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Today's News

  • Full results from Babe Ruth State T-Ball Tournament at Chiefland

    Thursday:

    Belleview B def. Okeeheelee Sandlot 30-3

    Wellswood Black def. Oviedo Knights 18-4

    Julington Creek def. Branford 24-3

    Tanglewood def. Santa Fe 17-7

    Julington Creek def. Bradford 18-6

    Middleburg def. Micanopy 18-6

    San Jose def. Chiefland 22-10

    Middleburg def. Madison County 18-11

    Miami def. Palatka 17-2

    Eagle Lake def. Oviedo Hurricanes 15-5

    Palm Beach Gardens def. Miami 18-5

    Wellswood Red def. Belleview A 18-4

    Okeeheelee Heat def. Winter Haven 22-8

  • Two commissioners re-elected without opposition

    Incumbents Rollin Hudson Jr. and Sammy Cason, who drew no opposition at the close of qualifying for city elections, have won new terms, said City Clerk Mary Ellzey. In the only remaining race, incumbent Commissioner Frank Buie was not so lucky. He is being challenged by former Commissioner Alice Monyei in the Aug. 4 election. Qualifying opened at 8 a.m. Monday and closed at 4:30 Friday.  

  • Officials raid grow house in Chiefland

    A tip to the Levy County Sheriff’s Office resulted in officers raiding an indoor pot growing operation south of Chiefland shortly before midnight Tuesday night with 62 full grown potted marijuana plants.

    One man was arrested, but officers are seeking a second man who jumped through the window of the home and fled wearing only a pair of shorts through a prickly pear patch. Officers said Jesus Lopez was not wearing a short or shoes at the time he escaped.

  • Levy County earns a B in school grades

    The Florida Department of Education released school grades last week, giving the Levy County School District as a whole a B grade, the same it received last year.

    “We are proud of our schools, proud of our teachers,” said Patrick Wnek, Director of Curriculum. “We want to congratulate our students and teachers for a job well done – of course, parents play a big role in that as well.”

    Eight schools in the county received an A, including all elementary and middle schools, as well as Cedar Key School.

  • Where do the Ten Commandments belong?

    So a move is afoot in Levy County to place a Ten Commandments monument on the grounds of the county courthouse.

    The county commission last week OK’d guidelines for monuments on the courthouse lawns.

    We have one at the Chiefland City Hall. It’s a huge black and white monolith. It’s there because the Chiefland Commission expressed the need for more prayer in the community.

    I pass it at least once a day during the week.

    I often use the sighting as a mental test to see if I can still remember all 10 directions.

  • Rivals back together again

    D.J. Bowers and Joey Harris are back together on the baseball diamond. As kids, they always loved to play the game, hoping someday they'd be in the pros. Now, all these years later, the dream still lives for both of them, even if the path isn't the one they expected.

  • Huddle House earns award

    Chiefland's Huddle House restaurant has been honored as the best in the South Region.

    The local store received a $5,000 check from Mike Weimer, CEO, and is eligible for the overall "Best of the Best" honor which will be presented at a convention in Orlando this weekend.

    The top award is $15,000.

    Earnest Burch has been the manager of the store for about nine months, but has been with Huddle House for 10 years "off and on." The "off" part included a stint with the U.S. Army during which time he was stationed in Germany.

  • Accident fees dry up

    The Legislature has banned cities and counties from seeking reimbursement from insurance companies and motorists for handling vehicle accidents, which money will be a bit tight for Chiefland Police Department equipment.

    “We had a good run with it,” said Mayor Teal Pomeroy. “But it looks like the out-of-state companies which administer the program were beaten by the out-of-state insurance companies.”

  • City finances in good shape

    The city of Chiefland’s financial health received an “unqualified” endorsement, the highest available from its auditor, Robert Beauchamp.

    Beauchamp, who delivered his report on the state of city revenues and spending at Monday evening’s commission meeting, commended the city staff for its helpfulness and their attention to properly handling public funds.

    “They do a great job; they’re a great staff,” he said.

  • Exotic animal hearing scheduled for August

    The owners of a controversial exotic animal sanctuary in the Small Farms subdivision has filed a request for a special exception to zoning regulations to allow them to keep the lion, tiger, bear, two chimpanzees they have on the property.