Local News

  • Drummond named Watermelon queen

    Erika Drummond of Chiefland was named the Watermelon Queen at the pageant held Saturday night at Chiefland Elementary School.

    First runner-up was Rachel Kee; second runner-up was Raven Wilson and Miss Congeniality was Casey Besterman.

    There was entertainment provided by Sarah Gore, and Maddie Kelley, last year's winner, choreographed the opening song and dance number.

    Candidates were questioned by the judges, with the field of 16 being trimmed to the final seven, who then had to answer another question before the audience.

  • Chiefland reverses itself on insurance

    The Chiefland City Commission reversed itself and will put the city’s insurance business up for bid, just one month after deciding it would not do so and reaffirmed Michael Michaelis of Don Martin Insurance Agency as the city’s agent.

    The 5-0 vote in Monday’s meeting came after Bill Erwin of Erwin Insurance Agency, sitting in a chair at the back of the commission room, complained to the commission about the arrangement.

  • Remembering Zana

    She was only 14 years old when she collapsed and died on Good Friday, April 10. But she touched a lot of people and made a lot of friends in the community during her short stay on Earth.

    That was made evident by the ceremony held for Zana Nicole Mason at Chiefland Middle School last week. A talk by school principal Robert Turnipseed and a prayer by the Rev. Donnell Sanders remembered the girl who played on the school's basketball team, not knowing that she had a hidden heart problem that would suddenly cause grief for her family.

  • County discusses attorney

    It was the third (month) anniversary of Commissioner Marsha Drew's appointment to the seat by Gov. Charlie Crist, but the fireworks that went off at the Levy County Commission meeting Tuesday morning were in a discussion about County Attorney Anne Bast Brown's contract and job benefits.

  • Former teacher donates $2 million to CFCC

    Retired Chiefland High School math teacher Jack Wilkinson taught thousands and generations of students in his 45 years in the classroom.

    And the 95-year-old educator's generosity will help thousands more Levy County students reach their dreams.

    Wilkinson, who was described as "frugal with his assets," has donated $2.5 million to help jumpstart construction of the Levy County campus of Central Florida Community College.

    In return, the school's campus will be named the Jack Wilkinson Levy Campus in his honor.

  • Ribbon-cutting held at Edward Jones

    The Chiefland Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting to mark the grand opening of the new Edward Jones investment office on Main Street in Chiefland.

    Sheila K. Smith is the financial advisor at the office. The storefront office is bigger inside than it looks, featuring an office for clients as well as two meeting rooms, one large and one small, available to local organizations, and a room that can be used for exercise classes.

    It also has a kitchen to help serve those who might be attending seminars in the office.

  • Watermelon festival, parade to be held Saturday

    It's a big weekend if you like festivals and big crowds.

    It's a big weekend if you like parades and celebrations.

    And it's a really big weekend if you like watermelon.

    The 54th annual Watermelon Festival will be held in downtown Chiefland this weekend. Large crowds are expected at the all-day event, which opens at 8 a.m. with the opening of arts and crafts shows. At 9 there will be free watermelon and entertainment by the Salt Water Cowboys.

  • Buie Park problems aired

    Two members of the city’s planning board and a former mayor attended the Chiefland City Commission meeting last Tuesday evening, but a rezoning on the agenda was not their reason for speaking.

    It was their concern about Buie Park on the city’s south side.

    John Henry Donaldson, still recovering from an operation on his knee, was the spokesman for the small group, “We got a couple of problems at the park.”

    He said when the May Day reunion was held recently with several hundred people in attendance, the park’s bathrooms were shut down.

  • Andrews' suit dismissed for second time

    A Levy County judge has dismissed — for the second time — a defamation lawsuit filed by A.D. “Andy” Andrews, landscape tree grower and publisher of the Levy County Journal, against the Chiefland Citizen, a reporter, editor, publisher and the parent corporation, Florida Newspapers, Inc.

    Circuit Civil Judge David O. Glant dismissed the suit in October after it was pointed out that Andrews’ attorney:

    • did not properly request a retraction allowing five days to respond from all the parties as required by state law

  • EMS fees going up

    A June 16 public hearing on a mining application by the Levy County Commission has been put on hold until all the Ts are crossed and the Is are dotted.

    The commission decided to delay the hearing on the recommendation after Development Director Rob Corbitt asked to hold them back because all the landowners have not signed off on the special exception permit application.