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Today's News

  • How good is your imagination?

    I have a friend who keeps her watches and clocks set an hour ahead at all times. By doing so, this perpetually late creature of habit has convinced herself that she is always tardy, and when she does show up for appointments, she's on time or early.

    Now of course, somewhere deep within her psyche she knows that her clocks and watches are wrong and that could give her incentive to dally more and being really, really late.

    But she's used her imagination enough over the years that the con works, thereby saving her from embarrassment and reprimand from family and employer alike.

  • Fox attacks woman

    A Morriston woman is still hospitalized and undergoing surgery to repair her legs after a red fox attacked her on Friday morning, and her husband wounded her while trying to kill the animal.

    Pat and Don Vrana of Southeast 186th Avenue were checking their yard on Friday morning after they spotted a suspicious animal when the female fox attacked them. Don Vrana was able to get away from the fox but he could not get the fox off his wife's leg.

  • Police looking to save money

    The Chiefland Police Department has seen the light and will be saving on its fuel bill as a result.

    The "enlightment" came when the department ran a test on a police car without the familiar rooftop light bar, using lights that are mounted inside the windshields.

    Chief Robert Douglas said he decided to go with the new lights after doing a test drive. "I did a test drive for 50 miles," he said. "Without the light bar I got 25 miles per gallon and with the light bar on I got 16 miles per gallon."

  • Early voting starts Aug. 11
  • Chiefland millage down a 'smidgen'

    Chiefland property owners can breathe a sigh of relief as their property tax rates will go down a smidgen this year.

    However the Chiefland City Commission received proposals to raise fees, water and sewer rates, to go to a four-day work week and discussed the possibility of tying future fee and rate increases to the Consumer Price Index.

    The City Commission voted in its regular meeting Monday night to lower the rate from 4.7536 mills to 4.75 mills and to hold its budget meetings on September 9 and 23.

  • Levy CFCC offers classes

    CNA Program

    If you are interested in a career in health care you are invited to a free information session about the Certified Nursing Assistant class that will be offered by Central Florida Community College at Williston High School this fall.

    The CNA program is a great first step to a health care career. It prepares students for employment as nursing assistants in hospitals, long-term care facilities, medical offices and clinics.

  • Levy County millage rate stays same

    Levy County's property tax millage rate will remain at its current rate - 7.4212 mills - for the fiscal year starting Oct. 1

    That's good news for property tax owners. But the bad news for Levy County is that employees won't get a raise and it will have to spend its entire emergency reserve fund, to balance a reduced budget at that tax rate.

  • Sheriff's Reports

    The Levy County Sheriff's Office reports the following arrests:

    _ Stephen T. Siddons, 18, Northwest 106th Court, Chiefland, is charged with lewd or lascivious molestation of a child, burglary of a structure and grand theft. Bond is $35,000 on all the charges. The sheriff's office report says he kissed and fondled a 5-year-old child. A second report says Siddons is accused of breaking into a shed and taking a flat-screen TV, a stereo and another item.

  • Verbal altercation leads to assault charges

    Seth Leon Foster is charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a firearm after a verbal dispute with two men at Jack's Recycling on Northwest Highway 19 in Trenton escalated into shots fired at a customer's truck.

    Foster, 20, of Northwest 81st Street in Fanning Springs, was arrested after the truck's owner called 9-1-1 to report a person firing a weapon at his truck and him.

    When Deputy Ella Roberts arrived, Foster had left the scene, but he returned to be interviewed by Sheriff's Investigator Mark Morgan.

  • Good news, Carolyn

    Chiefland's sewer plant personnel have listened to a salesman and come up with a way to cut their energy use, cut fuel use, and cut the amount of sludge the City Water Reclamation Plant produces.

    If you read the story in another part of this newspaper, you thought it was a story about money and saving energy.

    Really, the story is about building relationships and trust.

    Randy Wilkerson said it was his working relationship with a sales rep from TSC-Jacobs Group, the company that supplies the city with much of its wastewater equipment, that led to the savings.