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Today's News

  • Fire merger still long way to go

    BRONSON - The more things change, the more they stay the same.

    Or in the case of the ongoing talks of a Bronson-Otter Creek fire department merger, the closer it seems to becoming reality, the light at the end of the end of the tunnel still seems dim.

    Already having the green light from Levy County and Otter Creek, the merger only needs the OK from the town of Bronson.

  • Mining reprieve granted

    BRONSON-Manatee Springs won a reprieve in the legal battle by White Construction to operate a limestone mining operation within two miles of the springs, something prohibited by a 2002 Levy County ordinance.

    And, at the same time, the county may recoup its legal fees in the case.

    County Attorney Anne Bast Brown informed Levy County Commissioners on Tuesday that Judge David A. Glant of the Eighth Judicial Circuit had ruled in the county's favor in state court for their denial of a permit for the operation in March 2004.

  • Ferrell Croft has his retirement mapped out

    Hunched over his drafting table, Ferrell Croft painstakingly draws first one line and then another. Within minutes the lines connect, a shape develops and soon another parcel of Levy County land is mapped for posterity-or at least until it is subdivided again and the process starts over.

    Monday, Croft packed up his drafting tools and walked away from a job he's had for over 30 years as the county mapper.

    His career began by drafting survey maps and for years he worked for himself and the private sector.

  • Scallop season opens

    Are the crystal clear Gulf waters and the wonders beneath calling your name?

    Break out your mask and fins! Scallop season began July 1 and runs through Sept. 10.

    Anyone who has scalloped before knows the technique of snorkeling along picking scallops off the bottom of Florida's coastal bay areas.

    This is typically done in 2.5 to 4 feet of water - an excellent activity for the whole family to enjoy. Other techniques involve wading and scooping up scallops with a dip net.

  • Volleyball Camp teaches girls skills

    Emily Gore ran her second annual Chiefland Girls Volleyball Camp June 23-25 as 19 girls ages 8-13 participated in the three-day event.

    The camp helped get the younger girls interested in the sport and helps the older girls prepare for the upcoming middle school season. Girls worked on fundamentals three hours each day.

    Gore is the Chiefland High coach. She is impressed with the talent coming up in the Chiefland area.

    CHS volleyballers volunteered their time to help with the camp.

    Girls basketball camp coming

  • Chiefland Majors capture State Small League Tournament

    FORT WHITE -The Chiefland Major League (11-12 year old) All Stars captured the Babe Ruth Small League championship by going a perfect 5-0 in the tournament played last week in Fort White.

    The Chiefland bunch went out on top after finishing second in the District 6 Tournament a week earlier in Starke.

    In the finals, Chiefland walloped Union County-Lake Butler, 11-1. Jon Ward was 3-for-3 with two RBIs. Clayton Smith was 3-for-4. Kyle Weeks, Justin Ivey and Cole Parks all had two hits each. Tim Reidy was the winning pitcher.

  • You're never too old to race

    BRONSON -Most folks at the age of 67 are pretty set in their ways.

    Sure, they might try a new salad bar, golf course or fishing spot, but a lot are not too eager to jump into something like racing.

    Enter Pop Armstrong, who not only began racing three years ago. but wild and crazy School Bus Figure 8 racing at that.

    Now 70, Armstrong was at Bronson Motor Speedway last Saturday night, driving the No. 49 bus.

    Armstrong answered the obvious question of how he got started.

  • Sheriff's Report

    On June 22, Deputy Gary Brewer responded to 119 Mongo St., Bronson, in reference to a domestic dispute. Upon his arrival Linda Thomas, 46, was arrested for domestic aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

    The victim reported to Deputy Brewer that a verbal domestic dispute occurred inside the residence and the victim walked outside. Thomas followed the victim armed with a 12 inch kitchen knife waving the knife in a threatening manner.

  • Bowen leaving Citizen

    Dale Bowen, the publisher of the Chiefland Citizen, has accepted a new role with the publishing company and will give up his leadership post at the Levy County papers.

    Bowen was named advertising sales manager for the Citrus County Chronicle, the daily newspaper based in Crystal River. He will report directly to Advertising Director John Provost.

    The Florida native has spent 24 years in sales and management with Landmark Community newspapers, the owner of the Citizen and the Chronicle.

  • Trio nabbed for grand theft

    Two Dixie County women and a woman from Gilchrist County were behind bars Tuesday after being charged with grand theft and criminal conspiracy by officers from the Chiefland Police Department.

    Sylvia Smith, 23, and Holly Locke, 29, both of Old Town, along with Kristi Stiller, 36, of Trenton, were in the county lockup following the recovery of $1,342.72 worth of alleged stolen goods at two residences.

    Among the items allegedly taken from the Chiefland Wal-Mart over a period of time were fireworks, sleeping bags, tents, flashlights and other camping accessories.