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Today's News

  • Car crashes into Hospice

    No one was injured Monday morning when a rental car driven by Harry Lawrence Coleman, 78, of Chiefland, jumped a curb, plowed through the flower bed and into a patient room at Haven Hospice at about 9 a.m. Monday.

    Chief Robert Douglas said about $10,000 damage was done to the structure and City Planning/Building Director Bill Hammond has OK'd the continued use of the building as long as the damaged section is kept closed off.

  • Red Devils silence Chiefland comeback bid

    If the alarm doesn't go off, you sleep late, and hence arrive at work late, you're going to be playing catch-up all day long.

    The Chiefland High football team sleep-walked its way onto C. Doyle McCall Field at Wayne Pridgeon Stadium Friday night, stumbling and bumbling as visiting Williston built a big first-half lead.

    To their credit, the Indians woke up and played with a vengeance in the second half, but it was a case of too little, too late, as Williston left town with a 35-21 victory.

  • Macy is officer of the year

    A routine traffic stop for a broken tag light that netted 4 pounds of marijuana and over $7,000 cash won Chiefland Police Officer of the Year honors for Officer F. Macy and his K-9 partner, Dagger.

    Macy and six other law enforcement and corrections officers were honored by the Chiefland Woman's Club on Patriot Day, Sept. 11 at Hardeetown Baptist Church Fellowship Hall. More than 100 people attended the dinner catered by Bell's Restaurant.

    Karen Brown welcomed the Law Appreciation Night attendees saying, "Tonight we're celebrating your grit and positive attitude."

  • Be prepared for your end-of-days

    No one is prepared when the doctor walks into the room and explains that you or a loved one has an illness that cannot be cured. Both family and patient often receive this news at a time when they are already at wit's end - emotionally, spiritually and physically. But what if the illness is there yet the conversation about end-of-life options never happens?

  • Conversation yes; small talk no

    I enjoy lively, spirited conversation. And in order to enjoy that, I have to like being around people.

    No doubt in anyone's mind, I am a people-person. I come by it naturally, because everyone-and I mean everyone-on my father's side of the family was blessed with the gift of gab.

    At family gatherings, it was difficult at the end of the day to figure out just what you may have gleaned from each other because topics were broad, loud and scattered.

    In high school, I put that gift to good use by being in the Speech Club and arguing on the debate team.

  • TRIM hearing not attended

    The Chiefland City Commission held its first Truth in Millage (TRIM) and proposed 2008-2009 budget hearing on September 9 and, well, no one was really interested.

    No citizens came to the hearing.

    But the commission, without absent Mayor Teal Pomeroy, went ahead and gave preliminary approval to the proposed 4.75 mills and a general budget of $3,018,766.18 for the fiscal year starting Oct. 1.

    Pomeroy was not at the meeting due to a business commitment said Vice Mayor Teresa Barron.

  • Bronson fire chief quits

    BRONSON - These are tumultuous times for Bronson Town government.

    Not only has Town Clerk Donna Conquest resigned, but now Fire Chief Rick Lombardo has also decided to call it quits.

    "That's it," admitted Lombardo, who was just reelected to his second term as chief of the 12-man force in August. "I'm getting out of it completely. It's impossible to serve where they don't respect you."

    Assistant Fire Chief Dave Reinstra said Tuesday that Lombardo told him he was stepping down last Thursday, Sept. 11.

  • Check comes with warning

    The Levy County Commission was presented with a check and a warning by the executive director of the Suwannee River Water Management District.

    David Still presented the county with a check for $16,525.43 as payment in lieu of taxes for district property during the commission's regular meeting Tuesday at the county courthouse in Bronson.

    Still said Levy is one of 15 counties that the district serves and the area contains 60 percent of the world's first and second magnitude springs.

  • Badcock & More is Business of the Year

    Carol Tew says she's done nothing special to merit the Chiefland Chamber of Commerce's Business of the Year Award, but to folks around town Tew and her business, Badcock & More, are pretty special members of the community.

    The Chamber presented Tew with its top award at its annual Industry Appreciation Luncheon Tuesday at the Usher Center.

    Badcock & More, located on Highway 19 on the north end of town is a homey place. You just want to sit and sip coffee and chat all day with Tew.

    But there's no idle time.

  • VFW remembers Sept. 11

    The flag was at half staff, the crowd small, but the voices were firm and the room full of emotion as Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5625 in Chiefland held its Patriots Day service Thursday morning.

    The group of 17, most with silver hair to denote them as survivors of World War II and the Vietnam War prayed, saluted and pledged their allegiance to Old Glory.

    "We will always remember our collective obligations to ensure that justice is done, that freedom prevails, and the principles upon which our Nation was founded, endure," Wayne Carrignan, post commander intoned.