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  • Christmas Light Displays

    Looking for a beautiful way to spend the evening? Check out the Christmas light displays, as submitted by our readers as being some of the most beautiful.

    Remember: Be courteous. Stay off private property. Don't litter. Drive safely.

    This list will be updated as readers alert us to the splendor of the holiday season.

    1–620 N. Young Blvd. (alt. 27) corner of NE 7th Ave. and N. Young Blvd. (the old Beauchamp house)

    2–11290 NW 109th Ct., near Manatee Springs.

  • Lady Devils take down Lady Indians

    WILLISTON –The Williston High girls basketball team came up with a big win Thursday night, Nov. 29, knocking off district rival Chiefland, 54-29.

    It was a rough game with technical fouls, a lot of glaring and some post-game confrontations.

    But the key was that Chiefland was playing without its star point guard, and the aggressive Red Devils were too much for the Indians to handle.

  • CHS boys get past Trenton and Fort White

    The Chiefland High boys varsity basketball team rebounded with a pair of victories late last week after dropping a tough one to Class 3A state power P.K. Yonge earlier in the week.

    Victories over Fort White and Trenton raised the Indians?overall record to 3-1 and their District 5 record to 1-1.

    Chiefland played host to Union County on Tuesday, Dec. 4. The Indians travel to Interlachen Thursday night and then to Cross City to take on Dixie County on Friday night.

  • Gent to go bowling

    The lineups are set for the bowl games in one of the strangest college football seasons in memory.

    The good news for Sunshine State fans is that five of the seven D1 schools are going bowling.

    Of course, Florida and Florida State are playing a 13th game. South Florida is going for the third straight year. Central Florida is in its second bowl game. Florida Atlantic will be in its first ever.

    It could have been six out if seven, but Miami was a slacker.

    Florida International didn't win a game.

  • Chiefland's Winter Festival Rousing Success

    A perfect day and evening set the tone for the Greater Chiefland Chamber of Commerce Winter Festival and Christmas Parade.

    Float winners are:

    First place: Manatee Springs Assembly of God (manger scene). Co-First place: Central Florida Electric Cooperative (Peace, Love, Hope, Joy –the best gifts)

    Second place: Chiefland Fire Department trucks. Co-Second place: United Sportsmen Airboat Alliance

    Third Place: Bronson High School Marching Eagles

  • Concert on but without the brewskis

    BRONSON –Selling beer at a fund-raising concert at Bronson Community Park loomed as a tough decision for Bronson Town Council members.

    The organization planning the show –Levy County Humane Society – made that decision easy for Mayor Franklin Schuler and the four other members.

    While the Feb. 25 country show featuring Chris Cagle is still a go, the Humane Society decided on its own to can the idea of selling beer at the all-day event.

    Council members learned of this at Monday night's meeting.

  • Quilt show under way at museum

    The 24th annual quilt show of the Log Cabin Quilters continues until Sunday, Dec. 9. The show is from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily at the Levy County Quilt Museum, 11050 N.W. 10th Ave., north of Alt. U.S. 27 in Levyville. There will be a chicken and dumpling dinner on Saturday, and a drawing for a quilt on Sunday. Crafts and quilts and baked goods are for sale.

  • Trenton Medical Center wants new office

    BRONSON - Trenton Medical Center wants federal funds to build a clinic in Williston and the Levy County Board of County Commissioners unanimously agreed Dec. 4 to write a letter endorsing the application.

    Eileen Senecal of Trenton Medical Center said the clinic wants a satellite office in Williston to be a primary care facility for "the working poor" and people who are poor to very poor.

    The clinic is seeking a federal grant, she said, and the application is due in Washington, D.C., by Dec. 15.

  • Sawmill approved for 24-hour operations

    BRONSON -- A sawmill that makes pine shavings received a unanimous vote of approval from the Levy County Board of County Commissioners for a special exception amendment Dec. 4 to let it run 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week.

    The Derby Gold mill received its first special exception on Jan. 2. The Dec. 3 amendment changes the hours from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. to 24-hours-a-day.

    Derby Gold Pine Shaving has been operating for approximately five years in the Williston area of the county. Its wood-shaving machinery is completely enclosed now to reduce sound.

  • Planning Commission tables mine decision

    BRONSON - After almost four hours of heated discussion, the Levy County Planning Commission voted 4-1 on Dec. 3 to table making any recommendation to the County Commission regarding a special exception for a major mining operation.

    Tarmac America is leasing property from Plum Creek in a project attorney Jake Varn said would generate an estimated $2.1 billion during the estimated 100-year lifespan of the mine, which is about two miles north of Inglis.