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  • Creekside students learn fire safety awareness

    The Bronson Fire and Rescue Department visited Creekside Christian School in Otter Creek Tuesday morning to emphasize the importance of safety awareness as part of National Fire Prevention Week Oct. 5-11.

    "I'm glad we've had this training today," said Pastor and Principal Bill Keith. "It might save a life some day."

  • Mack McCain dies at 69

    Mack McCain of Cedar Key died Oct. 3 in Gainesville. He was 69.

    Bornand raised in Cedar Key, Mack was the owner and operator of McCain Construction in Cedar Key for many years. He also worked for Gulf State Steel as an ironworker. He was a Baptist. Mack enjoyed working on equipment, and most of all loved being with his family and friends.

  • Photo contest extended

    Summer is officially over and the Chiefland Citizen wants to know what that means to you.

    For the next three weeks, the newspaper is sponsoring a photo contest with "End of Levy Summer" as its theme.

    The rules are simple: the contest is open to amateur photographers only, the photo must be something that says "end of summer" and it must have been taken in Levy County.

    If there are people in the picture, be sure to identify them and where the photo was taken.

  • Bronson Speedway up for sale

    Normally, Saturday nights in Bronson revolve around racing. The smell of burnt rubber mixes with car exhaust. A booming announcer's voice competes with revving engines. But Saturday night, all was quiet.

    Bronson Motor Speedway, a one-third mile long, high-banked asphalt racetrack, was put up for sale earlier this week, screeching the season to a halt and leaving a few passionate fans wondering just how they'll spend their Saturday nights.

    "Now we'll be bored," Jimmy Dunford, a pit steward at the track, said.

  • Women's golf

    The Chiefland Women's Golf Association played, on Sept. 24, a game where only the nine holes beginning with the initials Ts and Fs, counted. Then we could deduct one half of our handicap to determine winners.

    Marilee Leonard took first place in the First Flight with a net score of 37. The Second Flight was won by Lorraine Nickolls with a net 36 and second place went to Jan Hendrix with a net 37. The Third Flight was won by Denise Boyle with a great net score of 32. We had no chip-ins or birdies made on this day of play, which is really unusual.

  • Eagles slay Dragons

    With a 49-14 win over Florida School for the Deaf and Blind, Bronson Eagles are 3-1, a fantastic start. Eagles' head coach Al Cooksey said the team had a good night, but still plenty of improvement ahead.

    "We've equaled our win total from last year already," he said. "But we had a lot of penalties and turnovers - too many - and we still need a lot of improvement."

  • Indians scalp Bulldogs

    As the district season looms, Chiefland Indians are playing authoritative football, looking to build momentum with Friday's decisive 35-6 win over Taylor County (Perry).

    "We executed real well tonight," Indians' head coach Ajay Ulmer said afterward. "We played more physical on defense. Like last week, we didn't allow them to get into a rhythm on offense because our defense played so good."

  • Chiefland millage set at 4.75

    The Chiefland City Commission unanimously gave final approval to a $4,607,492.48 budget and a 4.75 mills property tax for the fiscal year starting Oct. 1.

    The vote was 4-0 with Commissioner Rollin Hudson absent from the Sept. 23 meeting.

    The commission approved a $3,019,366.18 general fund budget. $1,553,797.64 utility service fund, $26,328.66 Industrial Park Fund, and $8,000 Law Enforcement Trust Fund.

    One of the largest items in the budget is the Police Department at $917,644.85 in expenses from the general fund.

  • Bronson passes budget

    In the final budget hearing held Tuesday night, the town of Bronson's council unanimously adopted the 2008-2009 budget of $1,319,917.

    Given the decrease in county-certified taxable property, the approved budget is 0.58 percent less than last year, according to town records.

    The millage rate of 3.2 will remain the same as last year. Bronson's rate is nearly 6 percent less than the state allowable rate of 3.4036 mills, according to Resolution 08-02.

    The purpose of Tuesday's hearing was to adopt the final budget figure.

  • There are ways to eliminate roadside trash

    Whether you live in wide open spaces like most of Levy County, or even in the big cities, litter is an unwelcome sight.

    For some reason, a lot of people in motor vehicles seem to have a big problem holding onto their trash and disposing of it in its proper place.

    Hence, we see all kinds of refuse littering our roadways. Cans and bottles, fast food containers, candy wrappers and cigarette butts are a few of the more common forms of trash making the view unsightly.

    With more and more people moving to Levy, there's more and more litter alongside the roads.