Local News

  • Turn in your unused drugs Saturday

    Mark the calendar for Saturday, Oct. 22 the day you clean out the medicine cabinet and drawers of those unused and expired prescription drugs and it can be done anonymously no questions asked.

    On Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Levy County Prevention Coalition, Levy County Sheriff’s Office; Cedar Key, Chiefland and Williston Police Departments, are joining with the Drug Enforcement Administration to give the public its 12th opportunity in six years to prevent abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous pills.

  • Change proposed for CR 339, US 27A intersection

    The busy, but tricky intersection of County Road 339 and U.S.Highway 27A ― that has seen at least three truck rollover accidents ―would be closed and traffic diverted to nearby CR 339A under an idea floated by the Florida Department of Transportation.

    The road is a well-traveled connector between Bronson and Trenton. Earlier proposals for the road called for replacing a bridge on CR 339 across the Waccasassa River for $2.6 million in 2020-2021. Earlier this year, the Levy County Road Department replaced some pilings under the bridge to hold it until it could be replaced.

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  • No sewer line for Betts Big T

    Betts Big T has some septic system trouble and once again restaurateur Jamie Griffin was rebuffed by the Chiefland City Commission in his attempt to get the business online with city sewer service.

    Griffin has broached the subject before saying sewer service would allow him to expand his restaurant in its current building. Regulations limit the number of seats in a restaurant in proportion to the septic tank capacity. He said he is the only restaurant in the city without that amenity.

  • Hospital rezoning passes final hurdle

    The landowner where the Suwannee Valley Community Hospital is to be built has won final approval of the site’s rezoning from C-2 to C-1, a more lucrative commercial use.

    Frank Schupp, spokesman for Sam Lewis of Ameris, looked on as the Chiefland City Commission approved the change with little comment on Monday.

  • Suwannee River waterways cleanup Oct. 20

    A Suwannee River waterway cleanup will begin at 9 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 20, from the Suwannee Community Center on County Road 349, opposite the Salt Creek Restaurant.

    Power boats and paddled crafts will de-litter the local waterways starting at 9 a.m. Some canoes will be available courtesy of Gateway Marina. The Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge will bring their boat down the river from Fowlers Bluff and pick up trash on the way,. There is room for 16 onboard. The hurricane left us plenty of work so please come.

  • Commisssion OKs new proposal to seek garbage bids

    The Chiefland City Commission has trashed its old way of seeking proposals for a five-year garbage collection contract because of problems in the process and will advertise a new proposal.

    But the new proposal may still have some problems as two representatives, one of them an attorney, questioned the wording of certain parts of the proposal and the evaluation and awarding of the contract.

  • Riding for a cure

    Every year in December, like clockwork, the photo arrives. It is the culmination of a year of preparation and work by the Levy County Horse Club Trailriders, Inc.

    Every year, the Levy County Newspaper Group Chiefland Citizen, Williston Pioneer and Cedar Key Beacon, publishes what is known in the business as a “check passing photo” where the donor and recipient are smiling.

  • Chiefland Haunted House opens Friday

    The Chiefland Police Department, the Chiefland and Suwannee Valley Rotary Clubs and Levy County IAFF Local 4069 are joining together to open the Chiefland Haunted House on Friday, Oct. 14, at the old Central Florida Electric Cooperative warehouse.

    The CPD usually has a Halloween event on the city's trick-or-treat night but due to the excellent turn out last year, the officers decided the city needed a better, bigger experience.

    The event os moving to the now-vacant CFEC warehouse at 1125 N.W. 11th Ave., off U.S Highway 19 in Chiefland behind Hardee's.

  • Commission chooses Donald Lawrence for Pomeroy seat

    Donald Lawrence had an out-of-state leaf-peeping trip planned for this week and he did not want to disappoint his wife, so he hit the road not knowing he would be chosen by the Chiefland City Commissioners to fill the late Teal Pomeroy's Group 2 seat.

    Pomeroy, who was also mayor of Chiefland, died in a diving accident on Aug. 19. He had just been re-elected without opposition to the seat he had held since 2004 and had been mayor since 2009.