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Today's News

  • Warning issued on ex-city manager

    Former Chiefland City Manager Kevin Gay says he has no idea why a warning was posted about him to law enforcement agencies by a Florida Youth Ranch official who reported Gay was released from employment, and “was very upset when he left.”

    The warning said Gay has weapons and the ranch official “is just worried that Kevin is going to come back and do something to the camp.”

  • Bronson to offer public works job

    After weeks of discussion and interviews, the Bronson town council has narrowed down the candidates for the public works director position that has been vacant for some time.

    Parks and Recreation director Curtis Stacy has been filling in as interim public works director since January.

    Council members voted on a point system, with their number one choice getting five points, number two getting three points and their third choice getting one point.

  • Bronson breaks even with audit

    Depreciation seemed to be a common theme in losses for the year for the town of Bronson.

    Terry Kite of Purvis Gray and Company presented the audit report for fiscal year 2013 to 2014 to the Bronson town council at their regular meeting on Monday night.

    In the general fund there were revenues of $751,000 and expenditures of $742,000, leaving $8,200.

    “It was pretty much a break even year,” Kite said. “You stayed within budget, that’s good.”

  • Cat in the Hat burglar still at large

     

    Chiefland police are searching for a real life cat burglar in connection with the robbery of the Suwannee Valley Veterinarian Clinic in Chiefland on Saturday night.

    Security footage shows a white male with a light-colored shirt and dark pants enter the building at 2580 North Young Boulevard. As the man turns to flee, it appears he was wearing a “Cat in the Hat” T-shirt.

  • Softball champs parade delayed to Watermelon Fest

    A parade to honor the Chiefland Lady Indians softball team scheduled for Thursday at 3 p.m. has been cancelled and the back-to-back state champions will instead be honored by joining the Watermelon Festival parade on Saturday, June 6, at 11 a.m.

    The Watermelon Festival parade will go through downtown, beginning at Chiefland Middle High School and proceeding south on U.S. 19/Main Street to the Trailhead/Depot Park. 

    The team won its second state softball championship earlier this month in Vero Beach defeating the Jay Royals for the second year in a row.

  • Dear Chiefland, get a plan

    Levy County and the City of Chiefland have reduced their discussion of Advance Life Support non-transport services to writing, although it may be via emails.

    The two have been going back and forth for almost two years with the city asking to be allowed to provide the service under the county’s Certificate of Need and the county asking that the city meet standards set by its medical directors. At times the back and forth has gotten heated.

  • Bomb squads holding exercise at Camp Blanding

    Military explosive ordinance disposal units and law enforcement bomb squads are holding Raven's Challenge an exercise in handling situations involving explosives and investigating such cases at Camp Blanding at Starke this week.

    The exercise, hosted by the Florida Army National Guard's 221st EOD runs through Friday.

  • Wilbur Dean takes No. 2 job in county

    Wilbur Dean has started work this week as the assistant to County Coordinator Fred Moody.

    Dean was among 13 applicants for the position. Moody, who may retire from his position in the next few years interviewed the top applicants and settled on Dean.

    The slot being filled by Dean has been vacant since the retirement of Dick Tummond three years ago.

    Dean, a farmer who recently received a CARES Award for using sound environmental and conservation practices on his farm, is no stranger to the Board of County Commissioners administrative office.

  • 3 hiring events this week in Ocala

    CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion will hold hiring events this week for Custom Windows System, Burlington Coat Factory and Manpower, all in Ocala.

    Application requirements vary, though registration via the Employ Florida Marketplace (EFM) is required for all three. For complete details, interested job applicants should visit the Events Calendar at www.careersourceclm.com and search for “job fairs.”

  • Cooper grabs win over Durden in Limited Late Model Sportsman Feature

    Brent Copper grew up at and "cut his teeth" racing at Bronson Speedway some 20 plus years ago. His roots at the track go deep, as he relates stories about growing up at the speedway and about his Dad and the contributions Tom Cooper brought to Bronson Speedway, and many racetracks across the state of Florida. One could say the Coopers, Brent and Robbie, are one of Bronson Speedway's well known talented racing families.