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Today's News

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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:

  • 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.”

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.”

  • ‘Firewise’ your home

    Landscaping plays a major role in whether your home is destroyed in a wildfire. About 50 firemen and homeowners, mostly from Levy County, attended a Tuesday meeting in Chiefland about how to have a "firewise" home.
    The meeting, hosted by the Friends of the Luther Callaway Library in Chiefland and coordinated by the Florida Department of Forestry, also explained the benefits of prescribed burns, what’s legal and not legal to burn and how to understand proper and safe ways to burn.

  • Fire districts not reorganizing

    All those reports you may have heard about the county's fire districts being reorganized into three units and a new position being created for a county fire coordinator is nothing to worry about, said Cedar Key Fire Chief Robert Robinson.
    "Anything you are reading in the newspapers is not happening," he said.
    The chief reminded the City Commission as its April 21 meeting that he is vice chairman of the Fire Advisory Board.

  • Time limits set for Tarmac hearing Tuesday

    When the Levy County Commission meets to consider Tarmac's application for a special exception for the King Road Mine speakers should be prepared to get to the point quickly.
    That's because Commission Chairman Danny Stevens (R-District 5) of Williston has set time limits for speaking during the quasi-judicial hearing at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in Courtroom A at the County Courthouse in Bronson.