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  • 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.

  • Chiefland pharmacy robbed 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.

  • Nuclear plant delayed

    The news came like a thunderclap.

    Progress Energy Florida announced on Friday, May 1 that it will be unable to start construction of the proposed $17 billion Levy County nuclear power plant for 20 months.

    But they company tempered that with an announcement that customers’ monthly power bills won’t as large as expected in 2010.

    County officials are taking a positive look at the twin announcement saying it allows them to better plan for the arrival of the plant and the 3,700 construction and 800 permanent jobs that accompany it.

  • Economy pushes hospital to extension

    Tri-County Hospital CEO Frank Schupp addressed Chiefland Rotary last week with an update on the status of the hospital. He cut to the chase with his opening statement:

    “With the economy the way it is, it’s a tough time to try to raise $54 million.”

    Schupp then emphasized that the project is “still the priority for Enterprise Florida,” the public-private partnership for economic development that helping the project search for funding.

  • Noisy crowd shoots down mine proposal

    After a four-hour public hearing and testimony from more than 20 residents who live in Levy and Marion counties, the Levy County Planning Commission unanimously refused to recommend an application for a mining operation south of Williston.

    An audience of about 150 who gathered to oppose the special exception to allow the mining operation greeted the commission, in its first meeting for several months due to the economic downturn.

    But the crowd, which was noisy at times, cheered the commission’s decision and went away happy.

  • Editors trading places

    This issue of the Chiefland Citizen marks the last by editor Carolyn Risner.

    Former Citizen editor and current Williston Pioneer Sun News editor Jim Clark will be returning to the helm of the Citizen.

    Risner will be taking over the editorship of the Williston newspaper.

    “This transition is a better allocation of our resources and will allow us to continue to provide strong news products in both areas,” said Chiefland general manager Tom Ten Broeck.

  • Florida Writes results are in, Levy fares well

    The 2009 Florida Writes scores are in, and students in Levy County elementary and middle schools continued to improve while high school results were mixed, down overall as is the case throughout the rest of Florida this year.

    Students take the writing portion of the FCAT in fourth-, eighth- and tenth-grades. A score of 3.5 out of 6 is necessary to pass.