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  • Last-minute pay raise suggestion dies on vine

                 By LOU ELLIOTT JONES    

    editor@chieflandcitizen.com

    A last-minute suggestion and plea for a pay raise for Levy County employees — the first in two years — died on the vine in Monday afternoon's budget workshop.

    Commissioner Danny Stevens made the suggestion to his fellow commissioners to spark discussion on a topic that has hung heavy over budget talks this year: Would county workers go without a pay increase for a third year in a row?

  • Underground link to spring discovered

    Scientists working with the state have determined that a Chiefland sinkhole that collects runoff water does in fact connect to Manatee Springs State Park and two other locations.

    “As of today, we know that there is an absolutely unambiguous connection between the sink on (Northeast) Fourth Street and Manatee Springs,” Pete Butt, project manager for Karst Environmental Services, said.

  • Levy County students get more AP choices to ready them for college

    Levy County students have more Advanced Placement options this year than ever before to ready them for college, says Levy County School District Director of Curriculum Patrick Wnek.

    “We believe that by providing more AP courses, students will be better prepared for college,” he said.

    “Eighty percent of students say they want to go to college,” Wnek said. “In these rural areas – many of them will be first generation. AP courses will prepare them.”

  • Ex-planner gets a helping hand with Sept. 12 fish fry

    It was just a few months ago that Duncan McCallum was sitting on his tractor working as he has for the last 15 years.

    Today that work has come to a standstill, albeit a temporary one, as he fights a battle that even he can't see.

    For the last several months, McCallum, 67, has been in and out of the hospital fighting an aggressive blood infection that has already cost him his right leg.

  • The Citizen is off the press and on the newsstands
  • Postal carrier admits not delivering 125,000 pieces of mail

    Bronson letter carrier Rose Conklin pleaded guilty in federal court on Friday to failing to deliver more than 125,000 letters, newspapers and circulars over a six-year period that she worked with the U.S. Postal Service. She faces the possibility of a five year prison sentence, plus three years of supervised release, a $250,000 fine and a $100 monetary assessment.

    As part of her plea deal she has agreed to pay the $100 assessment before her sentencing in November.

  • Levy County jobless rate rises in July

        Levy County's unemployment rate has broken a new barrier rising to 12.1 percent in July,  a rise of 0.7 percent from June 2009. The number of individuals without jobs rose from 1,959 to 2,066 in Levy County.

        In contrast, Marion County's rate stayed the same at 12.6 percent as did Citrus County at 11.9 percent.

  • Watson to challenge Boyd for House seat

    Republican Paul Watson announced that he has  officially launched his campaign for Florida House of  Representatives, District 11, to challenge incumbent Debbie Boyd of Newberry in the 2010 election.

    Watson is a long-time resident of Gilchrist County and the pastor of Bell Baptist Church.

  • Fire money heats commission meeting again

    Fiery words flew at the Chiefland City Commission's Monday meeting leading Commissioner Frank Buie to ask at the end of the meeting if the discussion was “unprofessional.”

    “It didn't sound very professional tonight,” he said. “Did it sound professional Mr. Mayor?”

    Mayor Teal Pomeroy agreed it did not.

    For the third time in six weeks the commission and Fire Chief John Ward  wrangled over money he has set aside to purchase equipment.

  • Grandmother helps cops nab driver

    A Wakulla Springs man charged with drunken driving is learning the hard way that one should not mess with a grandmother from Old Town.

    He's also learning that head-butting a Chiefland police officer is not a good idea either. It can get one lightly tased — twice — and charged with resisting an officer with violence.