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Today's News

  • Road and Lane Closures for July 11-17, 2015

     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.

  • Florida PIP case featured on "American Takedown"

    Planning to stay home tonight? Maybe you would like to watch American Takedown at 10 p.m. on cable channel A&E.

    It will feature the Florida Division of Insurance Fraud, going behind the scenes of a large-scale PIP fraud case, and allows viewers an in-depth look at the inner workings of complex criminal investigations.

  • Church News for the week of July 9

    Food distribution

    The Food for Life food distribution is on the second and fourth Saturday of the month starting at 10 a.m. at the Chiefland First United Methodist Church with a suggested donation of $3.50.

    Bronson UMC

    The Bronson United Methodist Church Thrift Shop will be having a July Sale-A-Bration Friday, July 10 and and Saturday, July 11 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.  

  • Manatee Springs Magnolia Campground gets a facelift

    The Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Florida Park Service opened the newly renovated Magnolia Campground at Manatee Springs State Park in Chiefland on July 1. The Magnolia Campground renovations, which total $1.3 million, include six additional campsites, upgrades to the existing campsites, a 2,090-square-foot bathroom and shower facility, new sidewalks, fire pits, grills, picnic tables and sanitary sewer system.

  • DEP to host mangrove workshops

    The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Northeast District has hosted several workshops to train participants on Florida’s regulations and best management practices for the maintenance of mangroves.

    Landscapers, consultants and homeowners throughout Flagler, St. Johns and Levy counties have attended. The Northeast District is eager to offer additional workshops and is asking the public to contact the district about participating in future workshops. 

  • Out of a wish, a dream comes true

    A new nonprofit organization is beginning to change people’s lives for the better.  A Vet’s Last Wish Inc. (AVLW) has granted its first wish.

    AVLW, created out of the hopes and dreams of the president and founder, Steven J. Rhonomus, a disabled Veteran himself, with the help of his wife, Venus Rhonomus, was established in May of 2012. 

     Since then, Rhonomus has spoken with countless veteran supporters, consistently asking for help, but could not overcome AVLW’s lack of nonprofit tax status. 

  • Community Calendar for the week of July 9

    Today, July 9

    Summer reading program at Yankeetown

    The Juggling Heroes will be appearing at this week's summer reading program at the A.F. Knotts Public Library in Yankeetown on Thursday, July 9, at 10:30 a.m. The program is free and a snack is provided through the UF/IFAS Family Nutrition Extension Office.

    Library Friends meetings

  • CEE meets next week

    Sen. Bernie Sanders’s presidential candidacy will be the main topic of discussion at Citizens for an Engaged Electorate’s regular meeting this month. Also on the agenda is the group’s voter registration and re-registration drive. Other items include:

    • An update on Representative Ted Yoho’s stance on GMO labeling and the DARK Act

    • Fracking on public lands

    • Discussion on Sierra Club’s request to become more actively involved in the district.

  • Brinson trial set for December

    A new trial date has been set for Crystal Michelle Brinson, who faces a charge of first-degree murder for a crime dating back to the Christmas season of 2012.

    Brinson, 38, of Brooksville, has been charged in connection with the 2012 death of DeAnna Lee Stires, 18, also of Brooksville.

    Brinson was in Judge Richard Howard’s court Thursday for a status conference. Based on the availability of all parties, Howard set the trial for Dec. 7 with a pre-trial date of Nov. 30.

  • Chiefland man charged with attempted murder

    A Chiefland man has been charged with attempted murder after striking his girlfriend with a car.

    Police responded to the scene at Prairie Oaks Apartments in Chiefland on around 8:40 p.m. June 30 and noticed a woman lying in the roadway.