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  • City news briefs

    City manager contract renewed

    The Chiefland City Commission renewed the annual contract for City Manager Mary Ellzey on July 27 with no changes in the terms.

    The renewal on a 4-0 vote with Commissioner Teresa Barron, who gave Ellzey the lowest grades on her evaluation, absent from the meeting. Commissioner Betty Walker made the motion for renewal with Commissioner Chris Jones offering a second.

    Terms of the contract call for Ellzey to be paid $65,000.

  • City borrowing to buy vehicles

    The donuts brought to the Chiefland City Commission meeting by Police Chief Robert Douglas may not have had anything to do with it, but the board did look favorably upon his request to replace four vehicles with brand new SUVs. 

    Douglas said he has had his fill with buying used cars that are in constant need of repair and driving around in 10-year-old cruisers that also suffer from problems. Even the chief's vehicle is a used Dodge Durango.

  • City frets about fire funding

    Chiefland city officials are in a dither about an announcement by Levy County officials that they are looking at changing its method of paying for fire services provided by the six municipal fire departments in the county.

  • Back to school savings tips

     Getting ready to send kids back to school can cost families some money.

       The average Florida family with children K-12 plans to spend $755.33 on electronics, apparel, shoes and other school needs, according to a recent AAA Consumer Pulse™ survey. 

  • AG fires up price gouging hotline

    TALLAHASSEE — Attorney General Pam Bondi today activated Florida's price gouging hotline for consumers in five Florida counties affected by severe weather and flooding. The opening of the hotline comes as Gov. Rick Scott declares a state of emergency for Dixie, Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas and Taylor Counties.

    Florida's price gouging law only applies within the areas of the declared state of emergency.

  • Man dies in Thursday accident

    A Thursday afternoon accident at the intersection of County Roads 326 and 337 has left one person dead. And a second one injured, according to a Florida Highway Patrol release.

    The name of the dead person was not released pending the notification of the next of kin.

    Maximo Aguirre Jr., 17 of Bronson was driving a 2010 Ford F250 pickup that collided with a 2010 Honda driven by a 70-year-old man.

  • FDOT Road and Lane Closures for August 8-14

     ALACHUA COUNTY

    Hull Road (UF Campus) Daytime lane closures and sidewalk closures between Southwest 34th Street and Mowry Road to build concrete sidewalk/trail.

    Interstate 75 Up to two lanes closed at night beginning Sunday at 9 p.m. and Monday through Thursday nights beginning at 7 p.m. until 7 a.m. the following day south of County Road 236 (Exit 404) to resurface. No work is allowed from Friday at 6 a.m. to Sunday at 9 p.m.

  • Citizen, Bulletin, Beacon move . . . temporarily

    The Chiefland Citizen, Cedar Key Beacon and Tri-County Bulletin have moved out of our offices due to renovations.

    The rains this year have been hard on the old flat roof at 624 W. Park Ave. and some patching needs to be done before we can return to the building. Some work is also being done to the interior.

  • August blood drives set

     Summer, when school is out and families hit the road for vacations, is a time when donors are in short supply, but the need for blood is as strong as ever. If it’s been a while since you donated, there’s no better time than now.

     In about the time it would take to shop for groceries for a week or knock out a crossword puzzle a blood donor can save a life.

  • County Briefs

    County has hiring freeze

    The county is clamping down on hiring instituting a freeze on all non-essential hires as of July 23.

    While emergency medical technicians, paramedics and Levy County Transit bus driver jobs are exempt from the order, Commissioner Rock Meeks of Otter Creek (R-District 2) said he would like to have any other hires brought before the commission.

    In asking about the memo from County Coordinator Fred Moody, the commissioner asked if new hires would come before the board. Moody said they could.