Local News

  • HELPING HANDS — St. John’s hands out USDA food

     There will be a distribution of USDA foodstuffs on Oct. 22, Nov. 19 and Dec. 17  from 8:30 to 10 a.m. at St. John the Evangelist Church in Chiefland.

  • Bembry’s three bills signed by Gov. Scott

    State Rep. Leonard Bembry had three bills passed during the 2011 legislative session signed by Gov. Rick Scott in a ceremony.

  • Yankeetown celebrates planning award

       Yankeetown officials were presented the "Better Community Award" from the 1000 Friends of Florida in ceremonies on Tuesday during a community picnic. Participating were, left to right, Mayor Dawn Marie Clary, 1000 Friends of Florida President Charles Pattison, Levy County Commissioner Marsha Drew, Yankeetown Planning and Zoning Committee Chairman Larry Cohan, Town Councilmen Norm Shannahan and Jack Schofield, and Yankeetown Vice Mayor Larry Feldhusen.

  • Celebrate National Wildlife Refuge Week at Cedar Keys Light Station

       Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuges invite you to join in the celebration of National Wildlife Refuge Week. The historic Cedar Keys Light Station on Seahorse Key opens its doors free to the public Saturday and Sunday, October 15 - 16 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.   

  • In gratitude

    Chiefland Fire Chief James Harris gets a hug at Monday night’s commission meeting from 13-year-old Nadia Bailey who survived being kicked and dragged by a horse on June 27. Harris, along with two of his firefighters, were creditied with saving her life.
    Vice-Mayor Teresa Barron presented Harris, Clint Mauldin and Daniel Williams with letters of accommodation at the meeting.

  • Commission cuts sign moratorium to three months

    County Commissioner and local business owner Ryan Bell said current economic conditions are killing his business, and the Chiefland Commission's recent decision to impose a moratorium on portable signs isn't helping.
    Bell said he's placed about 50 of the signs along the sides of roads in the greater Chiefland area. He said they've helped increase business at his restaurant, often doubling the amount of customers he has on Sundays when he offers specials.

  • City faces lawsuit over Christmas light contract

    Clark Sales Display Inc. has been in business since 1983, and in all that time, according to owner Lee Clark, it has never had to threaten to take a client to court—until now.
    The Tavares-based company specializes in renting Christmas displays and lights to cities and shopping centers throughout Florida. The holiday season is the company's only opportunity to make money, Clark said Friday.

  • Firefighter finally honored on national memorial

    It has been seven years since Otter Creek Assistant Fire Chief Victor B. Scott suffered a fatal heart attack at an Ocala truck stop while bringing home equipment used in a rigorous fire training exercise.
    He had not felt well at the end of the March 16, 2004, exercise. Because he died the next day, his death was not considered to be in the line of duty and his family was denied benefits.
    But one denial that hurt his family was that Scott would not be listed among those who died in the line of duty at the Florida and National Fallen Firefighters Memorials.

  • FDOT Road and Lane Closures for October 8-14, 2011

    The following is a list of roadwork underway by the FDOT that may impact traffic.

  • Yankeetown to get Better Community Award

    Yankeetown is receiving 1000 Friends of Florida’s Better Community Award for its use of comprehensive and other planning tools to protect the community’s unique coastal small-town character and scenic natural beauty.  
    “Yankeetown has adopted an outstanding plan to protect its many amenities, and has given citizens a strong role in approving changes to the plan and local development,” said 1000 Friends President Charles Pattison. The award will be presented on Tuesday, Oct. 11, at noon at a community picnic to be held at 6241 Harmony Lane.