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  • Chiefland hopes to jumpstart new construction

    The Chiefland City Commission has approved on first reading a proposal to suspend impact fees for fire, police, transportation and recreation for one year as a way to jumpstart new construction.

    The proposal, which won unanimous preliminary approval in the commission’s Monday evening meeting, comes up for a public hearing and final approval at 6 p.m. Monday, April 13 at City Hall.

    The commission had estimated it would receive $69,000 in impact fees in the fiscal year that started Oct. 1, 2008 and ends on Sept. 30.

  • Cedar Key paves the way to keep Levy green

    On Jan. 22 Cedar Key Mayor Heath Davis asked three residents to serve on an Energy Advisory Panel to spearhead a citywide, citizen-based conservation movement.

    Faced with many tasks, Tom Deverin, Connie Nelson and Luz Kraujalis decided first to tackle the big project of recycling household and business garbage.

  • Tuesday accident kills one

    MORRISTON - A woman driving an SUV struck the back of a stopped school bus on U.S. 41 Tuesday morning.

  • Dunnellon woman dies in accident

    MORRISTON - A woman driving an SUV struck the back of a stopped school bus on U.S. 41 Tuesday morning. The driver was killed and a baby in her car was slightly injured.  According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Tiffany Poupard, 29, of Dunnellon, was northbound on U.S. 41 in Levy County just north of the Marion County line.

  • Out with the old asphalt, in with the new

    This week construction crews on Williston Road (State Road 121), between U.S. 41 in Williston and the Alachua County line, began removing the old asphalt and building up new asphalt on the curves. This will improve drainage and the ability of drivers to maneuver through the curves while still maintaining the speed limit, according to the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT).

    Once work is completed at the curves, crews will begin removing the old asphalt and resurfacing the roadway throughout the remainder of the project.

  • 21 teachers get pink slip

    Twenty-one veteran teachers across Levy County received letters last week notifying them that their annual contracts would not be renewed for the upcoming 2009-2010 school year.

    The 21 educators, each with at least 30 years of teaching experience, were either part of the extended DROP (Deferred Retirement Option Plan) program or retired and then rehired back on annual contract.

    “Those teachers were paid at the top of the pay scale based upon their years of experience,” said Candace Dean, Director of Personnel for Levy County School District.

  • Rubio’s statewide amibitions defer to Gov. Crist

    Marco Rubio is not sure which office he will be running for in 2010, but whatever statewide opportunity comes available, he is ready.

    Rubio, who has formed an exploratory committee, addressed the Levy County Republican Executive Committee’s Lincoln Reagan Memorial Dinner on Friday, March 27.

    Rubio’s choice of which office to seek is complicated by the retirement of U.S. Sen. Mel Martinez. The Republican has announced he will not seek re-election next year and the iffyness of Gov. Charlie Crist’s plans to seek the office.

  • Judge considering a motion to dismiss

    A lawsuit by A.D. “Andy” Andrews, landscape tree grower and publisher of the Levy County Journal, against the Chiefland Citizen is being considered for dismissal by Circuit Judge David O. Glant.

    Lawyers for both sides argued the merits of keeping the suit alive or dismissing it in Glant’s chambers on Monday morning,.

  • Lobbying the Legislature

    Daniel Rose brought a letter he had composed to Florida’s state legislators. David Estep quietly rehearsed his statement. On the bus trip to Tallahassee last Wednesday, they and 15 other mentally handicapped clients of Levy Association for Retarded Citizens prepared themselves to go to the state capitol and remind lawmakers that the economy was hitting them harder than almost anyone in Florida.

    “I’m concerned about these budget cuts,” said Estep.

    “I’m worried LARC might have to close its doors.”

  • Lobbying the Legislature

    On the same day, Levy County School Board members Paige Brookins and Rick Turner also visited the state capitol, as did Levy County Parks and Recreation director Matt Weldon. Levy County Education Association representative Cindy Roach was also on hand. There was also a statewide rally of teachers and students on the capitol steps to get lawmakers to address budget shortfalls in public schools.