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Today's News

  • Limerock mine hearing Feb. 21

    A special exception permit for a proposed limerock mine in Montbrook that the Levy County Planning Commission recommended be denied will get a hearing from the Levy County Commission on Feb. 21 at 6 p.m.

    This is the second time a mine has been proposed on the same site. Seven years ago the planning board recommended a similar permit be declined after residents protested and the appeal to the county commission does before being heard.

  • No new courthouse under the tree

    A committee report says space and security are a problem in the Levy County Courthouse, built in 1907.

    But on Tuesday the Levy County Commissioners have signaled that the county's residents cannot afford to pay for a new one,

    So skip looking for it under the Christmas tree.

    However, 8th Judicial Circuit Courts Administrator Paul Silverman, who presented the report of the Courthouse Space Committee, did not go away empty handed.

  • FDOT solves Christmas tree challenge with repurposed signs

    The Florida Department of Transportation Chiefland Maintenance was posed a challenge from its district office in Lake City to build a Christmas tree from anything but an actual tree.

    With the right mixture of competitive, holiday spirit and crafty ingenuity, the FDOT employees took the reindeer by the antlers and ran with it.

    The result was a 6-foot “tree” made of repurposed road signs, and “reindeer” barricades with palm fronds attached as antlers.

  • Celebrating the Christmas spirit

    The CES Chorus and all grade levels recentlry held their annual Christmas programs.  The chorus under the direction of Roxanne Simpson, music teacher, tickled the funny bones with a musical about Reindeer flight school.  They performed this all three nights followed by grade levels singing Christmas songs.

    Pre-K had a night to themselves as they entertained their audience with favorite traditional songs of the season.  Each class had their own costumes.  Elves, reindeer and snowmen stole the show with their program!

  • Bronson bar fails to win 2 a.m. closing

    The owner of McKenzie’s Four Corners Bar, located at the intersection of Hathaway Avenue and State Road 24, asked the Bronson Town Council Monday to extend the time she can serve alcohol on weekends and holidays, from 12 a.m. to 2 a.m. 

    The motion failed on a 2-2 vote, with council member Aaron Edmundson not in attendance.

  • Eagle boys fall away late in loss to Lafayette

    A tie game with 3:40 remaining turned into a misleading final result for the Bronson boys’ basketball team last Tuesday.

    While the Eagles watched a pair of their starters – including double-figure scorer Andrew Jenkins – foul out in the fourth quarter, visiting Lafayette (Mayo) continued to drain its free throws, converting 14 in the fourth to finish 19 for 25 on the night.

    The Hornets (4-3) used that advantage at the charity stripe to build on its lead in the waning minutes, capturing a 72-62 non-district win in the BMHS gym.

  • Bronson girls avoid lopsided loss with late rally

    The Bronson girls’ basketball team trailed by 21 points to Lafayette last Tuesday early in the fourth quarter.

    But the Eagles had no plans to go away quietly with an insurmountable deficit.

    BMHS sophomore guard Yelena Thomas notched nine of her team-high 17 points in the fourth to help her Eagles nearly narrow that deficit to single digits, as the Hornets went on to collect a 54-44 win in non-district hoops action in Bronson.

  • Top Eagles recognized at football banquet

    Players, coaches, boosters and supporters of the Bronson Middle High School football program were recognized and celebrated at the team’s dinner banquet on Dec. 4.

    Everyone from star players to volunteer support staff were applauded and issued awards at the dinner, which included a barbeque chicken dinner and took place in the Bronson Elementary School cafeteria.

  • Heart of an Eagle

    Brian Simpkins was facing life without football – life without the teammates he’s played alongside and established bonds with all through school – and it wasn’t a pleasant thought.

    During spring practices, the Bronson wide receiver and defensive back could feel something wasn’t right with his heart. When he had it checked out at Shands Hospital in Gainesville, he was told he had an intramural course in one of his coronary arteries, which was reducing blood flow.

  • Cedar Key softball standout signs letter of intent

    If you ask Ashlyn Allen’s coaches about the Cedar key senior’s best qualities, one of the first things that comes up is her leadership.

    The standout shortstop and pitcher was in a pioneering mode last Thursday, as she was part of Cedar Key School’s first letter-of-intent signing ceremony. The event was held in the school’s auditorium in front of a packed room with classmates, coaches and family, as she made official her commitment to play softball for Saint Petersburg College in Florida.