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  • County weighs marijuana rules

    The state has begun clarifying its position on regulating marijuana dispensaries after voters passed a ballot measure last November to allow the sale of medical marijuana in Florida.

    Levy County currently has a moratorium banning the sale of medical marijuana, but it will soon have to make a somewhat longer-term decision.

    At the recent meeting of the Board of Levy County Commissioners, Board chair John Meeks reported some of his findings on the issue from the Florida Association of Counties Conference.

  • City to raise millage rate

    By JOHN TYLER NILSEN, Citizen Correspondent

    Chiefland City commissioners voted Monday to raise millage rates from six mills to 6.985 mills in a 3-2 vote.

    Commissioners were apprehensive to bring forward a resolution to raise property taxes until Commissioner Donald Lawrence eventually made the motion to move toward the roll-up rate.

    “Every single person is trying to make cuts and do everything they can. We’ve got a bunch of really good people and we don’t want to lose them to anywhere else,” Lawrence said.

  • CF timber program holds inaugural completion ceremony

    Six pioneering students were recognized at the College of Central Florida’s first-ever Timber Harvesting Equipment Program Completion Ceremony last Friday in Chiefland.

    The new non-credit program is aimed at preparing students for jobs in the field of logging and timber, an expanding industry in North Central Florida.

    Students went through five weeks of classroom instruction and three weeks of hands-on field experience. Upon completion, they received Master Logger Certification, OSHA 10-hour Certification and CPR Certification.

  • Horseshoe crabs are related to spiders

    By REBECCA GALLAGHER

    Horseshoe crabs are arthropods therefore more closely related to spiders than to crabs, according to Dr. Savanna Barry from the UF/IFAS Nature Coast Biological Station.

    Barry presented a lecture on the crabs recently to a group at the Withlacoochee Gulf Preserve. She discussed the anatomy and importance of the horseshoe crab.

  • City considers property tax increase

    By JOHN TYLER NILSEN
    Citizen Correspondent

    Chiefland City commissioners are considering raising millage rates to cover city budget expenses, but no decision can be made until certified property values are released next week.

    The commission held its first budget meeting Monday, June 26, in preparation for the next fiscal year. The next budget meeting will be held after the July 10 meeting.

    The budget includes a 2 percent increase in wages for non-union city employees, except for city manager Mary Ellzey, who opted not to accept a raise.

  • Connecting trails could transform local communities

    When Dale Allen retired in 2010 and took to riding the state’s local trails, he quickly grew frustrated.

    For more than 30 years, Florida’s local and state authorities have been acquiring abandoned railroad corridors and converting them into recreational trails, in line with the national rails-to-trails trend.

    The process has led to a hodge-podge of disconnected pieces, undermining the potential of the trails to serve as long-distance carriers for bicyclists, and economic stimuli for the communities they run through.

  • Cedar Key, Bronson, Williston fireworks

    The Cedar Key Chamber of Commerce will have its fireworks show on the Fourth of July at dark on Dock Street.

    The Chamber sponsors the annual event through donations and donations are still short of the $12,000 needed to pay for the display and donations are still being accepted.

    For more information on the show or how to donate, please contact the Cedar Key Chamber of Commerce at 352-543-5600.

    The Town of Bronson and Williston will celebrate the Independence Day on July 1 and July 3, respectfully.

  • 12th Annual Spring Dance Revue held in Chiefland

    D&D Studios presented their 12th Annual Spring Dance Revue on Saturday June 10. 

    As in the previous years, the spectacular revue was held in the Chiefland High School Auditorium. 

    "A Celebration of Faith & Freedom" was met with tremendous applause.  As July 4th approaches, many routines consisted of our nations traditional and familiar patriotic songs. 

  • Otter Springs to host 4th of July family fun

    Join Otter Springs Park and Campround this Fourth of July weekend for family fun, food, and music to celebrate our freedom and those who sacrificed for our freedom. The holiday weekend includes begins Friday, June 30 with a barbecue dinner and ends with a cookout at the Springs.

    All proceeds go towards the Camp Valor Project in support of our severely wounded veterans. Please check out our website at www.ottersprings.com to learn more about the other activities we will be hosting this holiday weekend. For more information, please call 352-463-0800.

  • Water rumors addressed at Fowlers Bluff water meeting

    By REBECCA GALLAGHER
    Citizen Correspondent

    Fowlers Bluff Water Association Board President Tim Brown noted the 25 to 30 members assembled for the annual meeting last week was the largest group of members to show up for a water meeting since the new plant opened in 2012. He mentioned that in 2015, when the purification system was not working around 12 members showed up.

    Also present, were board members Charlie Brown, Cathy Simpkins and Bill Nelson.