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Today's News

  • Bronson says goodbye to Beckham

    Dignity, respect, dedication.

    This was a constant theme at the assembly at Bronson High School in honor of Coach Kelly Beckham. Beckham has been with Bronson High School for 24 years and has taken on a new challenge as coach of the basketball team at Gainesville High School.

    "We've had a lot of good times here. This school has been my life the past 24 years. This has been a great part of my life and I look forward to the next part," Beckham said along with thanking everyone.

  • Politicians? Rally at Bronson Speedway

    Politicians'Rally at BMS

    Bronson Motor Speedway will host it?s first ever Politicians' Rally on Saturday night, June 21.

    Levy County candidates will participate in an open mike forum. There will be a full night of stock car racing that night and the candidates will be introduced during intermission.

    An invitation was sent to all 23 candidates running for office in Levy County to come and attend and address the crowd.

  • 22 teams signed up for State Tee Ball

    Teams from near and far will roll into Chiefland next week for the 10th annual State Tee-Ball Tournament.

    The event will be played from June 12-16 at Strickland Park.

    Chiefland Area Athletic Association president Wayne Weatherford said that a whopping 22 organizations have committed to coming.

    That adds up to a lot of extra business for local restaurants, motels, supermarkets, convenience stores and other retailers.

    We're sure kids and their families will be cooling off at Manatee and Fanning Springs during down time.

  • 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.