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  • Seagrass restoration continues

    Plants and core logs were placed on the shoreline of Atsena Otie Key on May 8 and Nov. 15, 2007 and again this year on May 8 where the old Eberhard-Faber pencil factory was in operation back in 1896.

    A hurricane destroyed the mill and the town of Cedar Key's infrastructure that year. Cedar Key was re-established at its present location across the channel on Way Key after clean-up was completed at Atsena Otie Key. Unfortunately, construction costs and a sagging market prevented the pencil factory from being rebuilt.

  • Levy FCAT scores are up

    The FCAT math, science and reading scores are finally in for grades 4-10, and on a whole the Levy County scores are up, but still running a bit behind the state's norm.

    Yet to come are the highly anticipated district and individual school letter grades, which are still being calculated by the FDE and should be released by mid-July.

    In the meantime, Levy County Schools numbers crunchers Jeff Edison, Mike Todd and Linda Durrance were busy dissecting the latest numbers.

  • Voters will have choices

    By Jim Clark

    Contributing Writer

    Qualifying for this year's elections has ended, and four Levy County candidates find themselves elected without opposition.

    Tax Collector Linda Fugate, Supervisor of Elections Connie Asbell, and School Board members Beth Davis and Paige Brookins each failed to draw an opponent.

    In any race where there is more than one candidate of either party, the candidates will appear on the ballot on Aug. 26.

  • New insurance will save city thousands

    The Chiefland City Commission voted 3-1 Monday night to accept a bid that may save the city thousands of dollars in insurance costs.

    According to a city report, only two companies, Florida League of Cities and Don Martin Insurance/Brown and Brown Insurance, responded to the city's invitation to bid on city property, liability and workers compensation insurance.

    Florida League of Cities, which offers a rate of $11,482.66 cheaper than their local competitor, was chosen as the new insurance provider.

  • 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.