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Today's News

  • Burned in Bronson

    Lee’s Grocery, a landmark business across from Bronson Motor Speedway on State Road 24 burned Monday morning turning a family’s income into smoke and ashes.

    Mohammad Rashid, 24, was working alone at the store when he noticed smoke coming from a storage area on the back left side of the building. He said there was only one customer, a woman, in the store at the time.

    “I asked the customer can you please leave, because there is smoke and she needs to leave,” said Rashid, who with two other brothers works in the store.

  • Senior housing approved

    A 77-unit senior housing development planned for construction at the intersection of Southwest 4th Avenue and Southwest 10th Street won the Chiefland City Commission’s blessing and a commitment to waive $20,000 in building permit fees.

    The action came in a city commission meeting that also saw a renewal of its relationship with Michael Michaelis as the city’s insurance agent and a notice by the Florida Police Benevolent Association that it wants to reopen wage negotiations.

  • Kidnap attempt thwarted

    Joyce Bullock Elementary School was placed in lock down Tuesday afternoon after two students were lured into a vehicle and driven 100 yards across the front entrance of the school’s campus.

    The male students were on the playground, according to press releases from the sheriff’s office and the school district, when they were approached by a white or Hispanic male. The man was described as having black hair and possibly wearing a brown shirt, blue pants

    and black boots. He may have a silver tooth and a dark spot or mole on his face.

  • Johnson named Farm Credit scholar

    Tyler Johnson of Chiefland has been chosen as a Farm Credit of North Florida scholarship recipient. He will receive $1,000 to aid in his 2009 studies.

    Johnson, the son of Chad “Cracker” and Angela Johnson is a senior at Chiefland High School. After graduating at the end of this month, Johnson plans to attend Santa Fe Community College and then transfer to the University of Florida to pursue a degree in entomology with a minor in biotechnology.

  • It's audition time for children

    Suwannee Valley Players announces auditions for our summer youth production “Class Acts”, a series of one act plays.  School aged children are encouraged to join us for  a summer of learning and fun. Auditions are Saturday, May 16 at 11 a.m. and Monday, May 18 at 6 p.m.  Show dates July 17-19 and July 24-26. 

  • City sees light on skate park

    Skateboarders can thrash well into the night after the Chiefland City Commission decided against installing a fence to lock up the park at night and instead look into lighting the facility.

    Commissioner Rollin Hudson had expressed concern for the city’s liability risk by allowing skateboarders to ride in the new park facility after dark.

    Mayor Teal Pomeroy told the commission he and his wife recently picked up dinner and ate at Delma Locke Park while watching about 20-30 skateboarders. He mentioned the fencing proposal.

  • Strickland Park expansion put on hold

    The city’s plans to expand Strickland Park to more than double its size have been put on hold after the state Legislature did not fund a grant program the city hoped to use for financing.

    Mayor Teal Pomeroy said funding for Florida Forever was cut from the state budget preventing the city from even discussing purchasing the 41-acre Hardee property adjacent to the park.

  • Still one person short

    Maybe we should all send maps to Florida Gov. Charlie Crist with Levy County circled.

    Apparently, the governor has forgotten that we are still here.

    Last fall, the governor suspended two county commissioners who faced federal indictments. He also had a vacancy on the Levy County School Board after a member resigned.

    After several months, the governor finally filled the School Board seat and one of the County Commission spots in early March.

    That left us with one County Commission vacancy.

  • Some things change, but others...

    Let's see. Where were we?

    It was late in 2006 when I wrote a column saying I was leaving to become the editor in Williston, within the same company.

    Prophetically, the last sentence of that column read, "You won't get rid of me that easily." I was referring to the fact that my column would still appear occasionally, not realizing that someday I would be sitting here in the same office doing it again.

    So my first couple of days I drove around to see what had changed.

  • Three seats up in city election

    Chiefland voters will choose three City Commission members on what one said will be a hot day.

    The commissioners were informed of the election schedule during Monday night’s meeting

    Up for grabs are the seats held by Group 1 Commissioner Frank Buie, Group 3 Commissioner Rollin Hudson and Group 5 Commissioner Sammy Cason. None have indicated whether they will run.

    The information said candidates and voters must be registered in Precincts 5,13 and 16, and reside within the city limits of Chiefland.