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Today's News

  • Community Calendar

    Today-Sunday

    Holiday Duet marries chopper,

    color red with seasonal music

    Actors singing traditional songs of the season, admission to the “Art of the Chopper” and “Red” exhibitions, and tasty holiday treats are all included in the Holiday Duet program offered by the Ocala Civic Theatre and Appleton Museum of Art of Central Florida Community College.

    Admission is $18 per person and tickets are available at the Appleton Museum, Ocala Civic Theatre and online at www.AppletonMuseum.or, and www.ocalacivictheatre.com.

  • Bembry named Democratic Member of Policy Committee

    State Rep. Leonard Bembry, D-Greenville, has been appointed Democratic Ranking Member for the Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Committee for the 2010 Legislative Session.  

    The Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Committee deliberates and votes on legislation involving agriculture and natural resources matters.

  • Chiefland girls hoops earn first victory

    Chiefland’s girls basketball team picked up its first win of the season last Friday, defeating struggling Bronson 48-32.

    The win provided some relief for Indians’ coach Chris Wilson and his rebuilding team, while Eagles coach Greg Hamilton said there’s still plenty of work to do with his squad.

    “Any time we can get a (win), it’s a good thing,” Wilson said.

    Chiefland took control early, building a quick 10-0 lead as Jasmie Mitchem played a strong inside game for six quick points.

  • CHS grad earns conference honors

     Reggie McClendon, a freshman defensive back at MacMurray College and Chiefland High School graduate, was selected to the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference All-Conference team last week.

    McClendon, a criminal justice major, was picked to the second team all-conference for the UMAC, joining 10 other MacMurray players who received the honor.

    “I think it’s a big accomplishment, as a freshman,” McClendon said. “But I look forward to getting first team next year.”

  • Area junior golfer wins Tarpon Springs tourney

     Alden Mark Davis, a Chiefland High School varsity golfer, won the Greater Tampa Junior Golf Association’s Tarpon Springs event on Dec. 6.

    Davis, also a junior golfer at Chiefland Golf and Country Club, won by two strokes with an 82 in the boys 13-15 Division.

    “Yeah, it was great,” Davis said.

    Playing at Wentworth Country Club, the CHS sophomore battled not only the course, but the weather, too. Rain and wind made golf difficult.

    “The ground was mud,” he said. “It made shooting the ball much harder.”

  • Baltimore LB Johnson eyes tough road to playoffs

    Jarret Johnson has had a busy last couple of weeks.

    Johnson, a Chiefland High School graduate and Baltimore Ravens linebacker, has played on Monday Night Football twice, a 16-0 Ravens win against Cleveland on Nov. 16 and a 27-14 loss against Green Bay on Dec. 7.

    Since their Week 7 bye, the Ravens (7-6) have gone 4-3, with wins against Denver (30-7), Cleveland, Pittsburgh (20-17, OT) and, most recently, Detroit (48-3). In that span Johnson has totaled  24 tackles, 17 solo, and two sacks.

  • Breaking NewsProsecutor named to replace Smith as County Judge

    Prosecutor named to replace Smith as County Judge

        Assistant State Attorney Tim Browning, 53, of Archer, has been named to replace Levy County Judge Joseph Smith on the bench.

        Gov. Charlie Crist's office announced the appointment Monday afternoon, just days after Smith was honored at a retirement reception.

        He was chosen over two attorneys who practice in Levy County: Ronald Stephens and Charlotte Weidner.

  • $10K video buys guilty verdict

    It was a tough picture for anyone to erase from memory: two men sat across a table dining while the hands of an unseen third man — the one wearing a video camera whose wiring is sewn into his shirt — reaches into a bag and pulls out a stack of fresh $100 bills.

    “Let’s get down to business here,” the disembodied voice of FBI Special Agent Sean Quinn said, “This is $10,000 here.” He counts out the bills into ten stacks. The image of Benjamin Franklin on the front of the crisp bills almost seems to stare into the camera.

  • EMS buying new units

    The beleagured Levy County Emergency Medical Service is buying two new units for $114,695 each because the current fleet of seven vehicles is spending too much time in the shop with high-milage on them.

    The purchase, from Wheeled Coach of Winter Park, was approved by the commission during its regular meeting on Tuesday at the County Courthouse. The money is in the department's budget for the year.

  • Bronson to get new fire chief

    Firefighter Jeff DiMaggio has been selected by the town council to fill the vacant chief position for Bronson Volunteer Fire and Rescue.  DiMaggio joined the BVFR in July, after completing the construction of a home outside of the city limits. Before the move, he spent more than nine years as a member of the Cedar Key Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department where he also served as assistant chief.

    DiMaggio is a Fire Management Officer for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.