Today's News

  • What are you passionate about?

    At dinner Monday night, friends and I discussed the passion so many of our other friends have for a myriad of topics.

    For one it's water quality; another hunting; someone else history and still another, football.

    "What are you passionate about?" I was asked.

    There was no answer.

    At one time in my life, I was passionate about my children, but as they grew and needed me less, my passion waned.

    Once my work was a passion, but during 20 years in journalism I have developed a cynicism that caused that passion to ebb.

  • County must deal with water contaminants

    Safe water in an abundant supply. It's what we all want and Tuesday night, the Levy County Board of County Commissioners heard experts explain measures to ensure that the goal of potable water can be achieved.

    The commissioners, faced with adopting a springs protection plan into the county's comprehensive plan, listened as representatives from the Department of Community Affairs (DCA), the state health department and the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) detailed ways to reduce contamination in the county's water.

  • Concert big piece of Humane Society's fundraising

    The Humane Society of Levy County still has a long way to go as far as raising enough money to build a home, but green is beginning to bud on the fund-raising tree.

    The Humane Society, which has been based out of the home of president Mike Schenk since its inception in 2005, is looking at a lot in Bronson to construct its long-anticipated home base on.

    Big bucks will be needed for that to happen, however.

  • Proposed science standards leave commissioner concerned

    The word "evolution"can bring on different reactions and emotions.

    To the scientific community, it's the Darwin concept on the ever-changing state of how we got to where we are today.

    To devout Christians, the theory can clash with the Biblical words of creationism.

    Things get touchy when adressing the topic in school science classes.

    Having already updated its standards for schoolkids in grades K-12 in mathematics and language arts, the Florida Department of Education has adopted new guidelines for science.

  • Manatee Month continues at state park

    Manatee Awareness Month continues at Manatee Springs State Park on Saturday, Jan. 26, featuring the folks from the Sirenia Project, United States Geological Survey, Florida Integrated Science Center.

    They will have a display set up from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the end of the boardwalk where the springs empty into the Suwannee River.

    The Sirenia Project is part of a federal program dedicated to study the life history and travel patterns of Florida manatees.

  • Bronson toasts 2007 football season

    The Bronson Middle/High School football programs toasted their 2007 campaigns with a banquet on Monday night, Jan. 14, in the cafetorium.

    The varsity Eagles finished 3-7 in coach Greg Brochetti's final year at the helm. Bronson played as an independent in '07. Helping Brochetti hand out special awards were assistant coaches Jeromi Birtikidis, Robert Mack and Mike Pogue.

  • Lady Indians ice cold against Newberry

    Consistency, or lack of it, has been a big problem for the Chiefland High girls varsity basketball team this season.

    Chiefland played well earlier last week against Dixie County, but the Lady Indians took a step backward last Thursday, Jan. 17, against visiting Newberry.

    The Lady Panthers avenged an earlier loss to Chiefland with a 46-21 victory.

    The Lady Indians saw their record dip to 1-15.

    Chiefland tied the game at 4-4 after a basket by Jerrica Grimsley, but Newberry led the rest of the way. It was 9-4 after one quarter.

  • Lady Eagles toast Hawthorne

    The Bronson High Lady Eagle basketball team had its way with Hawthorne on Tuesday Jan. 15, going off on the Lady Hornets by the score of 46-24.

    Elizabeth Gay had 31 points in the win, and the Lady Eagles' backcourt ran smoothly with the return of Ashley Thomas from illness. Senior guard Angel Mitchem was struggling with the flu, but managed to move the ball around well.

    "We haven't been healthy all season," said head coach Greg Hamilton. "If we get everybody on the court and in good health, we'll really have something."

  • Williston holds off scrappy Indians

    The big boys were back on the court for Chiefland High last Friday night, just in time for intra-county rival Williston.

    The Indians played their hearts out, but the talented Red Devils were too much in posting a 68-51 decision.

    Williston improved its overall record to 11-5 and its Class 3A District 5 mark to 6-2 –good for second place behind P.K. Yonge.

    Meanwhile, Chiefland lost its eighth straight game and fell to 7-14. The Indians are just 1-8 in district.

  • JVs improve at varsity level

    There's a big difference between varsity and junior varsity.

    Forced to play up a notch because of player suspensions, the Chiefland High JVs are speeding up a sharp learning curve.

    Playing their second game as varsity Tuesday night, Jan. 15, the little Indians fell behind host Trenton by a bunch early but then rebounded to play a respectable brand of ball in the second half.

    Coach Mark Lundy had to be pleased with the boys'progress in a 57-28 setback.

    Trenton improved its record to 7-11. Chiefland fell to 7-12.