offices.

  • Ride to Provide is Saturday
  • Beloved math teacher, college benefactor dead

    Jack Wilkinson, 96, of Chiefland, died on September 3, 2009. He was born on August 24, 1913, in Chiefland, to James Thomas “Tom” and Lydia A. Wilkinson.

    He was of the Baptist faith and was a member of Ebenezer Baptist Church. He was a graduate of the University of Florida, he taught math in Chiefland, for 45 years, he was a farmer and rancher as well as a timber man; he was an avid Gator fan who was a season ticket holder for many years.

  • Bronson town council election Tuesday

    Bronson election

        Voters go to the polls in Bronson to choose among six candidates for three seats open on the Town Council.

        Three incumbents face three challengers who say the choice is whether the town wants to stay the course or go with change to boost its prospects for the future.

        The races are:

        Seat One —  Challenger Jim Beck, a restaurant owner who heads the town's sewer committee, faces incumbent Aaron Edmondson, who works for a mail hauling company,

  • Last-minute pay raise suggestion dies on vine

                 By LOU ELLIOTT JONES    

    editor@chieflandcitizen.com

    A last-minute suggestion and plea for a pay raise for Levy County employees — the first in two years — died on the vine in Monday afternoon's budget workshop.

    Commissioner Danny Stevens made the suggestion to his fellow commissioners to spark discussion on a topic that has hung heavy over budget talks this year: Would county workers go without a pay increase for a third year in a row?