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  • Funeral services for Julia Haile Friday

    Full of life.

    That's how most everyone remembers Julia Haile.

    This week, family and friends are mourning the death of Haile who died Saturday at the age of 82.

    A Georgia native who moved to Levy County in 1957, Haile was a teacher until her retirement.

    In 1996 she became the first African-American elected to the Levy County School Board.

    For 15 years she taught home economics at Chiefland High School.

  • Bell votes against 'fixed' bid

    BRONSON - Levy County Commissioner Nancy Bell voted "No" in a 4-1 decision on March 18 to seek bids with a $50,000 ceiling for some specific medical equipment.

    This bid, Bell told the Chiefland Citizen, is just an obligatory action that circumvents the process, which had been established to find the lowest and best bids for goods and services.

    A unique set of circumstances led to Bell's blasting the other four county commissioners.

  • Sheriff's Report

    Officers with the Levy County Sheriff's Office recently arrested the following people. Suspects are presumed innocent until they are proved guilty in a court of law.

    * William Alan Lancaster, 24, of Chiefland was arrested March 12 for grand theft of a firearm and dealing in stolen property. Bond $20,000.

    * Jesse Bryan Balogh, 20, of Chiefland was arrested March 12 for dealing in stolen property. Bond $1,000.

    * John Andrew Flynn, 30, of Bronson was arrested March 12 for burglary of a vehicle and petit theft. Bond $3,500.

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  • Racing may have contributed to Chiefland wreck

    A 44-year-old Chiefland man died March 10, when he was involved in a single-vehicle accident on Southwest Fourth Avenue west of Tenth Street in Chiefland, according to Florida Highway Patrol Cpl. Rodney Howard.

    Michael Gene Allen was driving a 1992 Pontiac Grand Prix LE south (west) on State Road 345 at a high rate of speed at about 7:35 Monday night, Howard said.

  • Florida and Chiefland want Andy Andrews to pay for lawsuit

    BRONSON - Attorneys for Florida and Chiefland have responded to 13 allegations Andy Dennis Andrews made as he seeks a declaration from a judge regarding his choice to register as a Chiefland voter.

    Assistant Attorney General Sabrina E. Redd of the Office of Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum represents Florida Secretary of State Kurt Browning.

    In her March 12 response, Redd said that Andrews "has failed to state a claim for which relief can be granted under the Declaratory Judgments Act."

  • Suwannee River Fair Gallops Off
  • Progress continues for nuclear plants in Levy County

    BRONSON --- On March 11, Progress Energy Florida (PEF) asked the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) to allow two nuclear units in Levy County.

    That same evening, PEF addressed the Levy Commission in regard to the Florida Department of Community Affairs (DCA) Objections, Recommendations and Concerns (ORC). The county wants to amend the Levy County Comprehensive Plan and land use map, including a zoning change from Forestry/Rural Residential to Public Use for the 3,100-acre PEF nuclear site.

  • Chiefland wants water bottling plant

    Chiefland leaders heard March 10 about a proposed water-bottling plant that wants to tap 300,000 gallons of city water daily.

    About 100,000 gallons of sewer service will be required daily to process the drinking water, Building and Zoning Administrator Bill Hammond Jr. said. Ninety-nine percent of that, he added, will go back to the aquifer.

    "It's actually potable water when they get done with it," Hammond said. "That discharge to our sewer would just be like the normal bathroom use of any other business."

  • Bronson Speedway opens 2008 stock car racing season

    The folks at Bronson Motor Speedway were all revved up about opening night last week.

    Then came a cold and blustery day Saturday. So much for a warm, balmy opening night.

    At least the wind died down by sunset, and most of the fans came well-prepared –with jackets, blankets, gloves, the whole nine yards.

    Early Sunday morning, there was frost in the Levy County area.

    While the weather did hold down the crowd some, track officials were pleased by the car count and attendence.