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Today's News

  • Anonymous gifter surprises shoppers

    An anonymous person with a big heart — and pocketbook — made a stop in the Chiefland Walmart Monday and paid for about $51,000 worth of merchandise that shoppers had put on layaway in previous weeks.

    "It's a good thing. It's a great act of kindness," Walmart Co-Manager Jason Ashley said.

    Monday was the last day to pick up layaway items.

    Ashley, who has worked at the Chiefland store for about two years, said the glow on people's faces was rewarding.

  • Spreading the Christmas cheer

    Members of the Fanning Springs Fire Station traveled around the small town giving out toys to local kids.

    The firetruck and emergency vehicle — with Santa in tow, played their sirens and loud Christmas music to alert families of their presence.

  • School Board asking state to limit testing

    The Levy County School Board unanimously voted to approve the signing of a “Resolution on Assessment and Accountability” asking the state to limit testing.

    Superintendent Bob Hastings presented the resolution to the board at its regular meeting Tuesday, Dec. 16.

    “We’re asking for flexibility,” Hastings said, adding it does not mean they are entitled to it. He said consolidation of a lot of these tests can be done.

  • A vet's last wish

    Everything about Steven Rhonomus shouts military.

    From his close-cut hairstyle to the way he carries himself, there's no doubt this man served his country and was proud to do it.

    And if a medical discharge hadn't forced him out of his 11 years of service, he'd most likely still be active duty.

    Rhonomus, 43, now wants to make sure that the men and women who swore to protect their country are given something back for their service.

  • Queens of Quilting

    The ladies of the Levy County Quilt Museum are in the midst of their annual quilt show that began the day after Thanksgiving and continues until Christmas.

    “We’re a museum and more … much more,” Myrtice Scabarozi said last Thursday as she pointed out the varieties of items for sale. Everything is handmade, more or less, by local people she said. They are also run by volunteers and supported by donations. She said they made $3,000 last month, a record month. “We’re extremely lucky,” she said.

  • He's makin' a list ....

    Santa and Mrs. Claus spend time listening to the Christmas wishes of children at Saturday's Chiefland Christmas Festival. 

    Then he led the lighted float parade down Main Street. 

  • Bronson moving along with sewer pipes

    Last week, the Town of Bronson was busy tearing up Court Street in an effort to get a portion of the town's new sewer system in the ground, as recent visitors to the Levy County Courthouse are undoubtedly aware.

    Crews, according to Bronson Public Works Director Jimmy Dunford, were scheduled to be done earlier this week. Dunford said the pipes in that area had to be placed about 25 feet below the surface. The road should be open by the end of the week.

  • Group hopes to build flagship facility for wounded vets at Otter Springs

    It's often said that for every negative outcome, something positive arises to put things back in balance.

    Such was the case when volunteers, inspired by the life of wounded Marine Sgt. Michael Nicholson, organized to form ForVets Inc.

    Nicholson's life was changed forever when he lost both legs and part of his left arm to an IED while on patrol in Afghanistan in 2011.

  • Resident raises ire of council

    A Bronson councilman told one of his constituents Monday night that he was sick of his bi-monthly rants against the council.

    Elijah Williams was on the agenda to speak for no more than five minutes about holding an election to fill a council vacancy; but by the time he took to the lectern, the council had already agreed to call for a special election.

    “This should have gone to a vote in the first place,” Williams said, “but the reason it didn’t is this house is divided.”

  • Man's 3rd strike makes him sex predator

    A 21-year-old Williston man's third conviction since 2010 on sexual offenses against a minor under the age of 16 will result in him being labeled a sexual predator for the rest of his life and possibly cause him to lose his freedom for an undetermined amount of time.