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Today's News

  • JVs improve at varsity level

    There's a big difference between varsity and junior varsity.

    Forced to play up a notch because of player suspensions, the Chiefland High JVs are speeding up a sharp learning curve.

    Playing their second game as varsity Tuesday night, Jan. 15, the little Indians fell behind host Trenton by a bunch early but then rebounded to play a respectable brand of ball in the second half.

    Coach Mark Lundy had to be pleased with the boys'progress in a 57-28 setback.

    Trenton improved its record to 7-11. Chiefland fell to 7-12.

  • Eagles in district battle after Hawthorne loss

    BRONSON –The Bronson High boys basketball team faltered a little in its district chase last Tuesday when it lost to the Hawthorne Hornets in the second half of that district series.

    Eagles'head coach Kelly Beckham called it an important win earlier in the season when Bronson beat the Hornets in Hawthorne.

    Last Tuesday, Jan. 15, though, three days after finishing off a strong Oak Hall team on the road, Bronson was upset at home in a 62-49 loss to their old area rival and new district foe.

  • CFCC to seek funding

    Four days after what would have been the 279th birthday of Irish statesman Edmund Burke, a member of the Central Florida Community College Board of Trustees quoted him.

    "All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing," Bob Hastings said as he quoted Burke on Jan. 16. Hastings, one of the seven members of the CFCC Board of Trustees was introducing Lisa E. Lombardo, major gifts officer of the CFCC Foundation, to the Chiefland Rotary Club.

  • Nuke plant continues

    ST. PETERSBURG - Progress Energy Florida (PEF) continues moving forward with its plan to build two nuclear power plants in southern Levy County despite rising construction costs, according to PEF spokesman Buddy Eller.

    "We expect to file our state need case with the (Florida) Public Service Commission within the next 60 to 90 days," Eller said.

  • Tell me what you want

    Last fall our parent company sent a demographic survey pertaining to the reading preferences of Levy Countians based on subscriptions monitored by the U.S. Postal Service and amassed by an advertising agency for marketing purposes.

    It included a wide range of periodicals received via mail by Levy County readers based on statement of ownership documents that must be filed with the postal service annually.

    We were thankful to see that the Chiefland Citizen remains the most-read newspaper in the area surpassing other weeklies and three dailies.

  • Mojo–Don't mess with it

    Mojo. The dictionary defines it as a magical spell, but to loyal fans, mojo means much more.

    It is a religion to live by. It takes normal rational human beings and turns them into superstitious individuals.

    Mojo is knowing what jersey to wear to the game. It's knowing when to take it off when things aren't going quite right, only to expose the team shirt underneath. To change the shirt at halftime is to give mojo a kick in the pants.

  • Barron votes against raising minimum starting salary for cops

    Chiefland Vice Mayor Teresa Barron wants everyone to know that she is not against the Chiefland Police Department.

    She said this after being the lone dissenter on Jan. 14 against a motion to increase the minimum starting salary for new CPD officers.

    CPD Chief Robert Douglas said he knows she is for the police officers, because she brought them delicious mullet dip as part of a Christmas meal.

    At the meeting on Jan. 14, Douglas asked for officers Matt Hooper's and Al Horne's annual salaries to be increased to $27,993.54.

  • Impact fee passes, but not without a fight

    It might not be exactly what Levy School Board officials wanted, but a compromise at least has the new school impact fee ordinance on board.

    School Board members held a joint meeting with the Levy County Commissioners at the school administration building on Jan. 8 to finalize and OK the plan.

    While many thought it would just be a formality, the school impact fee plan almost died when county commissioners Tony Parker, Nancy Bell and Lilly Rooks failed to support it.

    Twice, commissioner Danny Stevens made motions to approve it. Twice, no one would back him.

  • Octagon building refurbishing approved without bids

    Thanks to a recommendation from Chiefland Building and Zoning Director Bill Hammond, local contractor Jerry Orenchak received a city-financed project priced in the range of $3,000 to $4,400 without having to bid.

    The Chiefland City Commission unanimously voted on Jan. 14 to refurbish the old octagon building. Orenchak is the man hired to restore the historic structure.

  • State grant may affect development

    Bruce Day, planning director of the Withlacoochee Regional Planning Council, received unanimous consensus from the Chiefland City Commission to seek a $28,000 grant from the Florida Department of Community Affairs (DCA) for improving the city's comprehensive plan and its Evaluation and Appraisal Report.

    New commercial development is the focus of this venture, Day said. Existing "Big Box" stores would not need to modify the external appearance of the structures if there were amendments to local development regulations, Day said.