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Today's News

  • Toys For Tots

    The U.S. Marine Corps Reserves begins registration for Toys For Tots Registration in Levy County is Mon-Thurs, Oct. 9-11 and Oct. 15, from 9 a.m.12 p.m., Tri-County Community Resources, 15 North Main St in Chiefland, FL 32626

    Registration requirements:

    Only children 12 years of age or younger are qualified

    Parent or Legal Guardian’s current Government Issued Photo ID

    Child’s Birth Certificate or Court Ordered Custody Records

    Child’s Social Security Card

    Proof of Residence (2 of 4, in registering guardian’s name)

    • Driver’s License or Photo ID (with star indicating verified residence)

    • Property Tax Bill

    • Utility Bill (with Physical Address, not P.O. Box)

    • Voter Registration Card

    Recent Income Statement/Approval Letter: Food Stamps, AFDC, SSI, Medicaid, or a check stub for one month. Income requirements are based on 2017 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Poverty Guidelines.

  • Rosary Crusade

    Join the 100th Anniversary 2017 Public Square Rosary Crusade at noon Oct. 14 in the Winn-Dixie parking lot in Chiefland.

    In this historic year of the Fatima Centennial (1917-2017), the world is at a historic crossroad. God is more offended than ever as people ignore Our Lady’s maternal request to “stop offending God.”

    Yes, we must listen to Our Lady’s request and stop sinning if we hope to enjoy God’s blessings and to avert His wrath. He will hear us, if we pray through the intercession of His Blessed Mother. That’s why we’re doing the 2017 Public Square Rosary Crusade.

    In the Secret of the Rosary, Saint Louis de Montfort said, “Public prayer is far more powerful than private prayer to appease the anger of God and call down His mercy, and Holy Mother Church, guided by the Holy Ghost, has always advocated public prayer in times of public tragedy and suffering.”

  • CMHS students say 'thanks'

    Dear Central Florida Electric Cooperative,

    I would like to thank you for all you’ve done in my hometown, Chiefland Florida while we’ve been going through hurricane Irma. You have been very generous and brave by putting our needs before your own and working nonstop to make sure we have electricity and are safe.

    During hurricane Irma, my family and I were settled down in my home safely. We had all our windows and doors boarded up and had plenty of food. Our power didn’t go out till late Sunday night, but by Monday afternoon we were back on track with electricity thanks to you.

    Once again, I would like to thank you for all you have done and are still doing.

    Sincerely,

    Aubreigh Brown

    ———

    Dear Central Florida Electric Cooperative,

    Thank you for your dedication to making sure everyone possible can have power including me. I told my mom that I have a bone to pick with the power men because we were without power for 2 days, but at that moment, she told how hard you guys are working to get electricity flowing. I’m sorry and thank you.

  • Major traffic causes minor problems

    Chiefland Police Sgt. Fronz Macy responded to NE First Street and North Young Boulevard Sept. 7 at about 1 p.m. concerning a two-vehicle crash, one of which was a police patrol car.

    Upon arrival, Macy spoke with the officer driving Vehicle 1, who stated he was at the stop sign. He was attempting to get to the intersection of North Main Street and North Young Boulevard to assist with traffic control. He activated his emergency lights, checked all mirrors and looked to make sure there was not a vehicle present. He then proceeded to back up, not seeing the Toyota pickup due to its height and backed into the front of it.

    The driver of Vehicle 2 stated he was going to use his horn, but then thought he could get out of the way by backing up as well.

    He stated that he did not see the emergency lights activated.

    — Officer Willie Barnes responded to Murphy’s Express Sept. 10 at about 7 a.m. after motorhome bumped up against a fuel pump.

  • CPD puts an end to crime spree

    The Chiefland Police Department ended a two-week spree of several burglaries and vandalism at Chiefland High School and several unlocked cars from which they allegedly stole money and weapons.

    The crimes were heightened because they were committed during a time of emergency and the burglaries were increased to armed robberies because they involved firearms.

    Arrested were Blake Hyatt, 18, white, of Chiefland; Stephen Davis, 28, black, of Trenton; Cody Jackson, 17, white, Chiefland; and Izaak Evans, 17, white, of Chiefland. Isaac Smith, 24, black, of Chiefland, was named as an accomplice, but was not arrested.

    Officer Kyle Schultz stated in an incident report that while on patrol Sept. 18, he continued his investigation during which he interviewed several suspects and witnesses.

