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Today's News

  • Banquet honors CHS baseball

    The Chiefland High baseball program celebrated a fine 2008 season with a banquet June 3 at Bell?s Restaurant.

    Both the junior varsity and varsity posted excellent records.

    The varsity finished 18-5 and was ranked in the top 10 in 3A during the course of the season.

    Senior pitcher Ory Pitts won the varsity's Most Valuable Player Award voted on by the players.

    Pitts, who fiished 8-2, also garnered Pitcher of the Year honors along with a Four-Year Letterman award.

  • Representative asks governor to reconsider

    While I have great respect for Gov. Crist and his continued commitment to preserving the environment, I feel that his intent to veto HB 7059 has been made without fully understanding the wide-reaching scope of this good environmental legislation. This legislation has many valuable components that seek to improve and strengthen the protection of our state's precious natural resources.

  • The sun was shining

    More photos from the 2008 Watermelon Festival can be found in our print edition on pages 8 and 9A.

  • Three perish in Cedar Key air disaster

    CEDAR KEY - An impromptu, short, late night sightseeing air tour of the Cedar Keys turned out to be a disastrous affair for three people early Saturday morning, as they perished when the single engine Cessna 206 they were riding in plunged into the Gulf of Mexico.

    Pilot Frank Gonzalez, 48, of Plant City; plane owner John Borchard, 43, of Dover; and tourist Julia Kelly, 49, of Solon, Iowa; died in the accident. There were no survivors.

  • City OKs grant application

    The Chiefland City Commission passed a motion Monday night that would allow the city's fire department to apply for a grant that would help it meet federal safety standards.

    Fire Chief John Ward said the grant, which lasts for four years, would provide about $108,380 to hire new firefighters.

    But Ward said there's no guarantee that Chiefland will get the money from a Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant.

  • From dropout to president's list

    Seven years constitute a lifetime for Andrea Walther.

    She's been a solid A/B student, a pregnant teenager, a high school dropout, a wife, a mother, a GED recipient, a deli worker, a rat farmhand and a restaurant worker.

    And then she made some choices that were detrimental to her life. That's when the changes began.

    Change of Plans

    In the midst of her junior year at Chiefland High School, Andrea, then 16, discovered that she was a statistic-a pregnant teenager. But she was determined that she wouldn't be another statistic.

    It wasn't easy.

  • On my soapbox

    My life is good. I have a job that supplies my needs. Children who love me. Friends who support me. A man who understands real partnership.

    Yes, indeed, my life is good and it takes a lot to get me riled.

    I've mellowed a lot in my old age.

    I once stressed about everything and now seldom stress about anything-though perhaps there are some things I should worry about.

    When considering relationships, I weigh the good they do/are against the bad and if there are more positive things, I cling.

    If they're negative, I cut my losses and move on.

  • Sheriff's Reports

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

    Martin Daniel Wood of Bronson was charged with aggravated battery on a pregnant woman/resisting without violence.

    Stephen Otto Salzwedel of Newberry was charged with battery.

    Lucas Erwin Nordan of Bronson was charged with grand theft.

    Jaquelyn D. Bruce of Williston was charged with aggravated battery-domestic.

    Geri Lynne Brocious of Bronson was charged with domestic battery.

    Sean Stacy Abbott of Bronson was charged with domestic battery.

  • Bronson still wary over fire merger

    It appears Bronson Fire Chief Rick Lombardo is slowly inching closer toward his goal of making Otter Creek part of the town's fire district, but there are still many unanswered questions standing in the way of making the deal stick.

    Lombardo looked to Bronson Town Council for final approval of the merger between the two volunteer departments at Monday night's meeting.

    Instead, he faced a number of questions from Vice Mayor Beatrice Mongo - ones he had no concrete answers for.

  • Watermelon Festival Saturday

    June 7 - Festival Timeline

    5 a.m. Vendor Setup

    7:30-9:30 a.m. Watermelon weigh-in

    8 a.m. Parade participants arrive

    9 a.m. All Saturday event booths setup

    10 a.m. Parade and free Watermelon

    11 a.m. Introduction of visiting & local royalty

    11 a.m.-noon Auction

    noon-3 p.m. Seed spitting and watermelon eating contests

    noon-3p.m. Entertainment

    6 p.m. Queen Pageant - Tommy Usher Pineland Center