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  • City manager gets another year

    Chiefland City Manager Grady Hartzog will stay on the job another year after the city commissioners approved a new contract for his services.

    In a special meeting Monday evening, the commissioners unanimously approved paying Hartzog $70,968.85 annual salary.

    At the same time Hartzog said because he felt money was tight in the city budget he had the stipulation that the city pay $400 in annual Chiefland Rotary Club dues for him removed from the contract. Hartzog said he felt that the city already paying dues for two department heads for Rotary was enough.

  • Teresa Watson gets FEMA to cough up money

    BRONSON — Teresa Watson is not the sort of person you should owe a debt.

    She will collect the money.

    The Board of Commissioners recently commended Watson, a financial clerk in Levy County Clerk of Courts Danny Shipp’s office, on Jan. 6 for getting the Federal Emergency Management Agency to agree to cover cost overruns at the Cedar Key dock rebuilding. The dock, which was reopened in July 2008, was damaged by tropical storms and hurricanes in the devastating 2004 Hurricane Season. The dock had to be replaced with a new stronger concrete structure.

  • City wants to hear from skaters on park plans

    Skaters, mark your calendars! Three skate park designers and vendors will be at Chiefland City Hall on Jan. 26, looking for your input on the city’s new skating court, to be built at Delma Locke Park behind Chiefland middle and high schools.

  • Three charged with abuse of mentally handicapped man

      BRONSON — Three people have been charged with mistreatment of a 51-year-old mentally handicapped man who was found malnourished and weighing between 80 to 100 pounds when found by deputies acting on an anonymous tip.   One officer who saw the victim said he looked like a prisoner of war.

  • Amanda Gordon will see history in the making

    Amanda Gordon is just a small town girl, but for five days this coming week she's going to be amidst revelry, dignitaries and all the glitz the nation's capital has to offer.

    The seventh grader at Trenton Middle-High School will be there Tuesday when Barack Obama becomes the country's 44th president, thanks to a recommendation from a teacher two years ago that designates her as among the nation's brightest young people.

  • The Year in Review

    Perhaps the biggest news in Levy County in 2008 had to be the indictment of three county officials by a federal grand jury, while the big news in Chiefland was the City Commission’s attempt to head off the location of adult entertainment businesses within city limits.

    It’s news that will continue into 2009 as the trio — Commission Chair W.S. “Sammy” Yearty, Commissioner Robert Anthony “Tony” Parker, and resigned Enterprise Zone Development Director Pamela Blair Williams, are due to go to trail on Feb. 2.

  • Misconceptions opens Jan. 9

    The Suwannee Valley Players have begun rehearsals for their winter comedy Misconceptions by Michael Vukadinovich. The comedy, directed by Janice Grant with the assistance of Mike Humphries and Gregory Mercier, is a story about lies and misconceptions that lead to a host of misunderstandings.

  • Maria Tresper comes to life Jan. 10

    Are you interested in learning more about Levy County’s involvement in the Civil War? Then join the Friends of the Luther Callaway Public Library to hear the account of one local woman, Maria A. Tresper, who lived at Clay Landing during the conflict.

  • Woman bitten by pit bull at state park

    A 34-year-old woman was bitten on the leg by a pit bull terrier mix weighing about 60-pounds as she walked in Manatee Springs State Park on Sunday afternoon.

    Mike Schenck of Levy County Animal Control, said park officials contacted his office and the Levy County Sheriff’s Office about the incident.

    Levy County Emergency Medical Services responded to the call, said EMS Director Trish Seibold, but the woman refused transportation to a medical center for treatment, preferring to seek treatment on her own.

  • Audits begin in Bronson

    Accountants from Purvis Gray and Company arrived Monday morning at the Bronson Town Hall to begin preliminary work for the past three fiscal year audits, starting with the 2004-05 and the 2005-06 books.

    “I think those years will be the most involved,” said recently hired town clerk Kelli Brettel.