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Today's News

  • Wild Hog Race set for Saturday

    The 34th Annual Wild Hog Canoe & Kayak Race is Saturday on the Waccasassa River.
    There is no actual address for the event, but coordinator Margie McGarva tells folks the race begins at the Waccasassa Bridge on State Road 24, six miles west of Bronson, Registration begins at 7:30 a.m.
    “We’ve had a really good turnout so far,” McGarva said. “We’ve got 25 boats signed up, and we’ll probably get another 25 on the day of the race.”

  • Full of the Easter spirit

    A youngster beams with excitement during an Easter egg hunt for pre-kindergarteners at Manatee Springs State Park Thursday afternoon.

  • Nugent has town meeting in Chiefland

    About 40 people showed up at Chiefland's City Hall Tuesday afternoon at a town hall meeting to listen to U.S. Congressman Rich Nugent (R - Florida) talk about how a federal budget proposed by Congressman Paul Ryan (R - WI) is the only plan that will lead to "prosperity."
    "You can't take every penny you make to pay off your debt," Nugent told the crowd.
    Government spending is out of control, he said.

  • Obama’s deficit plan sets up battle on Medicare, Medicaid cuts

    By TAMARA LYTLE
    AARP News
    President Obama on Wednesday laid out a vastly different vision of how to wrestle the nation’s debt problems into submission compared with a Republican plan that comes up for a vote later this week.
    “Doing nothing on the deficit is just not an option,” Obama told a crowd at George Washington University. “Our debt has grown so large that we could do real damage to the economy if we don’t begin a process now to get our fiscal house in order.”

  • AARP responds to President’s speech on fiscal issues

    WASHINGTON — AARP CEO A. Barry Rand released this statement in response to the speech by the President addressing the nation’s fiscal challenges:

  • Nosey says ...

    The Medicare Fraud Squad is here and needs your help. On a national level about 3 percent of all healthcare spending, some $86 billion, is lost to fraude each and every year.
    Because Florida has one of the largest senior populations with over 3 million beneficiaries, Medicare fraud costs taxpayers betwen $3 and $4 billion each year.
    And when you consider Florida’s Medicare program runs in excess of $176 billion annually, this has really got to hurt.

  • If at first you don't shoplift

    A 49-year-old Cross City woman wasted no time following through with shoplifting after being questioned about a failed shoplifting incident earlier that same day.
    Bennie M. Wiley was charged with misdemeanor retail theft on April 12. She first was questioned during a traffic stop by the Chiefland Police Department about attempted shoplifting at Chiefland Package. According to the arrest report, Wiley stated, "The lady got it back." No charges were filed because no items were actually removed from the store.

  • Couple charged with drugs, child neglect

    John Pierce, 35, of Cedar Key, was charged on March 4 with five felonies after a traffic stop in Chiefland. Pierce was charged with possession of methamphetamine, unlawful possession of prescription drugs, two counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and child neglect.
    A passenger in the vehicle, Callie Robinson Pierce, 28, of Cedar Key, was charged with felony possession of methamphetamine, misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia and felony child neglect.

  • Crime up in Levy County

    Gov. Rick Scott may be crowing about Florida having its  lowest crime rate in 30 years in 2010 with a drop of 6.6 percent, but Levy County experienced a 4.1 percent increase in crime.
    The numbers released by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement on Monday come from crime report information submitted by local law enforcement agencies to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
    According to the report:
    • Population went from an estimated 40,674 residents to 41,451 in 2010
    • Murder was dwon from 1 murder in 2009, to none in 2010

  • Sheriff's Report & Most Wanted for April 28

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office reports the following arrests:
    n April 21, Richard Demond Addison, 24, Archer, housed for Alachua County–possession of cocaine, attempted murder/robbery.
    n April 19,  Paul Edward Brady, 37, St. Pete Beach, DWLSR habitual. Bond $2,000.
    n April 18, Jerry Thomas Brissenden, 49, Crystal River, DWLSR and DUI. Bond $50,000.
    n April 18, Richard Squire Brock, 51, Trenton, domestic battery, aggravated domestic assault. Bond $260,000.