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Today's News

  • 'Eagle fight' goes to Oak Hall in OT

    With the easy win over Trenton and a 55-49 overtime loss to Oak Hall, the Bronson Eagles have officially launched this season's rollercoaster ride. Two of the edge-of-the-seat highlights for those keeping score at home: First, team go-to James Rivers suffered a nasty high-ankle sprain with four seconds to go in regulation against Oak Hall and second, the Eagles face longtime district threat Hawthorne on Saturday, possibly without Rivers. It's enough to make an Eagle fan bite his nails.

    After the Trenton win, Haldeman looked ahead to Oak Hall, which he had scouted.

  • Are layoffs coming?

    In the wake of mid-year projected budget cuts of $1.9 million, the School Board of Levy County needs to lay off 50 employees, according to Director of Finance Robert Clemons.

    “We should have reduced our staff levels by at least 25 at the beginning of this school year,” Clemons wrote in a letter to the Board dated Nov. 26. “Now that half of the year is gone we need to reduce our staff levels by 50 to achieve the same results.”

  • Bronson gives to Toys for Tots

    The Bronson Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department donated $1,000 to the tri-county area Toys for Tots Monday night during the Town of Bronson Council meeting.

    Fire Chief Scott Bulson presented Dave Hutcherson with the check, and in turn Hutcherson presented Bulson and fellow firefighters Dave Reinstra and Jerry Horton with certificates of appreciation and commemorative Toys for Tots coins.

    “We give the coins away to people who donate significantly,” Hutcherson said. “Every year the coin changes – this is our 61st year in operation.”

  • Bronson to light up park

    The Bo Diddley Memorial Park, also known as the Bronson Youth League Park, is getting a light for its asphalt basketball court this week thanks to newly appointed Bronson Parks and Recreation Commissioner Melody LaFlam.

    Town councilmember LaFlam saw the need for lights when she first visited the park shortly after Mayor Franklin Schuler assigned her to the position in late September.

  • Serpentine Savior

     One way to never forget how to say Basil May's first name: he'll either DAZZLE you or FRAZZLE you with his snake collection.

    Basil is a lifelong Bronson resident who recently acquired a new hobby. Snake rescuing, he said, was something of a happenstance.

    "I just sort of fell into it about a year and a half ago, when I got Mr. Green Jeans," Basil said.

  • Quest offers CNA training

    Kay Walker Noda could not be more excited about being in Chiefland.

    She sees this as an opportunity to share her knowledge with her new hometown.

    Noda, sister of Chiefland Business Person of the Year Carol Tew, has opened Quest Training Center in downtown Chiefland to provide training for students to pass the state's certified nurse assistant (CNA) exam. 

    The business held its ribbon cutting in late October.

  • Horse community ready for residents

     Nature Coast Equestrian Community, a residential development with 20-acre lots and 380 acres for horseback riding, hiking, bicycling, fishing, hunting and swimming.

    It's like a bit of paradise among the pines and scrub, located 19 miles from Chiefland and 9 miles from Cedar Key.

    Linda Harrell, the owner of the development, has preserved the landscape on this pristine stretch of land while putting in paved roads and miles of trails.

    She hosted a ribbon cutting, barbecue and dance with the Chiefland Chamber of Commerce on October 25.

  • FFA says Cracker Johnson is the best

    Auctioneer Chad “Cracker” Johnson of Chiefland won top honors at this year’s FFA convention when he was awarded the title of Florida’s 2009 Bid Calling Champion.

     

    Johnson competed against his fellow auctioneers in the bid calling competition and will now go to Overland Park, Kan. in July to compete for the International Auctioneers Championship title.

     

    The top male and female winners of this competition are considered to be the best auctioneers in the world.

     

  • Even when things are rough, I can give thanks

    It has been a roller coaster of a year for me, both personally and professionally.

    And for the most part, the roller coaster hasn’t stopped long enough for me to get my bearings.

    If you’re a roller coaster enthusiast, you know what that means: you tend to be a little scattered when it does come to a halt and you’re not always sure you’re standing on firm ground.

  • Chiefland Winter Festival is Saturday

     C hiefland will come alive with the color, sounds and smells of Christmas when the Greater Chiefland Chamber of Commerce hosts the annual Winter Festival, Saturday, Dec. 6.