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Today's News

  • Lady Indians begin drive to state tonight

    The Lady Indians play in a pre-season tournament tonight (Thursday, Nov. 6) at 6 p.m. in Bronson.

    Their opponent will be the Trenton Tigers. Come out and support the Lady Indians as they start their run for another District and Regional title. The 2013-14 season saw them go all the way to the Final Four in Lakeland.

    Regular season play begins Tuesday, Nov. 10, at 7 p.m. at home against P.K. Yonge of Gainesville.

    Varsity Girls Basketball Schedule

    All games start at 7 p.m. unless otherwise indicated.

    Nov. 13 6:30 p.m. vs. Santa Fe

  • Bag ban to face hurdles in The Sunshine State

    By Bruce Ritchie

    ContextFlorida

    Florida won’t follow California on bag ban because of a 2008 law requiring a study.

    California became the first state in the nation recently to ban disposable single-use plastic shopping bags.

    The ban is needed, supporters said, to reduce litter and protect birds and sea life from becoming entangled in bags. The ban also prevents bags from clogging storm drains or winding up in landfills.

  • Don’t let seasonal spikes become the new normal for utility bills

    Dr. J. Robert McClure

    ContextFlorida

    Floridians aren’t surprised when they see seasonal spikes on their utility bills. A lengthy cold snap in January or lingering summer heat can send their energy bills soaring like fireworks on the Fourth of July.

    Fortunately, in a state blessed by ocean breezes and a climate ranging from temperate to subtropical, there’s welcome relief in the months when temperatures — and utility bills — remain in the moderate range.

  • Email decisions no big deal: Bronson officials

    “Don’t kill the messenger,” wasn’t a saying expressed by some on the Bronson Town Council Monday night regarding a story written weeks ago by an area blogger about what some have called a secret vote.

    “You always come out with something that’s one sided,” Mayor Franklin Schuler said to blogger Jeff Hardison about the story, which centered around emails sent out to council members Sept. 30.

  • 'Godspell' to open Nov. 14

    The College of Central Florida Musical Theatre Ensemble will present “Godspell” Nov. 14-15 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 16 at 3 p.m. in the Dassance Fine Arts Center at the CF Ocala Campus, 3001 S.W. College Road.

    A pre-performance reception will be held Friday, Nov. 14, from 5:30-7 p.m. in the Webber Center. The reception is free, and guests may view the Visual Artists’ Society “Best of the Season” art exhibit on display in the adjoining Webber Gallery.

  • Church News for the week of November 6

     

    Fall Fun Night Friday

       Creekside Christian School at Otter Creek Baptist Church will have its annual Fall Fun Night this Friday night from 6:30-9:00 p.m. There will be a hay ride, bounce house, big slide, jousting, hay maze, cake walk, gold fish and many other booths. Arm Bands are $5. The concession stand will have hot dogs, chili, soup and sweets. There will be a drawing for many prizes donated by local businesses. The address is 171 SW 3rd Street, Otter Creek.

    For more information, call the school at 352-486-2112.

  • Thanks for nothing?

    By Pastor Terry Wines

    As you sit around your Thanksgiving table and count your blessings consider this:

    • If you have food in the refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof overhead and a place to sleep ... you are richer than 75 percent of the world’s population.

    • If you have money in the bank, cash in your wallet and spare change sitting in your car’s console … you are among the top 8 percent of the Earth's wealthiest people.

  • Sheriff's Report & Most Wanted for November 6

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

    • Oct. 30, Demi Ember Appling, 24, Old Town, DWLS. Bond $15,000.

    • Nov. 1, Johnnie Russell Arnett, 31, Lakeland, FTA. Bond $10,000.

    • Oct. 30, Bobby Leon Baker, 69, Inglis, FTA. ROR.

    • Oct. 27, Charles Anthony Baugh, 66, Bronson, out of county warrant. Bond $2,000.

    • Oct. 27, William E. Beck, 54, Wellborn, DUI. Bond $10,000.

  • County votes to take bids on legal notices

    For the first time Levy County will put its legal notice business — including the annual delinquent tax rolls — up for bid in an effort to save taxpayer money and put an end to the contentious discussions that have accompanied it. 

  • The hands of time

    Clock repair may sound like a trade of the past to some, but for one Chiefland man it is more than just an old fashioned hobby.

    Jay Fortner of Rosewood Regulators has been repairing clocks and “actually getting paid for it,” he said, for 10 years.  This has been his full time occupation for three years now.

    “I work on ‘em, I don’t watch them,” said Fortner, who says time to get up and time to go to bed are the only two times he knows, though he admits it makes him realize how time is passing when working on clocks.