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Today's News

  • Too cool for school

    Mason Hancock of Georgia was one of many spring breakers who visited Fanning Springs State Park last week for a dip in the icy waters.

    The park is open from 8:00 a.m. until sundown, 365 days a year. Admission is $6 per vehicle with two to eight people, or $4 for a single occupant.

  • Want ALS? Get ready to pay

    • Read the consultants report by clicking on the link at the end of the story.

    A majority of the Chiefland City Commission acknowledged on Monday what it had been loathe to do in the past two years: It will have to find more than $71,000 annually to pay for Advanced Life Support services, plus at least $55,000 in startup costs.

    And at the same time, the county could cut its fire/first responder service contribution by almost $67,000.

  • New Holiday Inn will pay no county taxes

    Fanning Springs has gotten over what Mayor Trip Lancaster called the “last hurdle at this point” regarding the Holiday Inn project.

    The Gilchrist County Commission passed a 100 percent tax abatement 4-0 for the development project, Lancaster said during his mayor’s report at the Fanning Springs city council meeting last Tuesday.

    Later, in a phone interview, Lancaster said they agreed to the tax abatement for the hotel itself with one commissioner, Todd Gray, abstaining as he is a commercial builder.

  • Overdue traffic tickets 40% off Saturday

    Attention traffic ticket scofflaws! Your opportunity to get that overdue traffic fine off your conscience and that suspension off your driver's license for the unpaid ticket is coming.

    Operation Green Light, sponsored by the Florida court clerks, will be underway on April 18, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. where you pay just the fines and fees and not the 40 percent overdue collection fee and then get your license cleared.

    “This could help restore your driving privileges,” said Levy County Clerk of Court Danny Shipp in announcing the program on Thursday.

  • Agendas for Bronson Town Council meeting Monday, April 20
  • Volunteer fireman saves man

    Chiefland Fire Rescue Volunteer Firefighter Kevin Davis says he did what he was trained to do, enter a burning structure and rescue anyone inside. That's what he did when he rescued a burned man from a fiery bed at Manatee Springs Motel, at 2226 N. Young Blvd., on Sunday, April 12 at 10:48 p.m.

  • Bronson observation deck on the horizon

    Bronson plans that originally included a nature trail and observation deck have been scaled back to include just the observation deck portion.

    Council member Beatrice Roberts asked where they were with the nature trail at last Monday’s town council meeting, as they said they could not do anything with the multi-purpose building until they’ve developed that property.

    They will get together during the month of April to scale back the drawing and go from there, Town Clerk Kelli Brettel said.

  • Fields of Faith coming to Chiefland April 22

    Students from Chiefland Middle High School will host a first-ever “Fields of Faith" on Wednesday, April 22, at 6 p.m. to share their Christian faith with fellow students. The interdenominational outreach event will be held at Wayne Pridgeon Football Stadium.

  • 5K funds helps children whose parents have cancer

    Camp Kesem at the Florida State University, an organization dedicated to helping children affected by a parent’s cancer, announces its 1st annual Superhero Scramble 5K, event on Sunday, April 26 at 9 a.m. at the Integration Statue on the Florida State University campus (near Woodward Ave. and Tennessee St.)

  • Robber ignores clerk's advice

    A woman robber, who claimed to have a gun and a bomb, attacked a clerk at Smoke & Spirits Liquor Store on U.S. Highway 19 in Chiefland after he bravely told her, “You don't want to do this for a little bit of money.”