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  • Chiefland looks at other legal options

    The Chiefland City Commission is hanging out the "Help Wanted" sign just two weeks after muzzling City Attorney Norm Fugate for actively participating in a suit brought by businessman Andy Andrews.

    Mayor Teal Pomeroy, who placed the item on the Monday night meeting agenda, said, "I want to consider advertising for legal services and see what we get."

    The commission first discussed getting bids for legal services, but later decided to seek proposals.

  • Chiefland ponders four-day work week

    Outside workers for the city of Chiefland will be able to go to a four-day week, but city hall workers may not get the same schedule.

    The city commission in its regular meeting on Monday evening decided to allow City Manager Grady Hartzog to put outside workers - such as public works - on a four, 10-hour day schedule, but balked at closing city hall on Fridays.

    Hartzog also proposed expanding the ways residents can pay their bills when city hall is closed by taking online and telephone payments using credit or debit cards.

  • Smith takes sheriff's race by a nose

    It was a good day for incumbents in Tuesday's primary as three won re-election and others won their party's nomination for the November election.

    Almost one-third of the county's registered voters, 8,216 out of 25,070, cast ballots in the primary. All results are unofficial. While it was a primary to determine the nominees for the November general elections, three races were being decided as the Republican Party did not mount any candidates to oppose the Democrats.

  • Interested in gardening?

    Anthony Drew, Levy County Extension Agent; Annette Long, Manatee & Fanning Springs Ambassador and Nature Coast Master Gardeners will present a public workshop with practical, research-based instruction for homeowner landscapes and gardens. Topics will include landscape design, designing with water in mind, fertilizer basics, fall vegetables and fruits and other topics.

    The event will be held at Fanning Springs State Park (meeting room) 18020 N.W. Highway 19 Fanning Springs from 10-2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20 and Saturday, Sept. 27.

  • Hospital asks for extension

    The Tri-County Hospital is moving forward with construction, although more slowly than originally planned, said Chiefland Planning Director Bill Hammond.

    Hammond updated the City Planning Board on the hospital's progress at its regular meeting Thursday evening.

    Hammond said the hospital has asked for an 60-day extension on its construction start date, a move that is agreeable to the city commission.

    "They don't want to issue the permit until next year for the money to be in for the budget."

  • See where crime is happening

    Ever wonder what's happening on your street?

    Ever pass a neighbor's house and wonder why the sheriff's cars are in the yard?

    Now you can find out without looking nosy - even though the Levy County Sheriff's Office thinks a little nosiness is a good thing when it comes to deterring crime.

    That's why the Sheriff's Office has partnered with Public Engines, a software development company, to become the second sheriff's office in Florida to post its crime incident information on the Internet.

  • Clean Sweep for Levy Incumbents

    It was a good day for incumbents in Tuesday's primary as three won re-election and others won their party's nomination for the November election.

    Almost one-third of the county's registered voters, 8,216 out of 25,070, cast ballots in the primary. All results in the story are unofficial. While it was a primary to determine the nominees for the November general elections, three races were being decided as the Republican Party did not mount have any candidates to oppose the Democrats.

  • Renovating just got tougher

    If you were planning to convert that carport or garage into a man cave or a mother-in-law suite or a nursery for the new twins, better make sure you have a permit and a plan.

    The Chiefland City Planning Board decided in its regular meeting Thursday night approved changing the method for issuing permits for enclosing carports and garages in R-1 and R-2 zones.

  • TS Fay Update 11 a.m. Saturday

    Emergency Management Director Mark Johnson made the call to close the shelters and drop to activation level 3 — a level that allows emergency workers and volunteers to take a break.

    The shelters were opened Friday evening because of the possibility of flooding during high tide. That did not materialize, said Lt. Evan Sullivan, spokesman for the Levy County Sheriff's Office and Emergency Management.

    Sullivan said there was some water over roads in Yankeetown, but that is normal for the area with these weather conditions.

  • Fay too unpredictable to call

    Tell the kids the bad news now: Levy County schools will be open on Tuesday.

    Ditto Levy County government offices. That means if you are planning to vote early for the Aug. 26 primary you can do so at the Supervisor of Elections office on Court Street in Bronson.

    The Levy County Board of Commissioners will be meeting at 9 a.m. at the County Courthouse on Court Street in Bronson.

    "This storm's really unpredictable," said Lt. Evan Sullivan of the Levy County Sheriff's Department, the spokesman for County Emergency Management,