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Today's News

  • FDOT Road and Lane Closures for June 20-26

     ALACHUA COUNTY

     

    Archer Road   Daytime lane closures weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Southwest 35th Boulevard for intersection improvements into Butler Plaza.

    Hull Road (UF Campus)  Possible daytime lane closures and sidewalk closures between Southwest 34th Street and Mowry Road to build concrete sidewalk/trail.

  • FWC to consider final black bear rules next week

    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will meet June 23-25 in the Hyatt Regency, 1000 Boulevard of the Arts, Sarasota. All sessions are open to members of the public who want to attend.

    The half-day session Tuesday, June 23, starts at 1:30 p.m. and focuses on strategic discussions on:

    • The Florida panther – Staff will give a status report on panther conservation and management for Commission discussion and policy direction.

  • FWC data show increase in bear population

     The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) announced today updated estimates of the Florida black bear population. These initial numbers are now available for two of the FWC’s Bear Management Units (BMUs) and result from the statewide study occurring during 2014 - 2015.

  • Cheerleaders come clean

    The Bronson Middle High School cheerleading team spent Saturday, June 6, hanging out at the ACE Hardware store in Bronson and cleaning cars for donations.

    The money will be used to support the team’s activities, including attending cheer camps. 

  • Saluting jobs well done

    Featured by U.S. News and World Report, America’s Best High Schools, Chiefland High School Principal Matthew McLelland, pictured far right, received a silver award on behalf of Chiefland High School which ranked 135 in the state.

    Also pictured, from left to right, with bronze awards are Principals John Lott for Bronson High School, Eulin Gibbs for Williston High School and Darby Allen for Cedar Key School.

  • Four apply for Philpot's school board seat

    The late Robert Philpot, retired Williston High School teacher and Levy County School Board member, was one of a kind, devoting his teaching career to molding youth.

    And that could be why it will take a while for Gov. Rick Scott to find the right person to fill Philpot's old seat on the school board.

    According to a spokesperson for Scott, four people have applied for appointment to the unexpired term:

    • Bradley Etheridge, a Williston cattleman and businessman,

    • Rob Sistrunk

  • Vandals destroy AMVETS flag poles

    Flags poles were cut down and flags left laying on the ground at AMVETS Post 88 in Bronson.

    The vandalism occurred sometime after midnight and before 7 a.m. on Sunday, which also happened to be Flag Day.

    First vice commander of the post, Dennis Blanke, said it makes him mad and sad someone would do that to them.

    “Our goal is to help the community and veterans. I think we do a real good job with the limited funds we have,” he said.

  • Person(s) of the Week

    Sometimes you don’t realize just how much a person did until they are no longer there.

    This week’s person of the week is just such a person, or should I say, just such people. Our people of the week are Charlotte and Jimmy Dunford.

    
The Dunfords are just what you would want in people of the week. They are hard working, fun loving, decent people. They are loving parents and grandparents, they support young people, are active in the local AMVETS, and are always willing to lend a helping hand anywhere they can.

  • Chiefland election over

    Chiefland City Commissioner Rollin Hudson has said the hottest day of the year usually turns out to be city elections day.

    That’s because its held on the first Tuesday in August, a hot time of year in Florida.

    But Hudson and two other city commissioners up for re-election – Betty Walker and Chris Jones – won’t have to worry about the weather on Aug. 4 as they are all unopposed for office.

  • Chiefland graduate makes Dean's List at TU

    Josue R. Martinez of Chiefland, a class of 2015 graduate, was named to the Dean’s List at  Thomas University for the Spring Semester 2015.

    Dean’s List students attend TU full-time and have a GPA of 3.5 to 3.99.Thomas University, established in 1950, is a private not-for-profit  university of about 1,100 students located in Thomasville, Ga. TU awards  associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees using traditional classroom  settings and online delivery.