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Today's News

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Chiefland hosts softball districts

    The District 1A-7 softball tournament, hosted at Chiefland Middle High School, kicks off Monday April 24 and finishes with its championship game on Friday April 28 in Chiefland.

    The Lady Indians are coming off back-to-back district championships and three-straight Class 1A state titles.

    In 2014, CMHS lost in the district finals to Dixie County, before knocking off the Bears 3-2 in the regional playoffs, setting the stage for the team’s first state championship.

  • Lady Indians come back in style against Dixie County

    Facing a 6-2 deficit, the Chiefland softball team poured on five runs in the third inning and then eight in the fourth en route to a 16-6 win against Dixie County last Thursday.

    The Lady Indians trailed despite getting a solo home run from Lauren Parker in the opening inning and doubles by Emily Hallman and Macie Thomas over the first pair of frames.

  • Chiefland baseball bats erupt against Dixie County

    An inning that included a little bit of everything from the Chiefland offense helped catapult the Indians past Dixie County for an 11-2 win in district play last Tuesday in Chiefland.

    Chiefland, which collected a 7-4 win at Newberry Monday, finished 1A-7 play at 4-6 and sat at 8-6 overall heading into its game at Alachua-Santa Fe on Tuesday.

    The Bears were 4-5 in district action (11-8 overall) before their final district tilt Tuesday versus Bell.

  • Lady Indians prevail in district showdown in Trenton

    The Chiefland softball team had some regrets coming out of its second meeting with Trenton last Friday.

    The Lady Indians failed to score nine of their base runners in the final four frames, as they again struggled to put runs on the board against the Lady Tigers even when the bats were warming up.

    But when it comes to the rivalry clash between the reigning three-time state champions and the newly-minted No. 1 team in the state, respective sides will take what they can get.

  • 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.

  • Heavy Rains lead to flooding at high school

    By BAILEY BEAUCHAMP

    Citizen Correspondent

    A thunderstorm flooded Chiefland High School’s campus April 4, leaving water inches deep on all the sidewalks, parking lots and other walkways such as the field leading to the ag shop. 

    It is possible there was as much as 7 inches of rain that day and while it caused many issues for students and teachers throughout the day, Chiefland High School did everything possible to keep their students safe and dry.