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  • Irrigation rules take effect this week

    Starting Wednesday, all homeowners and others within the Suwannee River Water Management District are being asked to limit landscape irrigation to one or two days per week, depending upon the time of the year.  

    For the first time ever, SRWMD is implementing a year-round water conservation rule that applies to residential landscaping, public or commercial recreation areas, and public and commercial businesses that aren’t regulated by a District-issued permit.

  • Blair trial delayed

    The trial of former Levy County EZDA Director Pamela Williams Blair has been delayed until March 1 to allow her attorney time to recover from surgery.

    Blair, who was indicted in November 2008 along with suspended County Commissioners Sammy Yearty and Tony Parker,  is accused of lying to a federal agent during a political corruption investigation.

  • New chair, old chair

    Nancy Bell of Chiefland was re-elected chair of the Levy County Board of County Commissioners at the group's first meeting of 2010.

    Danny Stevens of Williston was also re-elected as vice-chair of the commission.

    The vote was unanimous. Commissioner Lilly Rooks of Rosewood, in nominating the two for the posts, said Bell had done a good job of leading the county through troubled times.

  • Levy County parade in the works

    Veterans and residents of Levy County will once again have a Veterans Day Parade if one Chiefland official gets his way.

    Chiefland Police Chief Robert Douglas, spurred on by the absence of a parade last year, said he’s already spoken to representatives from the cities of Inglis and Bronson about the possibility of forming a committee, composed of representatives from each city in Levy County, to organize the event.

    Bronson and Inglis “whole heartedly agreed,” he said in a Monday morning interview.

  • Winter Wildfire Season Has Arrived

    The combination of recent hard freezes in north central Florida over the last couple of weeks along with relative humidity levels dipping as low at 18-20% has created higher than normal risks for wildfires. Hard freezes kill and dry-out grasses and other light vegetation that helps the spread of wildfires. Forestry officials are urging citizens to use caution, especially when conducting yard debris burns, bon fires and campfires. Conversely, the winter months are usually the time when certified experienced burners conduct more prescribed burning as trees enter their dormant stage.

  • Free swine flu shots Thursday at courthouse, Chiefland EMS

    Free H1N1 (Swine) flu vaccinations will be given at the Levy County Courthouse from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. today. They will also be provided at the Chiefland EMS Station on West Park Avenue, across from the Post Office, today from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

    The vaccinations are being provided by the Levy County Health Department, which will also be distributing the second dose of H1N1 Swine Flu Nasal Spray in the Levy County Schools for grades kindergarten through fifth grade during school hours.

  • Old Year's resolutions from City Hall

    It’s been said the only thing that doesn’t change is the fact that everything is always changing, including the City of Chiefland.  So, with the New Year rapidly approaching, let’s take a look at some of the highlights and changes resulting from 2009’s city commission meetings.

  • 2009: Not Levy County’s best year in politics, economy

    The news was not good for Levy County this year as two suspended county commissioners were convicted on political corruption charges, unemployment rose to double digits while property values dropped by double digits, the county budget was squeezed, but the sheriff found money for 15 new cars, and hopes for construction of a new hospital, four replacement bridges, a two-unit nuclear power plant and mining operation were delayed.

  • Mosquitoes swarm over Trenton

    I was a little bit nervous when Dwight Junkin, owner of Composite FX—a helicopter manufacturing company in Trenton—asked if I wanted to go for a helicopter ride Sunday afternoon.

    “Ever been on one?” he asked.

    “Once,” I said.  “But it was a windy day, the cockpit was crowded and I got kind of freaked out.”

    Junkin smiled. “Want to try it again?”

    “Uhh, sure. I guess, umm, yeah,” I said nervously.

    “Well come on, let’s go talk to Gary.”

  • Traffic accident kills two, injures another

    Two 17-year-old girls died in a pickup truck crash last Sunday morning near Romeo, and a third teen was seriously injured.

    The Florida Highway Patrol reported that Tiffany Oliver, of Williston, and Marqui Cook, of Morrison, were killed when the truck they were riding in rolled and struck some trees.

    Passenger Nicole Brown, 15, was injured.

    The crash occurred at about 2:56 a.m. Sunday, just north of Dunnellon on U.S. 41 at Northwest 13th Street.

    The three were headed north in Oliver’s 2000 Chevy 1500 pickup.