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Today's News

  • CES will expand

    With the site and design approval for a new structure, Chiefland Elementary School is hoping to put a dent in the 14 portable structures sitting on the south side of its sprawling campus.

    The Levy County School Board members OK'd the plans for a 11,700-square-foot building that will house eight classrooms.

    "They'll be replacing the portables," said assistant superintendent Jeff Davis at Tuesday's meeting. "They've (portables) been there since the school was built in 1993."

  • 4-H Campers sewing inaugural was 'fun-tastic'

    It was a celebration of firsts for the 4-H at the Levy County Extension Service office in Bronson.

    Everyone had made his or her first outfit - a top and a bottom.

    The quilting on the pillows was a first experience.

    Baking cookies was not a "first time" experience, but making them in the shape of clothing certainly was.

    There was the first boy in a class dominated by girls.

    It was the first time sore fingertips united them in a universal dislike of sewing needle pricks.

  • City's flushes have sweet smell of savings

    The staff at the Chiefland Water Reclamation Plant, the place where every toilet flush meets it end, have turned off two 40-horsepower fans that keep the smell down on the sludge digester.

    It sounds like a pretty noxious idea.

    But a change in the way sludge is separated from 168,000 to 170,000 gallons of wastewater daily means the smell emanating from the plant is that of money saved on the electric bill, blowers that no longer need maintenance, and less use of a petroleum-based chemical whose cost has been rising with crude oil prices.

  • Brandon Thorsen remembered

    About 150 people turned out for the dedication of a section of Highway 19 to Army Spec. Brandon Tyler Thorsen who was killed while on guard duty in Baghdad, Iraq, on Sept. 15, 2007. Thorsen's parents, Mr. and Mrs. David Thorsen were present and pulled the cover off the streetside sign. State Sen. Charles Dean, who helped pass the legislation designating the section of road in front of Chiefland High School, helped the Thorsens unveil the sign. Chiefland Police Chief Robert Douglas said, "To me it's a small thing . . .

  • Bring back bartering

    My grandparents tuned in regularly to a radio segment called "The Swap Shop". For 15 minutes every day, people called in to offer something they had -for free or less than $20 or they called in to ask for items they needed.

    It was the old-fashioned bartering system upgraded to the modern 20th century. With little or no money, you could get the products or services you needed in exchange for something you could offer up.

  • Standards will clean up Suwannee

    Back in 1972, the Federal Clean Water Act was passed by Congress and President Nixon, setting guidelines to ensure that our nation's rivers remain healthy and clean.

    It has taken most states a long time to take action.

    Some like New Hampshire, Pennsylvania and Kansas, got their acts together quicker than others by drawing up widespread measures.

    Many others, including Florida, dragged their feet - waiting until their backs were against the wall.

  • Man charged with enticing child

    A 63-year-old Fanning Springs resident has been charged with impersonating a police officer, and luring and enticing a child into his vehicle.

    Levy County Sheriff's Investigator Lauree Allen arrested William Silas Johns July 10 on the charges.

    The 6-year-old girl who reported the July 2 incident was not physically harmed, according to a sheriff's office press release.

  • Chiefland Police Department

    Chiefland Police Department reports the following arrests:

    _ David Ceddrick Flanders, 27, Chiefland, is charged with possession of cocaine with intent to distribute within 1,000 feet of a church, possession of crack with intent to distribute within 1,000 feet of a church, trafficking in cocaine, possession of marijuana less than 20 grams, possession of drug paraphernalia on May 22.

  • Sheriff's Reports

    The Levy County Sheriff's Office reports the following arrests:

    _ James Thomas Jr., 27, Chiefland, on two charges each of sale of crack cocaine, possession of crack cocaine after the sheriff's office arranged two drug buys from Thomas behind the South Chevron on Southeast 1st Street, Chiefland.

    The report says the area behind the Chevron in South Chiefland is known as being a place to purchase drugs. Bail for Thomas on all charges is $30,000.

  • RV sites will become permanent fixtures

    A request by Goethe Trailhead Ranch to convert 37 of 73 recreational vehicle sites into stationary park trailers drew sharp criticism from neighbors before being approved by the Levy County Commission on Tuesday.

    The Ranch, located at 9171 Southeast Levy County Road 337 between Williston and Dunnellon, is a horse-themed resort with a lighted arena, convenience store, tack and feed store, the Chuck Wagon Diner, 96 box stalls for horses, and access to more than 120 miles of trails in Goethe State Forest.