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  • Cheerleaders come clean

    The Bronson Middle High School cheerleading team spent Saturday, June 6, hanging out at the ACE Hardware store in Bronson and cleaning cars for donations.

    The money will be used to support the team’s activities, including attending cheer camps. 

  • Deadline nears for comments on solar energy development

    TALLAHASSEE – Florida residents have until 5 p.m. Tuesday, June 23, to submit comments to the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) for development of policies or programs to enhance the state's use of solar energy.

    For information on submitting comments or to view the questions to be answered, visit www.FloridaPSC.com and access Solar Energy in Florida-Request for Comments under Hot Topics. Comments are limited to 20 pages. All submitted comments will be public record and posted to the PSC’s website. 

  • Bronson is without a clerk as Brettel moves on

    After seven years of employment, the clerk for the town of Bronson is leaving.

    Kelli Brettel presented a letter of resignation to the town council during its Monday night meeting.

    “After seven years of learning much and working hard to further the goals of this town, I find that I am compelled to move down another path,” the letter said. “It is with a mixture of both happiness and regret that I tender my resignation to the Town of Bronson....”

  • Sharing local history via Facebook is Wesley White's passion

    One Chiefland man shares his love for history, especially of this area, with others on Facebook.

    “Something I’ve always had a passion for is history,” Wesley White said. He searches mostly on internet archives for old newspaper articles, though he said his aunt does have some old clippings.

    For him, his research has brought back a lot of memories.

    “I hope it does the same for others,” he said.

  • Fanning Fire Department works to resolve audit issues

    Fanning Springs is responding to an audit report claiming discrepancies between its fire department call numbers and those reported by Gilchrist County.

    “It’s all here, we’ve gone above and beyond on documentation. We have all the paperwork needed,” Fanning Springs Deputy Fire Chief Elania Spain said on Monday.

    Fire Chief Ron McQueen said he and Spain were surprised at the Fanning Springs city council meeting when the auditor began speaking of discrepancies.

  • County takes aim at sex offenders moving in

    A proposed Levy County ordinance designed to restrict where persons who have been convicted of sex crimes can live, how many can live together or next to each other and their activities in certain places will be up for comment in a public hearing Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the Levy County Courthouse.

  • FDOT Road and Lane Closures for June 13-19

    ALACHUA COUNTY

    Archer Road   Daytime lane closures weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Southwest 35th Boulevard for intersection improvements into Butler Plaza.

    Hull Road (UF Campus)  Possible daytime lane closures and sidewalk closures between Southwest 34th Street and Mowry Road to build concrete sidewalk/trail.

  • Chiefland changes track on roofing contract

    The Chiefland City Commission approved letting a local builder out of a contract to re-roof the city maintenance barn after the company's owner encountered troubles with workers and a relative's health.

    The contract had been awarded to Dream Builders USA Inc., a local business, even though it was not the lowest bid received at $10,400.

  • Parents warned about Flakka

    A synthetic drug is growing in popularity in the state and Attorney General Pam Bondi is warning parents about the dangers involved.

    A recent press release said the drug, Flakka, has been linked to several dangerous incidents in the last few months, including a man impaling himself on a fence and another teen jumping through a closed window. It was also linked to the death of a Florida concert goer.

  • Waccasassa River Bridge replacement begins

    The replacement of the Waccasassa River Bridge on County Road 326 in Levy County, approximately three miles southwest of Gulf Hammock, is now underway by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT). 

    The existing bridge is being replaced in phases. While one lane of the new bridge is being constructed, traffic will use the other lane of the existing bridge. Traffic will be controlled by a temporary traffic signal when a flagger is not present.  Lane closures may also occur after 7 a.m. weekdays. No work is anticipated to occur on weekends.