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Today's News

  • Burn ban, drought continue

    Kate Sheridan

    Citizen Correspondent

    A county-wide burn ban enacted by the Levy County Board of County Commissioners was extended for seven more days as drought conditions continue and are expected to continue in the foreseeable future.

  • Baseball districts in Branford

    The Chiefland baseball team opens the District 1A-7 tournament Monday, May 1, at 4 p.m. against Dixie County in Branford.

    The winner plays Tuesday against Trenton.

    The Bears and the defending champion Indians each finished 4-6 in district play and split their pair of regular season meetings, as CMHS avenged a 10-9 road loss in Cross City with a dominant 11-2 win at home over Dixie County on April 11.

  • Football springs into action

    The Chiefland Indians football team held its first official spring practice Monday at C. Doyle McCall Field. The Indians, led by first-year CMHS head man Adam Gore, play at Wildwood on May 19 at 7 p.m. for their spring game.

  • County runners dash to regionals

    Six Chiefland sprinters and hurdlers joined the girls’ 4x800 relay team in qualifying for the regional championships in track and field at the District 1A-5 meet at Oak Hall School in Gainesville last Wednesday.

    Michael Weaver advanced in a pair of events as the Chiefland standout finished second in the boys’ 110 meter hurdles (17.87 seconds) and scored third in the boys’ 300-meter dash (46.58 seconds).

  • Don't call me if a neighbor shoots your dog or cat

    Please don’t call me if your neighbor shoots your dog or poisons your cats. Call law enforcement and if they can’t do anything about it, then I can’t either. For one thing, I am not getting in the middle of a dispute between neighbors. Second, if I interview one neighbor, then I have to interview the other, which never ends well. Third, we don’t have an investigative reporter or other resources.

  • DAV Poker Run rolls through Levy County

    The run began at Beef O Brady’s in Chiefland. The riders then traveled to Akin's BBQ in Bell, Cherry’s Seafood & Steak in Trenton, The Mustang Grill and Bar in Archer, Frogs BBQ Pad in Williston and finished at Willard's Restaurant & Lounge in Morriston. 

    There were over 65 total riders on motorcycles and in cars vying for prizes given to holders of the top seven hands. Also, there was a raffle with over 50 prizes. 

  • Chiefland Rotary Club starts a little different.

    The Chiefland Rotary Club’s meeting April 19 at the Gathering Table started a little different. Instead of the Rotary Club giving money, it received money. 

    Two members of the CHS Interact Club, Jessica Ivy and Caleb Hardee presented Skipper Henderson with a check for the Rotary Club. The check represented the investment Chiefland Rotary provided the Interact Club with for a cooler raffle. 

  • CF campus on schedule for August opening

    Tom Morelock, director of facilities for the College of Central Florida, gave a tour, along with project manager Katie Hunt and builder Todd Duffy, of the new Jack Wilkinson Levy Campus north of Chiefland for the Suwannee Valley Rotary Club last Thursday.

    The two-story structure with modern amenities is on schedule for completion this summer, Morelock said, with staff expected to be in place by the end of July. 

    A ribbon-cutting ceremony is planned for Aug. 11, before classes begin on Aug. 28.

  • City commissioners hold workshop to discuss budget

    The City Commission held a city budget workshop after adjourning Monday’s regular meeting.

    City Manager Mary Ellzey presented a budget workshop agenda detailing potential wage increases from the current city employee salary plan.

    The city has not upwardly adjusted starting pays since adopting the current plan in 2004. Police and Fire employees have seen upward adjustment independent of the 2004 plan, and are not included in the proposal as a result.

  • FFA Alumni Rodeo bull riders have their 'ups and downs'

    Bull riding seems a little bit like a fraternity of cowboys and bulls that was the original “animal house” long before the movie first appeared in 1978.

    Colton Stevens, 23, of Old Town, and Cody Baisden, 28, of Kenansville, have known each other for 10 years.

    Stevens is following behind his father and grandfather, who also rode the bucking animals. Baisden, who has been riding consistently since he was 18, said bull riding was just something he always wanted to do. 

    Both love it.