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Today's News

  • Lady Eagles off to a good start

    Just in time for the start of fall practice, Bronson volleyball held camp last week. SUNY Buffalo assistant coach Andreza Santos spent three days last week with the Lady Eagles, working on all aspects of their game, from defense to hitting. Santos, a former All-ACC outside hitter for Florida State University, was coaching for the FAMU Lady Rattlers volleyball team when she conducted the camp at Bronson last year.

    “It was a great opportunity for us to have Andreza here again,” said Bronson volleyball head coach Kelly Watkins.

  • Breaking News Child drowns at Bronson home

    A 2-year-old child drowned  in an above ground pool during a large family gathering at a home in Bronson. The home owners at NE 85th Street were hosting the party, when the toddler was located by another child who notified an adult. 

  • Buie wins re-election to City Commission

    Frank Buie won reelection to a second term on the Chiefland City Commission defeating challenger Alice Monyei 152 to 94 in Tuesday’s balloting at City Hall.

    It was the third contest between the two for the Group 1 seat. Monyei defeated Buie in his first race in 2005 and he went on to defeat her in 2007.

    Buie, a retired on a military disability, is known for his travels around the city on a motorized scooter with a bright orange pennant overhead.

  • County sets property tax at 8 mills for now

    The property tax millage for Levy County is tentatively set at 8 mills, but that could change as the Board of Commissioners keeps whittling the budget for the upcoming fiscal year that starts Oct. 1.

    County Coordinator Fred Moody said property owners will see the 8 mills rate on their TRIM (Truth in Millage) notices that will be mailed out, but that rate is not set in stone and it could go down.

  • Souring dairy prices hit area farms

    “Milk,” according to an ad campaign in the early ‘90s, “does a body good.” But a body can only drink so much milk, and right now the market is literally flooded with the white, creamy beverage, causing the price to fall drastically. “It’s affecting the dairy men severely,”

    Maggie Murphy, director of number services for Southeast Milk Inc., said in a phone interview on Friday. “They haven’t had prices this low since 1979. Meanwhile, their costs are from 2009.”

  • Qualifying closes Friday in Bronson election

    Three seats are open in the Sept. 8 Bronson Town Council elections and qualifying has already brought two challengers and plans for a political rally on Aug. 29 at Bronson Youth League Park.

    Up for election are the seats held by: Aaron Edmondson in Seat One, Vice Mayor Beatrice Mongo in Seat Three and Melody LaFlam in Seat Five.

    Restaurant owner Jim Beck, who heads the town’s Sewer Committee, has announced he will seek the seat held by Edmundson.

  • School board, union clash on teacher pay

    Levy County Education Association President Cindy Roach says a recent change to school board policy, designed to save the district money, could end up costing more than it saves.

    In Tuesday’s meeting of the Levy County School Board, the board held a public hearing on three proposed changes to board policy.

    The first, pertaining to a plan to return to weighted GPAs in order to more fairly determine valedictorians and salutatorians, passed with minimal comment.

  • Letter: Librarian is thankful

    Levy County Public Library System's summer programs will end this week.

    Thank you to all the parents and daycares that made them a huge success. Summer programs are always fun at the library.

    Regular monthly programs will be starting again in September for the school year. Please contact your local librarian for specific dates and details.

    Thank you to all of our community helpers:

    Family and Consumer Sciences Levy County Extension which provide weekly healthy snacks and handouts;

  • Could Washington be right?

    Last week, the news came that the cash for clunkers program ran out of money in a week.

    And there was just a hopeful murmur out of Washington that the recession may be bottoming out.

    Here in Levy where more than 1 in 10 folks is unemployed, there might have been some agreement--especially in Chiefland where there are hopeful signs of an economy working hard to recover. Behind First Baptist Church, the $220,000 Harmony Baptist Pregnancy Center is being built.

  • Countdown starts to Monday's opening football practice

    They’re counting down the days to the start of football practice in Levy County. First day of practice is Monday, Aug. 10. Chiefland Indians will walk into the locker room at 10 a.m. Monday, and won’t be seen in public again until Aug. 13, the first day of full-contact practice.

    “We take their cellphones, their car keys " we’re going to shield them from the distractions of the outside world, so they can focus on their team,” said Chiefland football head coach Ajay Ulmer.