Local News

  • 7th Annual Homemade Chili Cook-Off 2016

    Anyone who can cook chili is invited to participate in the 7th Annual Homemade Chili Cook-off on Friday, Feb. 12 from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.. It is being held at the Chiefland High School Agriculture Building. The cost is $15 per entry, meal included, as a benefit fundraiser for the Chiefland Ag Program.

    Entrants must adhere to the following general rules as follows: Entry forms must be received by Wednesday, Feb. 10. Entry must be a minimum of 1 gallon of chili so everyone can get a taste. Check-in for participants is 4:45 p.m. on day of contest. Judging will begin at 5 p.m.

  • County euthanizes 3 dogs in attack

    Three Italian mastiff dogs who attacked a man and a woman, snatching a toddler from her arms and mauling the child, were euthanized on Tuesday after their owner signed paperwork surrendering the animals to Levy County Animal Services.

    The surrender came after a hearing on Tuesday before Levy County Judge James “Tim” Browning on citations issued in the wake of the Dec. 8 attack that left Kaula Most, 26, and the toddler, now 2, and Arthur Tyson, 20, with stitches, emotional damage and medical associated bills.

  • Threepeat for spelling bee winner

    This year's winner for the Levy County District spelling bee will be traveling to Tallahassee for the next level of competition for the third time.

    Katlynn Karwan, of Williston Middle School, beat out top spellers from elementary and middle schools throughout Levy County in a contest on Friday, Jan. 8 at the Bronson Middle High School cafeteria. This is her third time winning the County Spelling Bee.

    "I think it may be her year," School Superintendent Bob Hastings said.

  • Local talent trying out for The Voice

    The community is rallying support for a local man who is trying to take his talent to the next level.

    Matthew Lunsford is planning to audition for the popular reality talent competition The Voice on Jan. 23 in Memphis, Tenn.

    "It's a mix of excitement and being terrified," he said.

    Lunsford started singing as early as he could remember. His father was a choir director when he was born and as it was told to him, his father would harmonize with his baby sounds to train his ear. Lunsford said he is blessed to have a musical family.

  • Chiefland Commission meeting agendas for Monday, Jan. 11

    The Chiefland City Commissin will meet at 6 p.m. in the meeting room at City Hall, 214 E. Park Ave., Chiefland.

    The commission will hold a regular meeting and a planning board meeting. 

    The public is encouraved to attent and participate in the meeting. 

    Click ont he link to see the agendas. 

  • Company honors volunteer firefighter with plaque, dinner

        Volunteer Firefighter Kevin W. Davis was speechless on Monday evening after being presented with a plaque denoting him as the Firefighter of the Year for the Chiefland Fire Rescue by Restoration Specialists. Ben Torricelli, corporate business development manager, traveled from Sumter County for the presentation and to treat the city fire department and city and county officials with a meal.

  • Gun Classes


     The Friends of Williston Trust is offering a firearms training course for individuals applying for a Concealed Firearms License.

    The class is on Jan. 16, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The course consists of four hours of classroom training and four hours of range experience. Instructors will be law enforcement and/or NRA certified trainers. The cost of the class is $75 per person. Class size will be held to a maximum of 16 students.

  • It’s past time to start “dipping” your chip

    By Blake Dowling:

    Have you received your new credit card in the mail with a microchip in it?

    Does it allow the credit card company to know everything about you day or night?


    But in the short term it’s an added layer of security attempting to slow down the roaring rapids of credit card fraud and data breaches. The deployment of this type of credit card is much-needed in the United States, because such fraud has doubled in the past seven years.

  • Steinhatchee River stakeholder meeting Feb. 2

    The Suwannee River Water Management District (District) encourages residents, businesses and recreational users of the Steinhatchee River to participate in a public meeting.

    The purpose of the meeting is to give an overview of the minimum flows and levels (MFLs) development process for the Steinhatchee River and obtain public input.

    The meeting will be on Tuesday, Feb. 2, at 7 p.m. at the Steinhatchee Community Center: 1013 Riverside Drive, Steinhatchee. 

  • Log Cabin Quilters

    By Myrtice Scabarozi