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  • Officials raid grow house in Chiefland

    A tip to the Levy County Sheriff’s Office resulted in officers raiding an indoor pot growing operation south of Chiefland shortly before midnight Tuesday night with 62 full grown potted marijuana plants.

    One man was arrested, but officers are seeking a second man who jumped through the window of the home and fled wearing only a pair of shorts through a prickly pear patch. Officers said Jesus Lopez was not wearing a short or shoes at the time he escaped.

  • Levy County earns a B in school grades

    The Florida Department of Education released school grades last week, giving the Levy County School District as a whole a B grade, the same it received last year.

    “We are proud of our schools, proud of our teachers,” said Patrick Wnek, Director of Curriculum. “We want to congratulate our students and teachers for a job well done – of course, parents play a big role in that as well.”

    Eight schools in the county received an A, including all elementary and middle schools, as well as Cedar Key School.

  • Accident fees dry up

    The Legislature has banned cities and counties from seeking reimbursement from insurance companies and motorists for handling vehicle accidents, which money will be a bit tight for Chiefland Police Department equipment.

    “We had a good run with it,” said Mayor Teal Pomeroy. “But it looks like the out-of-state companies which administer the program were beaten by the out-of-state insurance companies.”

  • City finances in good shape

    The city of Chiefland’s financial health received an “unqualified” endorsement, the highest available from its auditor, Robert Beauchamp.

    Beauchamp, who delivered his report on the state of city revenues and spending at Monday evening’s commission meeting, commended the city staff for its helpfulness and their attention to properly handling public funds.

    “They do a great job; they’re a great staff,” he said.

  • Exotic animal hearing scheduled for August

    The owners of a controversial exotic animal sanctuary in the Small Farms subdivision has filed a request for a special exception to zoning regulations to allow them to keep the lion, tiger, bear, two chimpanzees they have on the property.

  • Visitors Bureau meets local businesses

    The Levy County Visitors Bureau met with area businesses in Cedar Key this week to discuss how the agency works to promote local tourism.

    “I would like to make this an annual event – maybe in May with Tourism Week,” said Carol McQueen, Executive Director of the Visitors Bureau. “We collect a tax and I think people want to know what we do with it.”

  • Chiefland High to get new principal

    Superintendent Robert Hastings announced Tuesday the arrival of two newcomers to the Levy County School District.

    "I don't mind telling you that I actively recruited Bill and Gina Tovine," Hastings said. The Tovines can help our students achieve great things, he said. "And that's what it's all about."

    Dr. Gina Tovine will be the new Assistant Superintendent as of July 1. Bill Tovine will begin his duties as principal of Chiefland High School on June 25.

  • Breaking News Detour on State Road 24 at Archer next week

    Southwest Archer Road  (State Road 24) in the town of Archer will be closed for four days next week while the railroad crossing just west of U.S. 27/41 is rebuilt, according to the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT).

    The closure, which also affects pedestrians, is scheduled to begin at 5 a.m. Tuesday, June 23 and be completed by 5 p.m. on Friday, June 26, barring any unforeseen conditions.

  • Four Williston, Morriston teens injured in accident

    Four teens who were not wearing seat belts were seriously injured on Friday evening when the truck they were riding in went out of control and overturned on County Road 339A just past State Road 500.

  • Drummond named Watermelon queen

    Erika Drummond of Chiefland was named the Watermelon Queen at the pageant held Saturday night at Chiefland Elementary School.

    First runner-up was Rachel Kee; second runner-up was Raven Wilson and Miss Congeniality was Casey Besterman.

    There was entertainment provided by Sarah Gore, and Maddie Kelley, last year's winner, choreographed the opening song and dance number.

    Candidates were questioned by the judges, with the field of 16 being trimmed to the final seven, who then had to answer another question before the audience.