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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Landfill fees go up Nov. 30

    BRONSON -- Williston City Council member Debra F. Jones said Nov. 6 that the city may stop having garbage service as a result of an increase in fees by Levy County.

    The County Commission approved the increase 4-1, with Commissioner Nancy Bell casting the dissenting vote. This is the first time in 18 years that dumping fees increased at the landfill. The new rates take effect Nov. 30.

  • Weekly arrests listed by Levy County Sheriff's Office

    The following people recently were arrested by members of the Levy County Sheriff's Office as suspects in crimes, according to records provided by the LCSO.

    All people are presumed innocent of crimes until they are proved to be guilty in court.

    * John Edward Blair Jr., 41, of Newberry was arrested on an Alachua County warrant on Nov. 7 for dealing in stolen property. No bond.

    * Gerald R. Coleman, 37, of Williston was arrested Nov. 5 for aggravated battery and obstruction of justice. Bond $17,500.

  • Suspected drug dealer is busted

    BRONSON - A four-month investigation by the Levy County Sheriff's Office Drug Task Force ended Nov. 7 with the arrest of a 39-year-old man in Morriston, according to Lt. Evan Sullivan, LCSO spokesman.

    After executing a search warrant, deputies seized three pistols, jewelry, more than $13,600 worth of drugs, three pistols, assorted jewelry and $589 in cash, Sullivan said.

    The LCSO Drug Task Force arrested Christopher Michael Cittadini on 25 felony charges and two misdemeanor charges, Sullivan said.