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Today's News

  • Drivers reminded to heed 'Move Over' law

    In 2013, there were over 130 traffic crashes in Florida that involved motorists who violated the Move Over law. Of those crashes, 81 resulted in injuries and 2 in fatalities. This month, the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles is reminding motorists of the state’s Move Over law.

    The Move Over law was enacted in 2002 to help protect law enforcement officers, emergency workers, and tow truck drivers when they are performing their duties along the roadside. In July 2014, the Move Over law was expanded to include sanitation and utility vehicles.

  • First responder appreciation

    Levy County Commissioners unanimously approved a proclamation declaring last week First Responder Appreciation Week at the request of DPS Chief David Knowles, left, and Sheriff Bobby McCallum.

    Gov. Rick Scott declared the week of Jan. 5-9 as First Responder Appreciation Week in Florida. 

  • City begins planning its future

    State economic opportunity staff came to Chiefland on Tuesday and opened a door on the city's future. 

    “This is to evaluate Chiefland and see what we can develop,” said Mayor Teal Pomeroy in welcoming about 60 civic, community and business leaders to lunch and a discussion of what can be done to improve the community's economic competitiveness and improve the quality of life.

  • County bids in, taxpayers save

    Levy County taxpayers were the winners when bids from local newspapers for publication of legal notices and delinquent tax rolls were opened on Monday afternoon by Administrative Assistant Satori Days.

    The price of a six-line notice will drop from $9.90 to $1.458.

    That was the goal of former County Commission Chair Ryan Bell when he proposed in his last official meeting that the county “put the squeeze on the vendor” and bid out its legals and delinquent tax rolls business.

  • Sunday plunge

    A group of divers from Alachua enter the water at Manatee Springs State Park on Sunday morning.

    The state park's springs and its underwater caves are a popular dive destination.. 

  • Fanning to overhaul EMS station

    Fanning Springs city council members approved a bid for construction work to be done on the new EMS station.

    Staley Construction Group, Inc. out of Chiefland was the only company to bid on the project, with an initial bid of over $44,000. The city budgeted $35,000 for the project and Staley agreed to come down to that price. At the Jan. 6 Fanning Springs city council meeting, Barbara Locke made a motion to approve the bid, with Jane Nogaki seconding the motion.

  • City cleared in Sunshine Law probe

    State Attorney Bill Cervone's office has closed an investigation into a complaint filed by terminated Chiefland City Manager Kevin Gay finding “there is no probable violation of the Sunshine Law with regard to the non-renewal of your contract.”

    City Attorney Norm Fugate told the City Commission in Monday's meeting that the investigation had been completed in December, but the release of the result was caught up in the holidays. Fugate presented each commissioner with a computer disk containing 383 pages of documents from the review.

  • Chiefland City Commission Agenda for Monday, Jan. 12

    AGENDA

    CITY OF CHIEFLAND

    CITY COMMISSION MEETING

    January 12, 2015 6:00 P.M.

    I. CALLTO ORDER

    II. INVOCATION/PLEDGEOFALLEGIENCE

    1 III. Student of the Month - Month of December (Mayor Pomeroy)

    A. Jolene Watkins - Chiefland Elementary School

    B. Caroline Kohn - Chiefland Middle School

    C. Emily Hallman - Chiefland High School

    2 Special Employee Recognition

    Visitors

    CITY MANAGER - MARY ELLZEY

  • Fire leaves Chiefland family homeless

    A family of two adults and a child is homeless after a 2 a.m. Wednesday fire at a single-wide mobile home in Chiefland caused smoke damage rendering the home uninhabitable, according to a Chiefland Fire Rescue press release.

    There were no injuries to the famile of the first responders. The family was referred to Red Cross for assistance. Damage is estimated at $9,500.

    The home fire at 10090 N.W. 38th Terrace was caused by an improperly operated central heating unit due to no electrical power to the home.

  • FHP warning about Goethe burn

    The Florida Highway Patrol is monitoring a 2,000 acre prescribed burn being conducted by the Florida Forestry Service in an area south of County Road 336 between CR 337 and State Road 121 in Levy County.

    This burn event will continue throughout Thursday night and into Friday. Smoke from the burn could affect CR 336, CR 337, SR 121, CR 40 and U.S. Highway 19.