Local News

  • 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.

  • Boy busted for bringing guns to school

    BRONSON - John H. Peyregne, 17, of Cedar Key was arrested Nov. 26 for possession of a firearm on school grounds. Cedar Key Chief Bubba Castell contacted School Resource Officer Sean McMullen, who recovered a loaded 30.06 caliber rifle, a .22 caliber rifle and a shotgun. It is a felony to possess a firearm on school grounds.

    The police chief previously warned the student not to bring firearms to school, but the young man told the chief he thought that since it was after school hours, it was permitted. He was at a school event at the time - about 5:45 p.m.

  • 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.

  • Savings accounts equate to Christmas cheer

    About 26 years ago, Heath Davis of Cedar Key remembers going to his first Christmas party as a 4-year-old child with a savings account at Drummond Community Bank in Cedar Key.

    Today, he works at the Cedar Key branch of the bank. From the perspective of fun, however, he brought Santa Claus to Chiefland on Nov. 30 for the annual party, which included generations of happy partygoers.

  • Rotarians learn about spring protection program

    Chiefland Rotary Club members and guests learned about a spring protection program Nov. 28, which not only helps protect nearby water quality but also promises hope for better drinking water on an international scale.

    John Wheeler, a visiting Rotarian from Lake City, told the group about a program to reduce pollution from the water feeding Ichetucknee Springs.

  • Gas theft accusation is unfounded

    An allegation from Chiefland Mayor M. Teal Pomeroy that a city employee, possibly a police officer, was stealing gasoline from the city has proved to be absolutely unfounded, according to an investigation by the Levy County Sheriff's Office.

    The mayor is keeping mum on the source that led him to make the allegation.

    LCSO Lt. Evan Sullivan investigated whether gasoline was taken by any city employee when Pomeroy told Chiefland Police Chief Robert Douglas about this alleged theft.

  • Boys' basketball wins season opener

    The Chiefland High boys varsity basketball team looked sharp in its season opener last Tuesday, Nov. 20, dominating host Lafayette County, 58-35.

    Guard Marquis Jackson led the way with 17 points. The guard was especially hot from the outside, popping for five 3-point goals. Forward Travis Donald was the only other Indian reaching double figures with 10 points.

    "We were balanced,"Indian coach Mark Lundy said. "We were very unselfish. We ran the floor and played good defense."

    Lafayette was still alive in football playoffs and missing two of its starters.

  • Late collapse leads to loss for Lady Indians

    The Chiefland High girls varsity basketball team hung with visiting Fort White for a half on Tuesday, Nov. 20.

    In fact, the CHS gals only trailed by a point at intermission.

    But the Lady Indians from Columbia County broke away in the second half en route to a 52-28 cruise over the local Lady Indians.

    Chiefland fell to 1-3 overall and 1-2 in Class 3A District 5.

    It was an uphill struggle in the first quarter, as Chiefland fell behind 5-0 and trailed 7-4 after the first eight minutes.

  • Devils prevail in opening thriller

    Bronson High boys varsity basketball lost its opener at Williston, or, put another way, Williston won its first game against the visiting Eagles.

    The real winners at this 57-55 nailbiter were the fans.

    Back from a roller-coaster season that went below .500 until the break and culminated in a Sweet 16 appearance, the Eagles return almost everybody and look ready to take on their whole schedule.

    The Devils have had a revival of their own, with new head coach David Vespignani at the helm, and look like a team with a plan.