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  • Commission renews police chief’s contract

    The Chiefland City Commission, at a special meeting Monday afternoon, gave Police Chief Robert Douglas high marks on his yearly performance evaluation and voted unanimously to approve the renewal of his employment agreement.

    “I think the chief is doin’ a great job,” Vice-Mayor Teresa Barron said at the meeting.  “People in the community love the chief.  We love the chief.”

    Mayor Teal Pomeroy said Douglas’ total points had increased a bit since his last evaluation.

  • City wants to annex new water well

    The Chiefland Planning Board voted unanimously on Dec. 10 to recommend to the City Commission the annexation of property that contains the city’s new wellhead.

    The property, about 35 acres, is not physically connected to the city’s boundaries and is surrounded on three sides by property owned by the Suwannee River Water Management District—the original owners of the water well field property.

    Bill Hammond, building and zoning director, said the annexation would “give them (the city) more say” about what happens on or near the property.

  • Bembry named Democratic Member of Policy Committee

    State Rep. Leonard Bembry, D-Greenville, has been appointed Democratic Ranking Member for the Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Committee for the 2010 Legislative Session.  

    The Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Committee deliberates and votes on legislation involving agriculture and natural resources matters.

  • Breaking NewsProsecutor named to replace Smith as County Judge

    Prosecutor named to replace Smith as County Judge

        Assistant State Attorney Tim Browning, 53, of Archer, has been named to replace Levy County Judge Joseph Smith on the bench.

        Gov. Charlie Crist's office announced the appointment Monday afternoon, just days after Smith was honored at a retirement reception.

        He was chosen over two attorneys who practice in Levy County: Ronald Stephens and Charlotte Weidner.

  • $10K video buys guilty verdict

    It was a tough picture for anyone to erase from memory: two men sat across a table dining while the hands of an unseen third man — the one wearing a video camera whose wiring is sewn into his shirt — reaches into a bag and pulls out a stack of fresh $100 bills.

    “Let’s get down to business here,” the disembodied voice of FBI Special Agent Sean Quinn said, “This is $10,000 here.” He counts out the bills into ten stacks. The image of Benjamin Franklin on the front of the crisp bills almost seems to stare into the camera.

  • EMS buying new units

    The beleagured Levy County Emergency Medical Service is buying two new units for $114,695 each because the current fleet of seven vehicles is spending too much time in the shop with high-milage on them.

    The purchase, from Wheeled Coach of Winter Park, was approved by the commission during its regular meeting on Tuesday at the County Courthouse. The money is in the department's budget for the year.

  • Bronson to get new fire chief

    Firefighter Jeff DiMaggio has been selected by the town council to fill the vacant chief position for Bronson Volunteer Fire and Rescue.  DiMaggio joined the BVFR in July, after completing the construction of a home outside of the city limits. Before the move, he spent more than nine years as a member of the Cedar Key Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department where he also served as assistant chief.

    DiMaggio is a Fire Management Officer for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.  

  • Dialysis center comes to Chiefland

    Chiefland and Levy County residents needing the blood-filtering effects of kidney dialysis will soon find they need not travel far.  That’s because Chiefland is about to have its own kidney dialysis facility.

     Ron Colvin, field superintendent for the construction company overseeing the project, said the facility, started in October, should be completed by mid January.

    The building, owned by Fresenius Medical Care, is of modular construction and is about 7,000 square feet.  Colvin said the building is meant to handle up to10 patients at a time.

  • CFCC trustees select College of Central Florida

    Central Florida Community College is one step closer to getting a new name.

    The CFCC District Board of Trustees approved the name College of Central Florida at their Tuesday meeting. Other names recommended to the board were: Central Florida State College, Florida American College and State College of Central Florida.

  • Levy County legislative delegation hearing Dec. 17

    State Sen. Steve Oelrich (R-Cross Creek) announced today that the annual legislative delegation hearing for Levy County will be held Thursday, Dec. 17 at 2 p.m. Oelrich, Sen. Charlie Dean (R-Inverness), Speaker of the House Larry Cretul (R-Ocala), Rep. Leonard Bembry (D-Madison) and Rep. Rob Schultz (R-Homosassa) represent the citizens of Levy County in the Legislature.