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  • Drummond, Perkins banks to merge

    Drummond Banking Company, parent company of Drummond Community Bank, and Williston Holding Company, parent company of Perkins State Bank, will be merging, according to a joint press release from Luther Drummond, president of Drummond, and Frank Etheridge, president of Perkins.

    The merger, expected to be completed during the first quarter of 2013, is subject to customary conditions, including the approval of the Williston shareholders and bank regulators.

  • Predicted record heat brings concerns over cooling bills

    By STEPHANIE CARROLL
    CARSON
    Florida News Connection

    TALLAHASSEE — The cost of cooling Florida homes is expected to rise this summer, with predicted record high temperatures and a proposed rate hike from one of the state's major electricity suppliers, Florida Power and Light. The added cost will be hard to afford for many Floridians, particularly seniors, explains AARP spokesman Greg Tanner.

  • Service recognized

    City of Chiefland Water and Facilities Manager Shane Keene, right, was presented with a plaque at Monday night’s commission meeting by Mayor Teal Pomeroy for 15 years of service to the city.

  • May Chiefland Students of the Month

       Three Chiefland students were presented with awards Monday night for academic excellence.
       From left, Dasia Shepherd, of CES, and Dessie Clemons, of CHS, hold up their certificates. Taylor Lewellyn, not pictured, was CMS’s Student of the Month.

  • VFW political rally July 20

    Candidates have ample time to get ready for the big political rally July 20 sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5625 and its Ladies Auxiliary in Chiefland.  The event is open to the public.
    Everyone should bring an appetite as there is a dinner beforehand and a dessert auction following the forum.
    The rally at 7 p.m., in the Post's smoke-free meeting room, will allow each candidate three minutes to speak to the public.
    Before the jawboning starts, the post will host a country fried dinner with sides from 5 to 7 p.m. for a donation.

  • Sen. Graham, other environmentalists to speak at Silver Springs event

    SILVER SPRINGS — The Florida Conservation Coalition, a nonpartisan alliance of concerned individuals and nonprofit organizations, will hold a rally at Silver River State Park on Saturday, June 23, to bring attention to the threats facing Silver Springs and other rivers, lakes, springs and aquifers throughout the region and state.  Through the event — Speak Up for Florida’s Waters  — the coalition aims to raise public awareness and galvanize further support for efforts to protect and restore Florida’s imperiled aquatic resources.

  • Chiefland passes on water ordinance

    Though no official vote was taken, Chiefland commissioners passed Monday night on implementing an option to a state agency’s water shortage order that would have reduced offenses from a 2nd degree misdemeanor to that of a civil infraction.
    Suwannee River Water Management District representative Steve Minnis told the commission that because of drought conditions, the district has put into effect a phase 3 water shortage ordinance, which for city residents means they will have to curtail water use for things such as landscape irrigation.

  • Sheriff's Report & Most Wanted for June 14

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office reports the following arrests:
    n June 5, Patricia Bailey, 47, Bronson, fraud. Bond $10,000.
    n June 7, Richard Edward Berryhill, 23, Inglis, battery. Bond $1,000.
    n June 7, Jephthah Darin Burton, 21, Chiefland, burglary, grand theft.
    n June 4, Jina Diane Covery, 43, Eagle Lake, VOP.
    n June 7, Harold Monroe Dallas, 24, Williston, FTA. Bond $2,000.
    n June 10, Jason Mathias Dickson, 37, Morriston, DWLS, attached registration license plate not assigned. Bond $3,500.

  • Knitters unite

    Alta Brewer, left,  shows Leslie Long, center, how to work in a new thread on a washcloth as Shirley Long, no relation, takes in the lesson. The ladies were part of a group that participated in "World Wide Knit in Public Day" on Tuesday at the Bronson Public Library.

  • Kennedy announces for District 1 county commission

    My name is Jason Kennedy, Republican, and I am your experienced candidate for Levy County Commissioner, District 1. It has been some time since someone raised and living in District 1 had the honor of serving his or her constituency.