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  • 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?

  • Underground link to spring discovered

    Scientists working with the state have determined that a Chiefland sinkhole that collects runoff water does in fact connect to Manatee Springs State Park and two other locations.

    “As of today, we know that there is an absolutely unambiguous connection between the sink on (Northeast) Fourth Street and Manatee Springs,” Pete Butt, project manager for Karst Environmental Services, said.

  • Levy County students get more AP choices to ready them for college

    Levy County students have more Advanced Placement options this year than ever before to ready them for college, says Levy County School District Director of Curriculum Patrick Wnek.

    “We believe that by providing more AP courses, students will be better prepared for college,” he said.

    “Eighty percent of students say they want to go to college,” Wnek said. “In these rural areas – many of them will be first generation. AP courses will prepare them.”

  • Ex-planner gets a helping hand with Sept. 12 fish fry

    It was just a few months ago that Duncan McCallum was sitting on his tractor working as he has for the last 15 years.

    Today that work has come to a standstill, albeit a temporary one, as he fights a battle that even he can't see.

    For the last several months, McCallum, 67, has been in and out of the hospital fighting an aggressive blood infection that has already cost him his right leg.