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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Trio strikes back against post office

    Chiefland Postal Clerks Debbie Hamberger, Bonnie George and Kim Poole thought they were doing the right thing when they questioned a sudden change in policy regarding mail box late fees.

    Although that order was eventually reversed, Hamberger and George say they are still feeling the repercussions for their act of "whistleblowing" - in a big way.

    Hamberger and George are in their fifth week of serving an "emergency suspension without pay." Poole said she has escaped such status because she is officially on sick leave.

  • Babe Ruth 13-15 All Stars play the waiting game

    Ever notice some of the strange scores that come out of bowl games?

    A lot can happen when you have more than a month between games.

    In a similar vein, the Chiefland 13-15 Babe Ruth All Stars will go nearly a month between games.

    Chiefland's finest won the District 6 Tournament on June 21. They won't open State Tournament play until July 17.

    It is manager Kyle Parnell and his staff?s task to keep the team sharp during a three-and-a-half week layoff.

  • Cedar Key gears up for CLAMERICA

    Cedar Key will be exploding on Friday, July 4 when the fifth annual CLAMERICA Celebration brings thousands of clam lovers to this island community to enjoy their sweet and savory farm-raised clams.

    Sponsored by the Cedar Key Aquaculture Association, the day will be filled with fun, food, and events for the whole family from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the City Park and beach on 2nd Street, so bring your blankets and lawn chairs and relax.

  • Sheriff's Reports

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

    _ Willie Gilbert, 44, Williston, was arrested on 06-19-08 for illegally siphoning gas from a truck owned by a local construction company. Gilbert told police he needed the gas to get to work. He was charged with petit theft and trespassing-$2,000 bail.

  • Talent show promises summer fun

    It doesn't take long for the summertime blues to kick in in small towns like Chiefland, Bronson and Williston.

    Simply put, there's not a whole lot for kids to do from the time school lets out up until August.

    Maggie Allen and LaWanda Jones want to do something about that. The two put their heads together and came up with a fun idea for kids ages 13-18.

    It's a talent show, giving kids a chance to put together their acts in an organized competition.

  • Seagrass restoration continues

    Plants and core logs were placed on the shoreline of Atsena Otie Key on May 8 and Nov. 15, 2007 and again this year on May 8 where the old Eberhard-Faber pencil factory was in operation back in 1896.

    A hurricane destroyed the mill and the town of Cedar Key's infrastructure that year. Cedar Key was re-established at its present location across the channel on Way Key after clean-up was completed at Atsena Otie Key. Unfortunately, construction costs and a sagging market prevented the pencil factory from being rebuilt.