Local News

  • Burning vehicle shuts down US 19

    A one-vehicle explosion shut down traffic on part of U.S. Highway 19 in Chiefland on Saturday afternoon. According to witnesses, the sole passenger, a women driving the pickup truck, was uninjured. 

    Ann Nelson, an employee at Chiefland Package, was working at the time when she said the driver came into the store looking for a fire extinguisher.

    Meanwhile, the vehicle continued to burn until Chiefland Fire Rescue firefighters arrived to put out the flames. Several large clouds of black smoke rose into the sky and could be seen from blocks away. 

  • Refuge road closing Sunday for repairs

    Half of the Nature Drive at the Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge will be closed to traffic for two weeks, starting Sunday, June 17. 

    The South Entrance will be accessible all the way to Pond 6, but no traffic may enter the North Entrance. 

    Road repairs require the road to be closed for the safety of our visitors.

  • Road closings, construction through June 22

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


    Archer Road (State Road 24) Crews will be repainting the roadway lines from the Levy County line to US 27/41 in Archer, which is a moving operation.

    East University Avenue (State Road 26)  Daytime lane closures between Waldo Road (State Road 24) and North Main Street (State Road 329) to repaint the roadway markings.

  • Drummond, Perkins banks to merge

    Drummond Banking Company, parent company of Drummond Community Bank, and Williston Holding Company, parent company of Perkins State Bank, will be merging, according to a joint press release from Luther Drummond, president of Drummond, and Frank Etheridge, president of Perkins.

    The merger, expected to be completed during the first quarter of 2013, is subject to customary conditions, including the approval of the Williston shareholders and bank regulators.

  • Predicted record heat brings concerns over cooling bills

    Florida News Connection

    TALLAHASSEE — The cost of cooling Florida homes is expected to rise this summer, with predicted record high temperatures and a proposed rate hike from one of the state's major electricity suppliers, Florida Power and Light. The added cost will be hard to afford for many Floridians, particularly seniors, explains AARP spokesman Greg Tanner.

  • Service recognized

    City of Chiefland Water and Facilities Manager Shane Keene, right, was presented with a plaque at Monday night’s commission meeting by Mayor Teal Pomeroy for 15 years of service to the city.

  • May Chiefland Students of the Month

       Three Chiefland students were presented with awards Monday night for academic excellence.
       From left, Dasia Shepherd, of CES, and Dessie Clemons, of CHS, hold up their certificates. Taylor Lewellyn, not pictured, was CMS’s Student of the Month.

  • VFW political rally July 20

    Candidates have ample time to get ready for the big political rally July 20 sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5625 and its Ladies Auxiliary in Chiefland.  The event is open to the public.
    Everyone should bring an appetite as there is a dinner beforehand and a dessert auction following the forum.
    The rally at 7 p.m., in the Post's smoke-free meeting room, will allow each candidate three minutes to speak to the public.
    Before the jawboning starts, the post will host a country fried dinner with sides from 5 to 7 p.m. for a donation.

  • Sen. Graham, other environmentalists to speak at Silver Springs event

    SILVER SPRINGS — The Florida Conservation Coalition, a nonpartisan alliance of concerned individuals and nonprofit organizations, will hold a rally at Silver River State Park on Saturday, June 23, to bring attention to the threats facing Silver Springs and other rivers, lakes, springs and aquifers throughout the region and state.  Through the event — Speak Up for Florida’s Waters  — the coalition aims to raise public awareness and galvanize further support for efforts to protect and restore Florida’s imperiled aquatic resources.

  • Chiefland passes on water ordinance

    Though no official vote was taken, Chiefland commissioners passed Monday night on implementing an option to a state agency’s water shortage order that would have reduced offenses from a 2nd degree misdemeanor to that of a civil infraction.
    Suwannee River Water Management District representative Steve Minnis told the commission that because of drought conditions, the district has put into effect a phase 3 water shortage ordinance, which for city residents means they will have to curtail water use for things such as landscape irrigation.