Local News

  • Out-standing in their field

    The entire student body of Chiefland High School lined up for an aerial photo a few weeks ago in celebration of the school’s achievement of an ‘A’ grade — up two notches from last year’s ‘C.’

  • Look for a mostly wet week

    Chiefland area residents can look for a mostly wet week according to a National Weather Service forecast for the week. About the best that can be said is since we're getting spring showers, they will be followed by spring flowers.

  • Levy unemployment drops to 11.4%

    Unemployment in Levy County dropped to 11.4 percent in February, a figure not seen for at least two years.

    The February unemployment rate represents a 1 percent drop from January's adjusted rate of 12.4 percent. according to a press release from CLM Workforce Connection, the regional employment agency serving Levy, Marion and Citrus counties.

    In Levy County, the number of those with jobs increased by 63 to 15,260 out of a civilian force of 17,222. Those without jobs dropped by 182 to 1,962. In January 2,144 were jobless out of a civilian workforce of 17,341.

  • Homemakers protest drug tests for volunteering

    A homemakers group — with most members over age 55 — took the Levy County Commission to task for requiring they provide urine samples for drug tests in order to do volunteer work in the county's libraries.

  • Rotarians told to brush up

    Dr. Bob Mount was the guest speaker at the Chiefland Rotary Club meeting Feb. 9 and he gave members a brush up on dental care. "You don't have to floss all your teeth, just the ones you want to keep," he said. He also advised using a soft toothbrush because it does not damage tooth enamel.

  • Badcock raises more than $4,500 for Haven Hospice

    Badcock Home Furniture & More of Chiefland raised more than $4,500 during its 5th Annual Benefit for Haven Hospice —a drawing for a large-screen, high-definition TV— bringing its combined contributions to more than $18,000.
    Eve Robinson of Robinson’s Seafood in Cedar Key won the TV. Badcock owner Carol Tew presented a check to Haven Hospice Vice President of Organizational Advancement Michael Morse and Haven supporter Harry Coleman at the Haven Hospice Attic donation drop-off site in Chiefland.

  • Bell's Daniels repeats as feeder champ

    Bell Middle FFA's Lowgan Daniels repeated as Grand Champion of the Feeder Steer Show while Hunter Anderson of Old Town won Grand Champion in the Fat Steer Show.
    "It feels kinda like it did last year, but this year is better because it's two times in a row," said Daniels, an eighth grader who named his winning steer "Teddy," because its face looks like a "big ol' teddy bear."

  • Swine judge commends children and parents

    The judge for the swine competition at the Suwannee River Youth Livestock Show and Sale made a judgement call on more than the porcine participants during Monday's event.
    "This is the nicest group of kids I ever had to work with," said Paul Wigley, a Cooperative Extension Agent in Calhoun County, Ga. Wigley should know as he is considered one of the Southeast's outstanding swine judges and does about 50 shows each year.

  • Livestock Judging

    Dozens of students in FFA and 4-H from three counties participated in the Suwannee River Fair's Livestock Judging contest Saturday.
    The participants, clad in dark blue or green jackets, sat in the stands around the fair's arena with scorecards evaluating four classes of market steers and hogs.
    Justin Crosswhite, an agricultural representative from the University of Florida who gave the official ranking of the animals, explained after each round what the participants should have been looking for.

  • Sheriff won't charge for dispatch — this year

    The Levy County Sheriff's Office has decided not to charge local police and fire agencies for its dispatch services in the coming fiscal year as planned.
    Previously, Sheriff Johnny Smith had told municipal police and fire, and county fire and emergency medical services that their agencies would have to pay as much as $40,000 a year for dispatch services now provided free by his department. The charges were to start Oct. 1 and every agency would be required to purchase a $7,500 software program to become part of the sheriff's silent dispatch system.