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  • 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.

  • Chiefland closer to sex business ordinance

    It took almost a year of discussion, but Chiefland is one step closer to having an ordinance on the books to strictly control sexually oriented businesses - should any want to move into the city.

    Actually three proposed ordinances were presented to the City Commission in its regular meeting Monday night by City Attorney Norm Fugate.

    Fugate said the ordinances were based on the Gainesville ordinances regulating sexually oriented businesses.

  • Memorial service Thursday for Sports Editor Claude Lewis

    The Chiefland Citizen mourns the sudden death of its sports editor Claude Lewis.

    Lewis, 54, died Friday night while en route to an Indian football game in Jasper.

    According to the Suwannee County Sheriff's Department, a motorist saw Lewis pull to the side of the road, attempting to use an inhaler. Lewis had a history of asthma, according to his wife.

    By the time paramedics arrived, he was dead on the scene.

  • Red Devils silence Chiefland comeback bid

    If the alarm doesn't go off, you sleep late, and hence arrive at work late, you're going to be playing catch-up all day long.

    The Chiefland High football team sleep-walked its way onto C. Doyle McCall Field at Wayne Pridgeon Stadium Friday night, stumbling and bumbling as visiting Williston built a big first-half lead.

    To their credit, the Indians woke up and played with a vengeance in the second half, but it was a case of too little, too late, as Williston left town with a 35-21 victory.

  • TRIM hearing not attended

    The Chiefland City Commission held its first Truth in Millage (TRIM) and proposed 2008-2009 budget hearing on September 9 and, well, no one was really interested.

    No citizens came to the hearing.

    But the commission, without absent Mayor Teal Pomeroy, went ahead and gave preliminary approval to the proposed 4.75 mills and a general budget of $3,018,766.18 for the fiscal year starting Oct. 1.

    Pomeroy was not at the meeting due to a business commitment said Vice Mayor Teresa Barron.

  • Bronson fire chief quits

    BRONSON - These are tumultuous times for Bronson Town government.

    Not only has Town Clerk Donna Conquest resigned, but now Fire Chief Rick Lombardo has also decided to call it quits.

    "That's it," admitted Lombardo, who was just reelected to his second term as chief of the 12-man force in August. "I'm getting out of it completely. It's impossible to serve where they don't respect you."

    Assistant Fire Chief Dave Reinstra said Tuesday that Lombardo told him he was stepping down last Thursday, Sept. 11.

  • Check comes with warning

    The Levy County Commission was presented with a check and a warning by the executive director of the Suwannee River Water Management District.

    David Still presented the county with a check for $16,525.43 as payment in lieu of taxes for district property during the commission's regular meeting Tuesday at the county courthouse in Bronson.

    Still said Levy is one of 15 counties that the district serves and the area contains 60 percent of the world's first and second magnitude springs.

  • Badcock & More is Business of the Year

    Carol Tew says she's done nothing special to merit the Chiefland Chamber of Commerce's Business of the Year Award, but to folks around town Tew and her business, Badcock & More, are pretty special members of the community.

    The Chamber presented Tew with its top award at its annual Industry Appreciation Luncheon Tuesday at the Usher Center.

    Badcock & More, located on Highway 19 on the north end of town is a homey place. You just want to sit and sip coffee and chat all day with Tew.

    But there's no idle time.