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Today's News

  • Sheriff releases sketch of suspect

    A composite sketch of a man sought in a possible child abduction in Inglis on July 31 has been released by the Levy County Sheriff's Office.

    A 10-year-old girl reported being approached by a man while walking to a friend's home on Maple Street in Inglis on Thursday, July 31, at about 12:20 p.m. She said a white Chevy S-10 with rust spots driven by a white male passed her, then the driver — described as bald with a goatee and rotting teeth — pulled alongside, opened the passenger door, motioned to her and said “Come in.”

  • Officials will hold Chiefland to strict standards on ALS

    Officials are still attempting to hammer out the details that would allow Chiefland Fire Rescue to be certified in non-transport advanced life support (ALS), but there's still concern over cost and whether or not strict standards can be met.

  • Be a hero: help rescue manatees, sea turtles

    “Be a Hero!” by getting decals that help with the research, rescue, rehabilitation and management of Florida’s endangered manatees and sea turtles.

    People can receive a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) manatee or sea turtle decal, and show their support for saving these iconic Florida species, with a donation of $5.

    Rescues of manatees and sea turtles that are injured, ill or otherwise in distress are one of the many FWC conservation activities supported by decal donations.

  • Tentative dove hunting dates announced

    The FWC anticipates the 2014-15 hunting season dates for mourning and white-winged doves to be:

    First phase: Sept. 27 - Oct. 27

    Second phase: Nov. 8 - Dec.1

    Third phase: Dec.12 - Jan.15, 2015

    (Note: The official dates will be posted by mid-August when they are released by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service).

    Shooting Hours:

    First phase - noon to sunset

    Second & third phases - ½-hour before sunrise to sunset

    Bag limit (daily/possession): 15/45

    Read more at

  • Tentative waterfowl hunting dates announced

    The FWC announced that it anticipates the 2014-15 waterfowl season dates to be:

    • Early Canada Goose: Sept. 6-24

    • September teal and wood duck: Sept. 20-24

    • September teal only: Sept. 25-28

    • Regular Season (ducks, coots, and light geese): Nov. 22 - Nov. 30 and Dec. 6 - Jan. 25, 2015

    • Regular Season (Canada Goose): Nov. 22 - Jan. 30, 2015

    • Youth duck and goose: Jan. 31 - Feb. 1, 2015

  • Baynard rides hard in Youth World Championship

    Madison Baynard, of Chiefland, competed recently at the 2014 NBHA Youth World Championships in Perry, Ga. This invitation-only event is the largest youth barrel race in the world.

    The NBHA Youth World participants numbered over 1,100 in the Teen Division (13 and over) and approximately 800 participants in the Youth Division (12 and under). The contestants ran for over $300,000 in cash and prizes. Prizes included 4-Star Trailers, Alamo Champion saddles, Gist buckles, Drysdales Championship gear bags, Tony Lama boots and many other prizes.

  • Chiefland: Home to 2014's Coach and Player of the Year

    Chiefland High School girl’s softball coach Wayne Weatherford was named Florida’s 1A Coach of the Year.

    Also, from that state-winning team, Brittany Gilliam was named Florida’s 1A Player of the Year

  • Boy, 6, dies after dog attack

    A 6-year-old boy died Thursday morning after an attack by two pit bull dogs at a home in Fanning Springs.

    The call that a child was being attacked by one dog came in at about 8:15 a.m. to the Levy County 911 Communications Center. It was also reported that two dogs were involved in the incident.

  • Chiefland FFA picks up awards at state convention

    By Emily Hallman

    Chiefland FFA Reporter

    A state convention has been held for FFA  members in Florida for 86 years. The convention not only rewards FFA members for their achievements but also provides learning experiences with leadership workshops and presents some of the top issues in agriculture.  This year, the Chiefland Senior FFA chapter carried 18 FFA members to the convention, held in Orlando.

    Congratulations to all the following FFA members:

  • Suwannee Valley Rotary

    Dr. Brent Stewart was the guest of Rotarian Ben Lott at last week's Suwannee Valley Rotary Club. Stewart, an anesthesiologist, recently opened Advanced Pain Medical Center in Jonesville.

    Stewart spoke on the different types of anesthesia in use today, misconceptions about anesthesia and how anesthesiologists determine how much to administer to patient. Dr. Stewart is pictured with SVRC president Dr. Bob Mount.