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  • High hopes for Cedar Key oyster restoration

    A year-long experiment to increase oyster populations in Cedar Key that have died off because of reduced fresh water from the Suwannee River is slated to begin in March, according to scientists with the University of Florida.

  • FLOW addresses state's new water pollution standards

    More than 50 people showed up Monday night to take part in a discussion at a Lake City meeting dealing with new water rules aimed at keeping Florida’s water clean, though some in attendance had doubts about how effective the rules ultimately will be.
     “It is one of our biggest challenges,” said Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Drew Bartlett at the meeting, held by Florida Leaders Organized for Water (FLOW). “Essentially, what we are doing is setting water quality standards for our water bodies.”

  • Governor to consider springs restoration money

    By MARK SCOHIER
    news2@chieflandcitizen.com
    Millions of dollars could be funneled toward springs protection and restoration projects in the state if approved by the governor later this year.
    Anne Shortelle, executive director of the Suwannee River Water Management District, said in a meeting last week that SRWMD alone had submitted about $15 million worth of proposals for springs projects upon a recent request by Gov. Rick Scott.

  • City Manager Hartzog leaving post

    Chiefland City Manager Grady Hartzog was due to have an evaluation and contract renewal at Monday's City Commission special meeting, but he instead told the city's leaders he's ready to give it a rest.

    He tendered his resignation effective Feb. 14, but later in the meeting agreed to stay on long enough for the city to find a replacement. Plans will bve made to advertise the position. 

    Details to come in Thursday's Chiefland Citizen.

  • Court dispositions published January 10

     n Jessica Marie Schaffer, cocaine sale within 1,000 feet of school and opium or derivative trafficking, nolle pros; cocaine sale within 1,000 feet of specified place changed to sale of controlled substance, 10 years drug offender probation; opium or derivative trafficking changed to possession of controlled substance, 5 years drug offender probation; served concurrently. Must pay civil judgment.

  • Sheriff's Report & Most Wanted for January 10

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office reports the following arrests:

    n Jan. 1, Bryan Keith Baker, 39, Williston, battery. Bond $50,000.

    n Jan. 5, Debra Ann Blair, 55, Inglis, assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill. Bond $2,000.

    n Dec. 31, Robert Brown, 52, Alachua, non support of children or spouse.

    n Jan. 4, Jeffrey Alan Cochran, 34, Chiefland, battery, criminal mischief, kidnapping, discharging a firearm in public, assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill. Bond $220,000.

  • Nature Coast Trail priority for development

    The natural beauty of the Tri-County area may serve to bring in even more tourists with further development of the region's Nature Coast State Trail System.

  • Road paving list gets a change

    Because of a delay in getting work done on Northwest 80th Street near Chiefland, the Levy County Commission has switched the No. 1 and No. 2 projects on its road paving list. 

  • County dodges bullet with FCC

    Levy County has dodged an expensive bullet to meet a Jan. 1, 2013, deadline for converting all its Department of Public Safety radios to 12.5kHz, better known as narrowbanding.

  • County to hire consultant to secure BP money

    Levy County is moving ahead with hiring a consultant to aid in planning and securing a share of the expected billions in fine money to be paid by BP for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2011.