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Today's News

  • In Our Backyard

    When most people think of citrus in the state, areas in South Florida may come to mind, but an important resource for citrus just happens to be right here in our backyard.

    “Very few people fathom growing citrus in North Florida,” said Ben Rosson, Operations and Management Consultant Manager at the Bureau of Citrus Budwood Registration in Chiefland.

    Rosson said their goal at the facility is to protect all citrus varieties and provide clean source material to the industry. He said they are the germplasm repository for the state.

  • Bronson Council has a new face

    Katie Parks Bogart came out the vistor Tuesday night when the polls closed in Bronson.

    The unofficial results of the runoff election between her and Jerry L. Mongo for Bronson town council Seat Two yielded 123 votes to Parks Bogart and 101 to Mongo.

    A previous election, two weeks ago, resulted in a tie between the two and the runoff was required. Had they tied again on Tuesday, they would've had to flip a coin to determine the winning candidate.

    “I'm excited. I'm just ready to get to work,” Parks Bogart said of the outcome.

  • Community conversation on Chiefland's future 6 p.m. at Usher

    What if you had the opportunity to plan the future of Chiefland? Do you want a say in bringing a better quality of life and better payng jobs and businesses to Chiefland? 

    You have that opportunity to have a say tonight at 6 p.m. at Usher Center.

    The City Commission and the state Department of Economic Opportunity are hosting a community conversation to hear what residents would like to see in Chiefland. You don't have to be a resident of the city, you can be someone who owns a business or works in the city.

    But come help plan your future.

  • Merritt wins Inglis mayor post

    Voters in Inglis have chosen a new mayor — Drinda Merritt who won with 222 votes over Carol Gibson with 140 votes and Stephen Smalldridge with 25 votes.

    She will replace Mayor Glenda Kirkland. 

  • FDOT Road and Lane Closures for March 21 - 27, 2015

    ALACHUA COUNTY

     

    *** March for Babies Several state roads including Northwest 13th Street, Northwest 34th Street and Northwest 39th Avenue will have lane closures for the walkers on Saturday between 7 a.m. and noon. Gainesville Police will assist in directing traffic.

     

    Archer Road Daytime lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. just west of Southwest 47th Street for median modifications at the Council on Aging.

     

  • FWC wants to hear from you on bear management

    If you want to get a word in edgewise on how black bears are managed in Florida, you will have two oppotunities — onday, March 23, and Thursday, March 26, during webinares held at 6 p.m. on each date. You do not have to be computer savvy to participate. 

    The state’s largest land mammal has come back from just several hundred bears in the 1970s to more than 3,000 today. And there have been sightings of bears in Levy County's wooded areas and hammocks. 

  • Bronson plans to fill position from within ranks

    The Bronson town council recommended the clerk post a position for public works director internally before opening it up to the public.

    Town employees have five days to apply, with Friday being the deadline. At Monday night's meeting, Clerk Kelli Brettel said they had given out two applications and just one had been turned in so far that night.

  • Spring Babies

    A girl pets a miniature goat for sale at one of the booths on Saturday at the Chiefland Farmers Market.

    The market, sponsored by the Greater Chiefland Area Chamber of Commerce, is held on the second and fourth Saturday of the month in Trailhead Park on U.S. Highway 19 South in Chiefland.

    The hours are from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.  

  • Bronson tie stands

    The results are official. After a machine recount and manual recount of the Bronson town council Seat Two election results on Thursday night, the canvassing board has deemed the race a tie.

    The machine recount came out 100 percent accurate Town Clerk Kelli Brettel said on Friday. The canvassing board was not required to manually recount the votes as they would have if the results came out half a percent off or more.

  • Bronson heads toward four day work week

    Employees in Bronson will soon have a shorter work week thanks to a vote by the Town Council Monday night.

    After several minutes of discussion, the council voted 3-1 to go to a four-day work week.

    In a telephone interview Tuesday, City Clerk Kelli Brettel said the change will tentatively take place by April 6. She said they plan to advertise for two weeks and put a notice on water bills. As of Tuesday, Brettel said she was still checking into what is required to reset their office hours.