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  • Richardson blossoms for Indian boys

    Cantrell Richardson began the 2007-08 basketball season watching from the stands.

    "I slipped on my grades and I was ineligible," admitted the Chiefland High junior.

    Richardson worked harder in the classroom to get his math and history marks up. By Christmas Tournament time, he was added on to the varsity roster.

    At first, Richardson showed flashes of brilliance, but it would take some time for consistency to come around.

  • County leaders discuss mine issues

    BRONSON - Levy County Commission Vice Chair Nancy Bell said the Strategic Aggregates Review Task Force Report has been completed on Tuesday.

    During the Feb. 5 meeting, commissioners did not discuss the upcoming request for a special exception for a mine in the Inglis area, but Commissioner Lilly Rooks reminded her colleagues that last year the state tried to let the Florida Department of Transportation gain power to override county ordinances regulating mines.

  • Secretary of state vows to fight for voting laws

    TALLAHASSEE - While the issue lacks the excitement of hanging chads, the pieces of paper left when voters in 2000 punched holes in Florida's voting cards, an upcoming court battle between the state and a Chiefland voter may bring some clarification to residency requirements for voting in city elections.

    Florida Secretary of State Kurt S. Browning said Jan. 31 that he "looks forward to vigorously defending the state's election laws" when he was asked for a response to the lawsuit filed against him by Andy Andrews, according to Division of Elections spokesman Sterling Ivey.

  • Armed robbery suspect arrested

    A man who is suspected of robbing a 55-year-old woman outside the Dollar General on Dec. 15 was arrested for strong-arm robbery on Jan. 31, according to records.

    Louis Franco Garcia, 26, is believed to be the man who sprang out from bushes on the south end of the store at 1302 N. Young Blvd. Garcia grabbed her purse, which had a cell phone and cash, according to the victim who told Chiefland Police Officer Nick Viaggio about the attack.

  • Have you met a celebrity?

    Have you been in a busy airport and spotted a movie star across the concourse?

    Did you approach him and start a conversation, pose for a picture or ask for an autograph?

    Have you stayed in a hotel and ridden down the elevator with a sports figure, but couldn't get the courage to speak?

    Have you gone to a concert and managed a sneak peak at the singer behind the scenes or getting on her tour bus?

    The Chiefland Citizen is looking for Levy Countians who have had celebrity encounters to tell their stories in their own words.

  • Public urged to made addresses visible

    BRONSON - Sheriff Johnny Smith Jr. recently asked people in Levy County to post their 9-1-1 addresses in visible places.

    He made this request to help law enforcement officers, firefighters and Levy County Emergency Medical Services personnel reach people who need emergency services.

    Levy County 9-1-1 Coordinator Mike West said some address numbers are faded or have fallen from where they have been posted before. People should put the numbers near their driveways, he said, because some houses are too far from the road or they are hidden by trees.

  • County 9-1-1 maps sometimes send responders wrong way

    BRONSON - Dividing Levy County into quadrants for the 9-1-1 mapping process created a problem for first responders from Cedar Key, according to Cedar Key Assistant Fire Chief Robert Robinson.

    Levy County is split into four sections at the intersection of State Road 24 and U.S. Highway 19 at Otter Creek, Robinson explained. While U.S. 19 actually goes southeast to northwest and SR 24 goes southwest to northeast, the map builders made it read as if SR 24 goes north and south, he said.

  • Woman sounds address alert

    Eve Jensen of Cedar Key said she thinks Levy County Emergency Medical Service personnel should practice reading maps more.

    Jensen's husband K.C. Brown needed ambulance transport to Malcom Randall, the Department of Veterans Affairs hospital in Gainesville. That was in July, and now in February she is still incensed.

    Levy County EMS, Jensen said, aroused her extreme anger and indignation by not listening to her when she gave directions to reach her home at 1181 Gulf Blvd.

  • Developer says South Levy mine enviro-friendly

    Albert W. Townsend, director of real estate and environmental services for Tarmac America, wants people to know the proposed mine in southern Levy County is unique - just as all mines are different from each other.

    It is named King Road Mine.

    This site has high quality limestone, and is among the few places where such rock exists in Florida, Townsend said. This aggregate material is a vital resource for construction and it is in short supply, he said.

  • Nuisance abatement considered

    After Heidi Ann Prophet, 35, and Donna Gail Deal, 64, were arrested recently, they left the house at 510 N.W. Fourth Ave. as they were put in the Levy County Jail

    Until they can each come up with $30,000 in bail, or until their cases are finished in court, they will remain at the jail.

    In the meantime, Chiefland city leaders fell they must deal with what they see as a public health hazard. The house is full of garbage and feces, as well as roaches, rats and ants.

    Even with all of the windows and doors shut, the pungent stench can be smelled for yards away.