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Today's News

  • Friday Night rights: Red Devils get rematch with North Marion Colts

    Williston football Head Coach Jamie Baker doesn't care that his Red Devils advance to the regional semifinal without having to play Nature Coast Tech. All he cares about is suiting up for another Friday night.

    "Yeah, man, we're playing!" Baker exulted Monday, as he talked about his game play.

    Williston will face North Marion, to whom they lost 21-19 on Halloween. The chance for a do-over against the Colts is irresistible to Baker.

    "We only lost by two points," he said.

  • Census Bureau looking for census takers in Levy County

    The U.S. Census Bureau is looking for a few good people to work in the 2010 Census and at least one Chiefland official is hoping the count gets done accurately.

    Project and Finance Director Laurie Copeland says Chiefland's population in the 2000 Census fell two people short of qualifying for more federal grant money.

    "We're two recorded people between the 650,000 category and 700,000 category" for Community Development Block Grant, she said.

    "The federal government is using the 2000 data. . . and there is no way to change it."

  • Levy County 'Open for business'

    The Levy County Commission has a message for citizens: "We are Open for Business."

    During its 35-minute meeting Tuesday morning the three commissioners left no question that the county will continue normal operations despite the suspensions of two county commissioners facing federal trials on bribery charges.

    "We do have a quorum and the people's business will be conducted as it has always been," said Commissioner Nancy Bell of Chiefland, who moved up from vice chair to chair of the commission.

  • Few seem to recall JFK's death

    Last weekend while dial-doodling around by TV, I came across a fascinating story called "The Search for John Wilkes Booth," about the manhunt for Lincoln's assassin. There's been a lot of Civil War stuff on for some reason, and this one was pretty good.

    But what I was looking for was some material on an assassination anniversary that's coming up, and I couldn't find a whole lot on the channels.

    Saturday is the 45th anniversary of the killing of President John F. Kennedy.

    This weekend is another big 45th anniversary for me, but more on that later.

  • Marilyn L. Keels

    Marilyn L. Keels, 76, of Chiefland, died Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2008, at Seven Rivers Regional Hospital in Crystal River.

    Born in Newark, Ohio, she moved to Chiefland from Bradenton 11 years ago. She was a retired dental office manager, enjoyed making dolls, was an avid quilter and member of the Suwannee Quilting Club.

  • Morrison resigns from School Board

    Levy County School Board member Billy Morrison resigned Tuesday morning in the aftermath of being charged with a misdemeanor.

    Board member Paige Brookins read aloud a letter from Morrison that stated he had sent his resignation to Gov. Charlie Crist.

    Brookins said that Morrison had asked her to read the letter dated Nov. 18 so that it could be added to the official Board minutes.

  • Hastings takes office

    Robert Hastings was sworn in as Levy County School Superintendent Tuesday morning, becoming one of the first Republicans elected to countywide office in Levy County.

    "We keep in mind in all we do that we are bettering our system, thereby helping our children," Hastings said. "We need to remember that we are working with our students so that they can have a good and healthy and productive future."

    Judge Joseph E. Smith administered the oath for Hastings, as well as Board members Paige Brookins and Beth Davis who ran for re-election unopposed.

  • Nature Coast loses court fight

    Nature Coast Technical High School, booted from the playoffs by the Florida High School Athletic Association, lost two appeals Friday, one to the FHSAA and the other in court.

    As a result, barring an appeal, Williston will advance to the next round next Friday.

    Nature Coast was involved in a brawl against Groveland South Lake on Nov. 7, and the fallout resulted in the Sharks' coach being suspended for six weeks, as well as one lineman, and the indefinite suspension of the entire team for last week's game, which it had to forfeit.

  • Bronson whips Maclay, 38-13

    By Kellie Parkin

    For the Pioneer

    Homecoming is always a special game but Friday night's match between the Bronson Eagles and Tallahassee's Maclay Marauders was made more sweet because it marked the milestone of head coach Al Cooksey's 100th win.

    "Winning can be done right if you just keep working," Cooksey said. "Great things happen when you work together."

    It only took four minutes to see that the Eagles brought the determined tough play that they had shown the week before to this competition against the Marauders.

  • Devils earn top spot in playoffs

    It's not very smart to do something that fires up a team that's better than you are, and when you mess up a friend of the Florida Athletic Coaches Association's district player of the year, well, you're just asking for more trouble.

    Travis Evans scored six touchdowns, including four in the first quarter, to lead Williston to a 60-27 win over Alachua Santa Fe last Friday.