Local News

  • Bronson boys look ahead to districts

    With Friday night's 55-42 district win over Trenton, the final district game of the regular season for Bronson, the Eagles can take one quick look over the last week of their season before leaping into the district tournament.

    Their 9-3 district finish is probably good for the second or third seed in the tournament, head coach Kelly Beckham thinks.

    "We're tied with Oak Hall for our district record, but they may have the tiebreak over us because I think they beat Mayo twice and we split with them," he explained.

  • CAAA baseball, softball signups

    The Chiefland Area Athletic Association will hold youth baseball and softball signups from 5-7 p.m. every Friday and from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. every Saturday at Strickland Park.

    The divisions available include Bandeleros (4 years old), T-Ball (5-6), Rookie (7-8), Minors (9-10), Majors (11-12) and Juniors (13-15).

    The registration fee is $65. There will be a $25 late fee on registrations after Feb. 23.

    Coaches are also needed.

    For more information, call 493-0657, 493-4225 or 493-1716.

  • Indian boys hoopsters edged by Newberry

    NEWBERRY –The Chiefland High boys basketball team had a strong performance on the road on Friday night, but the host Newberry Panthers were able to hold off the Indians, 77-64.

    Chiefland dropped its eighth straight game. The Indians are 7-15 overall and 1-9 in district play.

    Chiefland finishes up this week at home against Lafayette County on Tuesday night and Interlachen Thursday night.

    Thursday night is also senior night as the 12th graders will be honored.

  • City switches tracks on land purchase

    With little more a few minutes discussion, four Chiefland City Commission members decided Jan. 28 to switch tracks and table the acceptance of a bid offering from Perkins State Bank, which three of them previously agreed to accept.

    City Commissioner Frank Buie reportedly broke his hip and was unable to attend the meeting Monday night. He had voted in favor of accepting the Perkins' loan agreement before.

  • Suspected newspaper thief busted

    Officers with the Chiefland Police Department said they nabbed a suspected newspaper thief in the act of stealing papers from the Chiefland Citizen rack in front of the Post Office on Jan. 23.

    Rita Lynn McMillen, 51, of Trenton was charged with petit theft.

    This particular newspaper rack had fallen prey for the past three months, according to records.

    McMillen confessed to pilfering papers from newspaper racks at the Post Office and the CVS drug store, police said. The total loss to the newspaper company from thefts at those racks was $259 over the past few months.

  • Two arrested for child neglect

    Two Chiefland women were jailed on Jan. 19, after Chiefland Police Officer H. K. Hutson III charged them with four counts of child neglect.

    The suspects are Heidi Ann Prophet, 35, and Donna Gail Deal, 64, both of 510 N.W. Fourth Ave.

    Hutson and Florida Department of Children and Families Inv. James Ledford found deplorable conditions at the home, he said. These women were arrested on three counts of child neglect at the same house, under similar conditions on Aug. 23, 2002, according to records.

  • County must deal with water contaminants

    Safe water in an abundant supply. It's what we all want and Tuesday night, the Levy County Board of County Commissioners heard experts explain measures to ensure that the goal of potable water can be achieved.

    The commissioners, faced with adopting a springs protection plan into the county's comprehensive plan, listened as representatives from the Department of Community Affairs (DCA), the state health department and the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) detailed ways to reduce contamination in the county's water.

  • Concert big piece of Humane Society's fundraising

    The Humane Society of Levy County still has a long way to go as far as raising enough money to build a home, but green is beginning to bud on the fund-raising tree.

    The Humane Society, which has been based out of the home of president Mike Schenk since its inception in 2005, is looking at a lot in Bronson to construct its long-anticipated home base on.

    Big bucks will be needed for that to happen, however.

  • Proposed science standards leave commissioner concerned

    The word "evolution"can bring on different reactions and emotions.

    To the scientific community, it's the Darwin concept on the ever-changing state of how we got to where we are today.

    To devout Christians, the theory can clash with the Biblical words of creationism.

    Things get touchy when adressing the topic in school science classes.

    Having already updated its standards for schoolkids in grades K-12 in mathematics and language arts, the Florida Department of Education has adopted new guidelines for science.

  • Manatee Month continues at state park

    Manatee Awareness Month continues at Manatee Springs State Park on Saturday, Jan. 26, featuring the folks from the Sirenia Project, United States Geological Survey, Florida Integrated Science Center.

    They will have a display set up from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the end of the boardwalk where the springs empty into the Suwannee River.

    The Sirenia Project is part of a federal program dedicated to study the life history and travel patterns of Florida manatees.