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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Domestic abuse center raffles grill tickets to raise funds for a new van

    Another Way, Inc., domestic violence and rape crisis center, is selling tickets to raffle a gas grill to raise money for a new shelter van.

    They are "very, very excited," Lesley Hersey, Another Way program director, said. "The van is something that is very much needed."

    The center's current van has been in the shop for the last six months, she said, adding the majority of people who come into the shelter do not have transportation.

  • Golden Gravels honor acting's best

    You are invited to attend the SVP 2015 Golden Gravel Celebration on Aug. 15 at 6 p.m. at the Chief Theater. The event is named after Barbara Gravel, a founding member of the Suwannee Valley Players community theater group. They honor the best in the groups performances for the past year.

    We are celebrating the Gravel’s with a Carnival in Venice theme with food, entertainment and the celebration of a successful theater season.

  • Meth making ingredients found in backpack

    The Levy County Drug Task Force arrested a local repeat offender on methamphetamine related charges on Monday, Aug. 10. Task force investigators went to Northwest 125th Street, Chiefland, in order to execute an arrest warrant. There, investigators located and arrested 35-year-old Nevina Tease on an outstanding violation of probation warrant.

  • 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.

  • Christmas in August

    Chiefland Police Lt. Jay Bolton wraps a slab of ribs, while Sgt. D.J. Macy pulls another rack out of the hot box for a customer.

    The Chiefland Police Department sold slabs in front of Walmart on Saturday, Aug. 8, to benefit the Christmas Fund.

    Chief Robert Douglas said the officers, who volunteered their time, sold 70 slabs that were donated by BubbaQue’s.  

  • 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.