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Today's News

  • Commission honors Students of the Month

    The Chiefland City Commission honored Students of the Month for October and November at its Dec. 13 meeting, presenting them with certificates of achievement. In addition the students each received a $20 gift card from the Chiefland Rotary Club and the Chiefland Middle High School Interact Club.

    Commissioner Rollin Hudson did the honors presenting them and reading aloud their nominations for the honor.

  • Community calendar for the week of Dec. 22

    Through Dec. 30

    Trains return to CF

    “Trains at the Holidays” is at the College of Central Florida through Dec. 30 at the Webber Center, 3001 S.W. College Road, Ocala. Admission is free.

    Built and operated by members of Ocala Model Railroaders, the exhibit features modular train layouts inspired by histirucal local landmarks such as Six Gun Territory.

    The exhibit is open daily during special gallery hours from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. It will be closed Dec. 24-25.

    For more information call 352-873-5809.

  • Wreaths Across America keeps veterans in mind at holiday

    Jacqueline Smith Martin instructed her two granddaughters Kherington and Jordan to read the name on the gravestone, salute, place the wreath on the grave and then to say the name again.

    She brought her girls out to pay their respects at the AMVETS Post 88 Wreaths Across America ceremony on a bright, sunny Saturday at Rosemary Cemetery in Bronson.

    Nearby three troops of Cub Scouts searched for veterans graves on which to place the wereaths provided by the AMVETS, their Auxiliary, Sons and Roders posts.

  • Limerock mine hearing Feb. 21

    A special exception permit for a proposed limerock mine in Montbrook that the Levy County Planning Commission recommended be denied will get a hearing from the Levy County Commission on Feb. 21 at 6 p.m.

    This is the second time a mine has been proposed on the same site. Seven years ago the planning board recommended a similar permit be declined after residents protested and the appeal to the county commission does before being heard.

  • No new courthouse under the tree

    A committee report says space and security are a problem in the Levy County Courthouse, built in 1907.

    But on Tuesday the Levy County Commissioners have signaled that the county's residents cannot afford to pay for a new one,

    So skip looking for it under the Christmas tree.

    However, 8th Judicial Circuit Courts Administrator Paul Silverman, who presented the report of the Courthouse Space Committee, did not go away empty handed.

  • FDOT solves Christmas tree challenge with repurposed signs

    The Florida Department of Transportation Chiefland Maintenance was posed a challenge from its district office in Lake City to build a Christmas tree from anything but an actual tree.

    With the right mixture of competitive, holiday spirit and crafty ingenuity, the FDOT employees took the reindeer by the antlers and ran with it.

    The result was a 6-foot “tree” made of repurposed road signs, and “reindeer” barricades with palm fronds attached as antlers.

  • Celebrating the Christmas spirit

    The CES Chorus and all grade levels recentlry held their annual Christmas programs.  The chorus under the direction of Roxanne Simpson, music teacher, tickled the funny bones with a musical about Reindeer flight school.  They performed this all three nights followed by grade levels singing Christmas songs.

    Pre-K had a night to themselves as they entertained their audience with favorite traditional songs of the season.  Each class had their own costumes.  Elves, reindeer and snowmen stole the show with their program!

  • Bronson bar fails to win 2 a.m. closing

    The owner of McKenzie’s Four Corners Bar, located at the intersection of Hathaway Avenue and State Road 24, asked the Bronson Town Council Monday to extend the time she can serve alcohol on weekends and holidays, from 12 a.m. to 2 a.m. 

    The motion failed on a 2-2 vote, with council member Aaron Edmundson not in attendance.

  • Eagle boys fall away late in loss to Lafayette

    A tie game with 3:40 remaining turned into a misleading final result for the Bronson boys’ basketball team last Tuesday.

    While the Eagles watched a pair of their starters – including double-figure scorer Andrew Jenkins – foul out in the fourth quarter, visiting Lafayette (Mayo) continued to drain its free throws, converting 14 in the fourth to finish 19 for 25 on the night.

    The Hornets (4-3) used that advantage at the charity stripe to build on its lead in the waning minutes, capturing a 72-62 non-district win in the BMHS gym.

  • Bronson girls avoid lopsided loss with late rally

    The Bronson girls’ basketball team trailed by 21 points to Lafayette last Tuesday early in the fourth quarter.

    But the Eagles had no plans to go away quietly with an insurmountable deficit.

    BMHS sophomore guard Yelena Thomas notched nine of her team-high 17 points in the fourth to help her Eagles nearly narrow that deficit to single digits, as the Hornets went on to collect a 54-44 win in non-district hoops action in Bronson.