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Today's News

  • TS Fay Update 11 a.m. Saturday

    Emergency Management Director Mark Johnson made the call to close the shelters and drop to activation level 3 — a level that allows emergency workers and volunteers to take a break.

    The shelters were opened Friday evening because of the possibility of flooding during high tide. That did not materialize, said Lt. Evan Sullivan, spokesman for the Levy County Sheriff's Office and Emergency Management.

    Sullivan said there was some water over roads in Yankeetown, but that is normal for the area with these weather conditions.

  • Fay too unpredictable to call

    Tell the kids the bad news now: Levy County schools will be open on Tuesday.

    Ditto Levy County government offices. That means if you are planning to vote early for the Aug. 26 primary you can do so at the Supervisor of Elections office on Court Street in Bronson.

    The Levy County Board of Commissioners will be meeting at 9 a.m. at the County Courthouse on Court Street in Bronson.

    "This storm's really unpredictable," said Lt. Evan Sullivan of the Levy County Sheriff's Department, the spokesman for County Emergency Management,

  • Levy watching Tropical Storm Fay

    While many folks were in church at 11 a.m. Sunday, Levy County government leaders were meeting and participating in a conference all with the National Hurricane Center.

    "There's a lot of uncertainty for the next 12 to 15 hours," said Mark Johnson, director of Levy County Emergency Management.

    "God is the only one who knows what this storm is going to do," said Lt. Evan Sullivan of the Levy County Sheriff's Office. Sullivan also does double duty as the media contact for emergency operations.

  • Quarterback club meets

    The next meeting of the Chiefland Quarterback Club will be held Monday, Aug. 25 at 6 p.m. in the Film Room at Chiefland High School.

    Tickets will be distributed for the upcoming BBQ Pork Lunch (pork, baked beans, coleslaw, roll and dessert) scheduled for the first home game of the season on Friday, Sept.12 at noon.

    Tickets can be purchased from any QB Club Member, the Chiefland High School Office or area financial institutions and businesses. This event is fast becoming a favored fund-raiser with the food prepared by Chiefland's finest grill masters!

  • CAAA Signups next two Saturdays

    The Chiefland Area Athletic Association will hold soccer signups on Saturdays, Aug. 16 and 23 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Strickland Park soccer fields.

    All boys and girls ages 4-18 are welcome to play. The registration fee is $40 or $30 for families of three or more.

    For more information, call Mickey or Peggy Morgan at 493-7017.

    While we're on the topic, we wonder if they're going to add on soccer at CHS this winter.

    It is long overdue.

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    As most everyone knows by now, the Summer Olympics are in full swing.

  • Arrested in pot bust, man says he was housesitting

    A routine traffic stop for a tag light that was not working led to the arrest of a Palm Harbor man on charges of possession of about a pound of marijuana and over $7,000 cash and a recommendation you don't hire him to be your house sitter.

    Bobby Dale Burnett, 28, was driving a 1999 Dodge Durango stopped by Chiefland Police Officer F. Macy at about midnight on August 7 in front of the Pizza Hut on Young Boulevard for the broken tag light.

  • Cheer camp is hard work

    Like a lot of sports teams, cheerleaders don't escape the rigors of summer camp.

    The girls have to do reps, learn new techniques and work up a sweat to ensure a smooth showing on Friday nights.

    Twenty Chiefland High cheerleaders prepared for the coming school year by participating in a three-day camp held last week at a steamy Chiefland Middle School gym.

    The girls worked hard on perfecting stunts and routines for six hours each day.

    Jenny Sagadraca and Stephany Maldonado of the UCA Association came to town to run the camp.

  • Sheriff's Reports

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

  • Missing the neighbors

    Fred and Ethel are dead. And so are the Clampetts. The entire clan.

    For two days I have mourned the loss of my neighbors-not the sitcom stars of 50 years ago but an entire convocation of spiders, presumably banana spiders, that have resided at my back door all summer and most recently decided to expand their lodging to the front door.

    For the last three summers, I have watched their homes develop over days, weeks and months- lacework webs that bear intricate patterns and designs.

    Visitors often dodged them and admonished me to tear them down.

  • Residents missed two opportunities

    Serving 53 consumers from its location in Otter Creek, the Levy Association for Retarded Citizens (LARC) provides much needed training for people who are searching for a way to adapt in a world that is not always kind to them.

    Since July 2003, adult daycare funding has been cut 24 percent in the state of Florida and on July 1, 2008 the most recent cuts went into effect. Already LARC's executive director Betty Walker has cut staff hours and rearranged other staff members to serve the needs of their clients.