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  • 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."

  • Between the river and deep blue Gulf: The past and future of oysters in Florida’s Big Bend

  • Inglis police force may be axed

    By Mike Wright

  • Chiefland Chamber meets Friday

     The Greater Chiefland Area Chamber of Commerce meeting is Friday, Feb. 24, at noon the Haven Hospice Care Center conference room, located at 311 N.E. 9th St., Chiefland.
     Lunch ordered in and sponsored by Haven Hospice.
     Members are asked to RSVP as soon as possible bu calling the chamber office at 493-1849 or emailing chieflandchamber@bellsouth.net.
    Each month the lunches will be sponsored by a different local Chamber member business throughout the year.

  • Chiefland students end long walk in style

    More than 200 Chiefland Elementary School students will have the opportunity on Saturday to complete 26.2 miles of walking and running that started at the beginning of the school year at the 5 Points of Life Kids Marathon in Gainesville.
    The 1.2-mile final "race" will cap off over a semester's worth of extracurricular achievement by the elementary schoolers.
    "I'm excited for the kids that go to the race," said Brandy Horne, one of the facilitators of the CES miles program. "They have a goal and they are very proud of it."