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Today's News

  • Chiefland teacher stands up to school board

    By Ashley Thornton

    Contributing Writer

     One Levy County teacher is speaking up in saying that the school board is not following the Florida code of ethics for education.

    “A culture of intimidation and fear of retaliation exists in Levy County schools,” said Chiefland Middle High School eighth grade US History teacher Jerry Lawrence during the public comment section of a school board meeting on Tuesday morning.

  • Bronson mayor questions early voting petition

    The subject of early voting in the Town of Bronson, though sleeping dormant for more than a year, was again brought to light Monday night during a discussion on revisions to various amendments to be placed on a referendum ballot early next year.
    The issue, which was hotly debated by council members from June to August of 2013 and rejected by council two times, received the most attention Monday night, especially from Bronson Mayor Franklin Schuler.

  • CRA looks for muralists

    If you are an artist and aren't afraid of heights, the Williston Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) may have a job for you.
    Monday night CRA members learned that a Request for Proposals to paint a mural on the east side of the pavilion's clock tower netted no response.
    Williston businessman, and city councilman, Matt Brooks suggested the CRA could get a 30-inch aluminum plaque of the city's seal to hang in the frame beneath the clock. The cost would be $900.
    But CRA member Nick Williams said the emblem didn't work well in black and white nor did it fit the space.

  • County to take bids on legal notices

    For the first time Levy County will put its legal notice business – including the annual delinquent tax rolls – up for bid in an effort to save taxpayer money and put an end to the contentious discussions that have accompanied it.

  • Williston veterans memorial kicks off Tuesday

    It's been talked about for a long time and finally Tuesday on Veterans Day, the Williston Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) will launch its public fundraising campaign to erect a war memorial in Heritage Park.

    Dr. Kenneth Schweibert, chairman of the CRA, said last week that some money has already been committed for the memorial, but more money is needed.

    Plans call for the memorial, and its surroundings, to be constructed in the west end of the park close to Noble Avenue.

  • Bronson officials: Email decisions are no big deal

    "Don’t kill the messenger,” wasn’t a saying expressed by some on the Bronson Town Council Monday night regarding a story written weeks ago by an area blogger about what some have called a secret vote.

    “You always come out with something that’s one sided,” Mayor Franklin Schuler said to blogger Jeff Hardison about the story, which centered around emails sent out to council members Sept. 30.

  • Man charged with manslaughter in death of Cedar Key woman

    By Lou Elliott Jones

    editor@chieflandcitizen.com

    It was just a simple report by the caretaker of a 96-year-old woman who claimed she died of natural causes.

    But Helen Bishop's story was not yet finished.

    And it was left for a funeral director, the 8th Circuit Medical Examiner, the Levy County's Sheriff's investigators and the 8th Circuit State Attorney's Office to write the final chapters.

  • Multi-month work on sinking fire/police department begins

    Right now, things are a little topsy-turvy at the building that houses the Williston Fire Rescue and Police Departments, but in a couple months, everything should be back on the straight and narrow–literally.

    Ram Jack, a company specializing in foundation repair, was hired by the city's insurer to secure the building's base after it was learned earlier this year that it is built over a sinkhole.

    Doors that are locked but still open, cracked ceilings, and awnings that are askew were the first signs something was off kilter.

  • Residence for sex offenders, predators causing concern

    A home east of Williston that houses sex offenders and sex predators is causing concern in the community and Levy County Sheriff Bobby McCallum asked the Levy County Commission to consider legal actions that can be taken to limit such residences. 

    The single-family home at 21161 NE 35TH ST, which is not a group home, had seven sex offenders and three sexual predators registered at the address on Monday, McCallum said. “These numbers continue to rise.” It is outside the city limits of Williston.

  • Street dedication honors legacy of Willie Burgman

    The Burgman family has a lot to be proud of.

    In 1910, its patriarch, Willie, left his sharecropper life in Waycross, Ga., to head toward the unknown in Florida.

    The eldest of four children born to Carrie and Pledge Burgman, Willie had no formal education, and at 22 could only make his mark–an “X”–for his signature.

    He only knew the hard work of the fields when he set out and yet he was determined to work hard and have a good life.