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  • 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.

  • Bob Hastings sworn in as school superintendent

    Robert “Bob” Hastings was sworn in as Levy County School Superintendent Tuesday morning, making history as the first Republican elected to a countywide office.

    “We keep in mind in all we do that we are bettering our system, thereby helping our children,” Hastings said. “We need to remember that we are working with our students so that they can have a good and healthy and productive future.”

  • VFW plans Veterans' Week Activities

    The Ladies Auxiliary of Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 5625 in Chiefland will place yellow ribbons throughout the tri-county area beginning Saturday, Nov.8, and continue through the Veteran's Day Week.

    This custom of "Tying a Yellow Ribbon," for the safe return of a loved one from battle, began during the Civil War, by wives and mothers, and remains valid today.

    Members will be calling on businesses and homes for permission to place these ribbons at no charge.

  • Former city planner under investigation

    A well-respected community figure and member of the Chiefland Planning Commission for almost 25 years is under investigation by the State Attorney's Office in connection with the disappearance of an estimated $120,000 from a church building fund.

    Mary Marshall, 73, who resigned in August from the city planning board and was honored for her service by the Chiefland City Commission in September is the only individual being investigated, said Assistant State Attorney Glenn Bryan.