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Today's News

  • Blum gets it right in Bronson Sportsman

    BRONSON -Matt Blum broke a string of bad luck and zoomed to the Sportsman feature win last Saturday night at at Bronson Motor Speedway.

    In his previous two outings, Blum had mechanical problems put him in the pits early -transmission one week and suspension the other.

    The 23-year old out of Gainesville got it right Saturday, leading the way all 30 laps in his black No. 1 car.

    Blum started outside row one and sped to the lead as polesitter LeRoy Donaldson got off to slow start, bottling up the field.

  • Man fails to register as sexual predator

    A 61-year-old Williston man was found bleeding in his bathtub Friday afternoon from self-inflicted razor cuts to his neck.

    According to a report from the Levy County Sheriff's Office, local and federal authorities were on their way to arrest the man, Jeffrey Wayne Rinehart, for violation of probation when, instead, they had to administer first aid to stop his wounds from bleeding.

    The Levy County Sheriff's Department found Rinehart, who was wanted by US Marshals from Arizona, living with his ex-wife in Williston.

  • Prank phone calls land soldier in jail

    An active-duty Army man was arrested in Chiefland Tuesday after making seven 911 calls in which he pretended to be the victim of a stabbing.

    Twenty-two-year-old Alexander Leroy Shelton, Fort Riley, Kan., first called 911 at 1:33 a.m., but he would not tell the Levy County Sheriff's Department where he was, a report from the Sheriff's Office said.

    Officials said Shelton, calling from a cellular phone, claimed to be being stabbed in the neck by a black man.

    He hung up, but called back minutes later with a low and gurgling voice, authorities said.

  • Here's to the graduates

    This is a big weekend for many young people in Levy County, as they leave high school and move on to the next phase of their lives.

    Graduation ceremonies are scheduled for most Levy County schools this weekend, a landmark day for a few hundred young adults who are ready to venture out into the world.

    This graduating class has been through a little more than many of us.

  • Levy ready for nuclear disaster

    The gymnasium of the old Bronson High School was bustling with activity, but there were no signs of teenaged slam-dunking heroes or high-flipping cheerleaders.

    No crowd of adoring fans could be seen cheering from the stands.

    There seemed to be players on the court, however. Some of them sported forest green vests while others were clad head to toe in long white suits complete with masks.

  • Ag commissioner makes good on ag tag reward

    It's not every day you have Charles Bronson come to your town.

    No, we're not talking about the steely-eyed, tough-guy actor. He died in 2003.

    We're talking about Florida's Commissioner of Agriculture, who visited Chiefland last Thursday, May 22, as a treat to the Middle School's FFA for winning the statewide "Plate for a Plate" competition.

  • Chiefland weighs firefighter needs

    The Chiefland City Commission voted unanimously Tuesday night to keep John Ward on as Chiefland's fire chief.

    Vice Mayor and Commissioner Teresa Barron said, "It's been a pleasure working with Ward."

    He's worked hard at getting his required certifications for the position and is not shy about learning new things, she said.

    The other commissioners agreed, though Commissioner Rollin Hudson was curious about Ward's relationship with Levy County officials.

  • AG lauds Seniors vs. Crime

    Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum made a sweep through Levy County last Friday.

    Among his goals was to reach out to youngsters and senior citizens, giving his backing to each group on how to fight crime.

    During the early afternoon, McCollum gave a presentation to the kids at Chiefland Middle School on cyber safety.

    Cyber crime can target all walks, but kids can be especially vulnerable. McCollum schooled kids on what to look for and stay away from.

  • State Tee-Ball Tournament coming to Chiefland

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    The countdown in on for the State Tee-Ball Tournament at Strickland Park.

    We?re now roughly two weeks away from being invaded by little guys playing in a big event.

    Boys, girls, parents, grandparents and other interested souls from all over north and central Florida will be in Chiefland from June 12-16.

    Chiefland Area Athletic Association president Wayne Weatherford said this is an especially big year since its the 10th year Chiefland has played host to the event.

  • Bowers back in victory lane

    It had been some time since Shelton Bowers last won in Sportsman at Bronson Motor Speedway -week two to be exact.

    In between, he's survived more than his share of accidents and mechanical trouble.

    This past Saturday night, the mojo was back in Bowers'pit.

    The Trenton driver took the 32 car to the front early and hung on for victory in the 30-lap feature.

    Late in the race, Bowers was pressed by the 08 of William Edwards, but the 32 zoomed to the checkered a couple of car lengths ahead of the Gainesville driver.