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Today's News

  • Deputy seriously injured in fiery crash

    A Levy County Sheriff’s deputy is hospitalized in the intensive care unit following an accident where his patrol car struck a concrete pole on U.S. Highway 27A in Bronson shortly after 10 p.m. Thursday.

    The car burst into flames and caused bullets in a firearm left inside to explode.

    Sheriff's Cpl. Brian Marra, 36, of Dunnellon, is hospitalized in serious condition in the intensive care unit at Shands Hospital at the University of Florida, according to Sheriff's Maj. Evan Sullivan. 

  • Exercising, socializing for seniors

    The sounds of country music can be heard blaring out of the Chiefland Multipurpose Senior Center on any given Friday afternoon. A dozen or more participants attend line dancing weekly at the center as they sweat to everything from the Electric Slide to the West Coast Shuffle.

  • Chiefland has short drive for scrimmage

    Chiefland travels to Bronson today for a spring scrimmage that begins at 7:30 p.m. The teams combined for 1-19 records in 2010.

    Indians coach Jim O'Neal hopes to see a vast improvement on the fumbles and penalties that were prevalent during an intrasquad scrimmage on Friday.

    "That’s what we’ll work on this week," O'Neal said. "They were not issues during practice. Those are things that happen when you turn the lights on, on a Friday."

  • Sloppy scrimmage

    Penalties, fumbles, a safety and players unsure if they’re on a certain special team made up a typical spring intrasquad scrimmage for Chiefland.

    Hundreds sprinkled the stands and lined the fence on the home side of Wayne Pridgeon Stadium on Friday for a first look at the 2011 Indians. Fans witnessed many miscues, but also got glimpses of greatness as the Gold held off a late rally by the Blue to win 29-26.

  • Scott vetoes CF Levy Campus money

    Gov Rick Scott's office has released his list of vetoed projects in the state budget and the $4.8 million appropriation for the College of Central Floria Levy Campus was on it.

    The money was for the first phase of construction on 35 acres donated to the school north of Chiefland.

    This is the second blow for the campus as Gov. Charlie Crist vetoed a $14.8 million appropriation to build the campus in the 2010 budget.

  • Levy gets presidential candidate visit

    It's not even 2012 and Donald Trump, Mike Huckabee and Mitch Daniels have dropped out of the Republican presidential nomination race.
    The wannabes are lining up to take their place.
    Florida has a presidential primary next year and most analysts say the state is in play. Look for the big population areas to get the candidates' attention.
    They won't stop in Levy County to ask for votes.
    But that is changing.

  • OUR VIEW: Buy the lights

    It was August 2009 when the city closed the door on the idea of purchasing Christmas lights.
    Vice Mayor Teresa Barron had suggested the city consider buying lights rather than renting. She did a little research and found the manufacturer that supplied the rental company would sell the fixtures that adorn poles along U.S. Highways 27A and 19 for $14,000 with a three-year warranty.
    Barron dreamed big, suggesting the city could buy fixtures for 100 light poles for $23,000.
    The city fathers fretted.

  • Commission riles residents with closing of road

    Residents of Ocala Highlands West who packed the Levy County Commission meeting Tuesday morning were outraged by the board's 2-1 decision to close the only Levy County road they have used to go in and out of their neighborhood.
    Southwest 216 Terrace, between County Road 464 and Southeast 59th Lane, is six-tenths of a mile long and it is owned, not by Levy County, but by descendants of Emory Priest, who requested its closure.

  • Roadside Revelations
  • Life on the edge, a man’s domain

    By GARY MILLER

    Outdoor Truths