Today's News

  • Community calendar for the week of June 18


    Library Friends meetings

  • Celebrating gold

    Marie E. and William T. Brown will celebrate the 50th anniversary of their wedding on Saturday June 20 with friends and family at the Pavillion at Manatee Springs State Park.

    The couple was married in Miami.

  • Fire chief honored

    Chiefland Fire Rescue Chief James Harris was presented with a five-year service award by Vice Mayor Betty Walker at last week's Chiefland City Commission meeting.

    Harris has said that the longevity of fire chiefs averages five years, so he has exceeded that mark. 

  • Students of the month

    The students of the month for May were recently honored at the Chiefland City Commission meeting. Aubreigh Brown, daughter of Jason and Stephanie Brown, is in the third grade at Chiefland Elementary School. The nomination by the teachers said, “Aubreigh is a hardworking student dedicated to doing her personal best. She is thoughtful and kind to classmates, and a team player.”

  • Bronson is without a clerk as Brettel moves on

    After seven years of employment, the clerk for the town of Bronson is leaving.

    Kelli Brettel presented a letter of resignation to the town council during its Monday night meeting.

    “After seven years of learning much and working hard to further the goals of this town, I find that I am compelled to move down another path,” the letter said. “It is with a mixture of both happiness and regret that I tender my resignation to the Town of Bronson....”

  • Sharing local history via Facebook is Wesley White's passion

    One Chiefland man shares his love for history, especially of this area, with others on Facebook.

    “Something I’ve always had a passion for is history,” Wesley White said. He searches mostly on internet archives for old newspaper articles, though he said his aunt does have some old clippings.

    For him, his research has brought back a lot of memories.

    “I hope it does the same for others,” he said.

  • School board sends letter to Gov. Scott

    The School Board of Levy County decided unanimously to send a letter to Gov. Rick Scott requesting an executive order to suspend the use of certain assessments.

    Superintendent Bob Hastings presented the letter to the board during their meeting on Tuesday evening. He read the letter aloud, which highlighted the school board does support and value accountability for everyone in the educational process and said, “However, we insist the measures must be valid, reliable equitable and fully funded.”

  • Fanning Fire Department works to resolve audit issues

    Fanning Springs is responding to an audit report claiming discrepancies between its fire department call numbers and those reported by Gilchrist County.

    “It’s all here, we’ve gone above and beyond on documentation. We have all the paperwork needed,” Fanning Springs Deputy Fire Chief Elania Spain said on Monday.

    Fire Chief Ron McQueen said he and Spain were surprised at the Fanning Springs city council meeting when the auditor began speaking of discrepancies.

  • Bronson Festival parade 10:30 a.m. Saturday

    Bronson has been a town in search of a festival for a few years – remember the Pumpkin Festival? – but it may have hit upon a perfect celebration with Saturday’s 1st Ever Blueberry Festival.

    There are a number of blueberry farms in Levy County, some of them U-pick operations, so the festivities will support Levy County agriculture and Bronson’s primary production crop of blueberries.

  • Levy School Board accused of First Amendment violations

    An out of state organization, the Freedom From Religion Foundation, is accusing the Levy County School Board of multiple First Amendment violations they say have been brought to their attention.

    “We are dealing with it and we will respond to it,” Hastings said in a telephone interview on Monday.

    They have turned the matter over to School Board Attorney David Delaney to determine what is valid.