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Today's News

  • Tater Man a Chiefland legend

    He is not a celebrity or politician, but he has to be one of the most well-known people around north Levy County. Most everyone driving on U.S. 19 just north of Chiefland has seen him - the "Tater Man" - on Fridays and Saturdays on the roadside.

    Some stop to buy farm-fresh potatoes and other produce. Others stop by just to chat. A honk of the horn will suffice for others.

    Friendly Bobby "Tater Man" Chesser smiles and waves back.

    "I'm a people person," he said. "Look for the blue truck and the big umbrella."

  • Baker cooks up another Sportsman win

    Blown engnes can quickly ruin a race car driver's night.

    Ask Matt Blum or Shelton Bowers, who saw their Sportsman efforts left for dead last Saturday night on the high banks at Bronson Motor Speedway.

    Blum was pressing Mike Baker for the lead in the 30-lap feature until lap 19, when the No. 1 car blew. Blum was tryiing for his second feature win in a row.

    Instead, it was all Baker, who took the checkered in the 02 car.

    Baker had won three straight before Blum?s win May 10.

  • Pot grower nabbed at motel

    Some of the guests at the Bronson Motel have been there so long they have their own houseplants.

    The management doesn't care, unless those plants happen to be of the illegal variety.

    Thomas Clayton Delaino, a 20-year-old resident at the Bronson Motel, was arrested Monday morning after local authorities discovered a batch of marijuana growing in his room.

    According to a report from the Levy County Sheriff's Department, Delaino was found to have 10 of the illegal plants growing in his bathroom under grow lights.

  • Sheriff's Arrests

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

    Eddie Lee Strong, 30, of Bronson, conservation animals, causing cruel death, tormenting/mutiliating to death. Bond $15,000.

    Karon Creal, 39, of Bronson, two counts domestic battery. Bond $7,000.

    John Theodore Creel, 42, of Bronson, aggravated assault with a firearm. Bond $2,500.

    Theresa Peterson, 44, of Inglis, disorderly intoxication. Bond $1,000.

    Sandra Kay Vecchio, 46, of Lake Worth, DUI. Bond $2,500.

  • LARC gets needed donations

    Just as they always do this time of year, Levy Association for Retarded Citizens (LARC) clients, staff and board members assembled in the dining room of the old Otter Creek School to receive the donation check from the host of the annual Wild Hog Canoe Race fund-raiser.

    For the last three years, that group has been AMVETS Post 88 of Bronson, and this year they brought a check for $6,800.

    The total was just a little over last year's contribution of $6,725, and post commander Clyde McGarva felt it keenly.

    "We wanted to do better by them," he said.

  • Police chief's contract not renewed

    Cedar Key City Commission voted 3-2 Tuesday against continuing its contract with police chief Bubba Castell.

    Island and area residents filled the City Hall commission room, overflowed the porch and packed the lawn on two sides of the building, trying to hear the proceedings in the first commission meeting since the May 6 election.

  • LAB alive and well

    BRONSON - The reports of the death of the Library Advisory Board have been greatly exaggerated, it appears.

    During the April 22 County Commissioners meeting, talk about possibly dissolving the nine-year old committee surfaced.

    Once five-people strong, the LAB has recently dwindled to just one - chairman Dave Kendall.

    Usable ideas from the LAB were few and far between, according to Levy Chief Librarian Bonnie Tollefson, suggesting its days may be numbered.

  • Mills shines in national tourney spotlight

    >Whitney Mills finally got her chance to shine for the Santa Fe Community College softball team, and she came through with flying colors.

    Mills, the 2007 Chiefland High graduate, saw limited playing time through much of the season for the Lady Saints of SFCC.

    In the most important tournament of the season, coach turned Mills loose.

    As a designated hitter, she excelled for the Lady Saints in the JUCO Nationals played Thursday through Saturday in Plant City.

    Santa Fe had to settle for second in the nation after dropping a 5-2 decision to Wallace State.

  • Anglers see red in annual Rotary Fishing Tournament

    CEDAR KEY -They came from near and far Saturday to have a great time on the water off the Cedar Keys, but more importantly, to help out the Chiefland Rotary Club with one of its major fundraisers -the annual Fishing Tournament.

    The number of boats participating -44 -nearly matched last year's total of 47. A good sign considering the current state of the economy.

    But with more sponsors this year, the net money raised came out to be quite a bit more.

  • Remember what Memorial Day is about

    Over the last decades, scores of men and women have fought and died in wars to preserve the ideals and beliefs we hold most dear. Many of the ones who paid the ultimate price for those ideals were youths barely in the bloom of adulthood. The crowded cemeteries bedecked with white crosses bear mute witness to their supreme sacrifice.