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Today's News

  • Montbrook mine hearing set for Aug. 18

    A conditional special exception permit for a proposed limerock mine in the Montbrook community that has been hotly contested by residents will be considered in a public hearing on Aug. 18 at 6:30 p.m. by the Levy County Commission.

    The mine permit application by Johannes Vanderwey calls for the operation to be done near the intersection of U.S. Highway 41 and County Road 322 in Montbrook community on an 88.18 acre site. The plans call for major mining, including blasting and crushing, on 68.8 acres for the next 20 years.

  • County deadlocks 2-2 on contract

    The Levy County Commission operating with three elected commissioners, two suspended commissioners, one interim commissioner and a vacancy in an interim commission seat hit the wall with a tie vote that could not be broken Tuesday.

     

    The vote came during the regular meeting where Tax Collector Linda Fugate and County Judge Joe Smith asked the commission to terminate its contract for the Courthouse Space Study with Clemons Rutherford Associates of Tallahassee.

  • Lundy will get administrative hearing

    Levy County School board took action this week on a tabled recommendation concerning Chiefland High School ESE teacher Mark Lundy. Lundy was suspended without pay two meetings ago on a recommendation by Superintendent Robert Hastings over an allegation that he falsified classwork for a student. At the last meeting, Hastings asked the board to dismiss Lundy, but Bronson board member Cameron Asbell objected, saying he felt the investigation conducted by the personnel office did not conclusively demonstrate Lundy's guilt.

  • Sheriff seeks pay raises for department

    Col. Mike Johnson surely must wish he had accompanied Sheriff Johnny Smith on his religious mission to Romania rather than stand before the Levy County Commission Tuesday asking for a 3 percent pay raise in the annual budget.

     

    The county commission, which has asked departments to cut their budget requests by 5 percent from last year’s budget sent Johnson on his way with the direction to cut the sheriff’s budget by 5 percent.

  • Hard to keep up with deaths of famous people

    The death notice box has been busy the past couple of weeks, in fact, so busy that it's hard to keep up.

    Ed McMahon, Michael Jackson, Farrah Fawcett, Gale Storm, Karl Malden, Billy Mays, Steve McNair, Robert McNamara – those are some of the big names who left us during the past couple of weeks.

    They say the deaths of famous people come in threes. If that's the case, we have far exceeded our quota.

  • Economy puts squeeze on festivals

    The Levy County Tourist Development Tax, paid by guests at hotels, motels, RV parks and other rental places with a six-month limit on occupancy, are dropping and the county Tourism Development Council has been forced to be choosy about where it spends the taxes.

    In its meeting June 25 to review grant applications for the November 2009 to October 2010 cycle, the council’s first action was to drop applications from new events that had not complied with paperwork requirements or provided a budget.

  • Storm surge project advances

    With help from local fishermen, guides and clam farmers, a mass-cooperative effort among local, state and national agencies to more accurately predict storm surge off the coast of Levy County is nearly complete.

    New storm tide markers based on accurate Mean Sea Level readings have been placed around Cedar Key and Yankeetown and will allow municipal emergency responders to work closely with the National Weather Service in Ruskin – resulting in more accurate data to determine storm surge behavior.

  • Local farmer honored

    Jack Meeks of Chiefland was among 26 Suwannee and Santa Fe River Basin farmers and ranchers who were recognized for their superior natural resource stewardship during the 9th Annual CARES dinner held at the Dwight Stansel farm in Suwannee County on June 25.

    These agricultural producers have implemented verifiable state-of-the-art management strategies known as Best Management Practices (BMPs) on their properties in the basin.

  • Fall sports calendar

    FRIDAY, AUG. 28

    High School Football

    Suwannee County at Chiefland (preseason classic), 7:30 p.m.

    Oak Hall at Bronson (preseason classic)

    Williston at Bradford (Starke), (preseason classic), 7:30 p.m.

    THURSDAY, SEPT. 3

    JV Football

    Williston at P.K. Yonge, 7 p.m.

    FRIDAY, SEPT. 4

    High School Football

    Chiefland at Hawthorne, 7:30 p.m.

    Trenton at Bronson, 7:30 p.m.

    Williston at P.K. Yonge, 7:30 p.m.

    THURSDAY, SEPT. 10

    JVee^Football

  • Marathon man

    Maybe it wasn't a lifelong dream, but it sure felt like it. Chiefland Citizen and Williston Pioneer photographer Dave Colón recently completed his first marathon, the big race that all runners dream of. It was the culmination of 10 years of learning and running, and, he hopes, the beginning of a long and wonderful adventure.