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Today's News

  • Missing plane recovered off Cedar Key

    Missing plane, body of passenger recovered off Cedar Key

    A missing single-engine plane en route to Cedar Key from Brooksville on Feb. 12 was recovered Sunday afternoon, a week after it went missing, approximately seven miles south of Cedar Key.

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office, private boating service Sea Tow, and Florida Air Recovery, LLC were searching the waters Sunday during the discovery, near where the body of the pilot, Jasper Jerrels, 65, was found Tuesday.

  • Levy County schools thrive in Career and Technical Education

    Vocational and technical training has come a long way in recent decades.

    To the uninitiated, much of today’s version – which comes under the banner of Career & Technical Education (CTE) – might look indistinguishable from the more advanced college prep paths.

    From biotechnology to computer design, CTE programs touch on a wide range of skills and knowledge areas, and meet rigorous requirements in terms of industry certification standards and college preparation.

  • Haven Hospice director talks about effects of dementia

    The further a loved one slips into dementia, the more pain is inflicted on spouses, children or other caregivers left behind as they watch the love one disappear.

    Haven Hospice Director Anita Howard told members of the Suwannee Rotary Club recently that dementia is not a specific disease.

  • Congressman Dr. Neal Dunn speaks at annual schools' Gala

    A crowd of mostly educators applauded on three occasions when congressman Dr. Neal Dunn mentioned Congress’s commitment to doing away with Common Core, returning control of education to the local level and simplifying the tax code.

  • Search continues off Cedar Key for missing plane, passengers

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC) continue to search for a missing plane and two of its passengers south of Cedar Key after the body of the pilot, 65-year-old Jasper Jerrels, was found Tuesday.

    Jerrels, his fiancé Hue Singletary, and Jerrels' 17-year-old son were aboard a single-engine plane that left Brooksville Sunday morning headed for Cedar Key.

  • Bears bounce Bronson from district tournament

    A two-minute span in the second quarter proved too costly for Bronson to overcome.

    The No. 3-seeded Eagles, fresh off a convincing district quarterfinal win against Chiefland (69-42), fell victim to early turnovers and a second-quarter scoring splurge by Dixie County in last Friday’s District 1A-7 semifinal round, as the Bears advanced on a 71-52 win in Bell.

    The second-seeded Bears, which routed Cedar Key in their quarterfinal tilt, went on to upset top-seeded and fourth-ranked Bell Saturday with a 63-59 overtime victory.

  • Prep bats set for season openers

    Grab the sunflower seeds, because high school baseball and softball seasons are rolling into action.

    The Chiefland softball team begins its defense of three straight state championships Friday at Taylor County in Perry, with the JV squads starting at 5 p.m. and varsity to follow at 7 p.m.

    The Lady Indians’ home opener is Tuesday, Feb. 21, against Bronson (5/7 p.m.). They continue the two-day homestand against Fort White on Wednesday, before hitting the road to face Bell that Thursday.

  • Bronson fends off Chiefland in district tourney

    As the No. 3 seed facing a sixth-seeded Chiefland squad it had defeated twice in the regular season, Bronson figured to be the favorite in the opening round of the District 1A-7 hoops tournament in Bell.

    A 23-5 Eagle lead in the first half seemed to confirm that prognostication, but the Indians weren’t prepared to go away lightly, as they staged a mid-game rally to pull to within six in the third quarter.

    Bronson soon recaptured their early momentum, however, to pull away for a 69-42 win.

  • Chiefland halted in regional playoff by junggernaut Wildcat squad

    The Chiefland girls’ basketball team was dealt a tough hand to open its fourth straight state playoff appearance.

    It was forced to travel to Wildwood to take on the No. 1 ranked squad in Class 1A, an experienced senior-led Wildcat squad that’s stout in all phases of the game with its combination of perimeter skill and size.

    Wildwood (21-6) got off to a slow start against a plucky Indian defense, but eventually broke the game open for a 66-28 win in the Class 1A, Region 4 semifinal.

  • Freshman Levy commissioner discusses county’s financial challenges

    When it comes to political life, the job of running for office and the job of serving in office can be quite different undertakings.

    Matt Brooks, a former Williston City Council member, who was elected last year to become the lone freshman on the Levy County Board of Commissioners, was successful at running for county office, and now he has some perspective on being on the other side.

    Before the Rotary Club of Chiefland last Wednesday, he shared his impressions from his short experience in office and the challenges he sees ahead for the county.