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  • Chiefland celebrates FFA Week

    Heather Rucker and her ag students recently held their 5th annual petting zoo as part of National FFA Week. Chiefland Elementary school's kindergarten students took a walking field trip to participate in the program set up for them at the middle school's ag property.

    "We do it for the kindergarteners. In two years I'll have the original group. Then I'll get to see if those kids are interested in ag and how many remember that day and what they went through and see if they've learned anything," Rucker said,

  • Set Your Clocks Forward

    Be sure to set your clocks forward one hour before you go to bed Saturday.

  • New $2.9 million transfer station opens

    BRONSON - Levy County taxpayers netted $300,000 in savings with the opening of a new transfer station at the landfill east of Bronson, according to information released March 4 at the County Commission meeting.

    Project Manager Andrew Wellman of Peter Brown Construction said the close-out of this project reflects the saving and changes the $3.2 million project into a $2.9 million project.

  • Levy fire departments on new radios now

    As of Feb. 28, all 14 fire departments in Levy County are on the new radio system, according to information released at the March 4 County Commission meeting.

    Now that the radios are being used, a monthly fee begins. The provider, Williams Communication, is waiving the fee until April.

    Dick Tummond, assistant to the county coordinator, requested $12,264 from the county to pay the monthly per-unit fee for 143 radios for the months of April through September. Commissioners voted 4-0 to authorize the payment, which pays the fee through the end of the current fiscal year.

  • Recycle trailers may be moved

    BRONSON - When Renate Cannon asked if Levy County had discontinued its recycling trailer program, Landfill Director Benny Jerrels explained the situation during the March 4 County Commission meeting.

    A problem with these trailers arises, Jerrels said, when people use them to dump household garbage there. When that happens, the trailers are removed from locations for a period of time or forever.

    The recycle trailers have had tires stolen off of them and some people have even used them as a place to dump dead deer carcasses, Commission Chairman Sammy Yearty said.

  • Streets considered for improvements

    After Chiefland City Engineer Lee Mills spent an hour telling the City Commission about roads that might be paved, City Manager Grady Hartzog Sr. listed four he saw as best candidates during the Feb. 25 commission meeting.

    The four roads Hartzog listed are all the city can afford now, he said, but Finance and Projects Coordinator Laurie Copeland is working to obtain Community Development Block Grants. These CDBGs are for water, sewer, fire hydrants and some paving, she said.

  • Kipnis pleads for end to global warming

    If we're to protect the environment, we have to take action now.

    That was the plea Saturday when Capt. Dan Kipnis spoke on global warming to members and guests at the Annual Open House of the Lower Suwannee and Cedar Key National Wildlife Refuge and Annual Meeting of the Friends of the Refuge.

  • CMS Braves improve record to 4-0

    The Chiefland Middle School baseball team improved its record to 4-0 with a doubleheader victory over visiting Lake Butler on Tuesday, Feb. 19.

    The first game was 5-3, while the nightcap was 8-1.

    Alden Davis led the hit parade in game one, as he was 2-for-3 at the plate. Those getting one hit were Shaquille Patterson, Kody Plemmons and Kaleb Caplin. Deric Allen was the winning pitcher, going five innings. Caplin fired two effective relief frames.

  • Streets considered for improvements

    After Chiefland City Engineer Lee Mills spent an hour telling the City Commission about roads that might be paved, City Manager Grady Hartzog Sr. listed four he saw as best candidates during the Feb. 25 commission meeting.

    The four roads Hartzog listed are all the city can afford now, he said, but Finance and Projects Coordinator Laurie Copeland is working to obtain Community Development Block Grants. These CDBGs are for water, sewer, fire hydrants and some paving, she said.

  • Indian rally stuns Jones, Tigers

    From the get-go, it looked like it was going be Andy Jones' night.

    The left-handed ace of the Trenton High pitching staff was simply mowing through the Chiefland Indian lineup last Friday night, keeping Indians off balance with his masterful command of fastball, curve and change-up.

    But silently, his Chiefland mound counterpart –Jeremy Hayes –was also getting the job done.

    Some sloppy play in the field helped Trenton grab a first inning lead, but Hayes kept working hard on the hill to keep his team within striking distance.