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Today's News

  • Person of the Week

    To say Lynn Bedford is full of energy is an understatement. She may be the single most energetic person I know. I have never seen her when I thought she was without motivation, desire, commitment or a smile.

    To see her down hearted would be shocking and devastating. I just can not imagine it.

    Lynn Bedford is the kind of person most people want to be around. She is fun loving and caring. She has an enthusiasm for life that is unmatched.
That enthusiasm is easily witnessed by the many things she does in our community.

  • Legislature, Scott give us short shrift

    Residents of Dixie, Gilchrist and Levy county cannot be blamed if they just shake their heads at what happens with our Legislature in Tallahassee.

    Nor can they be blamed if their heads are spinning about our governor as well. Scott went off in a room with his staff and whacked over $400 million from his $79 billion “Keep Florida Working” budget.

    But first, consider what happened with the state budget in the past two weeks: 

  • Volunteers determined to clean up Fanning Springs

    Twenty-eight volunteers woke up early Saturday morning to show they care about the condition of one small town.

    Fifty bags of garbage were collected in Fanning Springs during a clean up led by Mayor Trip Lancaster. Council members Jane Nogaki and Ron Queen were also on the committee that coordinated the efforts, along with Rodger Nogaki.

    “We want to show citizens of Fanning Springs we care about this town,” Lancaster said. “We want to make this a better place to live for everyone.”

  • Like a phoenix, Fanning Springs Chamber of Commerce returns

    A whole new chamber of commerce is opening up in Fanning Springs.

    While the previous Fanning Springs Chamber of Commerce dissolved some years back, a new group has been started and will hold its first official meeting July 16 at the Lighthouse Restaurant in Fanning. They've had one organizational meeting already, but the next one will involve voting in the board of directors and new officers.

    “We want to bring that back,” Fanning Springs Mayor Trip Lancaster said. “We want to highlight the businesses we do have in Fanning.”

  • Sheriff's Report & Most Wanted for the week of July2

    The Levy County Sheriff's Office reports the following arrests:

    •June 25, George Bailey, 38, Chiefland, DWLSR. Bond $500.

    •June 22, Mark Broat, 25, Williston, VOP. Bond $10,000.

    •June 23, Rusty Byrd, 47, Williston, drug possession.

    •June 25, Jason Chism, 41, Williston, no motorcycle endorsement, DWLSR. Bond $500.

    •June 28, Kristi Cooprider, 27, Inglis, VOP, failure to appear. No bond.

    •June 22, Aimee Covey, 26, Trenton, out of county warrant. Bond $756.

  • Church News for the week of July 2

     

    Food distribution

    The Food for Life food distribution is on the second and fourth Saturday of the month starting at 10 a.m. at the Chiefland First United Methodist Church with a suggested donation of $3.50.

    Bronson UMC

    The Bronson United Methodist Church Thrift Shop will be having a July Sale-A-Bration Friday, July 10 and and Saturday, July 11 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.   Vendors are needed for only $5 per space per day.  If you want to reserve a vendor space, please call Peggy at 352-316-3817.

  • Haven remembers dedicated volunteers

    Recently Haven Hospice bid farewell to long-time volunteers and supporters Harry Coleman and Arnold Dittenber who both dedicated their time, treasure and talents to benefit Haven patients and families.

  • Meridian reports seeing more children

    The head of Meridian Behavioral Healthcare says her agency is seeing an increase in the number of patients in Levy County who are under age 5 and that 25 percent of the patients they treat are school-age.

    In addition, she said the agency has seen a 26 percent increase in the use of its service in the acute care programs – emergency screening, inpatient crisis stabilization and detox.

  • Bronson's Hot Chicks are flocking into town

    When you think of raising livestock, this quiet little corner in University Oaks may not be what you'd expect.

       Yet, it is where Bronson's Hot Chicks, co-owned by Misty Shaffstall and Jason Rathay, calls home. Driving up to the three-acre parcel, there is no sign of anything different in the mostly residential area, but a quick stroll around to the back of the home tells a different story. The area is teeming with life from chicks to chickens, turkeys, ducks, quail and even a good size tank of tilapia.

  • Chiefland TU grad makes Dean's List

    Josue R. Martinez of Chiefland, a Class of 2015 graduate, was named to the Dean’s List at  Thomas University for the Spring Semester 2015. Dean’s List students attend TU full-time and have a GPA of 3.5 to 3.99.

    Thomas University, established in 1950, is a private not-for-profit university of about 1,100 students located in Thomasville, Ga. TU awards associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees using traditional classroom  

    settings and online delivery.