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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Chamber of Commerce seeks ambassadors

    The Greater Chiefland Area Chamber of Commerce is seeking volunteers to serve as ambassadors, according to an announcement by Chamber President Bob Williams and Ambassador Committee Chairman Dale Bowen.

    Between two and six individuals will represent the Chamber as ambassadors to improve communication with current members and add value to being a member. The plan is to develop future leaders for the Chamber who understand the organization's mission and its value in the community.

    Responsibilities include:

  • Homeowners are thankful for deferred loan program

    RALEIGH - An elderly Raleigh couple is grateful for a deferred loan, which resulted in a three-bedroom, two-bathroom home being built where their house of 46 years once sat.

    Thomas Days, 71, and Delories Days, 70, both said on Nov. 8 they "feel real good" about the 1,104 square-foot house that is finished now. Their former house was in significant disrepair, including a roof that leaked.

  • Quarterback Club offers $250 reward for CHS burglar

    A Nov. 4 break-in at Chiefland High School included the removal of two football jerseys, a CHS football playbook, two dual DVD VCRs, three camcorders, and a Dell computer and monitor, according to Chiefland Police Det. Sgt. Chris Barwick.

    The Quarterback Club, CPD Chief Robert Douglas said, is offering a $250 reward to the person who leads police to arrest one or more suspects in this burglary. The two jerseys taken were Number 1 and Number 9.