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  • Scott reappoints Quincey, Jones to water district

    Gov. Rick Scott announced the reappointments of Don Quincey Jr. and Gary Jones to the Suwannee River Water Management District Governing Board.

    Quincey is reappointed for a term beginning Aug. 2 and ending March 1, 2020. He is the chair of the Governing Board and represents the Lower Suwannee Basin.

  • As Zika spreads, UF/IFAS faculty on front lines battling the virus

    University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences faculty are on the front lines in the battle against the Zika virus, as entomologists study the ability of at least two mosquito species to transmit the virus and ways of reducing pesticide resistance.

    As of Aug. 18, 510 American residents had contracted the virus. Florida has 479 Zika cases, according to the state health department; 35 people in Florida have contracted Zika via local transmission, meaning they didn’t bring it back from overseas.

  • Fanning fire chief wins appeal

    Fanning Springs firefighter Ronald McQueen has sufficient certification to serve as the city’s volunteer fire chief, according to a hearing officer’s recommendation.

  • Funeral Saturday for Chiefland Mayor Teal Pomeroy

    The search for Chiefland Mayor Teal Pomeroy, who went diving alone on Friday afternoon, ended sadly with the recovery of his body on Sunday morning.

    Throughout the weekend the community prayed for a better ending for the husband and father of two young boys.

    On Monday, the family announced plans for the funeral on Saturday, Aug. 27, at 4 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Chiefland. There will be a visitation at the church from 3 to 4 p.m.

  • Funeral Saturday for Chiefland Mayor Teal Pomeroy

    The search for Chiefland Mayor Teal Pomeroy, who went diving alone on Friday afternoon, has ended sadly with the recovery of his body on Sunday morning. 

    Throughout the weekend the commuity prayed for a better ending for the husband and father of two young boys. 

    On Monday, the family announced plans for the funeral on Saturday, August 27, at 4 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Chiefland. There will be a visitation from 2:30 to 4 p.m.

  • Seasonal Uptick in Jobless Rate Continues

     

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    Despite the one-two punch of powerhouse hiring events in July, a seasonal summer spike in unemployment could not be smacked down.

    The unemployment rate in the CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion area was 6.4 percent in July, up 0.6 percent over the month but down from 7.1 percent a year ago. Out of a labor force of of 194,776, there were 12,377 unemployed.

  • DOT makes walking in town a bit safer

    By Tracy Hisler-Pace

    Pedestrians walking along U.S. Highway 19 in Chiefland used to find stayting safe a bit dicey due to the lack of a continuous sidewalk.

    But things have gotten a little safer for walking in the city's commercial district.

    The Florida Department of Transportation District 2 Maintenance Office staff identified the need to extend the existing sidewalk from McDonald's to Bar-B-Q Bills. And the project is 95 percent complete.

  • Task force places parkway low on priority list

    By Mike Wright

    The I-75 Relief Task Force wrapped up its work Friday with a recommendation that the state upgrade the freeway and current road networks before it thinks of extending the Suncoast Parkway.

    The group, represented by officials and others from six counties appointed by Transportation Secretary Jim Boxold, was charged with finding a long-term solution to Interstate 75 congestion issues between Gainesville and Wildwood.

  • County road gets a fifth name change

    It's said that in the days before road names were formalized in Levy County that the road by the Li'l Food Ranch at U.S. Highway 27A used to be called “Lyin' George Road.”

    Casey DuQuette of the Levy County Road Department told the Levy County Commission on Tuesday that he does not know how it came by that monicker.

  • County elections already being decided

     

    For those who have not returned their absentee (vote by mail) ballots and are undecided about who to vote for in county races you have a change to study up on the candidates in this issue of the Chiefland Citizen. 

    The Levy County Newspaper Group posed questions to candidates in the county commission and school superintendent races and their answers can be found on pages A8-10.