Local News

  • School board member charged with lewdness

    School Board of Levy County member Billy Morrison was a no-show Tuesday morning for the regular meeting of the Levy County School Board, 10 days after his arrest in Gainesville.

    Morrison, 47, of Bronson, was charged at the Santa Fe College Northwest Campus in Gainesville Oct. 11 with lewdness and exposure of sexual organs, both misdemeanors, after a police patrol and undercover investigation of a rest room at the school.

  • Father Lopez takes down Eagles in OT

    Bronson slid to .500 while playing their best football yet. Now 3-3, the Eagles dueled Daytona's Father Lopez to a standstill before falling 27-21 in overtime. This, against a team that clobbered them 56-12 last year.

    "We grew up a little today," said Bronson head coach Al Cooksey. "With so much losing behind us, we have to build a culture where we expect to win."

  • Indians clawed by Panthers

    Chiefland football had a good week of practice following last week's letdown loss against Mayo. The defense played with outstanding aggression Friday against number four-ranked Newberry. But with multiple miscues on offense against one of the best teams in the state, the inevitable happened - the Indians fell, 22-7, to the Panthers.

    "We just couldn't get our rhythm established on offense," said Chiefland head coach Ajay Ulmer. "We'd start to put a drive together and then make some mistake, a penalty or turnover, that would really disrupt our progress."

  • Senterfitt named to Hall of Fame

    Jim Senterfitt, former district conservationist, was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the National Association of Conservation District Southeast regional area at the conference held in Biloxi, Miss. Aug 9-12.

    Senterfitt was inducted along with people from seven other southeastern states and was sponsored by the Suwannee Conservation District and the Association of Florida Conservation Districts to represent Florida as the 2008 recipient of the Hall of Fame Award.

  • City wants to buy wellhead

    The Chiefland City Commission wants to protect the city's water supply from any encroachment by purchasing a 155-acre wellhead site it currently leases from Suwannee River Water Management District.

    The commission, which has been grappling with how it will share the water with neighboring cities and counties, approved spending $132,000 in savings to purchase a 33-acre wellhead site to secure exclusive use of the water for Chiefland. The approval came at Monday's regular commission meeting.

  • Sex ordinance modeled after Gainesville's

    A proposed ordinance allowing nudity at adult businesses brought one Chiefland City Commissioner to tears because it conflicts with her Christian beliefs.

    Vice Mayor Teresa Barron suddenly burst into tears for a couple of moments during the discussion at Monday's regular commission meeting that was attended by about 20 citizens, including students.

  • Sheriff's Report

    BRONSON -The Levy County Sheriff's Office arrested the following persons. All are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. All information is gathered from Sheriff's Office press releases, arrest reports and court appearance orders.

  • Teachers drowning in paperwork

    Levy County School teachers are buried in paperwork, said Cindy Roach, President of the Levy County Education Association, at last week's School Board meeting.

    "The will and spirit of teachers across the district are being broken by the burden of paperwork required on a daily basis," Roach said.

    "Paperwork has gotten way out of hand," she said. "It has become an epidemic."

  • 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.