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  • 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.

  • 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.