Local News

  • Fanning Springs approved for infrastructure grant

    Another large step has been made toward getting the planned Holiday Inn Express hotel in Fanning Springs. 

       At the Fanning Springs monthly city council meeting Aug. 4, Mayor Trip Lancaster broke the news. The city was approved for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) it had applied for through the Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) in the amount of $1,049,970.

       The city was also approved for a rural infrastructure grant for $415,700.

  • Fanning adopts water shortage ordinance

    At the Fanning Springs city council meeting Aug. 4, council members pledged their full support of a water shortage ordinance that caused some controversy at the July meeting.

    While some expressed they felt pressure from Suwannee River Water Management to adopt the ordinance, council members spoke in favor of water conservation measures at last Tuesday's meeting.

  • Dance Alive auditions for the Nutcracker are Aug. 30

    Dance Alive National Ballet, the State Touring Company of Florida for over 40 years, will hold auditions for the Nutcracker and the youth group Next Generation.

    The auditions will be Sunday, Aug. 30, from 12:30 to 3 p.m. at Pofahl Studios, 1325 N.W. 2nd St., Gainesville. The audition fee is $20.

    Artistic Director Kim Tuttle will be casting for selected roles in the company’s 2015-2016 productions and will select members for the 2015-2016 company.

  • Local VA has a space problem

    By Pat Faherty

    Special to the Citizen

    GAINESVILLE – The North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System, which includes the Malcolm Randall VA Medical Center in Gainesville is the VA’s largest health care system.

    It is experiencing steady growth but does not have enough space for its current volume of patients.

    In fiscal year (FY) 2014, the system served more than 133,000 veterans for primary care, mental health and specialty care services.

  • City news briefs

    City manager contract renewed

    The Chiefland City Commission renewed the annual contract for City Manager Mary Ellzey on July 27 with no changes in the terms.

    The renewal on a 4-0 vote with Commissioner Teresa Barron, who gave Ellzey the lowest grades on her evaluation, absent from the meeting. Commissioner Betty Walker made the motion for renewal with Commissioner Chris Jones offering a second.

    Terms of the contract call for Ellzey to be paid $65,000.

  • City borrowing to buy vehicles

    The donuts brought to the Chiefland City Commission meeting by Police Chief Robert Douglas may not have had anything to do with it, but the board did look favorably upon his request to replace four vehicles with brand new SUVs. 

    Douglas said he has had his fill with buying used cars that are in constant need of repair and driving around in 10-year-old cruisers that also suffer from problems. Even the chief's vehicle is a used Dodge Durango.

  • City frets about fire funding

    Chiefland city officials are in a dither about an announcement by Levy County officials that they are looking at changing its method of paying for fire services provided by the six municipal fire departments in the county.

  • Back to school savings tips

     Getting ready to send kids back to school can cost families some money.

       The average Florida family with children K-12 plans to spend $755.33 on electronics, apparel, shoes and other school needs, according to a recent AAA Consumer Pulse™ survey. 

  • AG fires up price gouging hotline

    TALLAHASSEE — Attorney General Pam Bondi today activated Florida's price gouging hotline for consumers in five Florida counties affected by severe weather and flooding. The opening of the hotline comes as Gov. Rick Scott declares a state of emergency for Dixie, Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas and Taylor Counties.

    Florida's price gouging law only applies within the areas of the declared state of emergency.

  • Man dies in Thursday accident

    A Thursday afternoon accident at the intersection of County Roads 326 and 337 has left one person dead. And a second one injured, according to a Florida Highway Patrol release.

    The name of the dead person was not released pending the notification of the next of kin.

    Maximo Aguirre Jr., 17 of Bronson was driving a 2010 Ford F250 pickup that collided with a 2010 Honda driven by a 70-year-old man.