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  • Don’t worry — We’re alive and well, thank you

    By TOM TEN BROECK

    generalmanager@chieflandcitizen.com

    Mark Twain may have said it best when he was attributed with saying, “The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.”

    For the past few weeks, readers of the Tri-County Bulletin, Chiefland Citizen, Williston Pioneer Sun News and Cedar Key Beacon have expressed concern over the lateness that these products have been arriving in their hands. Do not worry, these fine products are not going anywhere.

  • PEPPER BUSTING

    It is that time of year. If Cedar Key is to keep its lovely native vegetation, we’ve got to keep fighting the invasive Brazilian Pepper trees. The kick-off of the Brazilian Pepper (BP) season will be on Friday, Jan. 6, at 10 a.m., behind the Cedar Key State Museum.

  • Cat shelter case goes to court

    A citation for a cat shelter that houses about 75 felines at the Gulf Boulevard home of Doreen and Oliver Bauer will go to Levy County Court on Tuesday, Jan. 10.
    The issue, which first arose at a City Commission meeting in late November has spurred a rash of “Letters to the Editor” in the past month.  Neighbors complained at the commission meeting about the number of cats and the odor and flies generated by their presence on the residential property.

  • Fire hydrant request OK’d

    The Cedar Key City Commission and the commission sitting as the Community Redevelopment Agency approved money for upgrades to the city’s fire hydrant system at its Dec. 20 meeting.
    The proposal, made by Fire Chief Robert Robinson, calls for:
    • installing 37 Storz fittings on hydrants that do not have them
    • adding a new hydrant on Gulf Boulevard and Shellcrest and
    • replacing seven fire hydrants, including two on Dock Street and five in the Hudson Hill area.

  • County extinguishes teens’ tobacco resolution

    Five high school students got a lesson in how government works when the Levy County Commission roundly rejected their proposed resolution “intended to discourage the placement, sale, and delivery of candy flavored tobacco products to persons under the age of eighteen (18).”

  • Trailer sought by CKPD recovered

    Police Chief Virgil Sandlin said Jonathan Lee Figueroa, 25, of Chiefland has been arrested and charged with grand theft in the disappearance of a trailer from a Gulf Boulevard home at about 11 a.m. on Dec. 6.
    Sandlin said after putting word out that he was seeking a two-tone blue Mazda pickup, a man called to say he thought it was one he had sold to a Chiefland man a month earlier.
    Sandlin said he contacted the Chiefland Police Department and the trailer was recovered two days after its disappearance and returned to its owner.

  • Elections official retiring at end of year

    Staff Report
    Levy County Supervisor of Elections Connie Asbell has announced that she will be retiring on Dec. 31 after 20 years in the office.
    Asbell who has faced tightening budgets while integrating mandated changes in election methods has worked for Levy County for 34 years, according to her announcement.

  • Jones announces for elections office

    Tammy Jones, a long time Levy County resident has officially announced her candidacy for the Supervisor of Elections.  
    She has been involved in the process of planning and overseeing elections for 18 years as the assistant supervisor of elections.  As a longtime employee of the elections office, she said she is uniquely qualified for the position because of her experience and knowledge of the office.

  • County News Briefs

    Officers stay the same
    The Levy County Commission started off the new year by choosing to stick with the same leadership it had last year.
    But the vote did not come until after the commission deadlocked 2-2 on a motion by District 3 Commissioner Marsha Drew (R-Yankeetown)  to name District 2 Commissioner Chad Johnson (R-Chiefland) as chairman and District 4 Commissioner Ryan Bell (R-Chiefland) as vice chairman. Bell and District 1 Commissioner Mike Joyner (R-Morriston) voted against the proposal.

  • Arts Center hoppin' in January

    January at the Cedar Key Arts Center includes ongoing classes and salons, as well as several one day workshops and a gallery opening.
    January’s Gallery will be filled with cozy quilts. This exhibit is open to the community and ready to hang quilts are due at the Art Center by Jan. 3 at 5 p.m. Photographer Christian Harkness will be featured in the Members Gallery. Gallery Reception is Jan. 7, from 5-7 p.m.