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Today's News

  • Sheriff's Report

    BRONSON - A traffic stop conducted by Levy County Sheriff's Deputy Jimmy Anderson on a 2007 Saturn reported stolen from Alachua County resulted in an arrest.

    Marcus Daine Bolden, 28, of Brunswick, Ga., was arrested for grand theft auto when Anderson stopped him just after midnight on March 27.

    A search of Bolden uncovered a small plastic bag with marijuana in it, Anderson said. Then the deputy found 31 pieces of crack cocaine in a white pill bottle.

  • Tarmac King Road Mine rings of White Construction issues

    BRONSON - While Tarmac America is using Science Applications International Corp., to prove the level of impact on the environment by its 2,700-acre mine, another Levy County mining issue goes back to a 2004 Special Exception to zoning.

    White Construction Co. of Chiefland wanted a Special Exception from the Levy County Board of County Commissioners to establish a major limerock mining operation.

    This 60-acre and 20-acre site was in an Agriculture/Rural Residential area, according to records.

  • Kings Road Mine reviewed by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

    Two scoping meetings with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) on March 26 and 27, in Inglis and Chiefland respectively, added to the scoping process, which began Feb. 19.

    This process is where the USACE gathers verbal and written input from the public to help the corps review and analyze data. In this instance, the proposed Tarmac King Road Limestone Mine is under review. The Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is being created, USACE EIS Project Manager Ed Sarfert said.

    The two EIS hearings are not the end of public input.

  • CFCC offers medical classes

    Central Florida Community College will hold information sessions for Health and Human Services programs - including nursing, physical therapist assistant, surgical technology - which have no waiting lists for admission.

  • County seeks FEMA communications grant

    BRONSON -- The Levy County Board of County Commissioners unanimously approved a request from Fire Chief John Ward to apply for a matching grant to improve radio service in parts of the county where hand-held radios are failing.

    A request to apply for a $561,655 grant, where the Federal Emergency Management Agency pays 90 percent and Levy County pays 10 percent, was unanimously approved at a special County Commission meeting on the evening of March 25.

  • Commission chairman says 'Whoa radios!'

    BRONSON - Levy County spent $1.5 million on its new 800-megahertz radio system, and County Commission Chairman Sammy Yearty told firefighters not to ask for more radios.

    Chiefland Fire Chief John Ward approached the County Commission with a few requests for improving firefighters' communications at a special meeting March 25. The county agreed to improve towers for paging, and to seek a grant for improving a tower to help radio service.

  • CES walks for March of Dimes

    Chiefland Elementary School has a lot of things going for it.

    One of those positives is an awesome relationship with the North-Central Florida March of Dimes.

    For 14 years, CES teacher Robin Hardee has organized the school?s effort in the Walk Mania.

    This year?s fund-raising event was the "Walk for Babies" –which educates school children about premature babies and neonatal care.

    Approximately 60 schools covering 11 counties participated in the Walk, which took place March 13.

  • Julia Haile found ways to bring light

    I'd like to first say "Thank you Chiefland" for your beautiful support shown before, during and after the death of Mrs. Julia Haile. I'd like to give a very special thanks to the Greater Chiefland Area Chamber of Commerce for giving her and Papi (Mr. Haile) their flowers while they were able to see them by honoring them as Chiefland's Citizen of the year 2007. We don't know what the future holds for any of us, but we do know Who holds the future of all of us and I thank God for sending me here 13 years ago and placing Mr. and Mrs. Haile into my life.

  • Camera a boon to Bronson firemen

    BRONSON –In the old days of firefighting, it was always very difficult to enter a smoke-filled structure trying to locate possible victims.

    A lot of the time, someone couldn't be located until the fire was out and the smoke had cleared.

    By that time, it can often be too late.

    But modern technology now gives firefighters an added tool to find people in thick smoke conditions.

    Thermal imaging cameras are indeed lifesavers.

    "They locate victims quickly,"said Bronson Fire Chief Rick Lombardo.

  • Rotary summer camp helps disabled children

    "Service Above Self" is the Rotary Club motto, and Chiefland Rotary Club members learned on March 19 about another place where they can serve by donating funds.

    Rotary Youth Camp is set to give some special children an enjoyable six days and five nights this summer during two separate sessions, said Leslie C. Smith, the camp's executive director. The 12 days of summer fun comes at a price.

    Marking its fourteenth summer this year, Rotary Youth Camp serves a particular type of child who is aged between 7 and 16 years old, Smith said.