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  • County blesses fire department merger

    BRONSON - A proposed fire merger between Bronson and Otter Creek took another step toward becoming reality Tuesday when the Levy Board of County Commissioners gave the plan its blessings.

    The merger would stand to significantly upgrade protection in Otter Creek, a tiny community that has a station and some equipment but is lacking in manpower.

    Bronson Fire Chief Rick Lombardo explained that the merger would provide quicker response in largely rural Otter Creek and lower property insurance rates, since it would improve its ISO rating.

  • Man charged with attempted homicide

    An evening of revelry ended in tragedy last Friday evening when a man was stabbed multiple times at the Clay Landing Boat Ramp.

    Authorities have not released the name of the man who was stabbed in the upper torso and face. He was transported to Shands at the University of Florida where he underwent two surgeries.

    The victim was released Monday and is recuperating, according to Lt. Evan Sullivan, public information officer for the Levy County Sheriff's Office.

  • Saving energy at BES

    It's affecting more than just the pocketbooks of the general public.

    Rising energy costs are also taking a toll on Levy County Schools.

    Cheryl Beauchamp, the principal at Bronson Elementary, presented recommendations to the School Board on ways to conserve energy as determined by an energy committee that was previously formed.

    "I think right now the climate is good for us to work on this. It's affecting us at home and the school. People know the price of fuel and electricity," said Superintendent Cliff Norris.

  • Chiefland–a drug ghost town

    Chiefland Police Chief Robert Douglas could not say enough good things Monday night about the joint effort between his officers and the sheriff's department when it comes to eliminatng drugs from the city streets.

    Douglas told the city commission that federal indictments had been handed down following a major cocaine bust that had a street value of over $1.5 million.

    Because the cases involving the seven individuals will go through the federal courts, any guilty verdicts will most likely carry with them prison sentences-including life.

  • Relay for Life is Friday

    Hundreds of people will come to Chiefland High School's football stadium Friday night to celebrate life and the culmination of a year of fund-raising for the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life.

    Opening ceremonies for the 14th Annual Relay begin at 6 p.m.with the music of T. J. Brown.

    Cancer survivors from the tri-county area will take the first lap that kicks off a night of walking, remembering and general all-around fun.

    A variety of entertainment is scheduled throughout the evening to accompany the carnival-based theme of this year's Relay.

  • Do you look like your mom?

    A re you a mother who is often mistaken as your daughter's sister? (Lucky you!) Are you a daughter who is told that you look just like your mother when she was your age?

    When you look at family photographs, is it difficult to tell if it's you or your mother unless you look at the date on the back?

    If you answered any of these questions "Yes", the Chiefland Citizen is looking for you.

    We are inviting our female readers to participate in a special feature we are producing for Mother's Day.

  • Levy Schools toasts teachers, volunteers with Evening of Excellence

    Each year, Levy County Schools sets aside a night to honor its teachers, other work staff and volunteers with an event called "An Evening of Excellence."

    This year's event was held on Thursday, April 24, at Chiefland High.

    First, members of the School Board along with teachers, other staff, volunteers, friends, family and sponsors gathered in the cafeteria to treat on a Mexican fajita bar prepared by the Williston High culinary arts class.

    They then dispersed to the CHS auditorium, where evening's program unfolded.

  • Bull Bash '08 was great

    The economy might be sluggish and money tight, but that didn't affect support for the FFA's annual Bull Bash held last Friday and Saturday nights at Carter's Arena.

    In fact, folks came out in droves to watch rodeo-style bull riding, at the same time raising money for FFA's Alumni Association.

    "It went really good –probably one of the better ones we've probably had," said R.D. Skelton, who has been directing the Bull Bashes the past decade for Renegade Rodeo out of Chiefland.

  • Wild Hog Canoe Race - Pain and joy on the Waccasassa

    Saturday morning, Tara Mace of Gainesville got an unwelcome phone call. Her partner for the Wild Hog Canoe Race, the 31st Annual adventure to benefit Levy Association for Retarded Citizens (LARC) couldn't make it.

    Tara was stuck - where to find a partner at 6 a.m. on race day? She called her mom in Bronson.

    Theresa McFarland answered her daughter's call and agreed to give it a whirl.

    "I hung up the phone and thought – I don't have any idea what I'm doing," she said.

    "I kind of twisted her arm," Mace admitted.

  • High school spring football starts this week

    With apologies to the baseball team, football season is here, as far as Ajay Ulmer is concerned.

    "I feel bad they got upset, but what happened has happened and we're looking ahead,"said Chiefland High's football coach. "It's football season."

    CHS baseball, ranked eighth in Class 3A, lost to P.K. Yonge in the district semifinals last week. The Indian baseball team has a number of players who will be coming over to spring football practice, which begins Thursday.

    "For us, we're glad to have them,"Ulmer said. "We've got a few key guys on the baseball team."