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Today's News

  • City spreads dry sludge at new location

    Chiefland City Commissioner unanimously approved on Feb. 11 a five-year contract to spread dry sludge in the area of the county surrounded by the Quincey Cattle Co. on Levy County Road 320 East.

    The contract is contingent on City Attorney Norm Fugate adding a release clause, in case the city gets out of the sludge-spreading business. For instance, if the city found a place to sell its dry sludge rather than paying to spread it on land, then the city would want out of the contract.

  • Crashes happen from fog and smoke on U.S. 19

    Three separate accidents on U.S. Highway 19 happened Saturday morning when vehicles crashed into each other due to zero visibility, according to reports.

    The highway closed from State Road 345, just south of the Gas Mart of Chiefland to SR 24 at Otter Creek from 7:50 a.m. until about 10 a.m., Florida Highway Patrol Lt. Mike Burroughs said.

    There were no injuries in the accidents, although one person suffered from chest pain and was taken to Seven Rivers Hospital in Crystal River, Burroughs said.

  • No Fair

    No Fair

    Life is not fair.

    Saturday at about 7:30 a.m., my wife Sharon and I left to go to the Florida State Fair in Tampa.

    I had plans to take photos of award-winning cattle and to have lots of fun.

    I drove our Jeep on Alt. 27 to catch I-75 at Ocala, but it was very foggy.

    I decided to go down U.S. Highway 19 instead, because the traffic would be slower and lighter than on the Interstate.

    Shortly after going through Chiefland on 19, we smelled smoke.

  • City delays decision on nuisance house

    A decision by Chiefland city leaders about what, if anything, the city can do in regard to the cleanup of a house filled with human waste, animal waste, garbage, rats, roaches and fleas will have to wait a couple of weeks after the Feb. 11 City Commission meeting.

    Two Chiefland women were jailed on Jan. 19 on four counts of child neglect.

    The suspects are Heidi Ann Prophet, 35, and Donna Gail Deal, 64, both of 510 N.W. Fourth Ave. They were accused of child neglect because of the squalor they allowed children to live in at the house on Northwest Fourth Avenue.

  • City taxpayers pay to defend city manager against Andrews

    By a unanimous vote on Feb. 11, the Chiefland City Commission agreed to fund the defense of City Manager Grady Hartzog Sr. in a lawsuit filed against Hartzog and others by Andy Andrews.

    The suit seeks a declaratory ruling from a judge regarding the definition of "residence," in regard to voting rights in Florida. Andrews also sued Levy County Supervisor or Elections Connie Asbell and Florida Secretary of State Kurt Browning.

  • 'Road to Nowhere' paved

    BRONSON - One Bronson resident calls it "the road to nowhere," and he wonders why it was paved.

    Levy County Road 1081, which is also known as Northeast 138th Terrace in the Windmill Acres subdivision of Bronson, was paved from Northeast 47th Place to the dead end. That's slightly more than three-quarters of a mile. This project and Northeast 47th Place from 136th Avenue to 138th Terrace were recently completed.

    C.W. Gilbert said he thinks only 45 cars a day travel on that part of CR 1081.

  • Give my regards to Broadway

    The music provided by the Chiefland High jazz band was light and airy as more than 200 people filed into the Williston Middle School's sparkling Cafetorium last Saturday night.

    The vegetable, cheese and fruit spread complemented by a punch fountain drew folks together to mingle before the main event - the 2008 Superintendent's Gala.

    The formal gathering was treated to a sit-down dinner catered by Williston High's culinary arts class.

    The annual Superintendent's Gala is a major fund-raiser for the Levy County Schools Foundation, which awards scholarships to county students.

  • FDLE: Amy Andrews holds two driver licenses

    TALLAHASSEE - Amy Andrews of Tennessee will no longer be voting in Chiefland city elections unless she actually moves here, because Eighth Judicial Circuit State Attorney Bill Cervone made her correct an incorrect voter registration, according to records.

    Andrews was among 11 people investigated by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement for voter fraud. Her voter registration showed her residence to be an office at 13 S.E. First Ave., Chiefland, according to FDLE records.

  • Prepare and stay aware

    BRONSON - "Prepare and stay aware! The Florida spring tornado season is upon us," Levy County Emergency Management Director Mark Johnson said on Feb. 6.

    The day before, dozens of tornadoes ripped through the southern United States, killing more than 50 people and injuring hundreds of others, according to reports.

    Know the threat of hazardous weather exists, Johnson said. Prepare for potential problems caused by these climactic events, he said, by having a weather radio and a disaster kit. Know what to do when dangerous weather strikes, he added.

  • Seventh Heaven Spa opens

    Rushing around to take care of our families, our friends and our communities, we often forget to take care of ourselves.

    Now at Seventh Heaven Spa and Salon in Chiefland, a team of trained experts will pamper you until you turn to Jell-o and look like a million bucks-without emptying the bank.

    The lifelong dream of Carla Cothron became a reality last summer when she and a friend, Brenda Herring of Cross City, decided to put their vision into action.