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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.”

  • FWC proposes change to oyster harvesting rule

    In the wake of a potentially devastating summer oyster harvesting ban proposed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which has been postponed for now, a new rule has been developed by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to limit oyster harvesting to morning hours during warm weather months.

  • NFBA wins grant

    The North Florida Broadband Authority, established to bring broadband and high-speed internet connections to rural areas in North Central Florida, will receive  $30, 142, 676 million in federal grant money, according to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

    “This means a whole lot economically,” Pat O' Neal, one of two Levy County representatives from NFBA, said in a Monday morning phone interview.    

  • Better breakfast for seniors a phone call away

    If you are over 60 and money is tight, the Chiefland Senior Center can help out with a free breakfast from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.

    It’s free and all that is required is to call ahead and let center personnel know you will be having breakfast.

    The center, which is operated by the Suwannee River Economic Council, is looking for seniors to take advantage of the free meals.

    The free breakfast, and lunch too, offer seniors an opportunity to maintain their nutritional levels and to socialze with others in their age group.

  • A century of living in Levy County

    Marie Meeks said one of the earliest memories of her 100-year life was when her father brought her an old wooden apple crate to stand on so she’d be tall enough to wash dishes.  She was 2.

    “I mostly cooked and washed,” she said.  “My sisters and I we never did work on the farm.”

    Meeks, born in 1910, was one of seven sisters and four brothers to grow up on a small farm in Williston.

    It was a time when people got around by horse and buggies, and Meeks said she walked 3 1/2 miles everyday to get to school.

  • Black History Month banquet

    Bob Williams, executive director of the Levy County Housing Authority, left, was honored for his community leadership by the Black History Scholarship Committee. The presentation was made during the committee's annual fund-raising banquet on Feb. 20 at Usher Center in Chiefland. Williams was the guest speaker for the event.

    Jones, in introducing Williams, said “he is a man who gives anything you ask him to.

    “He has pitched in where needed,” she said. She said he is first and foremost, a Christian and member of Chiefland First United Methodist Church.

  • Citizens’ group files lawsuit against Progress Energy

    A group of concerned citizens has filed a lawsuit in Sumter County against Progress Energy, claiming laws were passed that violate the state constitution so the utility can collect money to pay for a proposed nuclear power plant.

    Coleman attorney Frank B. Arenas and Alberto E. Lugo-Janer, of Windermere, filed the lawsuit on Monday, Feb. 8, on behalf of Citizens for Ratepayers Rights, a non-profit group.

    Cherie Jacobs, Progress Energy spokesperson, said Thursday the company has not seen the lawsuit and cannot comment until it is reviewed.

  • Ups and Downs

    It was an up and down week for both Chiefland’s and Bronson’s varsity baseball teams.

    The Indians got off to a hot start last Tuesday, thumping visiting Dixie County 13-3 in six innings.

    Starter Jacob Reidy had a good start to the season, striking out the side in the first and picking up the win for Chiefland.

    The Indians capitalized on six Bears errors in the game.

    But Chiefland had some mistakes of their own last weekend, picking up its first two losses of the season to Bradford and Williston at the Levy County Tournament.

  • Indians’ softball closes first stretch

     sports@chieflandcitizen.com

    Chiefland High School’s varsity softball team had plenty of highs and lows in its first week of the regular season.

    The highs? The Indians’ offense throttled both Bell and Hawthorne last week in double-digit blowouts.

    The lows? Williston returned the favor last Friday night, piling on runs early in an 8-2 loss for Chiefland, it’s first defeat of the season.