Local News

  • Coach Beckham headed to Gainesville

    Bronson Eagles head basketball coach Kelly Beckham announced today that he will leave Bronson Middle High School, where he has been for 25 years and more than 500 wins, for Gainesville High School.

    The move will not take place until next school year; Beckham will finish out the school year at Bronson. His academicduties at GHS will be largely similar to those at Bronson -- he will be a Dean of Students. What will change the most is the basketball. 5A GHS has about 2,000 students; Bronson, in class 2A, has 453 or fewer.

  • Drummonds are Chiefland's Citizens of the Year

    The emotion was heard in the voices, seen in the eyes and felt in the hearts Tuesday night as the Greater Chiefland Chamber of Commerce named Luther and Kay Drummond its Citizens of the Year.

    Don Quincey, speaking on behalf of the community, said the recognition given the couple wasn't simply for a single event or year, but recognized a lifetime of achievement and giving to the people and community of Chiefland.

    Luther Drummond has always been a civic mover and shaker, Quincey said, starting with his Lions Club presidency in 1971.

  • Community unites in Prayer Walk

    "All things are possible through prayer"-the title of a book by inspirational writer Charles L. Allen.

    Being a man of God, Pastor Travis Hudson of Hardeetown Baptist Church is a firm believer in the above. His steadfast devotion to prayer is bringing folks of different faith together with one goal in mind -the guidance betterment of the Chiefland from its elected leaders, department heads, law enforcement, business leaders, down to its citizens.

  • Chiefland fire protection may not be adequate

    John Ward is passionate about his job. So passionate that he continues to amass data for the Chiefland City Commission in an effort to persuade its members the city needs full-time fire protection. Now.

    For the second time in as many weeks, Ward, the city's fire chief, appeared before the commissioners to outline why the city needs to add four full-time firefighters, in addition to the two it already funds.

  • Chiefland must deal with unfunded mandates

    It is a Catch-22 situation.

    Either follow the mandates set forth by the state or be left in the lurch with no financing and no resources.

    That's what Chiefland commissioners learned Monday night as they were forced to deal with two time-sensitive issues.

  • Pot bust may be biggest indoor grow house

    Law enforcement officials seized more than a ton of marijuana and arrested four people last Wednesday in raids in the Williston area, shutting down what is believed to be the largest indoor grow site in Levy County history.

    The estimated street value of the drugs was $1.2 million.

  • SWAT emphasizes "dont b misLEAD" message

    BRONSON - Leave it to the Levy County SWAT kids to come up with a catchy slogan with a double meaning - "dont b misLEAD."

    For those not familar with the acronym, SWAT stands for Students Working Against Tobacco.

    Each year, Levy kids belonging to the national awareness group decide on a theme.

    For instance, last year they attacked the evils of smokeless tobacco, culminating with a coffin procession in front of the State House in Tallahassee.

  • Career Fair gives Bronson students a glimpse of life after school

    BRONSON - Bronson Middle School and High School students had a special treat on Thursday, April 3, as professionals and people from the business world advertised their trades at the Career Fair in the gymnasium.

    Kids got a chance to stroll from display to display, receiving information on the careers that interested them.

    This was the third consecutive year that Bronson has had a Career Fair. There used to be one at the old school, but interest dwindled and it was abandoned.

  • Mosquitoes are on the attack

    Spring of 2007 in Levy County was a little scary, as drought brought wildfires that turned the skies an eerie black.

    The scenario has been different this year, as lots of rain in the winter and early spring have eased the fire danger.

    But as nature would have it, one threat quelled can bring about another one.

    In this case, it's called the attack of the mosquitoes.

    Anyone who has been outdoors in the evenings and early mornings the past couple weeks can relate.

  • Crash-A-Rama at Bronson Speedway

    Bronson Motor Speedway will let it all hang out this Saturday night with its annual Crash-A-Rama.

    This nutty affair includes School Bus Figure 8s, a Boat Race, Roller Derby, a Reverse Race, a Stock V8 Demo Derby, Twin Flagpole Races, a Skid Car Race and a 4, 6 or 8 Cylinder Enduro.

    The grandstands open at 4 p.m. and the show will start at 7:30 p.m. Adult admission is $20 and all kids 11 and under are free. For more information contact the speedway office at (352) 486-2763.