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  • Old Town man wins $1 million in scratch off

    Jeffrey Beckert, 63, of Old Town, is going to hear from people who snubbed him in third grade claiming they were really his best friends.

    That's because he claimed a $1 million prize in the $5,000,000 Flamingo Multiplier Scratch-Off game at Florida Lottery Headquarters in Tallahassee. Beckert chose to receive his winnings as a one-time, lump-sum payment of $788,258.80.

    Beckert said, “I just can’t believe it! I’m thinking about buying a new car, investing part of my winnings, and helping my family.”

  • Child Passenger Safety Week

    The goal of Child Passenger Safety Week is to make sure all parents and caregivers secure children correctly in the right car seat or booster for their age and size. One size does not fit all.

  • Pets adoption, appreciation at Tractor Supply on Saturday

    If you’re a proud pet owner or would like to be, mark your calendars for Saturday, Sept. 17 when the Tractor Supply Co. store in Chiefland will be celebrating furry friends for Pet Appreciation Week’s Main Event.

  • Chiefland accepts K-9

    It has been at least three years since the Chiefland Police Department has had a K-9 officer but that drought is coming to an end.

    Pete Barnes, Chiefland resident and retired Levy County Sheriff's sergeant, is retiring from the Sheriff's Office reserve deputy force and is donating his drug-sniffing partner Bruno to the city.

    On Monday, the Chiefland City Commission voted unanimously to accept Barnes' offer of the dog.

  • City 'recycles' garbage bid

    The challenge to the city's awarding of its garbage pickup is going back to step one because of a protest by the losing vendor WCA of Gainesville.

    On Monday, City Attorney Norm Fugate advised the city that the protest filing meant it could go to a hearing with a hearing officer or the city could rescind its action awarding the contract, reject all the bids it received and start the process all over.

  • Bronson weighing changes to employee pay, city hours in light of new overtime rule
  • Grief delays replacing Teal Pomeroy

    Changes were made to the Chiefland City Commission but one change just could not be made.  The death of Mayor Teal Pomeroy, which left a vacancy on the five-member commission will not be filled until October.  Commissioner Teresa Barron, who was first elected to the commission at the same time as Pomeroy, 2004, summed up the commioners' feelings.   “I'd rather wait. The city is still grieving,” Barron said. “Every time I have been sworn in was with Teal.”

  • Chiefland football team lends muscle to Cedar Key community after Hermine

    Chiefland football players and coaches took the opportunity to put in community service in Cedar Key in the aftermath of Hermine.

  • When is FEMA coming?

    Levy County Emergency Management has been gathering reports of storm damage on their hotline 352-486-5155 that will help in obtaining Federal Emergency Management Administration aid for Levy County residents impacted by the storm.

    David Peaton, assistant director of Levy Emergency Management, said the County Building Department Director Bill Hammond also had teams out assessing the damage throughout the county.

  • No human casualties

    There were no human casualties, but a 104-inch long pygmy sperm whale did wash up on Airport Road in Cedar Key, Police Chief Virgil Sandlin confirmed. He said it was dead on arrival.

    The whale was taken away by the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers for an autopsy.

    The only other reported casualty was an injury to a Florida Highway Patrol trooper who was helping with tree removal operations along State Road 121 and County Road 326. Her injury was not life threatening.