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  • This one was for bragging rights

    TRENTON –The Chiefland High football team went into last Friday night's non-district game at Trenton needing a victory to finish the season at .500.

    The host Tigers were looking for a win to build momentum heading into this Friday's regional playoff game at Port St. Joe.

    Adding zest to the affair was the fact that a big crowd was there to take in the contest between the two rivals separated by 10 miles of timber, farm and ranch land.

    The fans got their money's worth, as the two neighboring schools put it all on the line for bragging rights.

  • Legislators hit for $36 million in requests

    BRONSON - Going into his eighth year of service as a Florida House of Representatives member, Rep. Will Kendrick (R-Carrabelle) participated in his last Legislative Delegation hearing in Levy County on Nov. 13.

    Joining him were Sen. Charlie Dean (R-Inverness), Sen. Steve Oelrich (R-Gainesville), State Rep. Ron Schultz (R-Homosassa) and Rep. Larry Cretul (R-Ocala).

    Among the issues presented to the five men were $36.3 million worth of requests.

    Oelrich said the job of state legislators is a question of balance.

  • Mayor negotiates with developer to make larger lots

    Mayor M. Teal Pomeroy negotiated the revision of lot sizes in a development as a trade-off, so the developer is not required to put in sidewalks, curbs and gutters.

    The Nov. 13 negotiation eventually resulted in a 4-0 vote of approval for a variance, even though the Chiefland Planning Board had recommended denial of the variance.

    City Commissioner J. Rollin Hudson Jr. did not discuss the variance nor did he vote on it, because he is a principle owner of the property in question, according to records, which also show Hudson Foods Inc. as the owner.

  • City cuts new fire chief's salary

    Chiefland Mayor M. Teal Pomeroy cut the annual salary of Fire Chief John Ward by $500 a year to start, in contrast with what the city paid him as interim chief.

    For the first six months, Ward?s annual salary will be $41,000.

    As interim chief, it was $41,500 per year, which was former Fire Chief David Burnett's salary. Pomeroy said Ward lacks the fire inspector credentials held by Burnett.

  • Levy County asks state to fix three deficient bridges on Cedar Key

    BRONSON - Among the many requests made Nov. 13 of five members of the Florida Legislature was a request for about $5.2 million worth of repairs on three bridges on Cedar Key.

    Levy County Road Administrator Bruce Greenlee asked Rep. Will Kendrick (R-Carrabelle), Sen. Charlie Dean (R-Inverness), Sen. Steve Oelrich (R-Gainesville), State Rep. Ron Schultz (R-Homosassa) and Rep. Larry Cretul (R-Ocala) for state aid with the bridges.

  • Chamber of Commerce seeks ambassadors

    The Greater Chiefland Area Chamber of Commerce is seeking volunteers to serve as ambassadors, according to an announcement by Chamber President Bob Williams and Ambassador Committee Chairman Dale Bowen.

    Between two and six individuals will represent the Chamber as ambassadors to improve communication with current members and add value to being a member. The plan is to develop future leaders for the Chamber who understand the organization's mission and its value in the community.

    Responsibilities include:

  • Landfill fees go up Nov. 30

    BRONSON -- Williston City Council member Debra F. Jones said Nov. 6 that the city may stop having garbage service as a result of an increase in fees by Levy County.

    The County Commission approved the increase 4-1, with Commissioner Nancy Bell casting the dissenting vote. This is the first time in 18 years that dumping fees increased at the landfill. The new rates take effect Nov. 30.

  • Tax protester loses appeal to Value Adjustment Board

    BRONSON – George Sandora of Otter Creek served as an agent for Greg Lukehart of 12155 S.W. 165TH Terrace, Cedar Key, when Lukehart petitioned the Levy County Value Adjustment Board (VAB) for a reduced value of taxable property.

    The VAB– county commissioners Danny Stevens, Lilly Rooks and Tony Parker, and School Board members Beth Davis and Rick Turner – unanimously upheld the assessment made by Levy County Property Appraiser Francis Akins.

    Their agreement to uphold Akins' assessments came even after Sandora gave an impassioned speech.

  • Man confesses to credit union robbery

    Chiefland Police Det. Sgt. Chris Barwick arrested a 23-year-old Trenton man on Nov. 9 for the July 19 armed robbery and grand theft from the Sunstate Federal Credit Union.

    CPD Chief Robert Douglas said he and Barwick went to the workplace of Joshua Kane O'Hara on Nov. 8 to arrest him after they received information showing O'Hara was the bank robber who the CPD had been seeking for the past four months.

  • Group will feed 100 families

    This Thanksgiving, 100 families from the tri-county area will share the bounty of the holiday thanks to the generosity of people from their community.

    Terrie Towers, coordinator for Feeding Local Families, has helped initiate a program that seeks out, finds and feeds families who might otherwise not have a Thanksgiving meal.

    Often it is because they may fall through the cracks. For example, grandparents who are caring for their grandchildren may have incomes that are a few dollars over what would make them eligible for food stamps.