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Today's News

  • Destroyer is out of service

    Being a Mets fan, it's awfully hard to make friends with a Phillies fan. After all, that's the team that knocked the Mets out of the playoffs last year, and they're about to do it again.

    However, there was one man in Levy County that I could call and joke with about baseball, and sports in general. As late as a week ago Tuesday, we were on the phone to each other talking about the pennant race, among other things in local sports. He was my favorite Phillies fan.

    His name was Claude Lewis, and he was a writer and sports editor for our sister paper, the Chiefland Citizen.

  • Thank you, Claude

    I came looking for a job and I found a friend and serendipity.

    Serendipity is something every journalist needs.

    The tough, but garrulous journalism scholar John Bremner of the University of Kansas told journalists in his seminars they needed to find serendipity.

    Serendipity occurs when you are on your way to one thing and you discover another thing. It brings magic and the joy of the unexpected.

    You could have canned and sold serendipity.

    You lived it very day.

    You shared it every day.

  • Claude, you brought joy to my life

    Goofy. Giving. Wonderful. Funny. Guileless. Childlike.

    Words. Only words.

    But words that define the personality of a man who was so complex, yet so simple in his nature.

    When word reached me Friday evening that my star sports editor–and dear friend–Claude Lewis had died, I, like everyone else, was stunned.

    Two hours before, he and I had a wonderful conversation, laughed about pushy people and poor biographers and threatened each other with "You have to do THAT story."

  • Chiefland garbage rates going up

    Staff Report

    It will cost more to dispose of garbage in Chiefland - about $2,88 a month for residential customers and $5.53 for commercial cart customers and, before anyone complains, it's the first increase in 10 years.

    The City Commission at its regular meeting Monday night approved increasing the fees as of November 1 under a plan proposed by Waste Pro in June.

    Commissioner Rollin Hudson asked if the increase was due to a hike in landfill tipping fees charged by Levy County.

  • County passes budget

    Staff Report

    The Levy County Commission passed an austere $63,854,262 budget for the coming year and kept the property tax millage at 7.4212.

    Approval of the budget for the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1 came during a special meeting held Monday at the county courthouse in Bronson.

    "It was a very well thought out document," County Coordinator Fred Moody said. "All the constitutional officers were cooperative and we avoided layoffs and cuts in services.

    "But this will be a tight budget year and next year will be an even tighter budget year."

  • Claude Lewis fulfilled his dreams; marched to a different drummer

    From the time he was a youngster growing up in Trenton, N.J., Claude Lewis knew two things with certainty.

    First, he was going to live in Florida and second, he was going to write for a newspaper.

    Those two dreams came to fruition, but not in that order.

    But dreams often end, and last Friday on his way to cover an Indian football game in his role as sports editor for the Chiefland Citizen, Claude died at the age of 54, apparently after suffering an asthma attack.

  • Chiefland closer to sex business ordinance

    It took almost a year of discussion, but Chiefland is one step closer to having an ordinance on the books to strictly control sexually oriented businesses - should any want to move into the city.

    Actually three proposed ordinances were presented to the City Commission in its regular meeting Monday night by City Attorney Norm Fugate.

    Fugate said the ordinances were based on the Gainesville ordinances regulating sexually oriented businesses.

  • Memorial service Thursday for Sports Editor Claude Lewis

    The Chiefland Citizen mourns the sudden death of its sports editor Claude Lewis.

    Lewis, 54, died Friday night while en route to an Indian football game in Jasper.

    According to the Suwannee County Sheriff's Department, a motorist saw Lewis pull to the side of the road, attempting to use an inhaler. Lewis had a history of asthma, according to his wife.

    By the time paramedics arrived, he was dead on the scene.

  • Sheriff's Reports

    BRONSON - The following persons were arrested by the Levy County Sheriff's Office. All persons are innocent until found guilty in a court of law. All of the information is taken from Levy County Sheriff's Office arrest reports and First Appearance Orders for the 8th Judicial Circuit.

  • 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.