Local News

  • Chiefland watermelon festival growing

    Chiefland will celebrate the watermelon in its many forms when it welcomes visitors to the 58th Annual Watermelon Festival on Saturday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    The festival is sponsored by the Chiefland Woman's Club with the help of the City of Chiefland and other groups and vendors who rent booths. The event is a fundraiser for the club, as well as a showcase for the area's biggest agricultural product.

  • Levy Farm Service Agency closing, consolidating with Gilchrist

     Tim Manning, Florida State Executive Director for the Farm Service Agency (FSA), today announced that USDA Secretary Thomas A. Vilsack has approved the closure of six FSA county offices in Florida, a process that will begin immediately.  After the required notifications have been provided to producers, FSA employees and office landlords, closure dates will be established and made publicly available.

  • NOAA predicts a near-normal 2012 Atlantic hurricane season

    From the National Hurricane Center

    Irene in 2011 was a reminder that tropical systems can affect the Northeast and of the threat of inland flooding.

    Conditions in the atmosphere and the ocean favor a near-normal hurricane season in the Atlantic Basin this season, NOAA announced today from Miami at its Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory, and home to the Hurricane Research Division.

  • History through the lens

    John Howell is a spry 95 years young. He lives alone, save for his memories of a life well-worn and the company of a portly little pooch who runs around on four reed-thin legs, snapping at passing bumble bees in Howell’s tight, manicured yard.
    The American Flag flies high on a pole in front of his Fanning Springs home, and the end of his driveway is punctuated with a bright red sign that reads Marine Corps parking only.
    “I thought I had found a home when I went into the Marine Corps.” Howell said of his decision to enlist in the military in 1940.
    But it turned out to be much more.

  • Monday update: Beryl weakens, brings rain


    The National Hurricane Center advisory issued at 8 a.m. Monday located Tropical Storm Beryl over northeast Florida moving to the west at 8 mph. Beryl's maximum sustained winds are 40 mph with higher gusts. The storm is expected to bring sometimes heavy rains to the area.

  • Kindergarten screening at CES for 2012-2013 school year

    If your child will be attending kindergarten at Chiefland Elementary School during the 2012-2013 school year, please call the school to schedule a screening appointment today.  
    The dates available are May 30th, May 31st and June 4th during the hours of 3-7pm.  If your child has attended Kountry Kids, Clyatt House, Fun 4 Kids or CES VPK program, then your child may have been screened already. Please check with CES to verify.  
    If you have questions please contact Chiefland Elementary School at 352-493-6040.

  • FDOT suspends construction during holiday weekend

    All Florida Department of Transportation construction and maintenance jobs will be suspended from Saturday through Monday for the Memorial Day holiday and anticipated increase in traffic.
    For those traveling this holiday weekend, FDOT encourages the use of a free service to get real-time travel information on major roadways by calling 511 or visit their web site – www.FL511.com to know before you go.
    FDOT offices will be closed this Monday, May 28, in observance of Memorial Day.

  • Troopers out in full force for Memorial Day weekend

    TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Highway Patrol will be out in full force during the Memorial Day holiday
    weekend, which begins today and extends through midnight Monday.
    “Troopers will be out in full force this weekend and will be on the lookout for aggressive driving, speeding, red
    light running and driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs to make the roadways as safe as possible for
    weekend travelers,” said FHP Director, Col. David Brierton.

  • Youth Conservation Corps jobs available at Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge

    Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge will be hiring four students for Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) this summer, according to Refuge Manager Andrew Gude.
     The Youth Conservation Corps is a summer employment program for young men and young women, ages 15 through 18, who work and learn together by accomplishing needed conservation projects on public lands.  

  • Bronson bar denied extended hours

    Dorothy McKenzie, owner of McKenzie's 4 corners in Bronson, cried Monday night as she asked the Bronson Town Council to consider letting her establishment stay open, serving liquor, until 2 a.m.
    “I've been there 33 years ..." McKenzie said, holding a petition she said had 220 signatures in favor of her staying open past her now midnight cut off.
    “It will save people's lives," she said, explaining that locals, because of the midnight cut off, end up traveling to other bars in towns such as Fanning Springs.