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  • Former world-class sprinter coming to Chiefland

    The Suwannee Valley Rotary Club is hosting former world-class sprinter and motivational speaker Almon Gunter for a special program scheduled for noon Oct. 26 at the Haven Hospice Community Center. Gunter will share how he is working with Chiefland Middle/High School to build Indian Pride. Gunter uses his experiences and success on the track to help others reach their maximum velocity performance in the game of life. The cost is $10 per person, including lunch catered by Beef O’Brady’s.

    Almon Gunter is CEO and president of Almon Gunter Motivates Inc. He is a highly acclaimed motivational, inspirational public speaker, author, and consultant, as well as a former world-class sprinter in track. He is the author of three books: “Focus on the Final Seconds and Win the Game of Life,” a how-to book on achieving both mental and physical fitness success in life; “Focus To Win” analyzes personal traits needed to build a strong foundation for success and “The Essence of Teamwork” outlines the eight principles of a winning team. 

  • Bank teller arrested for grand theft

    Rachel Lynn Mobley was arrested Sept. 19 for grand theft of more than $5,000 and less than $10,000 after allegedly embezzling money from her cash drawer at Sun State Federal Credit Union where she was employed as a teller.

    In an incident report filed by Chiefland Police Officer Kyle Schultz, branch manager Carole Tucker stated that Mobley had been audited several times throughout the month and found a shortage of about $7,300 missing.

    According to the report, Tucker and other corporate leaders confronted Mobley and she confessed to systematically taking cash from her drawer for several months.

    Schultz stated that he read Mobley her rights, which she waived, and stated she had been taking money since August because she was having financial difficulties.

    Schultz stated Mobley was transported to the Levy County Detention Facility without incident.

  • Taste of the Nature Coast raises funds for Resource Center

    The first-ever Taste of the Nature Coast fundraiser hosted by Tri-County Community Resources combined good food for a good cause with a strong dose of community spirit.

    Diana Child, chair of Tri-County Community Resources, who led the organization of the event, called the event a success, with hopes of expanding the event in the future. It was held at the Haven Hospice Community Building in Chiefland.

    All proceeds go toward the Tri-County Community Resource Center in Chiefland. The food and prizes were donated at no costs.

    Six Tri-County food vendors competed for the Taste of Nature Coast’s Best Appetizer, Best Main Course and Best Dessert, as voted by attendees.

    The attendees also scored various donated drawing prizes.

    Chef Laura Fowler Goss, Branford food designer, collected the Dessert and Appetizer awards, while Cedar Key’s 83° West won for Best Main Course for its Shrimp and Grits dish. The Appetizer competition was particularly tight; Goss shared her trophy with second-place finisher Bell’s Catering, of Chiefland.

  • Chiefland Commission recognizes students of the month

    Arianah Boyd, Jarrett Darus and Nathalie Solatorio were recognized by members of the Chiefland City Commission as Students of the Month for September — the first such recognition for the 2017-18 school year.

    Chiefland Elementary School nominated by fifth-grader Arianah Boyd, daughter of Angela and Anthony Boyd. Her teacher, Celeste Green, said Arianah is a very organized fifth grader.

    “I made her my 'classroom manager’ the first week of school. She is a great role model for her peers. She is kind, respectful and extremely responsible,” Green said.

    Jarrett Darus was selected from Chiefland Middle High School. He is the son of Tommy and Heather Darus. The seventh-grader was nominated by all the seventh-grade teachers.

  • 2 men rescued from Gulf waters

    By Buster Thompson

    Being stranded in a boat on the Gulf of Mexico for 12 hours will be a fishing trip Charles Scott won’t soon forget.

    Scott and his brother-in-law Jerry Newsome, both in their late 60s, went out the morning of Sept. 29 to go grouper fishing, Scott said Tuesday.

    The Marion County residents launched Newsome’s boat from a ramp near Yankeetown in Levy County, pushing their 17’ Starcraft vessel 27 miles out into the Gulf.

    Several hours into their day, Scott and Newsome realized at about 2 p.m. they forgot to put oil in the boat, which would not start, marooning the pair without any way to contact their loved ones.

    “So we just sort of sat their,” Scott said about how him and Newsome anchored their boat.

    Scott’s wife, Wanda, said she expected her husband to call around 3 p.m. to say he was returning home. She never got that call.

    “I didn’t get anything and I was a little bit concerned,” Wanda Scott said. “The first two hours I was so frantic.”

  • Major traffic causes minor problems

    Chiefland Police Sgt. Fronz Macy responded to NE First Street and North Young Boulevard Sept. 7 at about 1 p.m. concerning a two-vehicle crash, one of which was a police patrol car.

