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  • CAAA hoops alive and well

    The Chiefland Area Athletic Association will have a winter basketball season, after all.

    Signups were initially slow, and it looked like there might not be any ball, but a very successful registration session on Saturday gave the CAAA satisfactory numbers.

    "We sent out flyers to the schools and really got a good response,"said CAAA president Wayne Weatherford. "We have 75 kids now. It will be a small league, but we have enough."

    The ages for those registered range from 5 to 14.

  • Chamber mixer Thursday

    The Chiefland Citizen is hosting a Chamber Mixer at the depot on Thursday, Dec. 13 between 5-7 p.m. Members, friends, and associates are invited.

    Before the mixer, at 4:30, there will be a special meeting of the general membership to vote on the board?s recommended amendments to the by-laws.

    The amendments are available in the Chamber office for review or you can call for a fax or e-mail set.

  • County pulls most of its funds out of investment pool

    BRONSON - Up north in Tallahassee, the weather was too warm for a frozen pool from Nov. 30 to Dec. 6, but when it came to securing investments - that was a different story.

    All activity in a state-run investment pool was frozen from Nov. 30 until Dec. 6 as the result of a run on funds. This impacted Levy County.

  • Chiefland police chief gets raise

    Chiefland City Commission members unanimously agreed to increase Police Chief Robert Douglas' annual salary by another 3 percent to $54,636.31, effective Dec. 11.

    The chief received a 3 percent raise as of Oct. 1. Commissioner mentioned the 6 percent raise granted police officers through negotiations with the Police Benevolent Association.

  • City leader thinks four-year term is better than two

    Chiefland City Commissioner J. Rollin Hudson Jr. thinks the elected term for the office should be four years rather than two years.

    He said the instability of a regime change every couple of years is unsettling to city workers.

    Mayor M. Teal Pomeroy said city workers should be working for the people, regardless of who serves as the city manager or on the City Commission.

    Vice Mayor Teresa Barron agreed with Hudson about four years being a better term of office for Chiefland City Commissioner.

  • Dry vegetation presents fire hazard

    The first cold snap of the season left its mark in Levy County with dry ground cover and leaves.

    The threat of wildfires exists and the continued drought increases problems. Here are some reminders from the Florida Division of Forestry and from the Chiefland Fire Rescue Department concerning outside burning:

    * Agriculture, silviculture, land clearing, pile and acreage burning all require authorization from the Division of Forestry.

    * Before starting any outside burning, contact the local fire department for any burn bans that may be in effect.

  • City looks at cost of fixing octagon building

    City Manager Grady Hartzog Sr. was instructed by the Chiefland City Commission at its Dec. 10 meeting to look at the cost of improving the city's octagon-shaped building.

    On Oct. 22, the City Commission sought suggestions for how to use the building, which currently sits just north of the fire station. There had been some discussion about moving the building, but as of Dec. 10 the commission wants to leave it where it exists now.

  • Reflective signs make great gift, help rescuers

    For the person who has almost everything, Chiefland Fire Rescue Department has the perfect gift available instantly for only $10.

    A sturdy, reflective 9-1-1 address sign is available for sale at CFR and it can be made within about five minutes, CFR Secretary Debbie Sipf said. Any address can be quickly recorded on the sign, she said.

    She makes the signs right at the fire station. The address is on both sides of the sign, she added.

  • Drug task force busts 15 in raid

    BRONSON - Fifteen individuals were arrested in the East Williston area Dec. 6 on drug charges, according to Levy County Sheriff's Office spokesman Lt. Evan Sullivan.

    The Drug Task Force, which consists of officers from the Levy County Sheriff's Office and the Chiefland Police Department, have been investigating and buying narcotics in the East Williston area.

    A search and seizure operation netted $3,400 worth of drugs, $1,474 in cash, two vehicles and one firearm, Sullivan said.

  • Levy County Fair goes in red, bounces checks

    The Levy County Fair Association bounced a $2,000 check that was written to Robinson's Racing Pigs, and the animal show owners are not standing still.

    Randall and Sharon Ross of Fort White own the racing pigs, which they brought to Williston for the county fair from Nov. 8 through Nov. 12. Randall Ross said he deposited the check from the Levy County Fair Association on Nov. 13. It was returned for insufficient funds. When he called Levy County Fair President Bob Levesque, the fair offered to pay the couple $100 a month on the $2,000 debt, Ross said.