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  • Mining firm seeks delay

    A March 31 letter from an attorney representing Tarmac America shows the mining company wants to delay consideration of its request for a special exception.

    The Levy County Planning Commission would not consider the Kings Road Mine again until January 2009 at the earliest, if the request for a delay is granted. The letter to Chiefland Building and Zoning Director Rob Corbitt asks the Planning Commission to "hold in abeyance Tarmac's pending special exception application until at least January of 2009."

  • Setback rules may change

    After weeks of discussion with the Florida Department of Community Affairs (DCA), a 330-foot setback may be changed to be a 100-foot buffer, Levy County Planner Shenley Neely said.

    The Levy County Comprehensive Plan currently requires property owners to not build or use their own land when it is within 330-feet adjacent of any state forest, federal wildlife reserves, state wildlife reserves or next to Suwannee River Water Management land.

  • Barker to run for property appraiser

    Osborn "Oz" Barker has announced that he is seeking the position of Levy County Property Appraiser as a Republican candidate.

  • Festival at airport is Saturday

    The city of Williston along with the Williston Area Chamber of Commerce is holding its third annual Williston Airport Recreational Fest & Fly Market.

    It will be held on Saturday, March 29, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Rain date will be Sunday, March 30.

    Admission is $2 per person and parking is free. No food or backpacks will be allowed. Food will be sold inside the gates. Vendors and Fly-Market dealers will be admitted at 8 a.m. for setup.

    The event will be held at the Williston Airport on Southwest 19th Avenue, just off SR 121 South.

  • City checks for unlicensed businesses

    The city of Williston is warning all business owners in the city limits that they must have a current Business Tax Certificate.

    The Code of Ordinances Section 36-31 (a) reads:

    "There is hereby levied a local business tax in the amounts as set forth in section 36-36 hereof for the privilege of engaging in or managing any business, profession or occupation within the corporate boundaries of the city. The tax imposed hereunder shall be administered in accordance with all provision of F.S. ch. 205."

  • Julia Haile dies

    A former Levy County School Board member who was the first African American elected to county-wide office has died.

    Julia L. Haile, 82, died March 15, 2008.

    She moved from Valdosta, Ga., to Chiefland in 1957 where she taught in the Levy County Public School system until her retirement. She was elected in 1996 as a School Board member; she served two terms and was voted chairperson in her final year.

  • Bell crticizes lack of bids

    BRONSON - Levy County Commissioner Nancy Bell voted "No" in a 4-1 decision on March 18 to seek bids with a $50,000 ceiling for some specific medical equipment.

    This bid, Bell told the Chiefland Citizen, is just an obligatory action that circumvents the process, which had been established to find the lowest and best bids for goods and services.

    A unique set of circumstances led to Bell's blasting the other four county commissioners.

  • Schools start discussing possible cuts

    By CLAUDE LEWIS

    For the Pioneer

    BRONSON - The storm clouds that were on the horizon are now here for the School Board of Levy County.

    Financial officer Robert Clemons believes that with proper precautions, Levy will be able to survive the spring state budget cut storm. The 2008-09 school year is another story.

    With additional state funding cuts estimated at more than a half million dollars, Levy is preparing to make moves that could shave a big chunk of money.

  • Williston Chamber ready to move

    The Williston Chamber of Commerce is apparently about to move.

    The City Council Tuesday night approved a six-month use of the annex building on Southwest Seventh Street by the Chamber. By that time, a decision on a new City Hall location should have been made, opening up other possibilities for the business organization.

    Justin Head, president of the Chamber, was an addition to the agenda, and told the council that the current office on South Main Street "is a little more costly than we can afford."

  • The (horse) show must go on

    After days of stormy weather and a record 4-plus inches of rain, the opening weekend horse show at the Suwannee River Fair still went on.

    "We put down 52 loads of sand and eight loads of clay, and spent four days spreading it," said horse show organizer Holly Houghton.

    Despite the intensive preparation, participation was down at this year's horse show. Some participants said other prospective riders had stayed away because of the new rule requiring helmets to be worn.