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  • Chiefland delays fire inspection fees

    City Commissioners voted Monday night to postpone a decision about proposed fire inspection fees.

    Chiefland Fire Chief John Ward said the fees, which would charge existing businesses $50 for yearly fire inspections would go toward offsetting the cost associated with inspections, permitting and plan reviews.

    New businesses would also be charged $100 for the first $1,000 spent, $6.75 for each additional $1,000 up to $250,000, and $3.50 per every $1,000 over $250,000, according to figures provided by Ward.

  • Bowers prying open the door to Big Leagues

    Cedrick Bowers is making a strong pitch to land in the Majors.

    It seems the hard-throwing left-hander out of Chiefland is prying open the door for a shot with the Colorado Rockies, as he has pitched super ball so far this season for the AAA Colorado Springs Sky Sox.

    "I think I got a good chance,"Bowers said. "I'm pitching well and people are behind me."

    Used mostly as a set-up guy, Bowers has posted a 4-1 record with an excellent 3.16 ERA.

    3.16 looks even more impressive when one considers the thin atmosphere on the high Plains.

  • 4 Indians chosen to All State

    Four Chiefland High baseball players have received attention in the All-State selections.

    Senior pitcher Ory Pitts came first, as he was named to Class 3A first-team.

    Pitts was the Indians pitching ace in the 2008 season, finishing with an 8-2 record. He is set to pitch at Pensacola Junior College in '09.

    Three players from the 18-5 Indian squad were Honorable Mention selections on the All-State team.

  • Real estate courses offered

    Central Florida Community College announces that the Levy Center in Chiefland has received state approval to offer real estate courses on site.

    All prelicensing and post-licensing courses for sales associates and brokers that are currently available at the Ocala Campus will now be available in Levy County.

  • Reps will listen to your concern

    Representatives for Congresswoman Ginny Brown-Waite (FL-05) will continue the practice of hosting Constituent Outreach Meetings throughout the 5th District in the coming weeks to meet with residents of the area to discuss their views and concerns.

    Staff members from Rep. Brown-Waite's office will explain how to get in touch with the Congresswoman to remedy a problem, offer general assistance and information, and outline what services are available through the office.

  • Power bills going up

    Skyrocketing gasoline prices continue to be much more far-reaching than what you literally pay at the pump.

    A close look at your power bill will reveal charges directly linked to fuel cost increases.

    After holding off for as long as possible, Central Florida Electric Cooperative finally had to pass some of the load to its 30,000 customers in the tri-county area.

    On your bill under "Current Charges," there are a number of lines breaking down each month's figures.

  • Drought hurting crops

    From beneath the shelter of his farmhouse's front porch, Brad Lingo smiled at the sheets of rain falling fast from his roof. The curly hairs of his beard seemed to draw tighter to his face, and though his glasses were beginning to fog, his eyes revealed the feeling that accompanies seeing a long-lost friend.

    "This doesn't solve our drought problem," he said.

  • Cedar Key bridges need work

    Jordan Green out of the Florida Department of Transportation office in Lake City made his annual visit to the Levy County Commissioners to talk about upcoming road projects.

    "We're soliciting work order priorities," said Green, whose office coordinates work in 11 counties.

    The biggest county road project in the DOT's tentative five-year plan is the bridge replacement spanning the Waccasassa River on CR 339.

    Commissioner Lily Rooks, District 4, suggested that two bridges on Cedar Key seem to need immediate attention.

  • Treasure hunting

    With temperatures in the 90s, there's no place better to be than where a Gulf breeze wafts over you. Last week, Karla Harmeier from Texas helped her niece, Alyssa Harmeier of Trenton, bag shells she found on her trip to the beach at Cedar Key. With fuel prices soaring daily, family daytrips or "sta-cations" are catching on. This week, we tease you with the state park on Cedar Key in our print edition.

  • Aerial photography no longer free

    Seems things that were once free are disappearing quickly.

    No more free air or water at the filling station. No more free luggage bags on airlines.

    For Levy County Property Appraiser Francis Akins, it's no more free aerial photography.

    A shocked Akins revealed to County Commissioners Tuesday that the Florida Department of Revenue has suddenly decided to bill counties with populations more than 25,000 for the aerial shots that are vital to appraisers, realtors, insurers and bankers.

    We're not talking petty cash, either.