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  • Chamber seeks Citizen of the Year nominations for 2011

    Do you know someone who has made a noteworthy contribution to the community, someone who has gone out of his or her way and beyond to help others, a person who demonstrates a dedication to accomplishing encouraging achievements? The Greater Chiefland Area Chamber of Commerce wants to hear from you. Anyone who would like to nominate a person for Citizen of the Year 2011 can submit a letter of recommendation, or call the Chamber office for a nomination form designed to help with the write-up.

  • Last day for early voting in GOP presidential primary

    Early voting for the GOP presidential primary ends at 4:30 p.m. Saturday , Jan. 28, at the Supervisor of Elections office in Bronson.

    There are 8,457 registered Republicans in Levy County eligible to vote in the presidential primary. There is no Democratic primary as incumbent President Barack Obama has no challengers.

    Voting is from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Supervisor's office at 421 S. Court Street, Bronson, next to the County Courthouse.

  • Time clocks, technology, insurance get priority

    County operations could enter  the 21st Century if the Levy County Commission accomplishes everything on the priority list it informally adopted during a workshop on Tuesday.
    Each commissioner presented a list of the priorities for the coming year and then spoke about what they wanted accomplished. After 90 minutes they agreed to focus on technology improvements, insurance coverage for county employees, a special events permit ordinance, local preference ordinance in purchasing, centralized purchasing, asset management and time clocks for county employees.

  • Darkness aids task force sweep

    Friday the 13th.
    Darkness falls on a secluded area far from prying eyes and the glare of city lights.
    In the darkness, members of the Williston Police Department, Chiefland Police Department and Levy County Sheriff’s Department marshal their forces.
    The darkness is occasionally interrupted by the glare of a laptop screen or cell phone.
    The reason for the clandestine meeting – area law enforcement members are preparing to raid a suspected “gambling house” in East Williston where drug dealing has already been confirmed.

  • Spillane to be next centenarian

    The year 1912 was a busy one for the United States and for the rest of the world.  Across the globe, the Republic of China was formed, and the countries of Serbia, Greece, Montenegro and Bulgaria were pitted against the Ottoman empire in the First Balkan War.

  • Recycling expected to grow in Chiefland

    Recycling in Chiefland has been such a success in its first year that Waste Pro officials would like businesses to know they can help them recycle too.
    Dana Miller, who does municipal marketing for the waste hauler, told the Chiefland Rotary Club on Jan. 11, that her firm can work with businesses to show how recycling can benefit the business. "We can work it where it's reducing your cost," Miller said. "We can come into your business and customize it."

  • Drought could fuel wildfires, officials warn

    It's not just the rivers, lakes and springs that are affected by the recent drought in Levy County. The lack of rain is also expected to exacerbate the spread of wildfire this season.
    Ludie Bond, wildfire mitigations specialist with the Florida Forest Service, said wildfire is always an issue in the state, though January typically marks the beginning of a more active season.
    "We want citizens to use caution," she said. "It's so dry and so windy right now that a fire could get away from someone very quickly."

  • Transit director fired

    The director of Levy County Transit has been fired from her job after refusing an offer to resign.
    On Tuesday, the Levy County Commission, without much comment, unanimously approved naming the system's No. 2, Connie Conley, as interim director.
    Conley replaces Desiree Painter, who in the past few months had come under fire for attempting to push through a $1.6 million grant application to finance the purchase of the Central Florida Electric Cooperative's administration and maintenance facilities in downtown Chiefland.

  • Chiefland FFA chili cook-off, cake auction Friday

    The Chiefland FFA Alumni are having their 3rd Annual Homemade Chili Cook-Off on Friday, Feb. 3, at the Chiefland High School Ag. Building.  Cost is $15 per entry and this also includes the hot dog/chili meal.
    Check-in time for entrants is 4:45 p.m., with a minimum of one gallon of chili. Prizes will be awarded.  Hot dog/chili meals will be sold to the general public for $5, beginning at 5:30.  

  • Proposed nuclear plant awaits ruling

    CRYSTAL RIVER — With two nuclear plants in Levy County looming on the horizon, residents voiced their opinions Jan. 12 about the effect on the Nature Coast’s environment.