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  • State budget concerns Bembry

    State Representative Leonard Bembry, D-Greenville, visited Cedar Key last week and commented on the recently passed state budget.

    “What concerns me with the whole budget is taking $3.5 billion of stimulus money to balance the budget,” Bembry said. “Taking one-time money to borrow your way out of debt doesn’t work.”

    Bembry said he finds Florida’s finances worrisome.

    “Our debt has doubled since 2002 – the amount of bonding has doubled,” Bembry said. “And our revenue has decreased by 25 percent.”

  • Breaking News FEMA opens shop at Fowlers Bluff

    The big golden brown vehicle looks a lot like an RV on a visit to Fowlers Bluff just sitting outside the Volunteer Fire Department building, but the big dish on top says it is much more.

                FEMA — the Federal Emergency Management Agency — has sent the big bus known as a Disaster Recovery Center and a team of workers to help the residents affected by the spring flooding between March 26 and May 5 on the Suwannee River.

  • Burned in Bronson

    Lee’s Grocery, a landmark business across from Bronson Motor Speedway on State Road 24 burned Monday morning turning a family’s income into smoke and ashes.

    Mohammad Rashid, 24, was working alone at the store when he noticed smoke coming from a storage area on the back left side of the building. He said there was only one customer, a woman, in the store at the time.

    “I asked the customer can you please leave, because there is smoke and she needs to leave,” said Rashid, who with two other brothers works in the store.

  • Senior housing approved

    A 77-unit senior housing development planned for construction at the intersection of Southwest 4th Avenue and Southwest 10th Street won the Chiefland City Commission’s blessing and a commitment to waive $20,000 in building permit fees.

    The action came in a city commission meeting that also saw a renewal of its relationship with Michael Michaelis as the city’s insurance agent and a notice by the Florida Police Benevolent Association that it wants to reopen wage negotiations.

  • Kidnap attempt thwarted

    Joyce Bullock Elementary School was placed in lock down Tuesday afternoon after two students were lured into a vehicle and driven 100 yards across the front entrance of the school’s campus.

    The male students were on the playground, according to press releases from the sheriff’s office and the school district, when they were approached by a white or Hispanic male. The man was described as having black hair and possibly wearing a brown shirt, blue pants

    and black boots. He may have a silver tooth and a dark spot or mole on his face.

  • It's audition time for children

    Suwannee Valley Players announces auditions for our summer youth production “Class Acts”, a series of one act plays.  School aged children are encouraged to join us for  a summer of learning and fun. Auditions are Saturday, May 16 at 11 a.m. and Monday, May 18 at 6 p.m.  Show dates July 17-19 and July 24-26. 

  • City sees light on skate park

    Skateboarders can thrash well into the night after the Chiefland City Commission decided against installing a fence to lock up the park at night and instead look into lighting the facility.

    Commissioner Rollin Hudson had expressed concern for the city’s liability risk by allowing skateboarders to ride in the new park facility after dark.

    Mayor Teal Pomeroy told the commission he and his wife recently picked up dinner and ate at Delma Locke Park while watching about 20-30 skateboarders. He mentioned the fencing proposal.

  • Strickland Park expansion put on hold

    The city’s plans to expand Strickland Park to more than double its size have been put on hold after the state Legislature did not fund a grant program the city hoped to use for financing.

    Mayor Teal Pomeroy said funding for Florida Forever was cut from the state budget preventing the city from even discussing purchasing the 41-acre Hardee property adjacent to the park.

  • Three seats up in city election

    Chiefland voters will choose three City Commission members on what one said will be a hot day.

    The commissioners were informed of the election schedule during Monday night’s meeting

    Up for grabs are the seats held by Group 1 Commissioner Frank Buie, Group 3 Commissioner Rollin Hudson and Group 5 Commissioner Sammy Cason. None have indicated whether they will run.

    The information said candidates and voters must be registered in Precincts 5,13 and 16, and reside within the city limits of Chiefland.

  • Chiefland City Manager Hartzog’s wife to be buried Thursday

                       Chiefland City Manager Grady Hartzog’s wife, Betty Jane Hartzog will be memorialized at a funeral at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 14 at Milam Funeral Home Chapel in Newberry.