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Today's News

  • City election Tuesday Remember to vote at Chiefland City Hall betweeen 7 a.m.-7 p.m.

     Incumbent Commissioner Teresa Barron and former City Commissioner and Mayor Betty Walker are candidates for a seat on the Chiefland City Commission.

    Voting is at City Hall, 214 E. Park Ave. from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

  • Drug dealers getting special attention in Chiefland

    Two years ago, it was Williston that got the special attention of the Levy County Multijurisdictional Drug Task Force, and 40 people faced drug-related charges.

    This year, it is Chiefland's turn.

    In the past week, law enforcement officers have ended a marijuana grow house operation and rounded up a dozen persons and charged them with various counts of possession, sale and trafficking in a variety of illegal and prescription drugs.

  • Chiefland. The movie?

    Chris Wilson doesn’t ride bulls anymore.

        “You have to be a special person to ride a bull,” the 37-year-old husband and father of four said over the phone Monday.  “I’ve been stepped on.  I’ve been rammed into the ground.  And I’ve been sat on.”

    The sport of bull riding is a young man’s game, Wilson said.  “ I’ve seen guys get thrown 50 feet into the air.”  He said he has a brother-in-law who is paralyzed from the neck down from bull riding.

  • New county-by-county study shows future water shortages

    Levy County may have only a moderate risk of future water shortages, according to a new study by the Natural Resources Defense Council.

    The results of the study, released on July 20, show a county-by-county analysis of water shortages throughout the U.S. by the year 2050 due to climate change.

  • Levy County’s school millage tentatively set at 7.653 fonow

    The School Board of Levy County on Tuesday unanimously adopted its tentative millage rate and tentative budget for the 2010-2011 school year.

    But throughout the public hearing — the first by the school district for the next fiscal year —  signs of future financial distress filtered in to the discussions.

    Outside of school district employees, board members and the press, no one attended the hearing.

  • Palms Medical Group gets new chief exutive officer

    Palms Medical Group is proud to announce its new chief executive officer, Anita Riels.  Riels is a 2000 graduate of the University of Florida and has been employed as the chief finance officer of Trenton Medical Center Inc. since 2001.   Trenton Medical Center Inc. was renamed Palms Medical Group in April.  There are seven Palms Medical Group community health centers in North Florida. Riels is replacing the late P. DeWayne Yates, who lost his battle with leukemia in February of this year. Riels was interim chief executive officer, during Yates’ illness.

  • Social Security Stories Project seeks public's personal experience

    The Social Security Stories Project is seeking stories from individuals about the importance and impact of Social Security in their lives, with a goal of receiving 1,000 stories by the end of July.

    The submitted stories will be reviewed for possible inclusion in a new book to be published in honor of the 75th anniversary of Social Security on Aug. 14, 2010.

    There are 10 stories featured in a new video that can be viewed on YouTube. The video uses photos submitted by the story tellers, as well as audio captured through a special toll-free number set up for the project.

  • Do you qualify for help in paying Medicare costs?

    Do you qualify for help in paying Medicare costs?

    The Medicare Savings Program, a new Program for the state Department of Elder Affairs and Elder Options of Gainesville, is trying to find Medicare beneficiaries to qualify for help in paying their Medicare Part D Drug Plan costs (Extra Help/LIS) and/or to have their Medicare Part B Premium ($96.40 or $110.50) paid.

    To qualify for Part D assistance, an individual must have income and assets as follows:

  • Run for the Money takes a breather in Chiefland

    The hot mid-morning Florida sun beat down upon Philip Royal's head and neck.  Sweat poured from his body, and his feet and legs recoiled rhythmically from the shock of the hot asphalt beneath his shoes.

    Most people, if they had their way, would prefer to stay out of the sweltering heat this time of year, much less choose to run 180 miles down a lonely stretch of U.S. 19.

    But not Royal.  He said the difficulty of the journey is the whole point.

  • Fate of Cedar Key Transit in question

    When fuel costs $500 a week, an empty commuter bus just can’t pay for itself. That’s what Cedar Key Transit commuter bus owner and operator Bill Phillips said last week when he suspended the new transportation service. Most days, the bus has been entirely empty, though it occasionally has one or two riders.

    “I thought it would build from one week to the next, but it didn't,” Phillips said. “We need to regroup.”