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  • Tarmac requests delay on zoning hearing

    BRONSON - A March 31 letter from an attorney representing Tarmac America shows the mining company wants to delay consideration of its request for a special exception.

    The Levy County Planning Commission would not consider the Kings Road Mine again until January 2009 at the earliest, if the request for a delay is granted. The letter to Chiefland Building and Zoning Director Rob Corbitt asks the Planning Commission to "hold in abeyance Tarmac's pending special exception application until at least January of 2009."

  • Tarmac King Road Mine rings of White Construction issues

    BRONSON - While Tarmac America is using Science Applications International Corp., to prove the level of impact on the environment by its 2,700-acre mine, another Levy County mining issue goes back to a 2004 Special Exception to zoning.

    White Construction Co. of Chiefland wanted a Special Exception from the Levy County Board of County Commissioners to establish a major limerock mining operation.

    This 60-acre and 20-acre site was in an Agriculture/Rural Residential area, according to records.

  • Kings Road Mine reviewed by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

    Two scoping meetings with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) on March 26 and 27, in Inglis and Chiefland respectively, added to the scoping process, which began Feb. 19.

    This process is where the USACE gathers verbal and written input from the public to help the corps review and analyze data. In this instance, the proposed Tarmac King Road Limestone Mine is under review. The Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is being created, USACE EIS Project Manager Ed Sarfert said.

    The two EIS hearings are not the end of public input.

  • CFCC offers medical classes

    Central Florida Community College will hold information sessions for Health and Human Services programs - including nursing, physical therapist assistant, surgical technology - which have no waiting lists for admission.

  • County seeks FEMA communications grant

    BRONSON -- The Levy County Board of County Commissioners unanimously approved a request from Fire Chief John Ward to apply for a matching grant to improve radio service in parts of the county where hand-held radios are failing.

    A request to apply for a $561,655 grant, where the Federal Emergency Management Agency pays 90 percent and Levy County pays 10 percent, was unanimously approved at a special County Commission meeting on the evening of March 25.

  • Commission chairman says 'Whoa radios!'

    BRONSON - Levy County spent $1.5 million on its new 800-megahertz radio system, and County Commission Chairman Sammy Yearty told firefighters not to ask for more radios.

    Chiefland Fire Chief John Ward approached the County Commission with a few requests for improving firefighters' communications at a special meeting March 25. The county agreed to improve towers for paging, and to seek a grant for improving a tower to help radio service.

  • CES walks for March of Dimes

    Chiefland Elementary School has a lot of things going for it.

    One of those positives is an awesome relationship with the North-Central Florida March of Dimes.

    For 14 years, CES teacher Robin Hardee has organized the school?s effort in the Walk Mania.

    This year?s fund-raising event was the "Walk for Babies" –which educates school children about premature babies and neonatal care.

    Approximately 60 schools covering 11 counties participated in the Walk, which took place March 13.

  • Camera a boon to Bronson firemen

    BRONSON –In the old days of firefighting, it was always very difficult to enter a smoke-filled structure trying to locate possible victims.

    A lot of the time, someone couldn't be located until the fire was out and the smoke had cleared.

    By that time, it can often be too late.

    But modern technology now gives firefighters an added tool to find people in thick smoke conditions.

    Thermal imaging cameras are indeed lifesavers.

    "They locate victims quickly,"said Bronson Fire Chief Rick Lombardo.

  • Hiers, Wheeler excel for Indian track and field

    The athletic field at Chiefland Elementary was alive with many athletic events last Thursday, March 20, as Chiefland High was host to an invitational track and field meet.

    Six schools competed in the girls competition, while there were five in the boys.

    Cedar Key High won the girls meet with 139 team points. Bell was secon at 119, Trenton third at 86, Williston fourth at 50, Chiefland fifth at 49 and Dixie County sixth at 47.

  • Chiefland bench presses Bell, Bronson

    The Chiefland High boys weightlifting team remained unbeaten with victories over visiting Bell and Bronson on Wednesday, March 19.

    Chiefland scored 50 team points compared to Bell's 43 and Bronson's 16.

    Chiefland had winners in five of the 10 weight divisions.

    Randy Hite won at 119 pounds. He benched 140 and cleaned 175 for a total of 315.

    Jacob Merritt won at 129 pounds. He benched 230 and cleaned 175 for a total of 405.

    Stephen Davis won at 169 pounds. He benched 245 and cleaned 225 for a total of 470.