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Today's News

  • Salute to wildlife

    By Donna Bushnell
    Cedar Key Arts Center is hosting an exhibit open to everyone in the community saluting wildlife and the Lower Suwannee and Cedar Keys Wildlife Refuges. Entries can be any medium and must be original works by the artist. Entries (limit three per artist) are to be delivered to the Arts Center by 5 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 28. Works will be displayed (and can be for sale) in the CKAC Gallery during the month of March.

  • Chiefland FFA chili cook-off, cake auction Friday

    The Chiefland FFA Alumni are having their 3rd Annual Homemade Chili Cook-Off on Friday, Feb. 3, at the Chiefland High School Ag. Building.  Cost is $15 per entry and this also includes the hot dog/chili meal.
    Check-in time for entrants is 4:45 p.m., with a minimum of one gallon of chili. Prizes will be awarded.  Hot dog/chili meals will be sold to the general public for $5, beginning at 5:30.  

  • Wings and Wheels to fly through Williston

    Get your engines revving for a good cause as the first City of Williston Wings and Wheels fly-in and car show zips into town March 3 as a fund-raiser for the Levy Association of Retarded Citizens (LARC).
    The day starts at the Williston Municipal Airport with a fly in. All pilots who want to show off their aircraft are encouraged to attend, said one of the event  organizers, Dennis Strow.
    If you like having your feet on the ground, bring your classic car and showcase your pride and joy, alongside the aircraft.

  • Transit director fired

    The director of Levy County Transit has been fired from her job after refusing an offer to resign.
    On Tuesday, the Levy County Commission, without much comment, unanimously approved naming the system's No. 2, Connie Conley, as interim director.
    Conley replaces Desiree Painter, who in the past few months had come under fire for attempting to push through a $1.6 million grant application to finance the purchase of the Central Florida Electric Cooperative's administration and maintenance facilities in downtown Chiefland.

  • Drought could fuel wildfires, officials warn

    It's not just the rivers, lakes and springs that are affected by the recent drought in Levy County. The lack of rain is also expected to exacerbate the spread of wildfire this season.
    Ludie Bond, wildfire mitigations specialist with the Florida Forest Service, said wildfire is always an issue in the state, though January typically marks the beginning of a more active season.
    "We want citizens to use caution," she said. "It's so dry and so windy right now that a fire could get away from someone very quickly."

  • Tempers flare at basketball game

    With a line of fans standing outside the gym door and a fierce rivalry between two area teams, it was no surprise that emotions boiled over in a recent Chiefland basketball game. It was more surprising how easily it was contained.
    A brawl broke out in the third quarter of Chiefland High School boys varsity team’s home game against Dixie County on Jan. 12. No one was injured in the ruckus although CHS player Deshawn Rolland was punched in the head by an unidentified female from the bleachers, said Chiefland JV coach Cody Montgomery.

  • Darkness aids task force sweep

    Friday the 13th.
    Darkness falls on a secluded area far from prying eyes and the glare of city lights.
    In the darkness, members of the Williston Police Department, Chiefland Police Department and Levy County Sheriff’s Department marshal their forces.
    The darkness is occasionally interrupted by the glare of a laptop screen or cell phone.
    The reason for the clandestine meeting – area law enforcement members are preparing to raid a suspected “gambling house” in East Williston where drug dealing has already been confirmed.

  • Spillane to be next centenarian

    The year 1912 was a busy one for the United States and for the rest of the world.  Across the globe, the Republic of China was formed, and the countries of Serbia, Greece, Montenegro and Bulgaria were pitted against the Ottoman empire in the First Balkan War.

  • Recycling expected to grow in Chiefland

    Recycling in Chiefland has been such a success in its first year that Waste Pro officials would like businesses to know they can help them recycle too.
    Dana Miller, who does municipal marketing for the waste hauler, told the Chiefland Rotary Club on Jan. 11, that her firm can work with businesses to show how recycling can benefit the business. "We can work it where it's reducing your cost," Miller said. "We can come into your business and customize it."

  • Time clocks, technology, insurance get priority

    County operations could enter  the 21st Century if the Levy County Commission accomplishes everything on the priority list it informally adopted during a workshop on Tuesday.
    Each commissioner presented a list of the priorities for the coming year and then spoke about what they wanted accomplished. After 90 minutes they agreed to focus on technology improvements, insurance coverage for county employees, a special events permit ordinance, local preference ordinance in purchasing, centralized purchasing, asset management and time clocks for county employees.