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Today's News

  • Lost in legalese and rhetoric

    For years we have pointed fingers at the residents of cities and counties for not being more proactive in local government.

    Apathy is often blamed as the reason people don't get involved in what's happening in their communities.

    While that may be true in part, I think another reason may be it's just too darn confusing for the average person who has to sit and sift and then leave wondering, "What happened in there?"

    It's been a while since I covered a Chiefland Commission meeting. About 18 months, in fact.

  • Drummond selection was right on the money

    Kay and Luther Drummond were more than surprised Tuesday night when the Greater Chiefland Chamber of Commerce named them its Citizens of the Year.

    They shouldn't have been.

    For decades the Drummond name has been synonymous with giving back.

    The couple has been on the frontline of helping build a better community through their civic leadership and generous financial giving.

    The Drummonds have been instrumental in raising money for Haven Hospice through their Fall at the Farm event, last year securing more than $30,000 in contributions for the agency.

  • Community unites in Prayer Walk

    "All things are possible through prayer"-the title of a book by inspirational writer Charles L. Allen.

    Being a man of God, Pastor Travis Hudson of Hardeetown Baptist Church is a firm believer in the above. His steadfast devotion to prayer is bringing folks of different faith together with one goal in mind -the guidance betterment of the Chiefland from its elected leaders, department heads, law enforcement, business leaders, down to its citizens.

  • Chiefland fire protection may not be adequate

    John Ward is passionate about his job. So passionate that he continues to amass data for the Chiefland City Commission in an effort to persuade its members the city needs full-time fire protection. Now.

    For the second time in as many weeks, Ward, the city's fire chief, appeared before the commissioners to outline why the city needs to add four full-time firefighters, in addition to the two it already funds.

  • Chiefland must deal with unfunded mandates

    It is a Catch-22 situation.

    Either follow the mandates set forth by the state or be left in the lurch with no financing and no resources.

    That's what Chiefland commissioners learned Monday night as they were forced to deal with two time-sensitive issues.

  • Pot bust may be biggest indoor grow house

    Law enforcement officials seized more than a ton of marijuana and arrested four people last Wednesday in raids in the Williston area, shutting down what is believed to be the largest indoor grow site in Levy County history.

    The estimated street value of the drugs was $1.2 million.

  • SWAT emphasizes "dont b misLEAD" message

    BRONSON - Leave it to the Levy County SWAT kids to come up with a catchy slogan with a double meaning - "dont b misLEAD."

    For those not familar with the acronym, SWAT stands for Students Working Against Tobacco.

    Each year, Levy kids belonging to the national awareness group decide on a theme.

    For instance, last year they attacked the evils of smokeless tobacco, culminating with a coffin procession in front of the State House in Tallahassee.

  • Career Fair gives Bronson students a glimpse of life after school

    BRONSON - Bronson Middle School and High School students had a special treat on Thursday, April 3, as professionals and people from the business world advertised their trades at the Career Fair in the gymnasium.

    Kids got a chance to stroll from display to display, receiving information on the careers that interested them.

    This was the third consecutive year that Bronson has had a Career Fair. There used to be one at the old school, but interest dwindled and it was abandoned.

  • How to spell nightmare? H-A-R-T-S-F-I-E-L-D

    I must be a real party animal. This past weekend I had about 60 beers, stayed up all night, caroused with total strangers, wore the same clothes for two days and crashed and burned immediately when I got home.

    How can this be?

    Well, I didn't drink 60 beers. Remember a few weeks ago when I said that missing one hour of sleep is equivalent to drinking two beers?

    This past weekend I had more than my share without ever popping a tab.

    It started innocently enough.

  • Mosquitoes are on the attack

    Spring of 2007 in Levy County was a little scary, as drought brought wildfires that turned the skies an eerie black.

    The scenario has been different this year, as lots of rain in the winter and early spring have eased the fire danger.

    But as nature would have it, one threat quelled can bring about another one.

    In this case, it's called the attack of the mosquitoes.

    Anyone who has been outdoors in the evenings and early mornings the past couple weeks can relate.