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  • Postal carrier admits not delivering 125,000 pieces of mail

    Bronson letter carrier Rose Conklin pleaded guilty in federal court on Friday to failing to deliver more than 125,000 letters, newspapers and circulars over a six-year period that she worked with the U.S. Postal Service. She faces the possibility of a five year prison sentence, plus three years of supervised release, a $250,000 fine and a $100 monetary assessment.

    As part of her plea deal she has agreed to pay the $100 assessment before her sentencing in November.

  • Levy County jobless rate rises in July

        Levy County's unemployment rate has broken a new barrier rising to 12.1 percent in July,  a rise of 0.7 percent from June 2009. The number of individuals without jobs rose from 1,959 to 2,066 in Levy County.

        In contrast, Marion County's rate stayed the same at 12.6 percent as did Citrus County at 11.9 percent.

  • Watson to challenge Boyd for House seat

    Republican Paul Watson announced that he has  officially launched his campaign for Florida House of  Representatives, District 11, to challenge incumbent Debbie Boyd of Newberry in the 2010 election.

    Watson is a long-time resident of Gilchrist County and the pastor of Bell Baptist Church.

  • Fire money heats commission meeting again

    Fiery words flew at the Chiefland City Commission's Monday meeting leading Commissioner Frank Buie to ask at the end of the meeting if the discussion was “unprofessional.”

    “It didn't sound very professional tonight,” he said. “Did it sound professional Mr. Mayor?”

    Mayor Teal Pomeroy agreed it did not.

    For the third time in six weeks the commission and Fire Chief John Ward  wrangled over money he has set aside to purchase equipment.

  • Grandmother helps cops nab driver

    A Wakulla Springs man charged with drunken driving is learning the hard way that one should not mess with a grandmother from Old Town.

    He's also learning that head-butting a Chiefland police officer is not a good idea either. It can get one lightly tased — twice — and charged with resisting an officer with violence.

  • Bringing broadband to Levy might broaden horizons

    Bringing wireless internet to Levy County will provide a major boost to the economy, officials with the newly formed North Florida Broadband Authority say.

    “It’s a very large variable when it comes to attracting new businesses,” Pat Lien, project leader for NFBA, said.

    According Lien and other experts, many new businesses will turn away from areas unable to provide such services.

    But he also said broadband would increase opportunities for at-home businesses.

  • Bronson salon is a cut above for the jobless

    Spiraling downward.  Unending.  Stripes of red, white and blue.   

    Was it really just a spinning barber pole outside a local salon?  

    Or, was it a symbol echoing the feelings of so many Americans trying to get ahead, only to find they are getting further behind? Or maybe a helping hand?

    The sign out front, sandwiched between an enormous pair of scissors and a comb, read “The Hair Experts.”

  • Tax notices hit mailboxes this week

    By LOU ELLIOTT JONES

    editor@chieflandcitizen.com

    The U.S. Postal Service will begin delivering TRIM — Truth in Millage — notices to Levy County property owners this week.

    And the news in those 48,776 notices might not be what some folks expect, Oz Barker, Levy County Property Appraiser said.

    But before picking up the telephone or heading to Barker's office in a lather, he would like you to sit down with the tax bill, read a letter he has written explaining the property tax notice and any changes.

  • Levy Health Department prepares for back-to-school swine flu

    As Students head back to school next week, The Levy County Health Department is preparing for potential widespread Novel  H1N1 (Swine Flu) outbreaks as soon as school starts.

    “We know we’re going to have clusters of outbreaks when school starts next week,” said Barbara Locke, Levy County Health Department Administrator.

    “We’re preparing for the worst and hoping for the best,” Locke said. “We expect to see clusters of cases – maybe five to 10 at this school one week, and then another five to 10 at that school.”

  • School hosts open house tonight

    The start of school is coming up fast and Chiefland schools have scheduled open house and the Freshman Invasion for tonight.

    Educators began returning to the classrooms on Monday, preparing them for visits by parents and for a year filled with students.

    The Chiefland High School 2009/2010 Freshman Invasion, sponsored by the Student Government, will be at 7 p.m. in the CHS auditorium.

    Freshmen will have the opportunity to meet Bill Tovine, the new principal, their teachers, get their schedules and learn about clubs and sports.