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  • Three names go to Crist for Levy County judge job

    Three attorneys — a prosecutor and two in private practice — have been sent to Gov. Charlie Crist for appointment to the county judge seat being vacated by Judge Joe Smith’s Dec. 31 retirement.

    The three are:

    James T. “Tim” Browning, an assistant state attorney based in Gainesville, but who has ties to Gilchrist County, and has handled domestic violence and drug cases.

    Charlotte Weidner, an attorney in private practice in Bronson who has criminal and civil trial experience.

  • Pregnancy Center wants to place Ten Commandments at County Courthouse

    The Levy County Commission is on its way to accepting the gift of a 6-foot-by 5-foot-by-3-foot black granite monument detailing the Ten Commandments and what could be an 11th one: “Love God and Keep His Commandments.”

    An application by the Tri County Pregnancy Center of Williston was presented by County Coordinator Fred Moody after being brought to the commission's meeting on Tuesday by Sheriff Johnny Smith.

    Moody announced the application to the board which received the news without comment.

  • Bronson seeks new fire chief

    The Bronson Volunteer Fire and Rescue department is looking for a new chief after the resignation of Scott Bulson two weeks ago, said Councilman Jason Kennedy.

    Bulson cited personal reasons, according to Kennedy. Until a new chief is named, the seven member department is being headed by interim chief Jacob Arnold, a  Bronson firefighter and first-responder.

    Firefighters nominated two members to take the position as Chief, Dave Reinstra and Jeff DiMaggio. In the past, the decision has been made by a vote of the department with confirmation by the council.

  • Levy residents may be called to hear 8 tobacco cases

    Judge Stan Griffis stays busy presiding over cases that involve family issues, probate and other non-felony civil matters, but he says it’s the foreclosures that keep him tied up these days.

    “Foreclosures are a staggering portion of my docket,” Griffis told Williston Rotary members last week.

    Griffis, who sits on the bench in Levy, Gilchrist and Alachua counties, said for the most part the people involved in the foreclosures are good folks who have found themselves in difficult situations.

  • Trucker finds he's got a friend

    A trucking company owner facing a Nov. 10 court hearing for operating a commercial business on land designated agriculture/rural residential found he had a friend in the audience at the Levy County Commission meeting on Tuesday.

    William Royce Gomillion was seeking relief from enforcement of code violations for parking four tractors and six trailers at his home.  “It is offensive to the neighbor,” said Rob Corbitt, county building director.

  • The Week Ahead

    For more details on these events, check our website: www.chieflandcitizen.com   Monday  

    Lower Suwannee Wildlife Refuge Nature Walks

    The first Monday of each month there is a nature walk at 9 a.m. on the Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge.   This Monday we will meet in Dixie and explore the Dixie County Mainline. Please RSVP by calling Joan Stephens at (352) 463-1095.  

  • 13 arrested in drug raids in Chiefland

    Officers from six law enforcement agencies raided three residences Friday evening after 5 p.m. and arrested 13 people on a variety of charges, and confiscated at least six weapons, cocaine, marijuana and about $5,000.

    Led by the Levy County Drug Task Force, the homes were in the southeast area of Chiefland known as the "graveside project" and the surrounding neighborhood.

    More details will be in the Oct. 29 edition of the Chiefland Citizen.

  • Shands: New ER adequate, Levy officials worry

    The imminent closing of Alachua General Hospital has some Levy County officials worried.

    “I’m very concerned about the time it’s going to take to get a patient in.  It’s going to make us wait longer to get a bed,” Trish Seibold, Levy County Emergency Management Services director, said in a phone interview on Oct. 23.

    Levy County EMS transports about 7,000 patients a year to emergency rooms located in several counties — with Alachua county hospitals being the most frequented, according to Seibold.

  • A treat for the season

    Through Saturday

    Buy your pumpkin at First UMC Chiefland

    The First United Methodist Church of Chiefland is selling pumpkins and gourds of all sizes, shapes and colors.

    The pumpkin sale will continue through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. The Pumpkin Patch is located in the field in front of the Methodist Church off U.S. Highway 27 and 7th Street. The Church is located at 707 N. Main Street in Chiefland.  

    All proceeds go to missions and charitable community projects.

  • City adopts amendment, balancing budget

    The city has managed to balance its 2008-09 fiscal-year budget after adopting an amendment that showed increases and re-allocations in several funds.

    The commission voted unanimously 5-0 Monday night to adopt the amendment to the general revenue fund.

    According to a city budget report, there was a $37, 940.35 increase to the general revenue fund for the fiscal year.  Grants to local law enforcement and fire rescue services account for most of the increase, but the report showed $17,000 came in the form of donations from private individuals and businesses.