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  • Indians scalp Bulldogs

    As the district season looms, Chiefland Indians are playing authoritative football, looking to build momentum with Friday's decisive 35-6 win over Taylor County (Perry).

    "We executed real well tonight," Indians' head coach Ajay Ulmer said afterward. "We played more physical on defense. Like last week, we didn't allow them to get into a rhythm on offense because our defense played so good."

  • Chiefland millage set at 4.75

    The Chiefland City Commission unanimously gave final approval to a $4,607,492.48 budget and a 4.75 mills property tax for the fiscal year starting Oct. 1.

    The vote was 4-0 with Commissioner Rollin Hudson absent from the Sept. 23 meeting.

    The commission approved a $3,019,366.18 general fund budget. $1,553,797.64 utility service fund, $26,328.66 Industrial Park Fund, and $8,000 Law Enforcement Trust Fund.

    One of the largest items in the budget is the Police Department at $917,644.85 in expenses from the general fund.

  • Bronson passes budget

    In the final budget hearing held Tuesday night, the town of Bronson's council unanimously adopted the 2008-2009 budget of $1,319,917.

    Given the decrease in county-certified taxable property, the approved budget is 0.58 percent less than last year, according to town records.

    The millage rate of 3.2 will remain the same as last year. Bronson's rate is nearly 6 percent less than the state allowable rate of 3.4036 mills, according to Resolution 08-02.

    The purpose of Tuesday's hearing was to adopt the final budget figure.

  • There are ways to eliminate roadside trash

    Whether you live in wide open spaces like most of Levy County, or even in the big cities, litter is an unwelcome sight.

    For some reason, a lot of people in motor vehicles seem to have a big problem holding onto their trash and disposing of it in its proper place.

    Hence, we see all kinds of refuse littering our roadways. Cans and bottles, fast food containers, candy wrappers and cigarette butts are a few of the more common forms of trash making the view unsightly.

    With more and more people moving to Levy, there's more and more litter alongside the roads.

  • I am a Manatee

    More photos can be found on page 3 in our print edition

  • Sheriff promotes six

    Levy County Sheriff Johnny Smith has made several changes in the operation of his department, including hiring the former Cedar Key police chief and promoting six people in his office.

    Charles W. "Bubba" Castell, former Cedar Key police chief, has been hired as a civil deputy to work in the Levy County Courthouse.

    Castell replaces a deputy who has moved to the patrol division.

    Chief Deputy Mike Johnson, a major in the office, has been promoted to the newly ceated position of colonel.

    Capt. Mike Sheffield, jail administrator, is promoted to major.

  • Register to vote by Monday

    If you are planning to vote in the Nov. 4 presidential election and are not registered, you have until 4:30 p.m. Monday to register at the Levy County Supervisor of Elections Office in Bronson.

    Supervisor Connie Asbell said if you plan on mailing in your registration, it must be postmarked no later than Oct. 6 to be valid.

  • Chiefland garbage rates going up

    Staff Report

    It will cost more to dispose of garbage in Chiefland - about $2,88 a month for residential customers and $5.53 for commercial cart customers and, before anyone complains, it's the first increase in 10 years.

    The City Commission at its regular meeting Monday night approved increasing the fees as of November 1 under a plan proposed by Waste Pro in June.

    Commissioner Rollin Hudson asked if the increase was due to a hike in landfill tipping fees charged by Levy County.

  • County passes budget

    Staff Report

    The Levy County Commission passed an austere $63,854,262 budget for the coming year and kept the property tax millage at 7.4212.

    Approval of the budget for the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1 came during a special meeting held Monday at the county courthouse in Bronson.

    "It was a very well thought out document," County Coordinator Fred Moody said. "All the constitutional officers were cooperative and we avoided layoffs and cuts in services.

    "But this will be a tight budget year and next year will be an even tighter budget year."

  • Claude Lewis fulfilled his dreams; marched to a different drummer

    From the time he was a youngster growing up in Trenton, N.J., Claude Lewis knew two things with certainty.

    First, he was going to live in Florida and second, he was going to write for a newspaper.

    Those two dreams came to fruition, but not in that order.

    But dreams often end, and last Friday on his way to cover an Indian football game in his role as sports editor for the Chiefland Citizen, Claude died at the age of 54, apparently after suffering an asthma attack.