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  • Tri-County children often leave county for foster care

    The overwhelming majority of children in Levy, Dixie and Gilchrist County who enter foster care have to leave the Tri-County area.

    That was a major takeaway from a talk last Thursday by Michelle Giordano, the foster care recruitment specialist for Partnership for Strong Families, at a meeting of the Suwannee Valley Rotary Club in Chiefland.

    Giordano reported that there are 31 children from the Tri-County area currently in licensed foster care homes; 87 percent of those children are living outside the county they're originally from.

  • Cedar Key excellent lab for dolphin research

    Cedar Key Dolphin Project

    Dr. Stefanie K. Gazda began researching Cedar Key bottlenose dolphins in 2001 for her master’s thesis. She came to the area to study bottlenose dolphins’ foraging behavior and over the years her research has led to the discovery of many aspects of dolphin behavior.

  • Three Bronson Town Council seats open

    Three Bronson Town Council seats are up for election Sept. 12. Up for reelection are Aaron Edmundson, seat one; Beatrice Roberts, seat 3; and Mayor Bruce Greenlee, seat five.

    An email was sent to all three candidates. Mayor Greenlee, a lifelong resident of Bronson, wrote in his response that he has served four years on the council though he has worked in government for over 30 years in the Road and Bridge Department for 29 years. He was the administrative superintendent for 11 years.

  • City Manager earns high scores, raise

    John Tyler Nilsen, Citizen Correspondent

    Chiefland City Manager Mary Ellzey received high marks in her annual performance evaluation held before the July 24 city commission meeting.

    Ellzey received an overall 3.67 composite score on a 5.0 scale. This composite score averages out the grades given by each of the five city commissioners.

    “Great job! Mary thank you so much for working so hard to make the city better,” Mayor Betty Walker said of the honor.

  • To DEET or not to DEET

    How many people remember the mosquito spraying trucks of their youth? Were you one of the kids that, when hearing the distinctive sound made from the propulsion of fog emitted from the truck, ran out into the haze, running directly behind the truck to be engulfed in the white fog?

    It’s a memory many older Floridians share. Thankfully parents today are more aware of the chemicals in the environment and educate children to be aware of chemicals that may harm them.

  • Chiefland Chamber gets new leadership

    Jenna Clifton has joined the Greater Chiefland Area Chamber of Commerce as executive director.

    Clifton has more than 15 years of administrative office experience, including many years working with nonprofit organizations within the state. She is a longtime Levy County resident and currently resides in the town of Bronson with her husband and four children.

    Chamber President Ryan Watson said, “We are confident Jenna will be an excellent match for this position and a strong asset to the Chamber,”

  • Man, mad at his mother, sets fire to Villas laundry room

     Investigators responded to Inglis Villas at 33 Tronu Drive in Inglis July 6 after the maintenance worker found evidence someone intentionally set a fire in the laundry room. The laundry room is connected to the administrative offices and could have been occupied at the time. A law enforcement officer employed by the LCSO who lives in the Villas directed investigators to a potential suspect, Seth Lee Myers (7-17-98).

  • Volunteers ‘Run For The Money’ through county

    About 30 runners for the week made the 180-mile run from Tallahassee to Lecanto an hour at a time to bring awareness to the disabled people who need help. The runners left the state capital Monday, July 10, and finished Saturday, July 15, at the Key Training Center.

    Friday marked the 42nd year that volunteers have “Run For The Money” to raise awareness there are disabled people in our country who are not getting the help they need.

  • Caldwell courts locals in bid for Ag Commissioner

    State Rep. Matt Caldwell stopped in Chiefland Friday afternoon where he spent the day with Ken Griner on the cattle ranch, he worked with a logging crew and then went to the Suwannee Lumber in Cross City where he toured the mill to try to gain an understanding of issues they are dealing with.

    The day was part of his statewide campaign for Commissioner of Agriculture. The election is still 13 months away.

  • Atheist responds to Liberty Counsel in 'Letter to the Editor'

    There are specious assertions in Liberty Counsel’s article that must be addressed. 

    Courts have ruled repeatedly that the 10 Commandments monument, when placed on Government property is not private speech, but becomes government speech as any reasonable person would perceive it to be. Much the same as any signage placed on a property is perceived to have the full endorsement of the property owner.