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  • Fanning Chamber plans for movie night

    By KATE SHERIDAN, Citizen Correspondent

    The next big event For the Fanning Springs Chamber of Commerce is “Movie Night at the Fort” scheduled for Oct. 21.

    The twenty-first movie includes the annual “Trunk or Treat” for all area children.

    Discussion included traffic control with patrons walking across U.S. Highway 19. The tentative schedule of events is for Trunk or Treat at 5:30 p.m. and followed by the movie at 7 p.m.

  • County sets preliminary rates

    Levy County set its Preliminary Annual Rate Resolutions for the Roadway Maintenance Service, Solid Waste Tax Assessments, EMS Tax Assessments and Fire Protection Services, capping the new rates at current levels or lower.

    The preliminary rates set a ceiling that the county cannot go above in the upcoming budget, which is finalized on Sept. 12.

  • Chiefland parole office recognized

    The Board of Levy County Commissioners adopted a proclamation recognizing July 16 through July 22 as Pretrial, Probation and Parole Supervision Week.

    Florida Department of Corrections Circuit Administrator Cheryl Kauffman requested the proclamation in person and recognized the work of Chiefland Correctional Probation Supervisor Thomas Darus III and his staff.

  • Chiefland parole office recognized

    The Board of Levy County Commissioners adopted a proclamation recognizing July 16 through July 22 as Pretrial, Probation and Parole Supervision Week.

    Florida Department of Corrections Circuit Administrator Cheryl Kauffman requested the proclamation in person and recognized the work of Chiefland Correctional Probation Supervisor Thomas Darus III and his staff.

  • Williston granted waiver for gas pipeline burial

    There’s a discrepancy between Levy County and the Florida Department of Transportation in how deep a gas pipeline must be buried on along their respective right-of-ways.

    The origin of the standard is unclear, but the county requires a minimum of 5 feet from the ground to the top of a pipe, while the FDOT’s standard – as well as the federal requirement – is 36 inches (3 feet).

  • 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.