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  • Fire merger still long way to go

    BRONSON - The more things change, the more they stay the same.

    Or in the case of the ongoing talks of a Bronson-Otter Creek fire department merger, the closer it seems to becoming reality, the light at the end of the end of the tunnel still seems dim.

    Already having the green light from Levy County and Otter Creek, the merger only needs the OK from the town of Bronson.

  • Mining reprieve granted

    BRONSON-Manatee Springs won a reprieve in the legal battle by White Construction to operate a limestone mining operation within two miles of the springs, something prohibited by a 2002 Levy County ordinance.

    And, at the same time, the county may recoup its legal fees in the case.

    County Attorney Anne Bast Brown informed Levy County Commissioners on Tuesday that Judge David A. Glant of the Eighth Judicial Circuit had ruled in the county's favor in state court for their denial of a permit for the operation in March 2004.

  • Chiefland Majors capture State Small League Tournament

    FORT WHITE -The Chiefland Major League (11-12 year old) All Stars captured the Babe Ruth Small League championship by going a perfect 5-0 in the tournament played last week in Fort White.

    The Chiefland bunch went out on top after finishing second in the District 6 Tournament a week earlier in Starke.

    In the finals, Chiefland walloped Union County-Lake Butler, 11-1. Jon Ward was 3-for-3 with two RBIs. Clayton Smith was 3-for-4. Kyle Weeks, Justin Ivey and Cole Parks all had two hits each. Tim Reidy was the winning pitcher.

  • You're never too old to race

    BRONSON -Most folks at the age of 67 are pretty set in their ways.

    Sure, they might try a new salad bar, golf course or fishing spot, but a lot are not too eager to jump into something like racing.

    Enter Pop Armstrong, who not only began racing three years ago. but wild and crazy School Bus Figure 8 racing at that.

    Now 70, Armstrong was at Bronson Motor Speedway last Saturday night, driving the No. 49 bus.

    Armstrong answered the obvious question of how he got started.

  • Bowen leaving Citizen

    Dale Bowen, the publisher of the Chiefland Citizen, has accepted a new role with the publishing company and will give up his leadership post at the Levy County papers.

    Bowen was named advertising sales manager for the Citrus County Chronicle, the daily newspaper based in Crystal River. He will report directly to Advertising Director John Provost.

    The Florida native has spent 24 years in sales and management with Landmark Community newspapers, the owner of the Citizen and the Chronicle.

  • Trio nabbed for grand theft

    Two Dixie County women and a woman from Gilchrist County were behind bars Tuesday after being charged with grand theft and criminal conspiracy by officers from the Chiefland Police Department.

    Sylvia Smith, 23, and Holly Locke, 29, both of Old Town, along with Kristi Stiller, 36, of Trenton, were in the county lockup following the recovery of $1,342.72 worth of alleged stolen goods at two residences.

    Among the items allegedly taken from the Chiefland Wal-Mart over a period of time were fireworks, sleeping bags, tents, flashlights and other camping accessories.

  • Trio strikes back against post office

    Chiefland Postal Clerks Debbie Hamberger, Bonnie George and Kim Poole thought they were doing the right thing when they questioned a sudden change in policy regarding mail box late fees.

    Although that order was eventually reversed, Hamberger and George say they are still feeling the repercussions for their act of "whistleblowing" - in a big way.

    Hamberger and George are in their fifth week of serving an "emergency suspension without pay." Poole said she has escaped such status because she is officially on sick leave.

  • Cedar Key gears up for CLAMERICA

    Cedar Key will be exploding on Friday, July 4 when the fifth annual CLAMERICA Celebration brings thousands of clam lovers to this island community to enjoy their sweet and savory farm-raised clams.

    Sponsored by the Cedar Key Aquaculture Association, the day will be filled with fun, food, and events for the whole family from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the City Park and beach on 2nd Street, so bring your blankets and lawn chairs and relax.

  • Talent show promises summer fun

    It doesn't take long for the summertime blues to kick in in small towns like Chiefland, Bronson and Williston.

    Simply put, there's not a whole lot for kids to do from the time school lets out up until August.

    Maggie Allen and LaWanda Jones want to do something about that. The two put their heads together and came up with a fun idea for kids ages 13-18.

    It's a talent show, giving kids a chance to put together their acts in an organized competition.

  • Seagrass restoration continues

    Plants and core logs were placed on the shoreline of Atsena Otie Key on May 8 and Nov. 15, 2007 and again this year on May 8 where the old Eberhard-Faber pencil factory was in operation back in 1896.

    A hurricane destroyed the mill and the town of Cedar Key's infrastructure that year. Cedar Key was re-established at its present location across the channel on Way Key after clean-up was completed at Atsena Otie Key. Unfortunately, construction costs and a sagging market prevented the pencil factory from being rebuilt.