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Today's News

  • Jobless rate still sliding

    CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion’s regional jobless rate in April dropped by 0.5 percentage point over the month to 6.4 percent and is down 0.7 percent over the year. Out of a labor force of 194,932 there were 12,469 unemployed, a decrease of 918 since March and 1,474 fewer than the same time last year.

  • Road closures for the weekend

    Note: All FDOT work is suspended Saturday through Monday for the anticipated increase in traffic for the Memorial Day holiday. All work resumes Tuesday. FDOT offices close Monday.

     

    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.

     

  • Community Calendar for the week of May 21

    Today, May 21

    FFA banquet

       The annual Chiefland Senior and Junior FFA banquet is Thursday, May 21 beginning at 6 p.m. in the Chiefland Elementary School cafetorium.

    Spring concert

       The Chiefland Middle High School Band will present its spring concert on Thursday, May 21, in the school auditorium. There will also be an awards ceremony.

    Branford Camera Club

  • Nine animals find somebody to love

    Six dogs and three cats were taken to their forever homes last Saturday.

       Director of Levy County Animal Services David Weatherford said Saturday he didn't expect to adopt out as many animals at the event at the Bronson Ace Hardware, as they have at other adoption events in Chiefland, simply because the population is smaller in the Bronson area.

       "I thought it went very well," he said in a telephone interview Monday.

  • Touchy, feely with the sea

    Middle schoolers at CMHS gather around a touch tank provided by the University of Florida’s Aquaculture Association in Cedar Key.

    The event was part of the Springs Festival program put on by high school students in the science wing as part of their final exam in Advanced Placement Environmental Science.

  • Warning issued on ex-city manager

    Former Chiefland City Manager Kevin Gay says he has no idea why a warning was posted about him to law enforcement agencies by a Florida Youth Ranch official who reported Gay was released from employment, and “was very upset when he left.”

    The warning said Gay has weapons and the ranch official “is just worried that Kevin is going to come back and do something to the camp.”

  • Bronson to offer public works job

    After weeks of discussion and interviews, the Bronson town council has narrowed down the candidates for the public works director position that has been vacant for some time.

    Parks and Recreation director Curtis Stacy has been filling in as interim public works director since January.

    Council members voted on a point system, with their number one choice getting five points, number two getting three points and their third choice getting one point.

  • Bronson breaks even with audit

    Depreciation seemed to be a common theme in losses for the year for the town of Bronson.

    Terry Kite of Purvis Gray and Company presented the audit report for fiscal year 2013 to 2014 to the Bronson town council at their regular meeting on Monday night.

    In the general fund there were revenues of $751,000 and expenditures of $742,000, leaving $8,200.

    “It was pretty much a break even year,” Kite said. “You stayed within budget, that’s good.”

  • Cat in the Hat burglar still at large

     

    Chiefland police are searching for a real life cat burglar in connection with the robbery of the Suwannee Valley Veterinarian Clinic in Chiefland on Saturday night.

    Security footage shows a white male with a light-colored shirt and dark pants enter the building at 2580 North Young Boulevard. As the man turns to flee, it appears he was wearing a “Cat in the Hat” T-shirt.

  • Softball champs parade delayed to Watermelon Fest

    A parade to honor the Chiefland Lady Indians softball team scheduled for Thursday at 3 p.m. has been cancelled and the back-to-back state champions will instead be honored by joining the Watermelon Festival parade on Saturday, June 6, at 11 a.m.

    The Watermelon Festival parade will go through downtown, beginning at Chiefland Middle High School and proceeding south on U.S. 19/Main Street to the Trailhead/Depot Park. 

    The team won its second state softball championship earlier this month in Vero Beach defeating the Jay Royals for the second year in a row.