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  • Living off the grid

    Citizens of the Gulf Hammock area feel like their area is falling through the cracks when it comes to locating homes for delivery or emergency services, and when it comes to the latter, they’re worried it could prove fatal.

    At the Gulf Hammock Church of God Thursday, July 13, around 30 Gulf Hammock residents met with a handful of county representatives to air out their worries over how the area is represented on mapping systems as well as how it’s handled through the postal system.

  • Blast from the past

    Submitted by members of the CHS Class of 1964

    Members of Chiefland High School’s Class of 1964 recently reunited at Bett’s Big T Restaurant.

    The celebration on June 12 included four classmates from out of town, including Charles and Linda McLendon from North Carolina; Jackie Cheely and Roy Pickett from Arkansas; Janet Hudson and J.L. Watson from Georgia; and Bert and Mary Jane Farnell from Texas.

    We also had a great turnout of local classmates.

  • Chiefland man dies in crash

    A 60-year-old Chiefland man was killed July 9 in a single car crash.

    According to a report issued by the Florida Highway Patrol, Bruce Wayne Roque was driving a 1997 GMC 1500 pickup northeast on County Road 347.

    The vehicle drifted off the paved portion of the roadway with the right side. The man attempted to correct himself by turning to the left. As the vehicle reentered the roadway, the driver oversteered to the right, causing the vehicle to rotate in a clockwise direction before leaving the roadway, overturning and coming to rest on its roof. 

  • Williston dancing club hosts weekly square dancing sessions

    The Clover Squares Square Dancing Club holds its dancing each Wednesday in the spacious Williston Crossings RV Park Clubhouse, just off Highway 27 in Williston.

    Each Wednesday at 6:30 p.m., the club offers square dancing lessons, the fee for adults is $5 and children are free. Kids of all ages are invited to dance in the squares for free.

    The hour-long lessons offer a fun-filled evening the entire family can enjoy. Seasoned dancers or “Angels” are paired with novices and a square is formed with four couples.

  • Father Joe retires as pastor

    By LYNN DEJARNETTE, Citizen Correspondent

    St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church of Chiefland held a retirement dinner for Father Joseph McDonnell recently at the Tommy Usher Center.

    Father McDonnell said the Catholic Church requires priests to turn in their retirement papers at the age of 75, but he’s not going anywhere, he said June 22 to 200 parishioners and friends during the banquet.

  • Father Joe retires as pastor

    By LYNN DEJARNETTE, Citizen Correspondent

    St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church of Chiefland held a retirement dinner for Father Joseph McDonnell recently at the Tommy Usher Center.

    Father McDonnell said the Catholic Church requires priests to turn in their retirement papers at the age of 75, but he’s not going anywhere, he said June 22 to 200 parishioners and friends during the banquet.

  • Copeland given 10-year service award; resigns to accepts job in Green Cove Springs

    Chiefland City commissioners awarded accounting specialist Laurie Copeland for 10 years of service to the city Monday, but the city will be searching for a replacement in the coming weeks.

    Copeland stepped down Wednesday as city accounting specialist to accept a job in Green Cove Springs. Copeland also held an accounting position in the Gainesville city government.

  • 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.