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Today's News

  • Toys for Tots charity nets about $3,000

    Many of Santa's helpers rode motorcycles and motorized tricycles from Levy County through Gilchrist and on to Dixie County this past Saturday afternoon.

    The Barney Fife Memorial Toys for Tots Run on Nov. 17 included about 150 bikers and trikers driving their vehicles from Bell's Family Restaurant in Chiefland to Charlie's Bar and Grill near Cross City.

    The 20-mile long ride is a charity effort, which is part of a program to bring gifts to needy children in the Tri-County Area. It was the third year these riders helped the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve's Toys for Tots program.

  • Former mayor to lead Christmas parade

    Former Chiefland Mayor Betty S. Walker is scheduled to be the grand marshal of the Christmas & Winter Festival Parade on Dec. 1.

    The parade is slated to start at 6 p.m. that Saturday evening at Chiefland High School and travel south on U.S. Highway 19 to South Third Avenue. Santa Claus is set to ride at the end of the parade, and he plans to listen to children's Christmas wishes at Trailhead Park - home of the Chiefland Train Depot.

    The leader of the parade this year is a hometown person.

  • Sheriff's Report

    Officers with the Levy County Sheriff's Office recently arrested the following people. All people charged with crimes are presumed innocent until proved guilty in court.

    * Lisa Marie Collins, 20, of Williston was arrested Nov. 9 for domestic battery and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. Bond $5,000.

    * Jarvis D. Penny, 22, of Williston was arrested Nov. 9 for domestic battery. Bond $2,500.

  • Friends want building for book sales

    Chiefland City Commissioners sought public input on how to use the octagon-shaped building, which currently sits near the Chiefland Fire Rescue station.

    Grace Andersen, treasurer of the Friends of Luther Callaway Public Library, said this group has an idea. The Friends sell books to raise money for the library, Andersen said. For instance, during the failed 2007 Chiefland Watermelon Festival, even though it was rained out, there were 10 people who showed up to buy books at the library. The Friends made $192 for the Luther Callaway Public Library that day, she said.

  • Handshakes

    As editor of the Glades County Democrat in the late 1980s, I convinced then-publisher Richard Hitt to buy a modem so that I could transmit stories from Moore Haven to Clewiston.

    My friend Jeff Roslow was the editor of the Clewiston News and we served readers in Glades and Hendry counties. Internet service did not exist then in Moore Haven or Clewiston.

    I transmitted stories via modem from my IBM home computer in Moore Haven to the Macintosh computer at the Clewiston office.

  • This one was for bragging rights

    TRENTON –The Chiefland High football team went into last Friday night's non-district game at Trenton needing a victory to finish the season at .500.

    The host Tigers were looking for a win to build momentum heading into this Friday's regional playoff game at Port St. Joe.

    Adding zest to the affair was the fact that a big crowd was there to take in the contest between the two rivals separated by 10 miles of timber, farm and ranch land.

    The fans got their money's worth, as the two neighboring schools put it all on the line for bragging rights.

  • Legislators hit for $36 million in requests

    BRONSON - Going into his eighth year of service as a Florida House of Representatives member, Rep. Will Kendrick (R-Carrabelle) participated in his last Legislative Delegation hearing in Levy County on Nov. 13.

    Joining him were Sen. Charlie Dean (R-Inverness), Sen. Steve Oelrich (R-Gainesville), State Rep. Ron Schultz (R-Homosassa) and Rep. Larry Cretul (R-Ocala).

    Among the issues presented to the five men were $36.3 million worth of requests.

    Oelrich said the job of state legislators is a question of balance.

  • Mayor negotiates with developer to make larger lots

    Mayor M. Teal Pomeroy negotiated the revision of lot sizes in a development as a trade-off, so the developer is not required to put in sidewalks, curbs and gutters.

    The Nov. 13 negotiation eventually resulted in a 4-0 vote of approval for a variance, even though the Chiefland Planning Board had recommended denial of the variance.

    City Commissioner J. Rollin Hudson Jr. did not discuss the variance nor did he vote on it, because he is a principle owner of the property in question, according to records, which also show Hudson Foods Inc. as the owner.

  • City cuts new fire chief's salary

    Chiefland Mayor M. Teal Pomeroy cut the annual salary of Fire Chief John Ward by $500 a year to start, in contrast with what the city paid him as interim chief.

    For the first six months, Ward?s annual salary will be $41,000.

    As interim chief, it was $41,500 per year, which was former Fire Chief David Burnett's salary. Pomeroy said Ward lacks the fire inspector credentials held by Burnett.

  • Levy County asks state to fix three deficient bridges on Cedar Key

    BRONSON - Among the many requests made Nov. 13 of five members of the Florida Legislature was a request for about $5.2 million worth of repairs on three bridges on Cedar Key.

    Levy County Road Administrator Bruce Greenlee asked Rep. Will Kendrick (R-Carrabelle), Sen. Charlie Dean (R-Inverness), Sen. Steve Oelrich (R-Gainesville), State Rep. Ron Schultz (R-Homosassa) and Rep. Larry Cretul (R-Ocala) for state aid with the bridges.