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Today's News

  • Recalled chicken products removed from Levy schools

    Levy County schools were notified Wednesday morning by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and U.S. Foods of food recalls resulting in the disposal of about 60 cases or 1200 pounds of chicken products from Pilgrim's Pride Corp.

    A previous recall on April 7 listed only one product, but a secondary press release on April 26 revealed multiple other products had been affected. Over 4.5 million pounds of chicken products are being recalled.

  • Going for a historic third state title

    It was a nail biter for a while, but the Chiefland Lady Indians won the 1A Region 4 title and a berth in the state 1A softball championships next week in Vero Beach.

    The team is 26-1 overall and undefeated in District play. The players dedicated the game to former Indians baseball player Richard Cabeza Jr. who died last week. 

    Chiefland meets Franklin in the state semifinals at Historic Dodgertown in Vero Beach on Wednesday, May 4 at 2 p.m. 

  • Daytime burglaries solved with arrest of duo

    By Buster Thompson

    Investigators from several agencies are still sifting through a cache of goods believed stolen by an Ocala couple suspected of burglarizing over 60 homes around central Florida.

    Darren Decker, 41, and his 44-year-old wife Jessica Baker were arrested April 18 during a traffic stop in Marion County on an arrest warrant stemming from a burglary that happened that day in Sumter County.

    They are being held without bond at the Sumter County Detention Center on charges of unarmed burglary and grand theft.

  • Work to start soon on RV resort

    One of the developers of a 450-space RV resort says he is ready to begin construction of the $4 million-plus project that is expected to bring 30-35 jobs to the area. And that later will bring tourists and their business.

    Tommy Miles, co-developer with Lois Livingston, of the Chiefland RV Resort, was in the audience when the Chiefland City Commission unanimously approved the final plans for the construction and an agreement on the infrastructure for underground utilities running along Suwannee Drive to the resort.

  • Ex-ag office manager arrested on theft charge

    The former office manager of the Levy County Extension Office was arrested on April 14 in Marion County and charged with misuse of a county-issued credit card in purchasing $7,700 in merchandise for herself.

    But that arrest is not the end of the case as there is an investigation under way by the University of Florida IFAS Extension Service program into the finances at the Levy Office that is jointly operated by the county and UF.

    Lacy Shae Harris, 26, of Ocala was booked into the Marion County Jail and released on $30,000 bond.

  • Rover’s barking could cost $300

    Owners of noisy animals in the city could face warnings and a court summons that carries a fine up to $300 if they are visited multiple times by Chiefland Police Department officers under a new ordinance adopted by the City Commission on Monday.

    The ordinance, which goes into effect immediately was adopted unanimously after a discussion on whether multiple visits on the same day could trigger and summons and fine.

    City Manager Mary Ellzey said the city will not be proactive in enforcing the ordinance, reacting to complaints only.

  • Teen takes officers on 105 mph chase in city

    Chiefland Police Capt. Ray Tremblay was heading into Chiefland from Fanning Springs on U.S. Highway 19 Saturday shortly before 10 p.m. to work a second job when a gray 2016 Hyundai Elantra with five occupants blew by him.

    Tremblay alerted officers on duty and started pursuing the vehicle as it headed into town at speeds that reached 105 mph.

    Tremblay said in a phone interview on Monday that traffic was “kinda light” in Chiefland at the time.

  • 'Coffee with a Cop' today at McDonald's

    The McDonald's in Chiefland is giving all law enforcement officers free breakfast from 9:30 to 11 a.m. and free coffee or tea for the rest of the day to any law enforcement that stops in the restaurant.

    The event is a thank you to the officers for the work they do and an opportunity for the public to sit and chat with officers over a cup of coffee.

    The McDonald's is at 1415 N. Young Blvd. For more information, call Erin Tremblay.

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  • FHP job fair for Troopers

    The Florida Highway Patrol will be opening its doors after regular business hours on Thursday, May 5, for a job fair at the Cross City FHP Station. Anyone interested in a career as a state trooper is urged to visit the station between the hours of 4 and 8 p.m.