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  • Three perish in Cedar Key air disaster

    CEDAR KEY - An impromptu, short, late night sightseeing air tour of the Cedar Keys turned out to be a disastrous affair for three people early Saturday morning, as they perished when the single engine Cessna 206 they were riding in plunged into the Gulf of Mexico.

    Pilot Frank Gonzalez, 48, of Plant City; plane owner John Borchard, 43, of Dover; and tourist Julia Kelly, 49, of Solon, Iowa; died in the accident. There were no survivors.

  • City OKs grant application

    The Chiefland City Commission passed a motion Monday night that would allow the city's fire department to apply for a grant that would help it meet federal safety standards.

    Fire Chief John Ward said the grant, which lasts for four years, would provide about $108,380 to hire new firefighters.

    But Ward said there's no guarantee that Chiefland will get the money from a Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant.

  • Bronson still wary over fire merger

    It appears Bronson Fire Chief Rick Lombardo is slowly inching closer toward his goal of making Otter Creek part of the town's fire district, but there are still many unanswered questions standing in the way of making the deal stick.

    Lombardo looked to Bronson Town Council for final approval of the merger between the two volunteer departments at Monday night's meeting.

    Instead, he faced a number of questions from Vice Mayor Beatrice Mongo - ones he had no concrete answers for.

  • Watermelon Festival Saturday

    June 7 - Festival Timeline

    5 a.m. Vendor Setup

    7:30-9:30 a.m. Watermelon weigh-in

    8 a.m. Parade participants arrive

    9 a.m. All Saturday event booths setup

    10 a.m. Parade and free Watermelon

    11 a.m. Introduction of visiting & local royalty

    11 a.m.-noon Auction

    noon-3 p.m. Seed spitting and watermelon eating contests

    noon-3p.m. Entertainment

    6 p.m. Queen Pageant - Tommy Usher Pineland Center

  • U.S. senator gets lesson on area's springs

    Sen. Bill Nelson joined Suwannee River Water Management District governing board members and staff on an educational excursion down the Suwannee River on Wednesday. The eight-mile outing began at Fanning Springs and ended at Manatee Springs.

    Prior to boat departure, Nelson also attended a meeting hosted by the District in Cross City, where various environmental groups were given the opportunity to express their opinions and concerns regarding state and regional environmental issues.

  • Bronson says goodbye to Beckham

    Dignity, respect, dedication.

    This was a constant theme at the assembly at Bronson High School in honor of Coach Kelly Beckham. Beckham has been with Bronson High School for 24 years and has taken on a new challenge as coach of the basketball team at Gainesville High School.

    "We've had a lot of good times here. This school has been my life the past 24 years. This has been a great part of my life and I look forward to the next part," Beckham said along with thanking everyone.

  • Politicians? Rally at Bronson Speedway

    Politicians'Rally at BMS

    Bronson Motor Speedway will host it?s first ever Politicians' Rally on Saturday night, June 21.

    Levy County candidates will participate in an open mike forum. There will be a full night of stock car racing that night and the candidates will be introduced during intermission.

    An invitation was sent to all 23 candidates running for office in Levy County to come and attend and address the crowd.

  • Blum gets it right in Bronson Sportsman

    BRONSON -Matt Blum broke a string of bad luck and zoomed to the Sportsman feature win last Saturday night at at Bronson Motor Speedway.

    In his previous two outings, Blum had mechanical problems put him in the pits early -transmission one week and suspension the other.

    The 23-year old out of Gainesville got it right Saturday, leading the way all 30 laps in his black No. 1 car.

    Blum started outside row one and sped to the lead as polesitter LeRoy Donaldson got off to slow start, bottling up the field.

  • Levy ready for nuclear disaster

    The gymnasium of the old Bronson High School was bustling with activity, but there were no signs of teenaged slam-dunking heroes or high-flipping cheerleaders.

    No crowd of adoring fans could be seen cheering from the stands.

    There seemed to be players on the court, however. Some of them sported forest green vests while others were clad head to toe in long white suits complete with masks.

  • Ag commissioner makes good on ag tag reward

    It's not every day you have Charles Bronson come to your town.

    No, we're not talking about the steely-eyed, tough-guy actor. He died in 2003.

    We're talking about Florida's Commissioner of Agriculture, who visited Chiefland last Thursday, May 22, as a treat to the Middle School's FFA for winning the statewide "Plate for a Plate" competition.