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Today's News

  • Chiefland woman gets royal treatment

    Carol Kearns was on a mission trip to Colima, Mexico, with her husband, Pastor George Kearns of Lighthouse Word Church in Chiefland, when the call came.
    Would she be interested in doing God's work in Swaziland?
    Why not spend 10 days in July in Swaziland, one of the last countries ruled by a king who is the closest thing to an absolute monarch. It's only 7,800 plus miles away, land-locked between South Africa and Mozambique.

  • Garbage man gets $10K for spotless record

    Thirty-four-year-old Kevin Griffin wakes up at about 4:30 a.m. every day during the work week. By 6 a.m., he's on the road driving a giant green garbage truck through parts of Chiefland and Gilchrist County.
    “It's not too good a job for the smell and all that," Griffin said Friday,"but if you overcome that, it's not a bad job."

  • Schmidt won't return as CHS girls hoops coach

    Chiefland’s varsity girls basketball team no longer has a sitting head coach after Sonya Schmidt was handed her walking papers by principal Bill Tovine and athletic director Jim O’Neal on Friday. 

    “We’re just looking at going a different direction with the program,” Tovine said. “It’s just one of those changes you’ve got to make.” 

  • CAAA football ready to tackle season

    About 70 football players and 50 cheerleaders have signed up to particpate in the Chiefland Area Athletic Association’s league this fall. The season begins at 8:30 a.m. in Cross City.

    Three teams have been practicing four times a week at Strickland Park. There are 18 players signed up for the 6-8-year-old team, 26 on the 9-10 year-old team and 24 on the 11-12 year-old team, according to CAAA football commissioner Billy Hinote.

  • O'Neal: 'We've got to win'

    Don’t expect Chiefland’s football team to attack Friday’s home scrimmage against Lakeland Victory Christian at 7:30 p.m. like a typical scrimmage. The Indians certainly will be playing to win, something they haven’t done since 2009 after a winless 2010.

  • Chiefland battles before losing 14-7

    Victory Christian coach Jeff Schaum cracked a smile at one of his assistants as he broke a postgame huddle following a 14-7 win against Chiefland Friday.

    Schaum's smile was more of a sigh of relief after his team had to rally from a late deficit to pull out a tough road victory. A pair of touchdowns by senior speedster Ricky Pierre, including the game winner midway through the fourth quarter, was the difference.

  • Legislative Delegation hearing dates set

       State Rep. Leonard Bembry, chair of the Levy County Legislative Delegation, has announced the hearing for the 2012 Legislative Session that starts Jan. 10, 2012.
       The hearing will be in the Levy County Commission Chambers,355 S. Court St., Bronson, on Sept 26 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Yankeetown appeals Tarmac mine case

    The Town of Yankeetown is appealing a circuit judge's denial of their bid to stop the Tarmac King Road mine.
    In a special meeting held Aug. 15, the council voted to appeal to the state 1st District Court of Appeal in Tallahassee.
    The decision came just days after 8th Circuit Court Judge Robert E. Rountree Jr. dismissed the town's petition for a writ of certiorari— a judicial review — of the Levy County Commission's 3-1 decision to conditionally approve mining on a 4,750-acre site near Inglis.

  • Editorial Cartoon for Aug. 25
  • Setting your hair on fire with money

    County budget time is my least favorite time of year.
    But then again, there's nothing like watching folks who don't want to risk their political future by raising revenues, but who still want to tell the voters they preserved all the services.
    So now we must be creative in cutting the budget.  
    One of the more interesting exercises came at the Aug. 16 commission meeting when Levy County Fire Rescue No. 78 Chief Rick Bloom stepped to the podium. His unit covers Morriston, Montborook, Gulf Hammock and more.