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Today's News

  • Creekside students learn fire safety awareness

    The Bronson Fire and Rescue Department visited Creekside Christian School in Otter Creek Tuesday morning to emphasize the importance of safety awareness as part of National Fire Prevention Week Oct. 5-11.

    "I'm glad we've had this training today," said Pastor and Principal Bill Keith. "It might save a life some day."

  • Mack McCain dies at 69

    Mack McCain of Cedar Key died Oct. 3 in Gainesville. He was 69.

    Bornand raised in Cedar Key, Mack was the owner and operator of McCain Construction in Cedar Key for many years. He also worked for Gulf State Steel as an ironworker. He was a Baptist. Mack enjoyed working on equipment, and most of all loved being with his family and friends.

  • Photo contest extended

    Summer is officially over and the Chiefland Citizen wants to know what that means to you.

    For the next three weeks, the newspaper is sponsoring a photo contest with "End of Levy Summer" as its theme.

    The rules are simple: the contest is open to amateur photographers only, the photo must be something that says "end of summer" and it must have been taken in Levy County.

    If there are people in the picture, be sure to identify them and where the photo was taken.

  • Former fire chief goes to court Nov. 12

    The case against Dennis Russell, former Bronson Youth League president, has been set for a pre-trial conference on Nov. 12.

    Russell, who also a former chief of the Bronson Fire Department, is free on $75,000 bail while awaiting trial on charges of sexual battery on a child under 12 and sexual battery on a child between the age of 12 to 18.

    Russell, who as a longtime football and baseball coach in the BYL, was relieved of his duties after his arrest in October 2007. He is also barred from being on city property where youth activities are being held.

  • Students earn rewards for good behavior

    Surrounded by balloons and guitars on the cafeteria stage, with posters of Hanna Montana and the Jonas Brothers, a giant inflatable jukebox, and records hanging from the ceiling, Bronson Elementary students are eating, dancing, giggling, and blowing lots of bubbles.

    "Can I freshen up your drink, miss?" teacher Mark Roberts asks a first grade student. With her approval, he proceeds to top off her fruit punch and add fresh ice. Roberts is spending Friday moonlighting as maitre'd for BES's Hard Work Cafe.

  • School Zone

    Upcoming Activities, Events and Other School Information

    All Schools:

    Oct. 20-No School-Teacher Workday

    Oct. 21-Levy County School Board Meeting @ 9:30 a.m.

    Oct. 24-No School-UF Homecoming

    Oct. 27-31-Red Ribbon Week-Drug Awareness and Abuse Prevention

    Chiefland Elementary

    Oct. 21-SAC Meeting @ 5:30 p.m. CES Media Center

    Oct. 28-Safety Patrol Cake Auction @ 6:30 p.m. in CES Cafeteria

    Save and Send in "Box Tops for Education" to your child's class

    Review classwork and homework with your child and READ everyday!

  • Bronson Speedway up for sale

    Normally, Saturday nights in Bronson revolve around racing. The smell of burnt rubber mixes with car exhaust. A booming announcer's voice competes with revving engines. But Saturday night, all was quiet.

    Bronson Motor Speedway, a one-third mile long, high-banked asphalt racetrack, was put up for sale earlier this week, screeching the season to a halt and leaving a few passionate fans wondering just how they'll spend their Saturday nights.

    "Now we'll be bored," Jimmy Dunford, a pit steward at the track, said.

  • Sentences handed down

    BRONSON - The following persons were sentenced in criminal court in Levy County in the 8th Judicial Circuit.

    Wayne L. Brewer, possession of a controlled substance without a prescription, 1 year and 1 day with 26 days credit for time served and a $250 fine; and possession of paraphernalia, dropped.

    Craig A Brown, bond hearing on charge of failing to re-register as required, bond denied.

  • Lessons I've learned from the dead

    My father and I were constantly at odds. I can't remember how or when it started, but I do remember thinking that he was the meanest, most unfair man alive.

    That changed right after I left high school as I started learning more about him as a man, and not just my daddy.

    By the time I moved to Georgia, we had a solid relationship-an unspoken one of mutual respect and trust.

    He wasn't into sentiment, and I wasn't about to broach my feelings of admiration for him. I thought I had years to tell him how much he meant to me, and how I finally understood the man he was.

  • You deserve to have all the news

    Let's see, it was late July and I was still new on the job.

    I asked a Sheriff's Office spokesperson about air conditioner burglaries in the county and I also noted my street alone had an AC stolen that was almost turned into a home burglary. And the same road also had a home invasion that resulted in the suspect's death and an armed robbery.

    Like a mantra he said crime was down and pointed to 2007 figures showing crime went down in Levy County.