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  • Theft won't keep fair kids from getting checks

    The kids' money is missing, down a financial rabbit hole at an Illinois bank, but the Suwannee River Fair — with the help of Perkins State Bank — will see to it the 347 kids who sold animals at the March show get their checks later this week.
    "They're going to get their money," said Loran Brookings, president of the Suwannee River Fair Association which puts on the annual youth livestock show and sale.

  • State D.O.E. rep comes to Levy County

    One month into his job, Rod Duckworth has been very busy.
    The new Florida D.O.E. Chancellor for the Division of Career and Adult Education visited Chiefland High School on April 17. It's part of a state-wide tour that also saw him visit Williston Middle School. Relocating from his native Arkansas, Duckworth and his team are looking to get a feel for his new state.

  • Hospital to break ground before end of year

    Representatives from the proposed Tri-County Hospital in Chiefland told city commissioners Monday night that plans for the hospital are still on track.
    "The good news is: Obviously, we are further along," said Frank Shuppe, CEO for the proposed hospital, at a public hearing on a $650,000 economic development grant that could pay for the extension of city sewer and water lines to the site of the proposed 60-bed facility.

  • City debates utility issues

    Chiefland staff say the city is getting a raw deal when it comes to several matters related to utilities.
    At Monday night's commission meeting, City Manager Grady Hartzog asked the commission to address billing dates, utility deposit fees for new customers and enforcement of the city's water connection mandate, all to mixed reviews from officials.

  • Sheriff’s reports & Most Wanted for April 26

        The sheriff's office reports the following arrests:
    n April 21, Charles Rowland Bray, 54, Inglis, burglary. Bond $25,000.
    n April 16, Elizabeth Kelly Coley, 18, Chiefland, loitering. Bond $5,000.
    n April 21, Dale Derber, 58, Newberry, criminal damage to property. Bond $2,000.
    n April 18, Travis Donald, 23, Chiefland, selling marijuana within 1,000 feet of a place of worship, cocaine distribution within 1,000 feet of a place of worship. Bond $110,000.

  • Horne recognized for a job well done

       Chiefland Police Chief Robert Douglas, left, presented CPD Officer Alton Horne, center, with a certificate in recognition of Horne's part in a recent investigation that helped break up a fraudulent check cashing scheme.
       Horne said the case started out simple enough but soon began leading him to an extensive fraudulent check operation as far away as Alachua County. Fifteen arrests were made in the operation that, all together, had passed off more than $100,000 in bad checks.

  • Police: Man burgled in three counties

    Detectives arrested David J. Morin, 31, of Dunnellon, April, 14, in connection with several commercial burglaries, according to a Levy County Sheriff's Office press release.
    The release said Morin was part of a group of people who  broke into the Kwik King in Morriston at the beginning of March. Several thousand dollars worth of cigarettes and lottery tickets were stolen from the store. And thousands of dollars worth of damage to the store resulted from the break in. The store, along with a break in at Morris Junction BP Station, was broken into three times.

  • Democrats caucus Saturday

       On Saturday, May 5, Democrats from across Florida will gather in their communities to hold the 2012 County Caucuses.  At our caucus, we’ll be electing delegates who will begin their path to representing our community at the State Convention in Tampa and the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C.       

  • Williston woman needs help

       Bethaney Swanson, a long-time Williston resident and real estate agent, has been diagnosed with lung cancer in both lungs.
    The surgery she needs is not covered by her insurance. The cancer is spreading quickly and she needs the procedure as soon as possible.
       A fund has been set up at Perkins State Bank for donations to help with her medical expenses.
       Checks can be made payable to Bethaney Swanson, Medical Account and friends asked for prayers and support.
    For more information, contact Sharon Brannan, 528-6558.

  • Levy County, regional unemployment drops

    The news on local employment has not been this good for more than three years: Unemployment for the three-county region of Levy, Marion and Citrus was 10.1 percent in March.
    Last time it was that low was December 2008 when it was 10 percent. For Levy County, the news is especially sweet as unemployment dropped from 10.1 percent in February to 9.4 percent in March.
    Neighboring Marion was at 10.3 and Citrus was 10.1.The last time unemployment in Levy County was this low was in December 2008 when it was 9.2 percent.