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Today's News

  • Unconditional and unconventional

    I am not at all the maternal type. I'm too selfish, too distant, too "suck it up and move on"-like to be called a nurturing pillar of motherhood.

    And yet I have three children.

    Like many of you, I grew up watching Donna Reed, Harriet Nelson and June Cleaver (in reruns, mind you) as they set the example for future generations what a woman's role was in the home.

  • A Catch-22 in Bronson

    BRONSON-A half dozen residents waited patiently until the end of the Bronson Town Council meeting to ask when a sewer line would be available in their neighborhoods.

    The answer?

    It's going to be a while.

    The existing sewer line in the town is a three-inch pipe, Councilman Berlon Weeks explained.

    In order to make it useable for as many people who need to connect to it, that pipe must be replaced with at least an eight-inch pipe, maybe even a 12-inch pipe.

    And in order to get the larger pipe, Weeks said, the town has to have more money in its coffers.

  • Cooking for 600 is no picnic

    Every weekday, Kay Maxwell wakes up at 3 in the morning, showers, has her coffee and makes her way to the cafeteria at Chiefland Elementary School.

    In front of her is the seemingly monumental task of feeding hundreds of hungry school kids.

    Maxwell along with her team of nine other workers perform the task day after day, week after week, month after month.

    Maxwell has been at it for 19 years now and still hasn't lost any enthusiasm.

  • Happy Mother's Day, Mom

    "All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That's his."

    -Oscar Wilde

    "Of all the rights of women, the greatest is to be a mother."

    -Lin Yutang

    All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother."

    -Abraham Lincoln

    "A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie."

    -Tenneva Jordan

  • A night to celebrate

    They came by the scores. Some with tear-streaked faces; others with smiles that glistened. For a few short hours Friday night and Saturday morning, wars were forgotten, the price of gasoline only whispered about and plans for summer vacation were shelved as the community came together to celebrate a night of living as the 14th Annual Relay for Life got under way at Chiefland High School.

  • New scales coming to landfill

    BRONSON - The outdated weigh scale system at the Levy County Landfill will soon be streamlined, thanks to the approval of a new scale house and unit that will improve safety and improve traffic flow.

    The Board of County Commissioners gave the project the green light at Tuesday's meeting at the Courthouse.

    The move will give the landfill two sets of scales - one for commercial and the other for the public.

  • County blesses fire department merger

    BRONSON - A proposed fire merger between Bronson and Otter Creek took another step toward becoming reality Tuesday when the Levy Board of County Commissioners gave the plan its blessings.

    The merger would stand to significantly upgrade protection in Otter Creek, a tiny community that has a station and some equipment but is lacking in manpower.

    Bronson Fire Chief Rick Lombardo explained that the merger would provide quicker response in largely rural Otter Creek and lower property insurance rates, since it would improve its ISO rating.

  • Man charged with attempted homicide

    An evening of revelry ended in tragedy last Friday evening when a man was stabbed multiple times at the Clay Landing Boat Ramp.

    Authorities have not released the name of the man who was stabbed in the upper torso and face. He was transported to Shands at the University of Florida where he underwent two surgeries.

    The victim was released Monday and is recuperating, according to Lt. Evan Sullivan, public information officer for the Levy County Sheriff's Office.

  • Why I Relay–my son's life

    When Gail Osteen told me last week that she had no history of any kind of cancer in any of her family, I was more than surprised.

    I didn't know any such person existed, because it seems for as long as I can remember cancer has been a very real, and very unwelcome, facet of my life.

  • Saving energy at BES

    It's affecting more than just the pocketbooks of the general public.

    Rising energy costs are also taking a toll on Levy County Schools.

    Cheryl Beauchamp, the principal at Bronson Elementary, presented recommendations to the School Board on ways to conserve energy as determined by an energy committee that was previously formed.

    "I think right now the climate is good for us to work on this. It's affecting us at home and the school. People know the price of fuel and electricity," said Superintendent Cliff Norris.