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  • FFA says Cracker Johnson is the best

    Auctioneer Chad “Cracker” Johnson of Chiefland won top honors at this year’s FFA convention when he was awarded the title of Florida’s 2009 Bid Calling Champion.

     

    Johnson competed against his fellow auctioneers in the bid calling competition and will now go to Overland Park, Kan. in July to compete for the International Auctioneers Championship title.

     

    The top male and female winners of this competition are considered to be the best auctioneers in the world.

     

  • Chiefland Winter Festival is Saturday

     C hiefland will come alive with the color, sounds and smells of Christmas when the Greater Chiefland Chamber of Commerce hosts the annual Winter Festival, Saturday, Dec. 6.

  • County tells state nuclear plants location is OK

    The Levy County Commission gave its blessing — with conditions — for the state to approve Progress Energy’s Site Certification application for a new nuclear plant.

  • Chiefland delays sex ordinance

    The city has put off consideration of adult entertainment business licensing and zoning ordinances until 2009 in order to work out possible glitches in each measure.

    The City Commission in its regular meeting Monday night delayed the second and final reading of the licensing ordinance and considered a question from the City Planning Board about the 1,000 foot buffer zone the commission requested around residential, religious, school, recreation, daycare and other sites.

  • SRWMD will sell acreage to Chiefland

    Suwannee River Water Management District has agreed to sell Chiefland the 33 acres with a new city water supply well head on it, but will not be selling the city any of the surrounding 122 acres.

    The District board, in its annual meeting Nov. 6-7 in Steinhatchee, agreed to the sale, while declining to give the city a 10-year option to purchase the larger surrounding tract.

    The city had hoped to secure all the property and the water supply.

  • Chiefland closer to ordinance on sexually oriented businesses

     

    Chiefland is one-third of the way toward regulating nudity at adult oriented businesses, but it put off approving a licensing ordinance for those businesses while also waiting for the City Planning Board to approve an ordinance regulating zoning for such businesses.

  • Chiefland closer to ordinance on sexually oriented businesses

     

    Chiefland is one-third of the way toward regulating nudity at adult oriented businesses, but it put off approving a licensing ordinance for those businesses while also waiting for the City Planning Board to approve an ordinance regulating zoning for such businesses.

  • Morrison resigns school board post

    Levy County School Board member Billy Morrison resigned Tuesday morning in the aftermath of being charged with a misdemeanor.

    Board member Paige Brookins read aloud a letter from Morrison that stated he had sent his resignation to Gov. Charlie Crist.  Brookins said that Morrison had asked her to read the letter dated Nov. 18 so that it could be added to the official Board minutes.

  • County: Open for business

    The Levy County Commission has a message for citizens: “We are Open for Business.”

    During it’s 35-minute meeting Tuesday morning the three commissioners left no question that the county will continue normal operations despite the suspensions of two county commissioners facing federal trials on bribery charges.

    “We do have a quorum and the people’s business will be conducted as it has always been,” said Commissioner Nancy Bell of Chiefland, who moved up from vice chair to chair of the commission.

  • Nancy Bell takes helm of county commission

    “I’m just glad we got a quorum and got our first meeting done.”

    That was the sentiment of Levy County Commissioner Nancy Bell as she chaired her first commission meeting in the wake of bribery charges and the suspensions of two commission members.

    While Bell never expected to take the gavel in such a situation, she appeared relieved that the first meeting was over. But the new job has new responsibilities.

    The 35-minute meeting had her signing paperwork for at least 15 minutes afterward.