Local News

  • Williston toddler dies in accident

    A 3-year-old Williston boy died Friday night after the utility vehicle in which he was a passenger went into an unused rock pit, fell off a submerged ledge, overturned and he drowned.

    Aaron D. Ford, who would have turned 4 years old on Nov. 8, was located in the water about three hours after the 10 p.m. accident by the Levy County Sheriff's Office Dive Team, according to Lt. Scott Finnen.

    Funeral services were held at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Knauff Funeral Home in Williston. (A complete obituary is on page 11)

  • Little theatre sets season

    The Suwannee Valley Players announce the 2008-2009 theatrical season and new officers. In a meeting in July the membership selected the plays to be performed for the new season. Below are the season picks and a brief synopsis.

  • Chiefland runners attain lots of PR

    Cedar Key's Joseph Bishop got another second place finish in a Levy County cross country meet - this time at Chiefland, behind Ft. White's Matthew Waddington, whom he'd beaten at Williston two weeks before.

    Bishop grouched for a few minutes, complained that Waddington "had a better stride," then allowed as how this was his best race ever.

    Alex Travis of Williston, who finished just behind Bishop, said he, too, had run his best race on the shady course.

    "It was nice and cool under the trees," he said.

  • Eagles fall Friday

    The Bronson Eagles fell to the Trenton Tigers 21-14 Friday night at Trenton's Booster Stadium. The Eagles came in to Trenton flying high with a winning record record (3-1) while the Tigers were winless and missing their starting tailback C.J. Bowers. The Eagles have been almost unstoppable running the ball against their opponents this season. The Bronson backfield has been averaging over 200 yards rushing per game.

  • Indians lose on the road

    Coach Ajay Ulmer was worried about the effect Mayo receiver Jamal Reid would have on Friday night's football game. In Lafayette's 57-22 win over Chiefland, though, the Hornets didn't even deploy Reid until the end of the first quarter, because they already had Alan Driver, Sergio Perez and Shyler Morgan scarfing up yards on the ground.

  • County has good year in the court system

    It has been a good year for Levy County in the courts County Attorney Anne Bast Brown told the Board of Commissioners in its regular Tuesday morning meeting.

    Brown, who presented her annual report, summed it up with, "We had a pretty good year."

    The legal staff handled 692 files in the past year. She said 226 represent open and ongoing work, while another 286 are legal request files. Of that number, she said 180 were opened in the year ending Aug. 31 and an equal number were closed.

  • 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.