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  • Commissioners question fire department motives

    Some say it started more than a year ago: another heated drama fanned to life at the very home of heated dramas, Chiefland Fire Rescue.

    “These comments are offensive and should not be used by anyone, especially an elected official,” was what they wrote in the letter that, according to some, sat smoldering in a desk since May of last year.

  • Chiefland tax rate could mean smaller bill

    Chiefland residents may see a small tax cut this year.
    Commissioners unanimously approved a tentative tax rate of 6 mills at Monday night's last budget workshop. It will bring in an estimated $750,877 to the city's overall fiscal year budget of about $4,296,000.
    The rate is the same as last year's, but because it's based on property value, which has fallen slightly, residents could wind up paying a little less.

  • Fanning approves FaceTime

    The Fanning Springs City Council has agreed to a video conferencing policy, something it previously tabled due to a lack of support.

    With all council members present, the policy was opposed only by Stoney Smith who had expressed his disapproval at a previous meeting. At that time he said he felt that council members should be physically present, they were elected and they should show up.

    At Tuesday’s meeting he asked, “how many councils have a provision for this?” With an answer of none, Smith said he felt there was a reason for that.

  • Mobile dental unit returns to Chiefland

    The Florida Baptist Mobile Dental Unit will be at the First Baptist Church of Chiefland during the week of September 22-26, to perform FREE basic fillings and extractions to all approved adults 18 years of age or older.

    A required Pre-Screening and appointment scheduling will be held on Saturday, September 6  from 8:30 a.m.–noon at the First Baptist Church of Chiefland. 

    Bring a list of all current medications and a valid photo ID. 

    You will also need to know your total income for the previous month.   

  • Thefts prompt town to look into security systems

    Bronson is making moves toward beefing up the security of town facilities.

    The library, according to statements made in recent weeks, is the biggest issue. It's been repeatedly broken into over the years. Staff members say they believe intruders, who have stolen equipment and money, come through the windows at night after secretly unlocking them during the day.

  • State to monitor water quality in real-time

    State agencies have established a partnership to keep tabs on some area springs.

    The Suwannee River Water Management District, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and U.S. Geological Survey plan to deploy special equipment to continuously monitor the health of springs within the district. This partnership will use new technologies to provide real-time flow and water quality monitoring at Fanning Springs, Manatee Springs, Ichetucknee Blue Hole, Madison Blue Spring and Troy Springs.

  • Williston joke sparks concern

    Many would agree that there's no such thing as bad publicity.

    Publicity, in any form, gets your name out there and people will talk – and remember.

    However, last week the tiny city of Williston found itself in the middle of an online publicity rant when The National Report, a satirical website, featured it in a story called "Small Florida Town Signs Police Privatization Deal With Walmart."

  • Tractor trailer catches fire on U.S. 19

     At 7:14 a.m., Aug. 15, the Levy County 9-1-1 Communications Center received a call reporting a tractor-trailer vehicle fire near the 19000 block of South U.S. Highway 19.

    The Levy Department of Public Safety Medic 3 and Station 5 (Yankeetown) responded with the Inglis Fire Department, the Levy County Sheriff’s Office and the Florida Highway Patrol to the scene.

    Units arrived on scene to a semi trailer on fire from the brakes, which spread quickly to the tires. Crews worked together to confine the fire to the brake area of the trailer. 

  • Motorcyclist critical after Chiefland wreck

    A motorcyclist suffered critical injuries when a motorist turned into his path on U.S. Highway 19 at State Road 320 in Chiefland on Saturday, Aug. 30, at 10:25 a.m., according to a Florida Highway Patrol report.

    Traffic was affected for three hours after the accident at the busy intersection in the middle of Chiefland's commercial district.

  • Every vote counts when 3 determine winner

    It took a couple of hours on Thursday and all day Friday, but by the time the weekend started the Supervisor of Elections was able to announce that former District 4 Commissioner Lilly Rooks had won the Republican nomination by a three-vote margin.

    The final count: 1,728 votes for Rooks to 1,725 votes for incumbent Commissioner Ryan Bell of Chiefland. Rooks will face Democrat Jamie Griffin in the Nov. 4 general election.

    It was a sweet comeback for Rooks, defeating the man who unseated her four years ago, and after suffering two strokes earlier this year.