    He first interviewed Blake Hyatt at Chiefland Middle School under the supervision of School Resources Officer Deputy C. Gregory. Hyatt stated he may have been involved in some of the vehicle burglaries. At the police station, he was read his Miranda Warning, which he waived to speak with Schultz.

  • Taking a knee?

    By Bob Denny

    I played football with “Loopie” Favre, back in high school. Our coach would yell, “Take a knee!” when he wanted to offer us some “constructive criticism,” or more often, to “chew us out.” (You may be familiar with Loopie’s son, another pretty good quarterback.)

    To a football player, “taking a knee” means “Listen up! I need your attention for something important!” It was never a sign of disrespect, or a way to express anger. It was just a way of communicating to a bunch of us that there’s something important, that really needs to be said.

  • Industrial Arts: A disappearing necessity

    By Ed Emrich 

    I became a teacher very late in my working career. After 25 years in corporate management I found myself with an “opportunity” to redirect and re-evaluate my career. So I decided to become a teacher and give something back to society. I was by decades the oldest person in all of my graduate classes at Western Michigan University (Go Broncos). Most teachers graduate from college, go into teaching in their early 20s, and really, what life lessons can they teach? As a 57 year-old Marine Corps veteran and “new teacher,” I have had a lot of life experience that came in real handy because today’s students seriously need mentors as well as lessons about specific core content.

  • What kind of nation is the United States of America?

    What kind of nation is the United States of America? Are we hateful or grateful? Did the United States become the most powerful nation on earth through “Manifest Destiny” or greed? Are we a religious or secular nation?

    Ponca Indian Chief Standing Bear was a Christian man and farmer, but I’ll bet if he were asked what he thought about the US, he would say it is all those things. Standing Bear lost his daughter and then his son because of his tribe’s forced relocation from Nebraska to Indian Territory (Oklahoma). Some Christian women prayed with him and his family in Kansas when his daughter died. Still, he continued the journey to Indian Territory. The last straw for Standing Bear came at the death of his 16 year-old son. After that, he disobeyed the federal government and returned to his homeland in Nebraska to bury his son.

    Instead of looking at one's actions, ask what someone is trying to say when they take a knee at a football game.

    What was Standing Bear trying to say?

  • Partin wins Bronson Council seat

    A former mayor of Bronson comfortably won a three-person race for a Bronson Town Council seat on Sept. 26.

    Robert Partin, who previously served on the Council in the 1980s and 1990s, won against Virginia Phillips and Edith Brown with 98 votes. Phillips and Brown received 38 and 30 votes, respectively.

    The open seat was previously occupied by Aaron Edmundson, who did not seek re-election.

    Mayor Bruce Greenlee and Vice Mayor Beatrice Roberts were re-elected to their respective seats unopposed.

    The election was originally scheduled for Sept. 12, but was moved due to Hurricane Irma.

    “I’m kind of disappointed in the turnout, I was hoping for much more,” the 64-year-old Partin said. “But I know there were a lot of things going on in people’s minds with the storm and other stuff.”

    Partin is a third-generation Bronson resident who comes from a timber industry family. He recently retired from the insurance industry. Partin has a degree in forestry.

    He says a lot has changed since he first served for Bronson, but the overarching goal remains the same.

  • Tigers run past Eagles

    A young Bronson football team took its lumps against a veteran Trenton squad last Friday, as the Tigers rolled with eight rushing touchdowns for a 74-8 win.

    Moments after Bronson quarterback Christian Kidd went out with an injury, Trenton senior Eric Henry lifted the Tigers to a 21-0 lead on a scoop-and-score with 4:35 remaining in the opening quarter.

    The Eagles’ fortunes improved some on the ensuing drive, thanks to a couple of Trenton penalties, as BMHS moved into Trenton territory. But after the Eagles were stopped at the 35, Trenton reeled off four rushing TDs on its next four possessions, before a Tyrique Baber pick six put TMHS ahead 54-0 by the break.

    Baber and senior fullback Randy Fuller had a pair of rushing scores apiece for the Tigers.

    Despite the struggles, Bronson showed its team attitude has matured, as it maintained its effort to hit a couple of big plays late in the game. Near the end of the third quarter, Cole Langston took an end-around 27 yards, setting up a 32-yard score by Kidd, who raced to the corner. Kidd then converted the two-point conversion.