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  • Congressman Dr. Neal Dunn speaks at annual schools' Gala

    A crowd of mostly educators applauded on three occasions when congressman Dr. Neal Dunn mentioned Congress’s commitment to doing away with Common Core, returning control of education to the local level and simplifying the tax code.

  • Search continues off Cedar Key for missing plane, passengers

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC) continue to search for a missing plane and two of its passengers south of Cedar Key after the body of the pilot, 65-year-old Jasper Jerrels, was found Tuesday.

    Jerrels, his fiancé Hue Singletary, and Jerrels' 17-year-old son were aboard a single-engine plane that left Brooksville Sunday morning headed for Cedar Key.

  • Freshman Levy commissioner discusses county’s financial challenges

    When it comes to political life, the job of running for office and the job of serving in office can be quite different undertakings.

    Matt Brooks, a former Williston City Council member, who was elected last year to become the lone freshman on the Levy County Board of Commissioners, was successful at running for county office, and now he has some perspective on being on the other side.

    Before the Rotary Club of Chiefland last Wednesday, he shared his impressions from his short experience in office and the challenges he sees ahead for the county.

  • DNA never tells a lie

    By Lt. Scott Tummond

    An elderly Morriston resident’s sleep was horribly interrupted April 14, 2016.

    The victim was awakened by a person kicking through her locked bedroom door. She locked herself inside the bathroom and immediately called a family member who lived nearby to summon help. The family member called 911.

    LCSO Deputies arrived to find the suspect had fled from the scene prior to their arrival.

  • 'Spring into Springs' coming to Manatee, Fanning Springs

    Manatee and Fanning Springs State Parks will be holding the Third Annual “Spring into the Springs” event Saturday, March 11.

    “Spring into the Springs” is a day to learn about two of Florida’s first magnitude springs. There will be interpretive wagon rides of the North Trail, a prescribed fire program, a springs question and answer program, a springs walk ‘n’ talk, and booths by organizations involved in springs protection. Visitors will leave with a greater understanding of the delicate balance of a North Florida Springs System.

  • Scott to speak at Levy Black History program fundraiser

    Chiefland native Dr. Kendrick Scott will be the guest speaker at Levy County Black History program Feb. 25 at 7 p.m. in the Tommy Usher Pineland Center.

    He is the son of the Rev. Robert and Rutha Scott, of Chiefland, and is a graduate of Chiefland High School. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science, with a minor in Sociology from Florida State University; a Masters of Science degree in Social Science from Florida State University and a doctorate of Philosophy in Organizational Leadership from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.

  • Harris gets high praise, pay increase

    Fire Rescue Chief James Harris received high praise and a pay increase by members of the Chiefland City Commission Monday evening during his annual performance review.

    Commissioners voted 4-0 to increase Harris’s pay from $54,843 to $59,000 to bring his annual salary more in line with other department heads.

  • Suwannee Valley Players follow the yellow brick road in next play

    John Waldrop is an HVAC business developer by day, but by night, he puts on his makeup and plays the part of Tin Man in the Suwannee Valley Player’s production of “The Wizard of Oz” — and he gets the irony.

    “Maybe that’s why I get to play Tin Man. I can get all the parts,” he said Saturday morning during a meet and greet at the Chief Theater.

  • Rally for Cure golf tournament helping fight against cancer

    On Wednesday, Feb. 15, the Chiefland Women's Golf Association will be holding the Rally for the Cure golf tournament at the Chiefland Golf and Country Club.

  • CMS students whet appetite for reading at book tasting

    Two of life’s greatest pleasures were combined for a unique setting at Chiefland Middle School last week.

    To celebrate Florida’s Literacy Week, students at the school were treated to a “tasting” of books to encourage an “appetite for reading.”

    A real three-course meal – appetizers, entrees and desserts – was also included.