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Today's News

  • Register to vote by Monday

    If you are planning to vote in the Nov. 4 presidential election and are not registered, you have until 4:30 p.m. Monday to register at the Levy County Supervisor of Elections Office in Bronson.

    Supervisor Connie Asbell said if you plan on mailing in your registration, it must be postmarked no later than Oct. 6 to be valid.

  • Oh deer! Unexpected visitor

    It was an evening like every other evening last week, as Linda Scoggins set out to enjoy her time away from work.

    But about 6:30, she spied a visitor jumping across her fence on property she and husband, Ron, own off Hwy. 321 in Chiefland.

    A baby deer sauntered into the yard and started making herself at home-by eating her flowers.

    For more that 20 minutes she watched the deer feed and frolic through binoculars, then she came right up to her and yearned for affection.

  • CFCC Classes

    Retirement Class

    The Central Florida Community College Levy Center is offering "Basics of Investing for Retirement" beginning in October.

    The course is designed to teach the basic principles of investing and saving for retirement, but is useful for anyone interested in learning about investing. Even if you think you have enough money saved for retirement, there are numerous factors that will greatly impact the financial picture before and even during retirement. Make sure you are prepared.

  • Indians win on the road

    "We just got after them real good," said Chiefland head coach Ajay Ulmer."

    "Our defense didn't allow them an inch."

    The Indians ran away with a monster win Friday on the road at Hamilton County (Jasper), downing the Trojans 43-6.

    "We were up 28-6 at halftime - they only scored once," Ulmer said.

    Apart from that tiny bite, the Indians got the lions' share of the meal, with Slaughter the founder of the feast.

    "We scored on our first three series," Ulmer said, "and defensively, we allowed only 54 yards of total offense."

  • Destroyer is out of service

    Being a Mets fan, it's awfully hard to make friends with a Phillies fan. After all, that's the team that knocked the Mets out of the playoffs last year, and they're about to do it again.

    However, there was one man in Levy County that I could call and joke with about baseball, and sports in general. As late as a week ago Tuesday, we were on the phone to each other talking about the pennant race, among other things in local sports. He was my favorite Phillies fan.

    His name was Claude Lewis, and he was a writer and sports editor for our sister paper, the Chiefland Citizen.

  • Thank you, Claude

    I came looking for a job and I found a friend and serendipity.

    Serendipity is something every journalist needs.

    The tough, but garrulous journalism scholar John Bremner of the University of Kansas told journalists in his seminars they needed to find serendipity.

    Serendipity occurs when you are on your way to one thing and you discover another thing. It brings magic and the joy of the unexpected.

    You could have canned and sold serendipity.

    You lived it very day.

    You shared it every day.

  • Claude, you brought joy to my life

    Goofy. Giving. Wonderful. Funny. Guileless. Childlike.

    Words. Only words.

    But words that define the personality of a man who was so complex, yet so simple in his nature.

    When word reached me Friday evening that my star sports editor–and dear friend–Claude Lewis had died, I, like everyone else, was stunned.

    Two hours before, he and I had a wonderful conversation, laughed about pushy people and poor biographers and threatened each other with "You have to do THAT story."

  • Chiefland garbage rates going up

    Staff Report

    It will cost more to dispose of garbage in Chiefland - about $2,88 a month for residential customers and $5.53 for commercial cart customers and, before anyone complains, it's the first increase in 10 years.

    The City Commission at its regular meeting Monday night approved increasing the fees as of November 1 under a plan proposed by Waste Pro in June.

    Commissioner Rollin Hudson asked if the increase was due to a hike in landfill tipping fees charged by Levy County.

  • County passes budget

    Staff Report

    The Levy County Commission passed an austere $63,854,262 budget for the coming year and kept the property tax millage at 7.4212.

    Approval of the budget for the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1 came during a special meeting held Monday at the county courthouse in Bronson.

    "It was a very well thought out document," County Coordinator Fred Moody said. "All the constitutional officers were cooperative and we avoided layoffs and cuts in services.

    "But this will be a tight budget year and next year will be an even tighter budget year."

  • Claude Lewis fulfilled his dreams; marched to a different drummer

    From the time he was a youngster growing up in Trenton, N.J., Claude Lewis knew two things with certainty.

    First, he was going to live in Florida and second, he was going to write for a newspaper.

    Those two dreams came to fruition, but not in that order.

    But dreams often end, and last Friday on his way to cover an Indian football game in his role as sports editor for the Chiefland Citizen, Claude died at the age of 54, apparently after suffering an asthma attack.