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  • Rubio's staff to visit Chiefland on Tuesday

    Members from U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio’s staff will be available to meet with the public to assist with federal issues during a mobile visit 9-10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 16 at Chiefland City Hall, 214 E. Park Ave.

       For more information, call the senator's North Florida Regional Office at 904-398-8586 

  • TDC draws up plans to lure more tourists

    The Levy County Tourism Development Council weighed the best way to market the county to tourists now that it is taking over all advertising duties.

  • Judge rules against Yankeetown challenge to Tarmac mine

    Yankeetown has lost its challenge of Levy County's approval of the Tarmac King Road mining operation.
    In a 287-word order, 8th Circuit Court Judge Robert E. Rountree Jr. dismissed the petition for a writ of certiorari— a judicial review — of the Levy County Commission's May 3 decision to approve the mine on a 4,750-acre site near Inglis.  The company expects to mine at the rate of 25 acres per year for 110 years.

  • Yankeetown must wait for answer on Tarmac

    The Town of Yankeetown argued its challenge to the Levy County Commission's conditional approval of a special exception permit for the Tarmac King Road limerock mine and now it is left to wait for a court ruling.
    Judge Robert E. Rountree Jr. said after hearing two hours of arguments from both sides on Monday he would issue a ruling but would not say when.

  • New school policies in place

    Ignorance won't be bliss for parents and legal guardians with claims of not being aware of new policies for the 2011-12 school year. That was brought up by School Board of Levy County chairman Rick Turner of Yankeetown during a recent board meeting discussion about one of the new policies where three tardies in a nine-week grading period count as an absence.
    "What happens when a parent comes in saying they didn't know about the policy?" Turner asked director of administration Jeff Edison.

  • It's back to school time

    It's time to "Stuff the Bus," fill the backpack, trim those locks and celebrate a summer well spent before starting school on Aug. 22.
    Sorry. Summer and school should not be mentioned in the same sentence. But it's true.
    This weekend parents can hit the stores to take advantage of a sales-tax-free weekend of shopping for clothing and school supplies.
    And the whole family can take advantage of two events to help them get ready for school.

  • County hires first public safety director

    Levy County has hired its first public safety director and he will start work on Aug. 22.
    David L. Knowles, a native of Hawthorne and a captain with the Citrus County Fire Rescue, has accepted the position that carries a $65,000 annual salary.
    The Levy County Commission unanimously approved Knowles' hiring at its Aug. 2 regular meeting.  He was their top choice among six candidates interviewed by the commission in July.

  • Spurned Christmas light dealer threatens lawsuit

    A sales display company from Tavares is considering taking legal action against the City of Chiefland for its early termination of a contract for leasing Christmas lights, according to a report from city staff.
    A few months ago, city commissioners voted to purchase Christmas lights to hang on poles lining city streets during the holidays. The city used to rent the lights at about $9,000 a year, but commissioners decided the city could save money in the long run if it purchased its own for a total of about $24,000.

  • Heat stroke hospitalizes Bronson public works director

    Bronson Public Works Director James Dunford is hospitalized at Shands Hospital in Gainesville after suffering a stroke on the job on Friday.

    He had finished working at the site of the new Dollar General Store and was discovered unconscious in his truck, according to a city official.

    Although temperatures were in the high 90s, the National Weather Service has said the heat index, a measure of the effect of high temperatures and high humidity, was over 100. 

  • Chiefland to bid farewell to Alice Faye Henderson

    Alice Faye Henderson, 70, put off this earthly house on Aug. 2, 2011 and now lives in a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens  (11 Corinthians 5:1). Cancer ravaged her body but it could not conquer her spirit.