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Today's News

  • Winter Wildfire Season Has Arrived

    The combination of recent hard freezes in north central Florida over the last couple of weeks along with relative humidity levels dipping as low at 18-20% has created higher than normal risks for wildfires. Hard freezes kill and dry-out grasses and other light vegetation that helps the spread of wildfires. Forestry officials are urging citizens to use caution, especially when conducting yard debris burns, bon fires and campfires. Conversely, the winter months are usually the time when certified experienced burners conduct more prescribed burning as trees enter their dormant stage.

  • Hamiltons keep it close while rebuilding Eagles

    Bronson girls basketball varsity coach Greg Hamilton started this prep hoops season with a rather large task: rebuild the Lady Eagles.

    It’s a process. He knows that it will take time to get the program back on top.

    And it’s a job too big for just one person. He also needed a junior varsity coach that could help train his players for the varsity level.

    So he turned to someone he knew he could trust. Someone he knew could teach the essential skills needed for the upper levels of the game.

    It was an easy choice. He chose his son, Josh.

  • Free swine flu shots Thursday at courthouse, Chiefland EMS

    Free H1N1 (Swine) flu vaccinations will be given at the Levy County Courthouse from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. today. They will also be provided at the Chiefland EMS Station on West Park Avenue, across from the Post Office, today from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

    The vaccinations are being provided by the Levy County Health Department, which will also be distributing the second dose of H1N1 Swine Flu Nasal Spray in the Levy County Schools for grades kindergarten through fifth grade during school hours.

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  • Old Year's resolutions from City Hall

    It’s been said the only thing that doesn’t change is the fact that everything is always changing, including the City of Chiefland.  So, with the New Year rapidly approaching, let’s take a look at some of the highlights and changes resulting from 2009’s city commission meetings.

  • Judi Cooksey, former teacher and coach, dies at 58

    Judi Cooksey, wife of Bronson football coach Al Cooksey, passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 23. She was 58.

    Cooksey's time as a basketball and softball coach at Williston High School capped a long career coaching student athletes in Florida. She was also a teacher with the National Education Federation in Palatka, Fla.

  • 2009: Not Levy County’s best year in politics, economy

    The news was not good for Levy County this year as two suspended county commissioners were convicted on political corruption charges, unemployment rose to double digits while property values dropped by double digits, the county budget was squeezed, but the sheriff found money for 15 new cars, and hopes for construction of a new hospital, four replacement bridges, a two-unit nuclear power plant and mining operation were delayed.

  • Mosquitoes swarm over Trenton

    I was a little bit nervous when Dwight Junkin, owner of Composite FX—a helicopter manufacturing company in Trenton—asked if I wanted to go for a helicopter ride Sunday afternoon.

    “Ever been on one?” he asked.

    “Once,” I said.  “But it was a windy day, the cockpit was crowded and I got kind of freaked out.”

    Junkin smiled. “Want to try it again?”

    “Uhh, sure. I guess, umm, yeah,” I said nervously.

    “Well come on, let’s go talk to Gary.”

  • Traffic accident kills two, injures another

    Two 17-year-old girls died in a pickup truck crash last Sunday morning near Romeo, and a third teen was seriously injured.

    The Florida Highway Patrol reported that Tiffany Oliver, of Williston, and Marqui Cook, of Morrison, were killed when the truck they were riding in rolled and struck some trees.

    Passenger Nicole Brown, 15, was injured.

    The crash occurred at about 2:56 a.m. Sunday, just north of Dunnellon on U.S. 41 at Northwest 13th Street.

    The three were headed north in Oliver’s 2000 Chevy 1500 pickup.

  • Improvements to U.S. 19 to begin in January

    A Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) project along 11 miles of U.S. 19 in southern Levy County is scheduled to begin Monday, Jan. 4.  The project will include resurfacing the roadway, adding paved shoulders and extending drainage structures.