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Local News

  • Manatee rescued from Fanning Springs

    An adult manatee, freshly sliced by a boat propeller and breathing erratically, was hauled out of Fanning Springs today by about a dozen volunteers and state rescue workers.
    "This mammal's got a fighting chance now," said Larry Steed, park manager for Fanning and Manatee Springs state parks. "It always makes you feel better if you can patch them up and get them back into the wild."

  • PSC approves Progress Energy rate settlement agreement

    TALLAHASSEE — To help maintain more consistent rates for Progress Energy Florida customers in the coming years, Florida’s Public Service Commission on Wednesday approved Progress Energy’s multi-year Settlement Agreement with the Office of Public Counsel and other intervenors.
    The agreement provides a customer refund of a portion of Crystal River 3 Nuclear Plant replacement fuel costs and rate certainty related to PEF’s proposed Levy County nuclear project and base rates.

  • FDOT Road and Lane Closures through Feb. 24

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

    ALACHUA COUNTY:

    13th Street (US 441)  Daytime lane closures at the pedestrian overpass just south of Archer Road (State Road 24) Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for routine bridge inspection.

    Archer Road (State Road 24)  Nighttime lane closures at Southwest 40th Avenue to extend the left turn lane.

  • Bronson hosts 2nd Annual African American Festival

    More than 150 people showed up in Bronson Saturday for the 2nd Annual African American Festival.
    The event, coinciding with Black History Month, was organized by area women's group Women on a Mission for Christ and featured food and live entertainment.
    "It's important because we need to come together and celebrate as a community," said Women on a Mission for Christ member Katherine Manuel. "It's black history. But it's our history."

  • Oysters on the decline in Cedar Key and Big Bend

    Reduced freshwater flow from the Suwannee River into the Gulf is responsible for a 66-percent decline in oyster populations in Cedar Key and the Big Bend area, according to scientists from the University of Florida.
    “We have not seen evidence of oysters on sandbars coming back to a healthy reef,” said Jennifer Seavy, a UF ecologist who has been studying the area since 2009.

  • LDS Bishop Owen Baynard dead

    Realtor Owen F. Baynard, the bishop of the Chiefland and Williston Wards in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, died Thursday night. Baynard had been hospitalized in Gainesville for several weeks prior.

    There will be a visitation on Friday evening, Feb. 24, from 6-8 p.m. at the Hiers Chiefland Funeral Home, 1301 N. Young Boulevard, Chiefland.

    The funeral will be Saturday, Feb. 25, at 11 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, on U.S. Highway 27A at 8th Street.

  • Rolling resident arrested in robbery

    (from CPD report)
    Chiefland police say they found 22-year-old John Christopher Champion with his wheels spinning, trapped in the sand behind a local convenience store Wednesday.
    “Yeah I stole the beer,” he told police, perched upon his motorized wheelchair, already drunk and swigging a Bud Light Lime, a report stated.

  • Spring run restored at Fanning

    Staff report
    State officials announced Thursday that a three-month project to remove sediment from the bottom of the spring run at Fanning Springs State Park is now completed.
    The project, aimed at giving manatees greater access to the spring during the winter months, started with a SCUBA diver gently removing sediment with a handheld underwater vacuum, according to a press release from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

  • Chiefland Chamber banquet reservations due

    Reservations are due Feb. 24 for the 2011 Citizen of the Year Award banquet being held on March 6 at Tommy Usher Community Center  by the Greater Chiefland Area Chamber of Commerce.
    The event begins with a social at 6:30 p.m. and the announcement of this year's winner of the prestigious award at 7 followed by dinner.  Take part in any of the simultaneous silent auctions, to fund our annual scholarship for a Chiefland High Senior.

  • Haven Hospice is bringing Attic to town

    Haven Hospice is opening a Chiefland branch of its upscale thrift shop, Attic resale store, on March 10 and is partnering with two local community groups to help its clients with furnishing their homes and work wardrobes.
    "There are some partnerships in the community that we are joining — Another Way and Meridian Behavioral Health," said Susan Follick, spokeswoman for Haven Hospice. "We will provide vouchers for them to buy clothes to go out for job interviews and we will have furniture and they can use vouchers so they can furnish their home."