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  • Sex offenders not welcomed at school

    Sex offenders and sex predators take note: You are not welcome at activities at Levy County schools even if you have a child enrolled in public school.

    The Levy County School Board on Tuesday approved the posting of signs warning parents convicted of sex crimes that they are only welcome after arranging an appointment with a school official – and they must be escorted by an officer or school official, when dropping off or picking up their child and when they are casting a vote if the school is designated a polling place.

  • Fire chief almost burns his bridge

     There's a saying: Don't burn your bridges behind you as you go out the door.

    It was almost the case at the Chiefland City Commission meeting on Monday when a discussion of 10 goals for Chiefland Fire Chief James Harris disintegrated into a heated clash between Commissioner Teresa Barron, his former boss, his current boss, Vice Mayor Betty Walker and a near walkout by Harris.

  • Agenda for Chiefland City Commission meeting Feb. 23
  • Tax break ordinance for proposed Holiday Inn approved

    Things are moving forward for the proposed Holiday Inn Express project in Fanning Springs.

    So said Mayor Trip Lancaster during the mayor’s report at the Feb. 3 Fanning Springs city council meeting. He also said that at the regular Gilchrist County commission meeting held the day before, an ordinance was approved 5 to nothing to allow for an abatement of some taxes for the Holiday Inn.

  • Stone gains clout in new legislative job

    Friday, Feb. 13, was not a bad luck day for state Rep. Charlie Stone (R-Ocala), whose 22nd District is made up of all of Levy County and a portion of western Marion County.

    Florida House Majority Leader Dana Young (R-Tampa) and Majority Whip Jim Boyd (R-Bradenton) on Friday announced the appointment of Stone and fellow state Reps. Colleen Burton (R-Lakeland), Julio Gonzalez (R-Venice) and David Santiago (R-Deltona) as House Majority Deputy Whips for the 2015-2016 legislative term.

  • Courthouse remodeling detailed

    It started with a simple complaint: A reporter said he and others in the back of the commission meeting room could not hear what was being said. It appeared the overhead speakers did not work. 

    The fix included new sound and recording equipment, a new dais for commissioners so wiring could be hidden, new microphones, comfy seats for the public even if fewer in number, and a bill for $57,379.09 for taxpayers.

  • Students remember a friend

    A crowd showed up for a last minute memorial of a young man who's life was lost in a tragic automobile accident early morning Feb. 12.

    Deshawn Roland was known not only for being a skilled athlete, but also a great person, said speakers at the event, which was held at 6 p.m.

    "An outpouring of love," Coach Aaron Richardson said, is what the night was about. He spoke of how tragedy hits small communities and choked back tears as he spoke about remembering the guy who "meant so much to all of us."

  • Visitation Friday for Deshawn Roland

    Chiefland lost a standout football star and all around nice guy when two vehicles crashed at 1:35 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 12, in front of the Marathon gas station, formerly the South Chevron, on U.S. Highway 19 in South Chiefland.

    Former Chiefland Indians football player Deshawn Roland, 20, died during surgery at Shands Hospital in Gainesville. At least three others were hospitalized with serious injuries after the crash, according to a Florida Highway Patrol report.

  • Former Indians football player dies in crash

    Students of Chiefland Middle High School will be gathering at Doyle McCall field at 6 p.m. Thursday (Feb. 13) to reminisce and comfort each other following the early morning death of a popuar standout Chiefland Indians football player Deshawn Roland. 

    Afterwards mourners will be welcome for visitation with the family of James Corbin, Deshawn Roland's close friend. The Corbin family fostered Roland after his mother died of breast cancer in his senior year.  

    Plans are still being made for his funeral. 

  • Chiefland fire chief gets new contract

    Chiefland Fire Chief James Harris may not have gotten a glowing evaluation, but he has enough strong points in the job he is doing to stick around for another year. 

    The City Commission voted 4-1 with Mayor Teal Pomeroy dissenting, to approve the new contract and Harris humbly thanked the commission for keeping him on.

    After Monday's special and regular meetings of the commission, Harris said fire chiefs average five years in their jobs and he is happy that he will see a sixth year with the city.