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  • Trio nabbed for grand theft

    Two Dixie County women and a woman from Gilchrist County were behind bars Tuesday after being charged with grand theft and criminal conspiracy by officers from the Chiefland Police Department.

    Sylvia Smith, 23, and Holly Locke, 29, both of Old Town, along with Kristi Stiller, 36, of Trenton, were in the county lockup following the recovery of $1,342.72 worth of alleged stolen goods at two residences.

    Among the items allegedly taken from the Chiefland Wal-Mart over a period of time were fireworks, sleeping bags, tents, flashlights and other camping accessories.

  • Trio strikes back against post office

    Chiefland Postal Clerks Debbie Hamberger, Bonnie George and Kim Poole thought they were doing the right thing when they questioned a sudden change in policy regarding mail box late fees.

    Although that order was eventually reversed, Hamberger and George say they are still feeling the repercussions for their act of "whistleblowing" - in a big way.

    Hamberger and George are in their fifth week of serving an "emergency suspension without pay." Poole said she has escaped such status because she is officially on sick leave.

  • Cedar Key gears up for CLAMERICA

    Cedar Key will be exploding on Friday, July 4 when the fifth annual CLAMERICA Celebration brings thousands of clam lovers to this island community to enjoy their sweet and savory farm-raised clams.

    Sponsored by the Cedar Key Aquaculture Association, the day will be filled with fun, food, and events for the whole family from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the City Park and beach on 2nd Street, so bring your blankets and lawn chairs and relax.

  • Talent show promises summer fun

    It doesn't take long for the summertime blues to kick in in small towns like Chiefland, Bronson and Williston.

    Simply put, there's not a whole lot for kids to do from the time school lets out up until August.

    Maggie Allen and LaWanda Jones want to do something about that. The two put their heads together and came up with a fun idea for kids ages 13-18.

    It's a talent show, giving kids a chance to put together their acts in an organized competition.

  • Seagrass restoration continues

    Plants and core logs were placed on the shoreline of Atsena Otie Key on May 8 and Nov. 15, 2007 and again this year on May 8 where the old Eberhard-Faber pencil factory was in operation back in 1896.

    A hurricane destroyed the mill and the town of Cedar Key's infrastructure that year. Cedar Key was re-established at its present location across the channel on Way Key after clean-up was completed at Atsena Otie Key. Unfortunately, construction costs and a sagging market prevented the pencil factory from being rebuilt.

  • Levy FCAT scores are up

    The FCAT math, science and reading scores are finally in for grades 4-10, and on a whole the Levy County scores are up, but still running a bit behind the state's norm.

    Yet to come are the highly anticipated district and individual school letter grades, which are still being calculated by the FDE and should be released by mid-July.

    In the meantime, Levy County Schools numbers crunchers Jeff Edison, Mike Todd and Linda Durrance were busy dissecting the latest numbers.

  • Voters will have choices

    By Jim Clark

    Contributing Writer

    Qualifying for this year's elections has ended, and four Levy County candidates find themselves elected without opposition.

    Tax Collector Linda Fugate, Supervisor of Elections Connie Asbell, and School Board members Beth Davis and Paige Brookins each failed to draw an opponent.

    In any race where there is more than one candidate of either party, the candidates will appear on the ballot on Aug. 26.

  • New insurance will save city thousands

    The Chiefland City Commission voted 3-1 Monday night to accept a bid that may save the city thousands of dollars in insurance costs.

    According to a city report, only two companies, Florida League of Cities and Don Martin Insurance/Brown and Brown Insurance, responded to the city's invitation to bid on city property, liability and workers compensation insurance.

    Florida League of Cities, which offers a rate of $11,482.66 cheaper than their local competitor, was chosen as the new insurance provider.

  • Chiefland delays fire inspection fees

    City Commissioners voted Monday night to postpone a decision about proposed fire inspection fees.

    Chiefland Fire Chief John Ward said the fees, which would charge existing businesses $50 for yearly fire inspections would go toward offsetting the cost associated with inspections, permitting and plan reviews.

    New businesses would also be charged $100 for the first $1,000 spent, $6.75 for each additional $1,000 up to $250,000, and $3.50 per every $1,000 over $250,000, according to figures provided by Ward.

  • Bowers prying open the door to Big Leagues

    Cedrick Bowers is making a strong pitch to land in the Majors.

    It seems the hard-throwing left-hander out of Chiefland is prying open the door for a shot with the Colorado Rockies, as he has pitched super ball so far this season for the AAA Colorado Springs Sky Sox.

    "I think I got a good chance,"Bowers said. "I'm pitching well and people are behind me."

    Used mostly as a set-up guy, Bowers has posted a 4-1 record with an excellent 3.16 ERA.

    3.16 looks even more impressive when one considers the thin atmosphere on the high Plains.