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  • Lundy spells out his boys basketball program

    In Mark Lundy, the Chiefland High boys basketball program not only has a coach who cares about building a winning attitude, but also shaping the character of boys as they turn into young men.

    Lundy explained some of his philosophies and needs to the Chiefland Rotary Club members at their July 23 meeting at Bell's Restaurant.

    Lundy is beginning his second year as head coach of CHS basketball.

    There were growing pains for the players and coach in Lundy's first season. There were ups and downs as the Indians posted a record of 9-18.

  • Fox attacks woman

    A Morriston woman is still hospitalized and undergoing surgery to repair her legs after a red fox attacked her on Friday morning, and her husband wounded her while trying to kill the animal.

    Pat and Don Vrana of Southeast 186th Avenue were checking their yard on Friday morning after they spotted a suspicious animal when the female fox attacked them. Don Vrana was able to get away from the fox but he could not get the fox off his wife's leg.

  • Police looking to save money

    The Chiefland Police Department has seen the light and will be saving on its fuel bill as a result.

    The "enlightment" came when the department ran a test on a police car without the familiar rooftop light bar, using lights that are mounted inside the windshields.

    Chief Robert Douglas said he decided to go with the new lights after doing a test drive. "I did a test drive for 50 miles," he said. "Without the light bar I got 25 miles per gallon and with the light bar on I got 16 miles per gallon."

  • Early voting starts Aug. 11
  • Chiefland millage down a 'smidgen'

    Chiefland property owners can breathe a sigh of relief as their property tax rates will go down a smidgen this year.

    However the Chiefland City Commission received proposals to raise fees, water and sewer rates, to go to a four-day work week and discussed the possibility of tying future fee and rate increases to the Consumer Price Index.

    The City Commission voted in its regular meeting Monday night to lower the rate from 4.7536 mills to 4.75 mills and to hold its budget meetings on September 9 and 23.

  • Levy CFCC offers classes

    CNA Program

    If you are interested in a career in health care you are invited to a free information session about the Certified Nursing Assistant class that will be offered by Central Florida Community College at Williston High School this fall.

    The CNA program is a great first step to a health care career. It prepares students for employment as nursing assistants in hospitals, long-term care facilities, medical offices and clinics.

  • Levy County millage rate stays same

    Levy County's property tax millage rate will remain at its current rate - 7.4212 mills - for the fiscal year starting Oct. 1

    That's good news for property tax owners. But the bad news for Levy County is that employees won't get a raise and it will have to spend its entire emergency reserve fund, to balance a reduced budget at that tax rate.

  • CES will expand

    With the site and design approval for a new structure, Chiefland Elementary School is hoping to put a dent in the 14 portable structures sitting on the south side of its sprawling campus.

    The Levy County School Board members OK'd the plans for a 11,700-square-foot building that will house eight classrooms.

    "They'll be replacing the portables," said assistant superintendent Jeff Davis at Tuesday's meeting. "They've (portables) been there since the school was built in 1993."

  • 4-H Campers sewing inaugural was 'fun-tastic'

    It was a celebration of firsts for the 4-H at the Levy County Extension Service office in Bronson.

    Everyone had made his or her first outfit - a top and a bottom.

    The quilting on the pillows was a first experience.

    Baking cookies was not a "first time" experience, but making them in the shape of clothing certainly was.

    There was the first boy in a class dominated by girls.

    It was the first time sore fingertips united them in a universal dislike of sewing needle pricks.

  • City's flushes have sweet smell of savings

    The staff at the Chiefland Water Reclamation Plant, the place where every toilet flush meets it end, have turned off two 40-horsepower fans that keep the smell down on the sludge digester.

    It sounds like a pretty noxious idea.

    But a change in the way sludge is separated from 168,000 to 170,000 gallons of wastewater daily means the smell emanating from the plant is that of money saved on the electric bill, blowers that no longer need maintenance, and less use of a petroleum-based chemical whose cost has been rising with crude oil prices.