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Bronson celebrates blueberries

By Sean Arnold

The Town of Bronson is celebrating the Fourth Annual Blueberry Festival Saturday, May 19, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at James H. Cobb Park. The Festival hosts local growers with fresh berries for sale as well as vendors selling a wide assortment of crafts, goods and various foods, blueberry-related and otherwise. There will be music and a children’s play area. The morning of the festival will include the 5k Blueberry Stomp, with registration starting at 7 a.m. and the race starting at 7:30am. The 3.2-mile course will wind through town to finish in the James H. Cobb Park. The Blueberry Pageant will be May 12 at 9 a.m. at Bronson Elementary School. The Blueberry Parade is May 18 at 6:30 p.m. Call (352) 486-2354 for more details.

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Bronson senior Austin Collins wins state championship in weighlifting

High benchmarks

By Sean Arnold

A lot of superlatives fit Austin Collins.


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Blueberry Festival: Bronson turns purple

Join the town of Bronson Saturday, May 19, for the fourth annual Bronson Blueberry Festival. There you will find all things blueberry, from fresh blueberries to a wide assortment of other foods made with blueberries. Other delicious foods will also be for sale.

The Blueberry Festival will host local growers with fresh berries for sale. Vendors will be on hand selling a wide assortment of crafts and other goods. There will be music and a children’s play area.

The morning of the festival the 5k Blueberry Stomp will take place with registration starting at 7 a.m. and the race starting at 7:30 p.m. The 3.2-mile course winds through town to finish in the James H Cobb Park.

Anyone interested in being a vendor please contact the Town Hall for an application at 352-486-2354.

Schedule of events:

Blueberry Pageant, Saturday, May 12, starting at 9 a.m.

Blueberry Parade, Friday, May 18, starting at 6:30 p.m.

Blueberry Stomp 5K, Saturday May 19, starting at 7 a.m.

Blueberry Festival, Saturday, May 19, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

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Fire claims Bronson man

By Lt. Scott Tummond, LCSO PIO

The Levy County Sheriff’s Office and Levy County Department of Public Safety along with multiple fire units responded March 24 at about 11:15 p.m. to 11830 NE 81 Terrace, in Bronson, to multiple 911 calls about a structure fire.

Fire and law enforcement officials arrived to find a singlewide mobile home fully engulfed in flames. Witnesses on scene told responding units there was still someone inside the home.

Felix Shackelford, 79, was unable to escape and succumbed to the fire.

Witnesses reported Shackelford had been working on a propane space heater earlier in the day and when he lit it, it exploded. Shackelford attempted to extinguish the flames and was trapped inside the home. His wife, Margaret, was able to escape. Their son, Author Carroza, had been working on a vehicle in the yard and had taken the vehicle on a test run when the fire started. He attempted to gain entry into the home after the fire started, but was not able to locate his father inside due to the extreme heat.


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Bronson celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day

By Deborah Goad

MLK Day in Bronson was a day filled of fun and games. Participants in the egg race (Page 4A) made their way down Main Street in Bronson with their heads up. The street was closed to traffic and vendors set up tables up and down the street. Free hot dogs and sodas were in abundance along with various other food delicacies.

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Bronson celebrates Halloween with annual Trunk-or-Treat

By Deborah Goad

The Town of Bronson once again delighted the kids of Bronson with their annual Trunk and Treat.


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Cedar Key, Bronson, Williston fireworks

The Cedar Key Chamber of Commerce will have its fireworks show on the Fourth of July at dark on Dock Street.

The Chamber sponsors the annual event through donations and donations are still short of the $12,000 needed to pay for the display and donations are still being accepted.

For more information on the show or how to donate, please contact the Cedar Key Chamber of Commerce at 352-543-5600.

The Town of Bronson and Williston will celebrate the Independence Day on July 1 and July 3, respectfully.

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Bronson, Williston schedule fireworks

The Town of Bronson and Williston will celebrate the Independence Day on July 1 and July 3, respectfully.

Bronson will celebrate July 1, beginning at 5 p.m. Vendors selling treats will be on hand while waiting for the sky to darken when Bronson Fire and Rescue Station 70 will light up the sky with fireworks.

Bring chairs, blankets and a canned item to James H. Cobb Park, 275 Picnic St., in Bronson.

Two days later, Williston will “Let Freedom Ring” July 3 when the city of Williston hosts the annual Pre-Fourth Extravaganza.

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Cedar Key's Ashlyn Allen takes third in shot put

Bronson’s Cooper finishes third in state in 200 meter dash; fourth in 100

By Sean Arnold

Glen Cooper of Bronson Middle High School placed third in the Boys 1A 200 Meter Dash and fourth in the Boys 100 Meter Dash to earn a couple of medals in the Class 1A Florida High School Track and Field Finals at IMG Academy in Bradenton.

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Cooper edged out the fourth-place competitor by 0.005 of a second with a time of 22.48 seconds for the top-three finish. His 11.16 seconds time in the 100 was just 0.02 short of the third-place mark.

Cooper ran the 200 in 22.40 in his regional championship win, and came in at 11.20 to place first in the 100 at that prior meet.

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Bronson ISO Rating remains unchanged; should go lower

BRONSON –  City officials came together for a Town Hall meeting May 1, but a notable official was absent amid a salary dispute.


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