Today's News

  • Levy escapes worst from Irma

    The worst-case projections for Irma predicted a potential Category 2 – even 3 – barreling through the area, with sustained winds of more than 100 miles per hour, and a storm surge around 15 or 20 feet, leaving parts of Cedar Key and Yankeetown inaccessible for the foreseeable future.

    Thankfully, the county was spared from that scenario.

    Widespread power outages to the majority of homes in the county as well as an ongoing extensive gas shortage – before and after its arrival -- appear to be the worst the storm brought to Levy County, besides the sporadic damage to individual homes from fallen trees.

    The center of what was left of Irma passed through Bronson in the early hours of Monday, Sept. 11, but the region appears to have been largely – or completely -- spared of hurricane-force winds.

    Irma was the most intense hurricane ever measured in the Atlantic outside of the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico, and set a record in sustaining winds of 185 miles per hour for 37 hours.

  • Hornet offense rolls, cashes in on Chiefland miscues

    Chiefland had just faced the best quarterback it will probably play all season, but Indians first-year head coach Adam Gore wasn’t letting himself and his young team off the hook.

    Mayo-Lafayette sophomore Jaxson Beach tossed for 219 yards and three scores on 13-of-16 passing to lead the Hornets past CMHS 41-17 in Chiefland last Thursday.

    The game was moved up a day as Hurricane Irma was poised to wreak havoc on most of Florida.

    “Take care of your family, take care of your loved ones, take care of your friends,” Gore told his team after the game.

    He hoped it would use some of the extra time off to contemplate the mistakes that are undermining the team’s efforts, like untimely penalties, turnovers and missed assignments.

    “Let this one hurt,” Gore said. “Think about it. Let it drive you to be better. Let it drive you to do the little things.

    “We’re so close, guys. We’re so close to being a really good football team. We’ve got to take the next step.”

  • Police struggle to keep traffic moving north ahead of Irma

    By the time Hurricane Irma passed, the city of Chiefland fared well, except for car after car after car, camping trailers, motorhomes and more cars lined up one after another as they fled north from south Florida ahead of Hurricane Irma.

    Friday seemed like a typical day. The weather was nice, sunny, a few fluffy clouds floated through the sky, there was nothing threatening that would explain an impending natural disaster.

    Police officers directed traffic Friday at Murphy Express and the North Marathon gas stations after all the other stations were out of fuel. Tuesday, it was virtually the same scene again when the line of evacuees reversed course and headed back home again to south Florida.

    But on Friday, the Wal-Mart parking lot was filled with motorhomes and campers filled with travelers; some staying overnight to rest and some maybe thought they had gone far enough, but that was when Irma was supposed to turn north from Cuba and then go up the East Coast.

  • Lady Indians split pair of county matches

    The Chiefland volleyball team split a pair of intra-county meetings last week, defeating Bronson 3-1 at home before falling 3-0 to Williston on the road.

    The Red Devils came on strong late again versus Chiefland to complete their regular season sweep over the Lady Indians, with set wins of 25-20, 25-12, 25-13 in the Sept. 7 match.

    Chiefland will hope to avenge its losses in the district tournament, where they could once again face the senior-laden WMHS squad.

    On Sept. 5, Chiefland and Bronson put on a thrilling back-and-forth pair of sets, as CMHS pulled out the 3-0 win, 25-15, 25-23, 25-23.

    The Lady Indians have proven to be stronger at the start of matches, but have often struggled in late sets. CMHS was knotted up with the Lady Eagles 23-23 in the final set, before Jada Bell capped the match with a powerful kill on the winning point.

    Chiefland improved to 2-3, while Bronson fell to 2-1 with its first loss.

    Bronson head coach Shanno Dukes says she’s seen improvement from her squad since the preseason. The Lady Eagles welcomed back senior captain Taeya Mayes from an injury.

  • Mandatory Evacuation for Levy County

    A MANDATORY EVACUATION has been ordered for Levy County residents beginning at 4 p.m. today, September 8, 2017.

    Shelters in Levy County including the special needs shelter, will be opening at 4 P.M. today, September 8th. The first shelter location opening is the Bronson Elementary School, this is our only special needs location, but will also house general population. Overflow from this shelter will be moved to the Bronson Middle/High School, today if needed. The Williston Middle/High School will be the third facility to open for citizens seeking shelter on Saturday 9/9/17 at 9 a.m. Overflow from the Williston Middle/High will be moved to the Williston Elementary School, as needed.

    Citizens seeking shelter at any of the listed general population shelters will need to bring pillows, blankets, and bedding. Cots for sheltering citizens will not be available.

