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  • Chiefland city manager gets 6 percent raise

    On a motion by Vice Mayor Teresa Barron, seconded by City Commissioner Frank Buie, the Chiefland City Commission gave City Manager Grady Hartzog Sr. a 6 percent salary increase.

    Hartzog's salary goes from $65,000 to $68,900 as a result of the Jan. 14 vote. This followed the commission's rating him at 4.14 out of a possible 5.

    Mayor Teal Pomeroy said this is the highest rating in the two years the commission has rated its city managers.

    Hartzog first took office on Jan. 12, 2007.

  • Andrews sues to define residency

    BRONSON - Andy D. Andrews sued Florida Secretary of State Kurt Browning, Levy County Supervisor of Elections Connie Asbell and Chiefland City Manager Grady Hartzog Sr., all in their official capacities, because he wants to know if he incorrectly registered to vote.

    The case filed Jan. 10 falls on the heels of Eighth Judicial Circuit State Attorney Bill Cervone on Jan. 7 choosing not to prosecute Andrews and 10 others for alleged voter fraud. A circuit court judge in Bronson may decide the definition of "residency" as a Florida voter.

  • Bronson girls can't hold the Mayo

    The Bronson girls basketball team played host to Mayo last Friday, the Lady Eagles' second round against this district opponent.

    While they were no match for the Hornets, who boast four-time All-State player Natalie Land and developing stars Sunshine Reid and Cartaesha Macklin, the Lady Eagles showed their own hard work.

    Playing without Elizabeth Gay, their main inside presence, Bronson fell to Mayo by 58-14, a substantial improvement over November's overwhelming 88-21 loss to the Hornets.

  • Chamber president aims to work closely council

    BRONSON –Bronson Town Council members got a visit from the new president of the Greater Bronson Area Chamber of Commerce –Cameron Asbell –at Monday night's meeting.

    Asbell explained how the chamber is reorganizing and how it would like to be the "right hand to Town Council."

    Asbell said the focus is on building up Bronson's economic base.

    "We're working on grants for economic development," Asbell said. "We need a current audit for that to happen."

  • County and circuit elections show 11 early starters

    BRONSON - While there is a focus on the Jan. 29 Presidential Primary and the vote for tax relief in Florida, records from Bronson and Tallahassee show 11 candidates have opened financial accounts to run for various posts open this year in Levy County and the Eighth Judicial Circuit as of Jan. 3.

    Accounts for candidates seeking election as Eighth Judicial Circuit State Attorney, two Eighth Judicial Circuit Court judge seats open this year, Levy County Superintendent of Schools, three Levy County Commission seats, Levy County Property Appraiser and Levy County Sheriff.

  • People plead to reject mine

    BRONSON - Southern Levy County residents pleaded with their leaders to reject a request for a special exception to allow a giant mine in the Gulf Hammock area.

    County Commission Chairman Sammy Yearty told the group, led by Betty Berger of Inglis, that the commission would listen to them. Until the quasi-judicial hearing where the commission would decide whether to grant the special exception to zoning, however, the commissioners cannot comment about the issue.

  • Cervone won't prosecute voter fraud

    GAINESVILLE - Eighth Judicial Circuit State Attorney Bill Cervone told Gary J. Holland, the assistant general counsel of the Florida Department of State, that he is not prosecuting any of the 11 Chiefland area people accused of voter fraud.

    On Sept. 27, 2007, Holland sent allegations that 11 people voted improperly in the Aug. 7 Chiefland city election, because they were not residents of the city.

    Cervone said he believes the definition of "residency" for voting purposes is subjective.

  • Bronson, Otter Creek fire departments to merge?

    There are advantages and disadvantages in living in a tiny community a good distance from a bigger town.

    On the down side are higher insurance rates, as lagging fire fighting services don't sit well with Insurance Services Office (ISO) folks.

    The ISO?s public protection classification program evaluates communities according to a set of criteria defined by a Fire Suppression Rating Schedule.

    Towns are rated on a 1-10 scale, the lower number the better.

  • Mayo comeback stuns Bronson boys

    Mayo represented well at the Bronson Holiday Tournament, winning two of three and playing a very solid game against tournament winner Dixie County.

    It was unexpected that Mayo would return the following week to beat Bronson.

    Win the Hornets did, however, as they came from behind in the final minute to shock the home team and fans with a 52-50 takeaway last Friday night.

  • Do's and don'ts of recycling

    Johnnie Pendarvis, Levy County Landfill Recycling Coordinator, said that there are 26 recycling trailers strategically dotting the county.

    "We've got them from Morriston to Inglis to Fanning Springs," he said.

    They are there for residents to put their aluminum, tin cans, plastic bottles and newspapers for recycling.

    Recycling helps in many ways. It relieves pressure on the landfill, plus the county receives a small fee for the recyclables according to weight.

    There are two things Pendarvis stresses.