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  • DAV Poker Run rolls through Levy County

    The run began at Beef O Brady’s in Chiefland. The riders then traveled to Akin's BBQ in Bell, Cherry’s Seafood & Steak in Trenton, The Mustang Grill and Bar in Archer, Frogs BBQ Pad in Williston and finished at Willard's Restaurant & Lounge in Morriston. 

    There were over 65 total riders on motorcycles and in cars vying for prizes given to holders of the top seven hands. Also, there was a raffle with over 50 prizes. 

  • Chiefland Rotary Club starts a little different.

    The Chiefland Rotary Club’s meeting April 19 at the Gathering Table started a little different. Instead of the Rotary Club giving money, it received money. 

    Two members of the CHS Interact Club, Jessica Ivy and Caleb Hardee presented Skipper Henderson with a check for the Rotary Club. The check represented the investment Chiefland Rotary provided the Interact Club with for a cooler raffle. 

  • CF campus on schedule for August opening

    Tom Morelock, director of facilities for the College of Central Florida, gave a tour, along with project manager Katie Hunt and builder Todd Duffy, of the new Jack Wilkinson Levy Campus north of Chiefland for the Suwannee Valley Rotary Club last Thursday.

    The two-story structure with modern amenities is on schedule for completion this summer, Morelock said, with staff expected to be in place by the end of July. 

    A ribbon-cutting ceremony is planned for Aug. 11, before classes begin on Aug. 28.

  • City commissioners hold workshop to discuss budget

    The City Commission held a city budget workshop after adjourning Monday’s regular meeting.

    City Manager Mary Ellzey presented a budget workshop agenda detailing potential wage increases from the current city employee salary plan.

    The city has not upwardly adjusted starting pays since adopting the current plan in 2004. Police and Fire employees have seen upward adjustment independent of the 2004 plan, and are not included in the proposal as a result.

  • FFA Alumni Rodeo bull riders have their 'ups and downs'

    Bull riding seems a little bit like a fraternity of cowboys and bulls that was the original “animal house” long before the movie first appeared in 1978.

    Colton Stevens, 23, of Old Town, and Cody Baisden, 28, of Kenansville, have known each other for 10 years.

    Stevens is following behind his father and grandfather, who also rode the bucking animals. Baisden, who has been riding consistently since he was 18, said bull riding was just something he always wanted to do. 

    Both love it.

  • Wild Hog Canoe Race enjoys record turnout

    Though the ride never gets any easier, the numbers keep growing.

    The Wild Hog Canoe Race continues to draw new participants to the charity event – a grueling 15-mile trek down the Waccasassa River, where canoers and kayakers paddle, drag, lift, wade and swim their way past snakes and alligators from six miles west of Bronson to the Waccasassa Bridge at U.S. Highway 19 near Gulf Hammock. The 40th Anniversary edition Saturday was no different.

  • Police recognizes one of its own

    The Chiefland Police Chief awarded one city police officer with the Medal of Valor on Monday, for his actions during an attempted traffic stop in the early morning hours of Feb. 26.

    Chiefland Police Officer Kyle Schultz attempted to stop a silver SUV for a traffic infraction near southeast Fourth Avenue. The vehicle continued onto southwest Second Drive when a back-seat passenger fled the scene, according to a press release from the Chiefland Police Department.

  • Poker run and raffle to raise money for local veterans

    The Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Tri-County Chapter 63 is sponsoring a Poker Run and Raffle to raise money for our local veterans.

    The event will be April 22 starting at Beef O' Brady's of Chiefland with a few stops before it ends at Willard's Restaurant & Lounge in Morriston. There is still ample time for businesses to become serious supporters by donating a product or a monetary donation.

  • Two killed, two injured in Friday crash

    Two people were killed April 14 when the driver of one car ran a stop sign and crashed broadside into the driver’s side of a second car.

    Jessica Lea Raquet, 32, and Joy Lea Raquet, 55, both of Homosassa, were pronounced deceased at the scene by Levy County Fire Rescue. A third occupant, 9-year-old Mylea Raquet, was transported to Shands in serious condition, according to a press release from the Florida Highway Patrol.

  • Updated flood maps are ready for viewing

    LIVE OAK — Area residents and governments will have the opportunity to review updated mapping information to better prepare and protect homeowners and communities in the event of flooding. 

    The Suwannee River Water Management District, Federal Emergency Management Agency and Florida Department of Emergency Management are hosting open house meetings for residents and officials in Dixie, Levy and Taylor counties during the month of April to review the proposed Flood Insurance Rate Maps and answer questions.