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Today's News

  • Fanning Springs Park gets Green Lodging certificate

    Sunscreen? Check. Bugspray? Check. Green Lodging designation? Ch— wait, what’s that?

    A Green Lodging designation, bestowed by Florida’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), is a certification that states that hotels or other places of lodging have implemented a series of recommended practices designed to reduce energy and water use and produce less refuse.

    This past week, Fanning Springs State Park received this designation for its overnight cabins, which opened three years ago.

  • Social Security Resolutions for 2009

    The New Year is a time for many people to make resolutions for the year ahead.

    In past years, Social Security has suggested resolutions such as to plan ahead for your retirement, check your Social Security Statement, and safeguard your Social Security card and number. This year, we’d like to turn the tables and pledge to you our own resolutions as an agency. In 2009 Social Security resolves to …

  • Indians put the fear into Devils

    Chiefland needed a perfect game to beat Williston in basketball, but perfection's not a dog that comes when you call. What they got, in their 58-48 loss to the state-ranked (fourth in TBO poll) Devils, was the prettiest piece of hardwood hustle the Indians have shown all season.

    Against a Red Devil team that has had up and down performances against elite teams this holiday break, the Indians brought their best defense and strongest shot choices of the year, holding Williston close and even sharing a lead until the last three minutes of the game.

  • Lady Indians open second half with win over Bronson

    Chiefland girls opened the second half of their season with a bang, knocking off a hardy Bronson team 50-37. With C.J. Jack back from her preseason knee injury, the Lady Indians had one more scorer and rebounder on the floor. Bronson keeps improving, with much of the team playing better than they have all season, although scoring difficulties persist.

  • WHS football coach resigns

    After five good years leading the Red Devils, Williston football head coach Jamie Baker is calling it quits. In a surprise announcement Tuesday, Baker said he would be leaving the football field for the pasture to begin, or rather, reclaim a career in cattle ranching.

    “I've enjoyed coaching at Williston,” Baker said. “It's as good a position as I could have had, and my decision has nothing to do with the position or the team or the people here. It was just time for a change of direction.”

  • Transportation change could help area teams

    It's time to put to bed an upsetting rumor, if only temporarily, that middle school sports in Levy County Schools will be cancelled next year as part of the school budget restrictions. Not yet, anyway.

    “No, that's definitely a rumor; it's not true,” said Levy County Superintendent of Schools Bob Hastings.

    “But the fact is, we are evaluating ways to save the district money, and everything is on the table.”

  • God and politics blamed in firing

    Newly minted Levy County Property Appraiser Oz Barker says he fired a veteran employee on his first day in office because he did not have confidence or trust in her, but two leaders in the Tri-County NAACP said he told them God directed him to do it.

    And they think the reason is a little less divine — that Barker traded a promise to fire her in return for votes to help him win the office in the November election.

  • Chiefland agrees to adult business restrictions

    Adult entertainment businesses locating in Chiefland will have to erect an 8-foot fence around the property and be at least 500 feet away from areas county-zoned residential areas and 1,000 feet away from city-zoned recreational, public, educational, day care and church sites.

    That was the decision of the Chiefland City Commission in its regular meeting Monday evening after commissioners viewed a series of maps showing the amount of acreage and the number of parcels available under several setback scenarios.

  • City manager gets another year

    Chiefland City Manager Grady Hartzog will stay on the job another year after the city commissioners approved a new contract for his services.

    In a special meeting Monday evening, the commissioners unanimously approved paying Hartzog $70,968.85 annual salary.

    At the same time Hartzog said because he felt money was tight in the city budget he had the stipulation that the city pay $400 in annual Chiefland Rotary Club dues for him removed from the contract. Hartzog said he felt that the city already paying dues for two department heads for Rotary was enough.

  • Teresa Watson gets FEMA to cough up money

    BRONSON — Teresa Watson is not the sort of person you should owe a debt.

    She will collect the money.

    The Board of Commissioners recently commended Watson, a financial clerk in Levy County Clerk of Courts Danny Shipp’s office, on Jan. 6 for getting the Federal Emergency Management Agency to agree to cover cost overruns at the Cedar Key dock rebuilding. The dock, which was reopened in July 2008, was damaged by tropical storms and hurricanes in the devastating 2004 Hurricane Season. The dock had to be replaced with a new stronger concrete structure.