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Today's News

  • Chiefland's Winter Festival Rousing Success

    A perfect day and evening set the tone for the Greater Chiefland Chamber of Commerce Winter Festival and Christmas Parade.

    Float winners are:

    First place: Manatee Springs Assembly of God (manger scene). Co-First place: Central Florida Electric Cooperative (Peace, Love, Hope, Joy –the best gifts)

    Second place: Chiefland Fire Department trucks. Co-Second place: United Sportsmen Airboat Alliance

    Third Place: Bronson High School Marching Eagles

  • Concert on but without the brewskis

    BRONSON –Selling beer at a fund-raising concert at Bronson Community Park loomed as a tough decision for Bronson Town Council members.

    The organization planning the show –Levy County Humane Society – made that decision easy for Mayor Franklin Schuler and the four other members.

    While the Feb. 25 country show featuring Chris Cagle is still a go, the Humane Society decided on its own to can the idea of selling beer at the all-day event.

    Council members learned of this at Monday night's meeting.

  • Quilt show under way at museum

    The 24th annual quilt show of the Log Cabin Quilters continues until Sunday, Dec. 9. The show is from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily at the Levy County Quilt Museum, 11050 N.W. 10th Ave., north of Alt. U.S. 27 in Levyville. There will be a chicken and dumpling dinner on Saturday, and a drawing for a quilt on Sunday. Crafts and quilts and baked goods are for sale.

  • November felony convictions listed

    BRONSON - The following people were convicted of felonies in Levy County Circuit Court during the month of November.

    These names have been provided to the Levy County Supervisor of Elections. Convicted felons are not allowed to vote in Florida or to possess a firearm until their civil rights are restored for those purposes.

    * Michael P. Alumbaugh, 46, of Bronson, possession of marijuana, producing marijuana and possession of marijuana with intent to sell, manufacture or deliver.

    * Adam Bergdoll, 19, of Hernando, larceny.

  • Trenton Medical Center wants new office

    BRONSON - Trenton Medical Center wants federal funds to build a clinic in Williston and the Levy County Board of County Commissioners unanimously agreed Dec. 4 to write a letter endorsing the application.

    Eileen Senecal of Trenton Medical Center said the clinic wants a satellite office in Williston to be a primary care facility for "the working poor" and people who are poor to very poor.

    The clinic is seeking a federal grant, she said, and the application is due in Washington, D.C., by Dec. 15.

  • Sawmill approved for 24-hour operations

    BRONSON -- A sawmill that makes pine shavings received a unanimous vote of approval from the Levy County Board of County Commissioners for a special exception amendment Dec. 4 to let it run 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week.

    The Derby Gold mill received its first special exception on Jan. 2. The Dec. 3 amendment changes the hours from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. to 24-hours-a-day.

    Derby Gold Pine Shaving has been operating for approximately five years in the Williston area of the county. Its wood-shaving machinery is completely enclosed now to reduce sound.

  • Boy busted for bringing guns to school

    BRONSON - John H. Peyregne, 17, of Cedar Key was arrested Nov. 26 for possession of a firearm on school grounds. Cedar Key Chief Bubba Castell contacted School Resource Officer Sean McMullen, who recovered a loaded 30.06 caliber rifle, a .22 caliber rifle and a shotgun. It is a felony to possess a firearm on school grounds.

    The police chief previously warned the student not to bring firearms to school, but the young man told the chief he thought that since it was after school hours, it was permitted. He was at a school event at the time - about 5:45 p.m.

  • Planning Commission tables mine decision

    BRONSON - After almost four hours of heated discussion, the Levy County Planning Commission voted 4-1 on Dec. 3 to table making any recommendation to the County Commission regarding a special exception for a major mining operation.

    Tarmac America is leasing property from Plum Creek in a project attorney Jake Varn said would generate an estimated $2.1 billion during the estimated 100-year lifespan of the mine, which is about two miles north of Inglis.

  • Savings accounts equate to Christmas cheer

    About 26 years ago, Heath Davis of Cedar Key remembers going to his first Christmas party as a 4-year-old child with a savings account at Drummond Community Bank in Cedar Key.

    Today, he works at the Cedar Key branch of the bank. From the perspective of fun, however, he brought Santa Claus to Chiefland on Nov. 30 for the annual party, which included generations of happy partygoers.

  • Billy DeVore retires from Farm Credit after 40 years

    A 63-year-old member of the University of Florida Class of 1967 retired Nov. 30 from Farm Credit of North Florida after 40 years of faithful service.

    William E. "Billy" DeVore Jr. said he has no regrets about his tour of duty with Farm Credit, where he last served as loan officer and assistant vice president.

    "It has been very rewarding," he said, "very fulfilling."

    He is glad to have worked with the company distributed back about $100 million throughout 18 counties in North Florida since 1988, he said.