Local News

  • Sewage spill sparks warnings for Suwannee ... again

    State and area health officials are, once again, urging caution when coming into contact with water in the Suwannee River.
    The Florida Department of Health issued a health advisory today because of possible contamination from a spill of partially untreated sewage from a Valdosta treatment plant that officials there reported to environmental authorities Thursday.
    The tainted water, about 7.5 million gallons of it, made its way into the nearby Withlacoochee River, which, ultimately, feeds into the Suwannee River.

  • Sheriff's reports (Week of 2-27-2014) and Most Wanted

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office reports the following arrests:
    • Feb. 22, Justin Beau, 31, Old Town, disorderly intoxication.
    • Feb. 21, Claude Richard Bowman, 43, Trenton, out of county warrant. Bond $4,500.
    • Feb. 17, Jeremiah M. Branch, 32, Old Town, no DL. Bond $1,000.
    • Feb. 19, Valrize Latrice Bristol, 34, Bronson, operating motorcycle W/O license, obstruction W/OV. Bond $6,000.
    • Feb. 21, Alfred Lee Cason III, 27, Gainesville, FTA. Bond $1,000.

  • Chiefland to be evaluated for community resource center

    The City of Chiefland is on the radar of organizers looking into the development of a community resource center.
    Commissioners voted unanimously Monday night in favor of allowing the Partnership for Strong Families to use the old City Hall building as a base of operations until the organization can determine wether or not the city is in need of such a facility.

  • Black History event stresses pride and education for youths

    Staying Focused for a Brighter Future was the theme of this year’s annual Black History Month event in Chiefland.
    The event took place Saturday at the Tommy Usher Center and was hosted by members of the Black History Committee, Evangelist Rutha Scott, her husband, Pastor Robert Scott, and Missionary Doris Jones.
    Several community leaders spoke at the event. Chiefland native and City Commissioner Chris Jones was the night's special guest speaker.

  • Charter workshop heats up in Bronson

    A Bronson workshop Monday evening erupted into pandemonium after the discussion turned toward the subjects of early voting and residency requirements of town council members.
    "He's just runnin' his mouth is what he's doin'," was the comment from Mayor Franklin Schuler about Council Member Berlon Weeks after a debate among council members about the two issues.

  • Colson Chiefland Citizen of the Year

    He’s there every school day in his reflective vest, guiding Chiefland’s children back and forth across the street, greeting them by name, telling drivers to mind the school speed zone.
    Probably the most visible citizen in Chiefland, crossing guard Kary Colson is so devoted to his job that when the recession hit in 2008 he offered to do it for free if the city and county school board could not come up with the money to pay him and provide the safety equipment.

  • Indians going to state after defeating Crescent City 42-33

    The Chiefland Indians boys basketball team is headed to Lakeland to play in the state championship after defeating Crescent City to win the 1A Region 4 title.

    The Crescent City Raiders took the lead in the first first half leading 13-9 in the 1st period and 20-18 at the half.

    Then the Chiefland Indians came out of the locker room for the second half and were leading 35-29 at the end of the third and when the buzzer sounded 42-33. 

    Crescent City played a tough game right to the end. The Chiefland Indians earned their spot int he Final Four. 

  • CMHS softball, baseball cancelled tonight

    Today's CMHS boys baseball and girls softball games have been cancelled to avoid a conflict with the Indians boys basketball regional final game at 7 p.m. in the school gym. 

    They play the Crescent City Indians for the regional title and the chance to play in the Final Four at the state tournament in Lakeland next week.

  • 3 injured in nighttime accident on CR320

    Three people were injured seriously enough to eb sent to Shands Hospital in Gainesville following a three-vehicle crash at about 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19, on County Road 320 by the Manatee Jiffy, according to a Florida Highway Patrol report.

    Injured were Chiefland residents Attie Sevilla Williams, 80, the driver of a 2009 Nissan Versa and her passenger Christopher Williams, 31, and Bruce Gregory Hancock, 63, who was driving a 1996 Chevy S10 pickup. 

  • Community calendar (Week of 2-20-2014)


    • CEE to meet
    Citizens for an Engaged Electorate (CEE) will meet on Feb. 20, at 7 p.m. at the Williston Community Center. The public is invited.
    Two items planned for discussion are CEE’s future activities to support the passage of Florida Amendment One: Water and Land Legacy and the nature of the group’s involvement in registering voters in Levy County.  

    • Tri-County Community
    Resources to meet