Today's News

  • Judge denies Tarmac motion to dismiss petition

    The Town of Yankeetown's petition to overturn a conditional permit for a 2, 757 acre limerock mine on 4,750 acres near Inglis is alive after Tarmac's motion to dismiss was denied by Circuit Judge Robert E. Rountree Jr.
    In a short morning hearing the judge also granted a request to move a hearing on whether Yankeetown has standing to file the petition for certiorari from Wednesday until Aug. 8. While only an hour was requested for the second hearing, Rountree said, "Knowing how many lawyers we have here I'll set aside two hours."

  • Garbage expense could offset sewer costs

    Bronson Town Council members voted unanimously Monday night to move forward with paperwork concerning a federal grant that would aid in the construction of the town's proposed sewer expansion project, though council members and staff expressed disappointment about the preliminary amounts being offered in the deal.
    "At the time we got this ..." Town Clerk Kelli Brettel started to say.
    "It looked bleek," Council Member Berlon Weeks said, finishing her statement.

  • School Board wrestles with the budget

    Levy schools Finance Director Bob Clemmons says dealing with the 2011-12 budget is a bit “like standing on the edge of the Grand Canyon and looking down.”
    Clemmons, in a presentation on Tuesday to the Levy County School Board, outlined the factors that have made this year’s budget the most precarious one he has handled.
    • Declining property tax and state revenues combined with the unfunded mandate of the 2002 Class Size Reduction Amendment to the Florida Constitution is forcing the school board to make steep cuts.

  • Negotiations open for public safety director

    A man who has lived among the Seminole tribe and said he liked the experience is the top candidate for the newly created Levy County public safety director position.
    David Knowles, a native of Hawthorne and a captain with the Citrus County Fire Rescue, is the No. 1 pick for the position after the Levy County Commission spent over three hours interviewing six finalists.
    As emergency services administrator for the Seminole Tribe of Florida from 2001-2003 Knowles and his family lived on the Big Cypress reservation.

  • 'Strongman' drives competition, teamwork

    Chiefland defensive coordinator Randy Fuller summed up one of the reasons behind the Indians’ ‘Strongman Competition’ by shouting: “We’re going to find out right now who’s going to quit on us in the fourth quarter!”

    Despite extra hot and humid conditions, no CHS player quit, even as legs began to quiver late in Tuesday’s workout that was anything but typical as coaches incorporated ropes and tires of all sizes into the competition.

  • Reutimann up to speed (when it counts)


    King Features

    Second place was almost a first, and who could blame David Reutimann for feeling that way after the inaugural Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway on July 9?

    Before roaring past five-time Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson at the finish, Reutimann, who has two career Cup wins, had finished no better than ninth in 2011.

  • Trenton teen diagnosed with cancer


    Gilchrist County Journal

    Corbin Wiggins should have been on the basketball court last Thursday night playing in a summer scrimmage game at Bronson. Instead, the Trenton High School junior sat courtside cheering on his teammates.

    It was while undergoing a routine sports physical two weeks ago that Corbin’s pediatrician noticed a mass and referred the 17-year-old to a radiologist.

  • Team Stout wins tourney

    Chiefland's first 3-on-3 basketball tournament was the equivalent of a game-winning shot from midcourt.

    A "conservative" estimate of 300 people attended the event on Saturday that was played in the high school and middle school gymnasiums. Although the exact amount wasn't available at press time, the five-plus hour event raised about $2,700 for the Indians' basketball programs.

  • Time is Big Money

    The man known as "Big Money" gave something much more valuable to youth in Williston: his time.

    Gerard Warren, a former Florida Gator and current New England Patriots defensive tackle, donated dozens of hours this summer teaching football fundamentals to about 50 kids at Cornelius Williams Park. 

  • SRWMD approves tentative millage rate and budget

    The Suwannee River Water Management District Governing Board on July 12 approved a tentative fiscal year 2011-12 budget of $47,124,589 and proposed millage rate of 0.4250. The tentative budget represents a 17 percent reduction over last year’s budget and the tentative millage rate reflects a 3 percent reduction over last year’s millage rate.
    Under the proposed millage rate, those who own property with a taxable value of $100,000 will pay $42.50 in property taxes to the District. Owners of property with a taxable value of $150,000 will pay $63.75 to the District.