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  • Fanning camraderie dissolves

    Tensions were high as Fanning Springs convened for its regular monthly council meeting last Tuesday, Feb. 9.

    City council discussions included everything from questioning the financial reports, to fire department workings and the status of the suspended chief, an intent to resign by the city attorney, all the way down to resident outrage over the council members charged with sunshine violations.

    It began with Councilwoman Barbara Locke questioning the financial report in the minutes for the previous meeting.

  • Fanning attorney resigns

    In the midst of tensions and charges of sunshine law violations against council members, Fanning Springs’ city attorney has turned in his letter of resignation.

    City Attorney Conrad Bishop made the announcement at the Feb. 9 Fanning Springs city council meeting following a motion made by Councilwoman Jane Nogaki stating they should prepare and advertise requests for proposals for the positions of city attorney and auditor.

  • Williston hospital may close in 60 days

    If Levy County does not bring more patients by ambulance to Williston Regional General Hospital, instead of taking them to out of county facilities, the doors will close in 60 days.

    That was the threat made by Dr. Deviah “Dr. P” Pagidipati, owner of WRGH, who said he was at Tuesday's Levy County Commission meeting to seek their help. He also suggested the county might want to take over or manage the hospital.

  • Fire chief's contract renewed

    Chiefland Fire Rescue Chief James Harris came in for praise from the Chiefland City Commission which approved a new contract for him and a pay increase from $52,713.60 to $53,767.87 by a 4-0 vote with Mayor Teal Pomeroy absent.

    In the special meeting to evaluate Harris, Commissioner Teresa Barron said, “You have done really well this year. And I appreciate that we have a local person here who understands the needs.”

    Commissioner Rollin Hudson praised Harris for living in the city and for his ability to attract grant money for the department.

  • Fanning council addresses Sunshine Law violation

    Last week, three Fanning Springs council members pleaded no contest to Sunshine Law violations.

    As the court proceedings came to a close those council members — Barbara Locke, Jane Nogaki and Ron Queen — were finally able to speak out and the details of the meeting in question have come to light.

    “I thought I was doing the right thing by my constituents, trying to do a good budget for the city,” Queen said of the conversation that took place directly before the Sept. 21, 2015, budget meeting around 4:35.

  • Agendas for Chiefland City Commission meeting Feb. 8, 2016

    We apologize for the lateness of this posting of the agendas.  We did not have the right ones on Friday when we usually post. 

    The Chiefland City Commission meets on Monday, Feb. 8, in City Hall on East Park Avenue. 

    The Commission meets at 5:45 for the annual evaluation of the fire chief, then in regular session at 6 p.m. and following the regular meeting, the city commission — sitting as the planning board, will meet. 

  • Burn starts Wednesday in Goethe Forest

    The Florida Highway Patrol is notifying residents of Levy County that a planned Prescribed Forest Burn will begin Wednesday, Feb. 9 and continue through Friday, Feb. 12.

    Due to this burn several roadways near Goethe State Forest will be closed. The following roadways are expected to be closed beginning Tuesday morning: State Road 121, Levy County Road 337 and Levy County Road 326.

  • That coon dog’ll hunt, sing his way to dinner

    By Tony Young

    FWC

    Some of my huntin’ buddies and I really live for being out in a wet patch of woods in the middle of a cool night and hearing the not-so-distant sounds of our coon hounds when they open up on a hot trail.

    There’s just something about those hounds’ voices that sounds both pleasing and eerie at the same time.

    We like to brag about whose dog actually struck the trail first and whose got to the right tree first.

  • Levy EMS: Answering the call

    It was a regular day for county employees, what some even called a slow day, but a day unlikely to be forgotten by the people whose calls for assistance were answered.

  • Deal made in sunshine case

    Three Fanning Springs council members who were charged with violating the sunshine law have pleaded no contest.

    Charges against Barbara Locke, Jane Nogaki and Ron Queen were filed with the Levy County Clerk's Office on Jan. 26. The arraignment date was changed from Feb. 16 to Tuesday, Feb. 2.