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Today's News

  • Bronson Speedway gets green light

    Bronson Speedway gets a new lease on life Saturday when the track opens for the 2011 racing season after sitting dormant for more than a year.

    Open Wheel Modifieds, Sportsman cars, INEX Legend Cars, Pure Stocks and Hornets will be in action on opening night. These classes will run almost every week at the speedway, and the five divisions will be the core of racing at Bronson. 

  • Coaching coaches

    A coach changed his life and now he's changing coaches' lives.

    Oscar McBride, an All-American tight end at Chiefland and Notre Dame who went on to play for the Arizona Cardinals, remembers the hot, muggy fall day like it was yesterday.

  • Chiefland players experience Cooperstown

    Five baseball players from Chiefland recently returned from a trip they'll never forget when they played in a tournament in Cooperstown, N.Y., home of the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

    Chieflanders Zach Barker, Randy Fuller, Jake Kennedy, Casey Lawson and Chase Malloy played on the 12-under Team Reebok squad. Other team members were Jarrett Brown and Cody Lacoste of Alachua, Kyle Cronin, Ryan Lauzardo and Sage Kramer of Gainesville, Tyler Buckner of High Springs and Phillip Joyner of Lake Butler.

  • Road and Lane Closures for July 23 - 29

     The following is a list of roadwork underway by the FDOT that may impact traffic.
     

    ALACHUA COUNTY:
     
    Hawthorne Road (State Road 20)  Crews will be repainting the roadway lines from Waldo Road (State Road 24) to the Putnam County line which is a moving operation.
     

  • Unemployment in Levy rises to 11.1 percent

    The slow month-by-month decrease in Levy County's jobless rate has reversed course with unemployment rising to 11.1 percent in June, up 0.8 percent from May's unemployment rate.
    While a reversal in five months of declining unemployment, the rate is down from 12.3 percent for the same period a year ago.
    Levy County's labor force decreased by 146 to 17,409, the number of those employed dropped by 286 to 15,468, and those without jobs also dropped by 140 to 1,941.

  • Editorial cartoon for the week of July 21
  • Leadline safety with large animals

    It is so sad to hear of the child that was severely injured from leading her horse that spooked during a thunderstorm.  I pray she will recover.
    But a reminder of how to safely lead animals is appropriate: Never coil leadlines with the hand inside the coils.  Instead, use both hands to hold the line straight. Another method is to fold the line like a three-fold letter and place the hand totally over the line.
    Accidents can still happen but will be much less dangerous, usually.

  • Social Security already paid up

    From Webster's dictionary:
    Fund – a sum of money set aside for some particular purpose.
    Pension – a payment, not wages, made regularly to a person (or his family) who have fulfilled certain conditions of service, reached a certain age.
    Social Security – In the U.S., a federal system of old age, unemployment, or disability insurance for various categories of employment and dependent persons, financed by a fund maintained jointly by employees, employers, and the government.

  • We need a return to God’s grace

    Realizing Independence Day is over, there is a lot Americans should remember.
    Our country used to be the envy of every other country in the world.
    We were world leader in technology, greatest in military might, nearly everyone owned homes, cars, boats, and we had so many crops we gave them to poor countries. Industry was booming, we were No. 1 in education, the first to put a man on the moon.
    Let's see how things have changed. Our high school students cannot stand up to middle school kids in Japan or China.

  • Hello all you river lovers!

    Don’t let these low water levels discourage you, especially on the upper river.  It’s a perfect time for collecting trash that is normally inaccessible.  You can work on foot relatively close to your put-in and take-out points if it’s too low for paddling.  You’ll still get a lot and it’s worthwhile doing.