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  • 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.

  • Missing man found alive, dehydrated in Goethe Forest

    Douglas Gregory, 51, a disabled man was found alive but dehydrated after a six-day search in the Goethe Forest around 4 p.m. Wednesday, according to the Levy County Sheriff's Office.

    The Sheriff’s Office, Florida Wildlife Commission and the Department of Agriculture started searching for Gregory after his abandoned automobile was found on Middle Road in the state forest.

  • LARC to operate super thrift in downtown

    Dr. Bill Martin, the orothodontistt who has already invested in an attractive office park on Chiefland’s downtown Main Street, is joining forces with the Levy County Association of Retarded Citizens to put in another attraction: a 15,000 square-foot thrift superstore.

    Plans for the store, which will provide training and employment for money-strapped LARC’s clients, won the blessing of the Chiefland City Commission at its regular Monday meeting.

  • Class dismissed for more Levy teachers

    More Levy County teachers have received non-renewal notices in the mail this week and more are on the way.

    “I can’t give you a total amount right now because not all of them have been told,” said Director of Personnel Candy Dean.

    Every school in the district will be affected, she said.

    Dean would not confirm the number of teachers involved. “I can’t tell you how many,” Dean said when asked if the number of non-renewed teachers was closer to 12 or 100.

  • Expect fireworks at first planning board meeting in months

    An application for a permit for a major limerock mining operation close to the intersection of U.S. Highway 41 and County Road 322 in Williston is expected to provide controversy at the May meeting of the Levy County Planning Board.

    It is the planning board’s first meeting in several months as applications for permits and special exceptions plummeted with the national economy. The board meets at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Levy County Courthouse on Court Street in Bronson.

  • No decision yet on doling out space in courthouse

    There is some dissatisfaction with the architectural firm that is planning and designing a new Levy County Courthouse, but the Courthouse Space Committee refused to recommend ending the arrangement in its April 24 meeting.

    Levy Tax Collector Linda Fugate, who pulled no punches in her assessment of Clemons/Rutherford and Associates’ job performance, as she made the motion to terminate the second phase, $10,000 preliminary design contract. But the motion failed because no one on the committee would second it.

  • Inmates are back in the cemeteries

    The city’s cemeteries will look spiffy once again as prison inmates will be allowed to maintain them.

    Acting Chiefland City Manager Mary Ellzey informed the city commission at Monday’s regular meeting that the city, along with others in the tri-county area who use the inmates to maintain cemeteries, filed letters explaining that the only private property in the cemeteries are the actual burial plots and the cities own and operate the cemeteries.

  • NRC decision delays Levy County nuclear plant

    Bad news for those in Levy County who were counting on construction of a $17 billion nuclear plant near Inglis: the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has put a kink in construction plans and delayed the start by 20 months.

  • Controlled burn gets out of control in Cedar Key Scrub - UPDATED

    What began as a prescribed fire Thursday morning in the Cedar Key Scrub State Reserve became a wildfire around noon when unpredictable weather conditions caused fire specialists to lose control, according to Senior Forestry Ranger Jerry Horton.

    Crews have worked continuously since Thursday and as of Saturday evening the fire was mostly contained, said Jeff DiMaggio, Fire Management Officer for the Florida DEP Division of Parks and Recreation. There are only a few hot spots left, he said.  

  • Breaking NewsChiefland CVS pharmacy robbed of painkillers Monday morning

                      The pharmacy at the CVS store in Chiefland was robbed of 14 bottles of prescription painkiller at about 8 a.m. Monday, but the armed suspect was quickly nabbed as he fled on foot through the neighboring Burger King.