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  • Smoking, oxygen burn Chiefland home

    An elderly Chiefland man is healing from injuries and homeless after he started a fire by smoking while on oxygen.

    Chiefland Fire Chief James Harris told the Chiefland City Commission on Monday that it is the second fire his department has handled where an elderly person was smoking while being administered oxygen. In the first incident, the man died.

    “I don't know how to prevent this,” Harris said telling the commission the man told the firefighters he was smoking while on oxygen when the fire started.

  • Children's Table adding to its facilities

    A Bronson area food distribution center is growing and expanding, not only by the number of mouths they feed, but now they’re also adding on to its facilities.

    The Children’s Table has begun clearing the land to place the 60 by 60 foot steel building they’ve made a deposit on. There are plans for the building to eventually feature a large walk-in cooler and freezer with dry storage space, as well.

  • CAKE AUCTION TODAY (Thursday, July 16)

    A cake auction to raise money to help the Rippy Family with funeral and medical expenses is at 6 p.m. today, July 16, at Chiefland Elementary School. Donations of sweet goods can be dropped off starting at 4:30 p.m.

    Jaylon Rippy, 5, died on July 2 when a leaping sturgeon struck her family’s boat. Her mother sustained facial injuries and her brother sustained arm injuries in the fish strike. Both will need surgeries to repair the damage. 

  • Haven Hospice opens Chiefland Community Building

    After being in the talks for some time the construction is finally complete for the new building at the Haven Hospice Care Center in Chiefland. 

       The 4,500 square foot building is designed as a large meeting room with dividers that can turn it into two medium sized rooms and one smaller one. The building can seat 200 or hold 400 in a standing capacity.

  • Levy County vows to save water

    Folks in the unincorporated areas of Levy County may not like it, but the county has agreed to implement and enforce year-round water conservation measures, and to try cutting back water use by 10 percent. And for the first time the entire county is covered by the same conservation rules. 

  • Night of prayer July 30

    The First Baptist Church of Bronson is hosting a Night of Prayer for Levy County on Thursday, July 30, at 7 p.m. at the church on South Court Street in Bronson.

    FBC pastor, Brother Jeff Buchanan, came up with the idea of the prayer meeting, said church Secretary Gwen Hardison. “He just felt that we needed to show support for our school board and county commissioners and just have a night of prayer for them for their struggles they are about to have with the atheists.”

  • Residents protest pig farm

    In the South we do have a tradition of lovin’ our bacon and pork chops, but no one wants a large hog farm and slaughterhouse in their back yard.

    That was evident when three people told the Chiefland City Commission on Monday that they would like the city to look into plans to build a pig farm and processing plant just south of town and prevent its construction.

  • $15,000 reward offered in Rosewood arsons

    The Florida Forest Service and the Florida Forestry Arson Alert Association, in conjunction with a private landowner, are offering up to $15,000 for information leading to an arrest of an arsonist who recently set multiple wildfires in the Rosewood area of Levy County.

  • Road and Lane Closures for July 11-17, 2015

     ALACHUA COUNTY

    Archer Road   Daytime lane closures weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Southwest 35th Boulevard for intersection improvements into Butler Plaza.

    Hull Road (UF Campus)  Possible daytime lane closures and sidewalk closures between Southwest 34th Street and Mowry Road to build concrete sidewalk/trail.

  • CEE meets next week

    Sen. Bernie Sanders’s presidential candidacy will be the main topic of discussion at Citizens for an Engaged Electorate’s regular meeting this month. Also on the agenda is the group’s voter registration and re-registration drive. Other items include:

    • An update on Representative Ted Yoho’s stance on GMO labeling and the DARK Act

    • Fracking on public lands

    • Discussion on Sierra Club’s request to become more actively involved in the district.