    Special needs citizens need to be prepared to move to the special needs shelter at Bronson Elementary beginning at 4pm today.

  • Indians get first win before storm claims second half

    Adam Gore picked up his first win as the head football coach of Chiefland last Friday against Branford, but he wasn’t in the mood to celebrate afterward.

    He just watched his Indians squander a big scoring opportunity and struggle with offensive execution, leaving them with one score to show for 189 yards of offense in the first half.

    It turns out that would be all the chances CMHS would get, as thunderstorms prevented the teams from playing a second half. But the effort was good enough to earn Chiefland an official 7-0 win, after the schools agreed not to re-schedule the remainder of the game.

    The points that CMHS will earn from the win will ultimately be determined by Branford’s final record. All games are weighted equally this season, as there are no longer districts in Class 1A. A points system is used to decide which four teams from each of four regions in the classification will make the playoffs, and at which seeding they will each be placed in.

    Chiefland improved to 1-1, while the Buccaneers are 0-2.

  • Lafayette game moved to Thursday

    Chiefland continues its season-opening homestand Thursday, Sept. 7, at Wayne Pridgeon Stadium against Lafayette (Mayo).

    The varsity game was moved up a day due to approaching Hurricane Irma. The JV game, previously scheduled for Thursday, is cancelled.

    The Hornets, who finished 8-3 in 2016, come in as winners of 11 of their last 14 games, after rolling to a 2-0 start with lopsided wins over Brookwood (Thomasville, Ga.) and Bronson.

    They present one of the more prolific and efficient passing attacks of the area’s 1A schools, led by quarterback Jaxson Beach. The sophomore has completed 21 of his 32 passes for 328 yards and four touchdowns against no interceptions. He’s added a team-high 276 rushig yards on 17 carries for an eye-popping 16.2 average.

    “They do a lot of RPO (run-pass option) stuff, and throw it around,” CMHS coach Adam Gore said. “(Beach) can run and sling it. He’s got a really nice arm. He’s the defensive coordinator’s son, so he grew up around football and understands how to run those RPOs and how to read a defense.”

  • Levy Emergency Director completes FEMA course

    Levy County Emergency Management Director John MacDonald graduated the FEMA National Emergency Management Advanced Academy Aug. 18 after completing 160 hours of course study. The academy is one of the most demanding programs FEMA offers and includes "Best Practices" in leadership, preparedness and response to disasters.

    The National Emergency Management Advanced Academy reinforces qualities needed to lead emergency management programs, provides relevant management theories and concepts, and utilizes appropriate case studies. Advanced Academy participants worked within a collaborative environment on projects and established a network of peers.

    The academy is designed for emergency management mid-level managers with a minimum of three years-experience in an emergency management position. Students learn skills critical to performing their responsibilities, such as: program management and oversight, effective communication at all levels, integrated collaboration and strategic thinking, along with completing a research project one month prior to attending the final course.

  • Senator Nelson discusses issues on stop in Fanning Springs

    Healthcare was a hot topic during U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson’s stop at the Suwannee River Fair and Livestock Association Tri-County Pavilion in Fanning Springs on Aug. 29.

    A crowd of around 45, including many local officials from the Tri-County area, gathered to hear the Democratic senator, who soon handed the floor over to those in attendance to voice their concerns over issues that are affecting the area.

    The topic of health care was introduced early, as Gilchrist and Levy County officials relayed their problems in dealing with rising costs. Inmate health care was raised as a major example, both in the costs of care that falls on counties, and in the lack of rural healthcare providers, which adds more transport costs for local law enforcement. The need for affordable on-site mental health care for inmates was a key point of the discussion.

  • Around the world in 120 days

    A Russian newspaper reported the future had come to its village with the speed of the past. Three months later, that future arrived in Chiefland personified by a German man on a Norwegian electric bicycle.

    Robert Mohr, 41, left Oslo, Norway, May 16 at noon with the hope of riding into the Guinness Book of World Records on a Buddy Bike Model M2. He expects to finish during the Street Life Festival in Munich on Sept. 9-10.

    He got the idea of circumventing the globe because he wanted, “to do something pollution-free in my life. The environment is so polluted and it’s getting worse. This is the way to show that you can travel on electric bikes like this, so you should be able to do this in your hometown.”

    Though he is not a hardcore environmentalist, he became sensibilized to pollution while studying geography for his job as a logistics writer, “But I’m not a Greenpeace member, but I think it’s important to leave this world not like we found it because that’s impossible, but at least so our children and grandchildren can survive.”