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Today's News

  • Copeland given 10-year service award; resigns to accepts job in Green Cove Springs

    Chiefland City commissioners awarded accounting specialist Laurie Copeland for 10 years of service to the city Monday, but the city will be searching for a replacement in the coming weeks.

    Copeland stepped down Wednesday as city accounting specialist to accept a job in Green Cove Springs. Copeland also held an accounting position in the Gainesville city government.

  • Fanning Chamber plans for movie night

    By KATE SHERIDAN, Citizen Correspondent

    The next big event For the Fanning Springs Chamber of Commerce is “Movie Night at the Fort” scheduled for Oct. 21.

    The twenty-first movie includes the annual “Trunk or Treat” for all area children.

    Discussion included traffic control with patrons walking across U.S. Highway 19. The tentative schedule of events is for Trunk or Treat at 5:30 p.m. and followed by the movie at 7 p.m.

  • County sets preliminary rates

    Levy County set its Preliminary Annual Rate Resolutions for the Roadway Maintenance Service, Solid Waste Tax Assessments, EMS Tax Assessments and Fire Protection Services, capping the new rates at current levels or lower.

    The preliminary rates set a ceiling that the county cannot go above in the upcoming budget, which is finalized on Sept. 12.

  • Chiefland parole office recognized

    The Board of Levy County Commissioners adopted a proclamation recognizing July 16 through July 22 as Pretrial, Probation and Parole Supervision Week.

    Florida Department of Corrections Circuit Administrator Cheryl Kauffman requested the proclamation in person and recognized the work of Chiefland Correctional Probation Supervisor Thomas Darus III and his staff.

  • Williston granted waiver for gas pipeline burial

    There’s a discrepancy between Levy County and the Florida Department of Transportation in how deep a gas pipeline must be buried on along their respective right-of-ways.

    The origin of the standard is unclear, but the county requires a minimum of 5 feet from the ground to the top of a pipe, while the FDOT’s standard – as well as the federal requirement – is 36 inches (3 feet).

  • County weighs marijuana rules

    The state has begun clarifying its position on regulating marijuana dispensaries after voters passed a ballot measure last November to allow the sale of medical marijuana in Florida.

    Levy County currently has a moratorium banning the sale of medical marijuana, but it will soon have to make a somewhat longer-term decision.

    At the recent meeting of the Board of Levy County Commissioners, Board chair John Meeks reported some of his findings on the issue from the Florida Association of Counties Conference.

  • Jillian Sanchez, 14, wins FFA Discovery Award

    By KATE SHERIDAN, Citizen Correspondent

    Fourteen year-old Jillian Sanchez went to the FFA Stars Over Florida Convention and Ceremony with expectations. She returned having met those expectations and came home with the Discovery Degree Award.

    The award may be the first of many FFA awards for which she may be eligible during her FFA lifetime.

    Jillian was recognized for her accomplishments at the convention during the week of June 12 in Orlando.

  • Griner takes over as president of Florida Cattlemen’s Assoc.

    It’s been a bittersweet couple of months for Ken Griner.

    The Chiefland rancher recently underwent a cutting edge proton beam radiation treatment for prostate cancer, which saw him making daily trips to Jacksonville over an eight-week stretch.

    During that time, his wife, Lynetta Usher Griner, who with Ken owns and runs the family’s Usher Farm and Usher Land & Timber, Inc. in Chiefland, met with President Donald Trump and a small group of fellow agricultural leaders in Washington to discuss the state and future of the industry.

  • School Board lashes out at trends in state education

    A budget workshop held during the June 27 School Board of Levy County meeting became a catalyst for the venting of frustrations by Board members over trends in public education at the state level.

    As School Board of Levy County Finance Director Anna Kroll presented projections for the upcoming budget, highlighting changes under the controversial House Bill 7069, which was signed into law by Gov. Rick Scott in June, Schools Superintendent Jeff Edison and the Board recounted their objections to recent education policy.

  • CF timber program holds inaugural completion ceremony

    Six pioneering students were recognized at the College of Central Florida’s first-ever Timber Harvesting Equipment Program Completion Ceremony last Friday in Chiefland.

    The new non-credit program is aimed at preparing students for jobs in the field of logging and timber, an expanding industry in North Central Florida.

    Students went through five weeks of classroom instruction and three weeks of hands-on field experience. Upon completion, they received Master Logger Certification, OSHA 10-hour Certification and CPR Certification.