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Today's News

  • Chiefland asks for volunteer train museum work

    Chiefland Finance and Projects Coordinator Laurie Copeland will ask Carolyn Cohens to volunteer a couple of Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Train Depot Museum as a result of discussion by the City Commission.

    City leaders want Cohens to help the city determine if enough visitors to the museum will justify paying her to be at the museum. In the meantime, the city leaders appreciate Greater Chiefland Area Chamber of Commerce Secretary Janet Minor keeping a watchful eye on museum pieces when the Chamber is open.

  • Purr-fect

    BRONSON –One couldn't blame the folks at the Humane Society of Levy County for being a little nervous late last week.

    With the prediction of rain on Saturday, the success of the inaugural Bark-N-Purr Festival hung in the balance.

    Wet stuff could put a serious dent in the big fund-raiser held at the Bronson Youth League Park.

  • No action set for nuisance house

    A house full of garbage, rats and other objectionable matter will not be cleaned by the city of Chiefland.

    This decision came Feb. 25 after the Chiefland City Commission learned Heidi Prophet will be 90 days behind her mortgage payment and the lender - the U.S. Department of Agriculture -- will foreclose.

    Then the house becomes the lender's problem rather than a city problem, city leaders decided.

  • Dixie Chamber hopes to revive Red Belly Day in 2009

    Kay McCallister of the Dixie County Chamber of Commerce said that although Red Belly Day has been cancelled for 2008, the event may happen in 2009.

    The previous 12 annual Red Belly Day festivals happened during the Memorial Day holiday.

    "We hope to continue it in the future," she noted in an e-mail.

  • Sheriff's Reports

    BRONSON - An Okeechobee man who was arrested in Alabama on four counts of lewd and lascivious battery on a child and one count of interference in child custody was returned to Levy County on Feb. 21 to face those felonies, according to records.

  • Tri-County Hospital shows first drawing

    Ameris Health Systems President and Chief Operating Officer K. Robert Bauer Jr. and Tri-County Hospital President Frank Schupp showed a group of people the first architect's rendering of the hospital on Feb. 22.

    Gathered in a conference room at Drummond Community Bank, local government leaders saw Tri-County Hospital is going to be two stories tall.

    The foundation for the building is being constructed to be able to support a third story, Bauer said.

  • Anonymous donor gives $600,000 for CFCC Levy Center

    Central Florida Community College announced its plan to raise $1.5 million from the local community, which will generate state funding for its $8 million to $9 million permanent facility in Levy County.

    The kickoff announcement was on Feb. 19 at Drummond Community Bank in Chiefland. On Feb. 22, CFCC President Charles "Chick" Dassance spoke about the plans.

    An anonymous donor gave $600,000 to CFCC for the new Levy Center, Dr. Dassance told members and guests of the Greater Chiefland Area Chamber of Commerce on Feb. 22.

  • Candidates vie for Levy County seats

    BRONSON - Even though qualifying does not begin until June 16 at noon and end on June 20 at noon, there are 21 people seeking to fill 10 Levy County posts, according to records.

    One person has already dropped out of the race - even before the official qualifying date.

    Melody LaFlam of Bronson, who lists no party affiliation, had opened a financial account to challenge incumbent Supervisor of Elections Connie Asbell for her office but LaFlam has withdrawn, according to records. As of last Thursday, Asbell was the only person seeking the post.

  • You'll hear me coming

    It wasn't until the nurse practioner pointed it out last week that it dawned on me.

    I've become Phyllis Vining.

    I worked with Phyllis a very brief time around 1995. She was hired to sell ads at the paper I worked for and from the time she walked in the door, I knew she was different.

    I thought she was elderly back then-now I realize she was probably mid-50s but in her mind Phyllis was no more than 25-only the lines around her eyes gave away her secret.

  • Television

    My name is Jeff and I am a television addict." I can picture my first visit to the televisionaholics anonymous meeting. Well, I am not quite so bad that I must join TA. Of course, all of us "aholics" say we are not so addicted to those things to which we are addicted.

    We can all give up "x," or "y" or "z" any time we want.

    For instance, I might say, "Just let me watch The Simpsons, Family Guy and King of the Hill and I'll let American Dad go by the wayside this week, just to prove how I can handle this habit."