    Upon arrival, Macy spoke with the officer driving Vehicle 1, who stated he was at the stop sign. He was attempting to get to the intersection of North Main Street and North Young Boulevard to assist with traffic control. He activated his emergency lights, checked all mirrors and looked to make sure there was not a vehicle present. He then proceeded to back up, not seeing the Toyota pickup due to its height and backed into the front of it.

    The driver of Vehicle 2 stated he was going to use his horn, but then thought he could get out of the way by backing up as well.

    He stated that he did not see the emergency lights activated.

    — Officer Willie Barnes responded to Murphy’s Express Sept. 10 at about 7 a.m. after motorhome bumped up against a fuel pump.

  • CPD puts an end to crime spree

    The Chiefland Police Department ended a two-week spree of several burglaries and vandalism at Chiefland High School and several unlocked cars from which they allegedly stole money and weapons.

    The crimes were heightened because they were committed during a time of emergency and the burglaries were increased to armed robberies because they involved firearms.

    Arrested were Blake Hyatt, 18, white, of Chiefland; Stephen Davis, 28, black, of Trenton; Cody Jackson, 17, white, Chiefland; and Izaak Evans, 17, white, of Chiefland. Isaac Smith, 24, black, of Chiefland, was named as an accomplice, but was not arrested.

    Officer Kyle Schultz stated in an incident report that while on patrol Sept. 18, he continued his investigation during which he interviewed several suspects and witnesses.

    He first interviewed Blake Hyatt at Chiefland Middle School under the supervision of School Resources Officer Deputy C. Gregory. Hyatt stated he may have been involved in some of the vehicle burglaries. At the police station, he was read his Miranda Warning, which he waived to speak with Schultz.

  • Partin wins Bronson Council seat

    A former mayor of Bronson comfortably won a three-person race for a Bronson Town Council seat on Sept. 26.

    Robert Partin, who previously served on the Council in the 1980s and 1990s, won against Virginia Phillips and Edith Brown with 98 votes. Phillips and Brown received 38 and 30 votes, respectively.

    The open seat was previously occupied by Aaron Edmundson, who did not seek re-election.

    Mayor Bruce Greenlee and Vice Mayor Beatrice Roberts were re-elected to their respective seats unopposed.

    The election was originally scheduled for Sept. 12, but was moved due to Hurricane Irma.

    “I’m kind of disappointed in the turnout, I was hoping for much more,” the 64-year-old Partin said. “But I know there were a lot of things going on in people’s minds with the storm and other stuff.”

    Partin is a third-generation Bronson resident who comes from a timber industry family. He recently retired from the insurance industry. Partin has a degree in forestry.

    He says a lot has changed since he first served for Bronson, but the overarching goal remains the same.

  • Chiefland homecoming court introduced

    Homecoming week comes to Chiefland Middle High School starting Oct. 9, culminating with the reveal of the Homecoming Queen during halftime of the football game against Hawthorne on Oct. 13.

    On Thursday, Oct. 12, the annual Homecoming Pow Wow will be held in the school auditorium at 6 p.m. The Homecoming King (and Prince) is announced at the conclusion of the Pow Wow, which features a variety of sketches and performances by Chiefland students.

    The Homecoming Parade starts at 4:30 p.m. that Friday, Oct. 13. The parades starts at the school and heads south along U.S. 19/98.

    The homecoming game kicks off at 7:30 p.m.

    The Queen candidates include: MaClay Agnoli; Tenlee Beauchamp; Erika Gilliam; Maria Gomez; Haitrieu Nguyen; Chelsea Parker; Jommielle Quiambao and Alexis Seyez.

    The King’s court includes: Dustin Bennett; Tramaine Brown; B.C. Fehmerling; Layton Lanier; Brian Norris Jr.; Lane Studstill; Dalton Tiner; and Josh Webber.

  • Toys for Tots registration

    The U.S. Marine Corps Reserves begins registration for Toys For Tots Registration in Levy County will be open to all three counties, however, to ease transportation barriers and to ensure sufficient volunteer assistance on-hand for each site, please take advantage of registration dates in your home county, when possible.

    Dixie County: Friday, Oct. 20, 9 a.m.12 p.m. Dixie County Public Library, 16328 US-19, Cross City, FL 32628

    Gilchrist County: Friday, Oct. 27, 9 a.m.12 p.m. Gilchrist County Public Library, 105 NE 11th Ave, Trenton, FL 32693

    Levy County: Mon-Thurs, Oct. 9-11 and Oct. 15, from 9 a.m.12 p.m., Tri-County Community Resources, 15 North Main St in Chiefland, FL 32626