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  • Top Sports Stories of 2007

    Chiefland Citizen's top 15 local sporting events of the year

    1The Chiefland High girls softball team enjoyed its best season ever, making it all the way to a Class 3A State Final 4 appearance in Plant City. Under the guidance of coach Wayne Weatherford, the Lady Indians won the district and region before bowing to Gulliver Prep in the state semifinals. The Lady Indians finished with an eye-opening record of 25-5. Senior pitcher Megan Weatherford was 21-4 and voted 3A Player of the Year. Coach Weatherford was runnerup for 3A Coach of the Year.

  • Homestead Exemption amendment reviewed

    BRONSON - Levy County Property Appraiser Francis Akins recently provided the first of four informational releases to explain a ballot question set for the Jan. 29 election.

    Akins told the Chiefland Rotary Club on Dec. 19 that based on an average of 18 mills, a home valued at or above $75,000 would generate about $188.50 in savings if this proposed revision to the Florida Constitution is approved by voters.

    Akins performed more calculations to show actual savings at current millages for various parts of Levy County for the increased Homestead Exemption amendment.

  • Snakes in the dash

    I can imagine worse things than a snake in the dashboard of my truck. How about a bee hive? Or a fire ant nest?

    So, having a four-foot long Texas rat snake living somewhere near the airbag for three days wasn't all that bad.

    In fact, I was more worried about the snake's welfare. That plus the possibility of him dying in there and stinking up the truck for Lord knows how long.

    Any you thought "Snakes on a Plane" was bad.

  • Government leaders reflect and look forward

    Leaders in Chiefland, Bronson and Levy County reflected on 2007 and looked forward to 2008 when they were approached to do so by the newspaper.

    Chiefland City Manager Grady Hartzog Sr. said annexation and development in Chiefland in 2007 is a noteworthy accomplishment. The city's growth in acreage combined with potential business interests coming into Chiefland are positive aspects of the past year, he said.

  • Bronson boys outlast Trenton

    The Bronson High Eagles found themselves in a dogfight last Friday night when they hosted their district nemesis Trenton.

    The Eagles came out winners in a 60-49 slugfest that was never assured until the final seconds.

    Always prepared, tough on defense and good on the shot, Trenton came in ready to play.

    Bronson played well often, if occasionally erratically, but the Eagles were brutally efficient in the final minutes.

  • Happy New Year

    Friday begins what well may be one of the biggest party weekends of the year as New Year's Eve and New Year Day follow a weekend.

    We strongly encourage revelers to play it safe this holiday season.

    If you're making the party circuit where alcoholic beverages will be served and you plan to imbibe, make sure you have a designated driver who will get you where you need to be without you taking the wheel of the vehicle.

  • Double murder mars season

    BRONSON - The little town of Fanning Springs became the scene of a horrific double murder on Friday at about 9 p.m., according to information released from the Levy County Sheriff's Office.

    Hugo Devalle, 28, and Elfego Cano, 34, both residents of the McDougal Mobile Home Park at 9210 N.W. 178 Lane died as the result of an ambush, LCSO spokesman Lt. Evan Sullivan said. Both men are from Guatemala.

  • Property tax reform can save money

    Using an average of 18 mills as a typical amount for Levy County taxpayers in the current tax year, Property Appraiser Francis Akins said property tax legislation on the Jan. 29, 2008 ballot could save some individual taxpayers $188.50 each.

    About 40 percent of the people in Levy County who are qualified for Homestead Exemption will see no change in their tax bill from this legislation, Akins added.

    The proposed legislation will mean zero additional savings for people who are qualified for Homestead Exemption, but who have an appraised property value of less than $50,000.

  • No progress in pay-off of worthless check

    BRONSON - Levy County Fair Association President Bob Levesque said on Dec. 20 he has made no progress in his attempt pay a $2,000 worthless check he wrote to Robinson's Racing Pigs on Nov. 13.

    Spencer Mann, a spokesman for Eighth Judicial Circuit State Attorney Bill Cervone, said on Dec. 20 the Levy County office of the State Attorney has received two worthless check complaints against Levesque and the Fair Association.

    Those two complaints are under review, Mann said. That is all he could say about the potential worthless check cases.

  • New ordinance regulates sexually oriented business

    BRONSON - With only a half dozen citizens watching on the night of Dec. 18, the Levy County Board of County Commissioners unanimously adopted an ordinance to regulate sexually oriented businesses in the unincorporated part of the county.

    Rather than conduct the public meeting in the commission's meeting room, a courtroom was used to allow for more people to watch the action.

    While the mass of general public failed to appear, the proposed ordinance became law nonetheless.