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  • The staff of the Chiefland Citizen wishes its readers a Happy and Prosperous 2009!

    Judge Joe Smith will swear in three Levy County officials Monday, Jan. 5 at 9 a.m. in Courtroom A of the Levy County Courthouse.

    Scheduled to take oaths of office are Connie Asbell (election superintedent), Osborn Barker (property appraiser), Linda Fugate (tax collector) and Danny Shipp (clerk of court).

    Light refreshments will be served and Judge Smith extends an invitation to the public to attend the event and reception.

  • Change of Watch is Jan. 6

    Coast Guard Auxillary Flotilla 15-7 will hold its Change of Watch at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 6, at Deke’s Steakhouse.

    Bill Friskey, flotilla commander for 2008, will be participating in the induction of the 2009 slate of officers, including incoming Commander Donald Sorli Sr. and Vice Commander Mary Kennedy.

    Ordering will be from the menu. The restaurant is located at 6650 N.W. 40th Street in Chiefland.

    The dress will be the tropical blue long uniform, working blue or proper civilian dinner attire.

  • Chiefland out of water deal

    The Nature Coast Regional Water Authority is taking shape and it looks as if Chiefland will get its wish to not participate and to not lose any water from the city’s new wellhead site.

    The discussion group forming the regional water authority hammered out the wording of its governing utility agreement with participation by Dixie and Gilchrist counties and the cities of Fanning Springs, Trenton, Cross City and Bell.

  • Hastings proposes layoff alternative

    In the effort to reduce the operating budget by more than $1 million by the end of the current school year, Superintendent Bob Hastings is asking for the School Board’s and the union’s approval to take an unusual approach.

    Rather than eliminating approximately 50 jobs district-wide, as previously proposed, Hastings has found a more creative means.

    “We’re going to ask all employees to take three days off without pay,” Hastings told the Board.

  • Walk to Bethlehem continues through Dec. 23

    The journey is long for Mary and Joseph but each evening between 7 and 9 p.m. caravans leave Nazareth and give visitors the opportunity to join them in the interactive narrative led by Callie Fields all the way to Bethlehem where the Baby Jesus was born in a manger in a stable.

    Come join the cast and workers from sponsoring church Living Water Life Center of Morriston and volunteers from other area churches as they welcome and invite visitors to take this historic journey.

  • Ex-Ford manager investigated for grand theft

    Donald Barrett, ex-manager of White Ford in Chiefland, is being investigated for grand theft by the State Attorney’s Office in connection with $709,000 in expenditures over the past 12 years according to a Chiefland Police Department report. The sworn complaint came after an extensive two-month audit by the dealership’s attorney John Bovay and certified public accountant Jeff Crippen.

  • Eight from 'Forgotten War' honored

    The room was large, easily capable of holding a hundred people. The group gathered was small, less than a dozen people, including two reporters. Outside the commission meeting room at Chiefland City Hall a father and two children came and went after paying a utility bill.  City Hall employ

  • Locals come through for their team

    The uniforms are on their way.

    Two weeks ago, the Citizen reported on the plight of the Chiefland boys' basketball program, which had lost all its home, away and practice uniforms in a break-in. Basketballs and video recording equipment were also taken, but the uniforms were the biggest problem.

    On reading the appeal, several local readers took action. At press time, Chiefland's Basketball Uniform Replacement Fund had received about $4,900 in donations, enough for Head Coach Mark Lundy to order uniforms.

  • Bronson bank robbed; three arrested

    Dog may be man’s best friend, but Brix, a K-9 partner in the Marion County Sheriff’s Office is no friend of suspected bank robbers.

    Brix was instrumental in the Tuesday arrest of John Patterson, 43, of Bronson in connection with the Dec. 12 robbery of an undisclosed amount of cash from Capital City Bank in Bronson.

  • Residents complain to commissioners about mud boggers

    The mud boggers are at it again in northern Levy County and one resident has asked the Board of County Commissioners for help because the traffic is tearing up a private road used by residents.

    Charles Wilkerson addressed commissioners in their regular Tuesday morning meeting saying that “four-wheelers and mud boggers are coming down the road” and tearing up Northeast 125th Street, a private road.