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Today's News

  • Something to Think About When Choosing a College

    Investing in a college education is always worthwhile; in this economy, it is even more crucial.

    Over a working life, the typical worker with a four-year college degree earns in excess of 60 percent more than a worker with only a high school diploma. When you invest in something this important, you want to be sure it’s worth your time and money. One way to do that is to make sure the college and the program you choose are “accredited.”

  • Cedar Keys Lighthouse focus of preservation group

    If you were in Cedar Key two weeks ago, you may have noticed a few extra people visiting the island community. That’s because the Florida Lighthouse Association held its meeting in the Island Room at Cedar Cove.

    With more than 130 people in attendance, it was the largest member meeting ever for the 14-year-old non-profit organization run entirely by volunteers who are dedicated to the preservation of the 30 remaining lighthouses along Florida’s 1,200 mile coastline.

  • Fanning Springs annual chamber banquet

    About 40 people attended last week’s Annual Banquet of the Fanning Springs Chamber of Commerce – the highlight of which was most notably the recognition of its Business Longevity Award.

    Outgoing Chamber President, Becky Sanford, presented the award to Joe Mercer, owner and operator of Suwannee River Brake & Tire. Mercer, who opened his business in 1978, was recognized as being the longest continuous, original business owner in Fanning Springs.

  • Bronson reviews issues most important to residents

    The Town of Bronson held its first community forum regarding the Comprehensive Plan last week to discuss and make preparations to update the plan.

    “The Department of Community Affairs mandates that the comp plan must be reviewed every seven years,” said Bruce Day with the Withlacoochee Regional Planning Council, hired by the Town to update the plan.

  • Hastings: Budget woes continue

    The School Board of Levy County’s budget woes continue, with full time enrollment dropping by 118 from its ranks in the 2009-10 school year.

    Speaking before the board Tuesday, Superintendent Bob Hastings announced the decrease, which comes on top of the full time enrollment decrease of 215 from the previous school year.

  • Breaking NewsChiefland's new football coach: Jim O'Neal

    Jim O'Neal, who coached Chiefland High School's football team to a state title game in 1997, is returning to the school, Principal Bill Tovine announced Thursday.

    O'Neal is expected to begin at Chiefland near the end of March. He will also be a physical education teacher.

    O'Neal returns to the Indians from Centennial High School in Port St. Lucie, Fla.

    For more, pick up next week's Chiefland Citizen

     

  • Bronson resident chosen 2010 National Watermelon Queen

    2009 Florida Watermelon Queen Jessica Southard of Bronson has a new title: 2010 National Watermelon Queen last week in Dallas, Texas.

    The 20-year-old was crowned during a Feb. 21 banquet held at the National Watermelon Association annual convention.

    Miss Southard is the daughter of Gary and Kathi Southard of Bronson.She was valedictorian for the Class of 2008 at Bronson High School and was a member of the Future Farmers of America.

    She has also held the title of 2007 Newberry Watermelon Queen.

     

  • Bob Williams chosen Citizen of the Year

    A man described by all who know him as someone who keeps a low-profile in his work, never seeking recognition, was honored with Chiefland's highest accolade on Tuesday night: Citizen of the Year.

    Bob Williams, executive director of the Levy County Housing Authority, was named the recipient of the Greater Chiefland Area Chamber of Commerce's award at its annual banquet Tuesday night at the Tommy Usher Community Center.

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    Improve your driving

    The new, one-day AARP Driver Safety Course takes only six hours and replaces the old two-day course.

    The class starts at 9 a.m..at the Bronson Agriculture Office, 625 North Hathaway, Bronson. For information or to register, call  Linda Cochran at (352) 493-1742

    Mature drivers can earn a discount on auto insurance for completing the course. The course fee is $14 for non members and $12 for AARP members.

  • Springs meeting offers solutions

    A University of Florida professor says the creation of artificial wetlands could be the answer to the plight of area springs.

    Dr. Robert Knight told about 32 scientists and concerned citizens attending the Fanning and Manatee Springs Working Group Thursday at Fanning Springs City Hall that artificial wetlands are great at removing pollutants from water.

    “When you have lots of plants in wetlands,” he said, “you get very good removal of nitrogen, especially nitrates.”