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  • Chiefland accepts K-9

    It has been at least three years since the Chiefland Police Department has had a K-9 officer but that drought is coming to an end.

    Pete Barnes, Chiefland resident and retired Levy County Sheriff's sergeant, is retiring from the Sheriff's Office reserve deputy force and is donating his drug-sniffing partner Bruno to the city.

    On Monday, the Chiefland City Commission voted unanimously to accept Barnes' offer of the dog.

  • City 'recycles' garbage bid

    The challenge to the city's awarding of its garbage pickup is going back to step one because of a protest by the losing vendor WCA of Gainesville.

    On Monday, City Attorney Norm Fugate advised the city that the protest filing meant it could go to a hearing with a hearing officer or the city could rescind its action awarding the contract, reject all the bids it received and start the process all over.

  • Bronson weighing changes to employee pay, city hours in light of new overtime rule
  • Grief delays replacing Teal Pomeroy

    Changes were made to the Chiefland City Commission but one change just could not be made.  The death of Mayor Teal Pomeroy, which left a vacancy on the five-member commission will not be filled until October.  Commissioner Teresa Barron, who was first elected to the commission at the same time as Pomeroy, 2004, summed up the commioners' feelings.   “I'd rather wait. The city is still grieving,” Barron said. “Every time I have been sworn in was with Teal.”

  • Chiefland football team lends muscle to Cedar Key community after Hermine

    Chiefland football players and coaches took the opportunity to put in community service in Cedar Key in the aftermath of Hermine.

  • When is FEMA coming?

    Levy County Emergency Management has been gathering reports of storm damage on their hotline 352-486-5155 that will help in obtaining Federal Emergency Management Administration aid for Levy County residents impacted by the storm.

    David Peaton, assistant director of Levy Emergency Management, said the County Building Department Director Bill Hammond also had teams out assessing the damage throughout the county.

  • No human casualties

    There were no human casualties, but a 104-inch long pygmy sperm whale did wash up on Airport Road in Cedar Key, Police Chief Virgil Sandlin confirmed. He said it was dead on arrival.

    The whale was taken away by the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers for an autopsy.

    The only other reported casualty was an injury to a Florida Highway Patrol trooper who was helping with tree removal operations along State Road 121 and County Road 326. Her injury was not life threatening.

  • County extends emergency declaration

    The first order of actual business for the Levy County Commission on Tuesday was ratifying the declaration of an emergency that was signed on Wednesday, Aug. 31, by County Commission Chair John Meeks. It was unanimously ratified by the commission.

    Then the board went on to approve hearing a non-agenda item on extending the order another seven days. When asked why it was not being extended a full 14 days, County Attorney Anne Bast Brown said that is the limit by the state.

  • Hermine floods Levy with damage

    When Hurricane Hermine washed ashore in North Florida the counter clockwise winds were in the middle of doing its worst to Levy County.

    But we should have expected it, some joked, because The Weather Channel's best known hurricane hunter, Jim Cantore, had arrived the day before to do live shots of the wind and water.

    Cantore left town by mid-day Thursday, just as the winds and rains started.

    First a drizzle, then buckets of rain. The cooling breeze turned into a howl that hit buildings like a rock.

  • Scam alert

    Levy County Emergency Management wants to warn the residents of Levy County to be on the lookout for people attempting to scam residents that have been affected by Hurricane Hermine.

    There have been reports in surrounding counties of people offering to assist with FEMA claims for a fee.  Please do not fall for this.  FEMA has not opened the claim period as of yet, and even when they do, they will not require any other person or entity to assist with filing the claim.