Today's News

  • Prosecutor named to replace Judge Smith

    Assistant State Attorney Tim Browning has been named to replace Levy County Judge Joseph Smith on the bench. Smith is due to retire on Dec. 31.

    Gov. Charlie Crist's office announced the appointment Monday afternoon, just days after Smith was honored at a retirement reception.

    Browning, a native of Miami, was chosen over two attorneys who have full-time practices in Levy County: Ronald Stephens and Charlotte Weidner.

  • FDOT: Mistake made on bridges

    A mistake by the Florida Department of Transportation District 2 office means Cedar Key will not get three promised bridge replacements.

    The October announcement that four bridges would be replaced by the Florida DOT was a mistake, said Gina Busscher, Public Information Director for DOT District 2.

    In late September, the DOT sent a memorandum of agreement to the Levy County Commission, which was approved with much public fanfare and sent back to DOT.

  • New fire chief on the city’s horizon

    Chiefland is a bit closer to having a new fire chief.

    In a special meeting at City Hall Monday afternoon, the city commissioners picked six applicants from a pool of 29 who had applied for the position, which was left open after Fire Chief John Ward was fired last month.

    Mayor Teal Pomeroy said the commission based its choices on three main criteria:  previous job experience, education and whether or not the applicant was local.

    “It definitely helps if they’re local.  It’s an easier fit for the community,” he said.

  • Commission renews police chief’s contract

    The Chiefland City Commission, at a special meeting Monday afternoon, gave Police Chief Robert Douglas high marks on his yearly performance evaluation and voted unanimously to approve the renewal of his employment agreement.

    “I think the chief is doin’ a great job,” Vice-Mayor Teresa Barron said at the meeting.  “People in the community love the chief.  We love the chief.”

    Mayor Teal Pomeroy said Douglas’ total points had increased a bit since his last evaluation.

  • City wants to annex new water well

    The Chiefland Planning Board voted unanimously on Dec. 10 to recommend to the City Commission the annexation of property that contains the city’s new wellhead.

    The property, about 35 acres, is not physically connected to the city’s boundaries and is surrounded on three sides by property owned by the Suwannee River Water Management District—the original owners of the water well field property.

    Bill Hammond, building and zoning director, said the annexation would “give them (the city) more say” about what happens on or near the property.

  • Chiefland Christmas Parade award winners

    This year's Christmas and Winter Festival Parade, which took place on Dec. 5, was bigger, brighter, and better than ever.  The enthusiastic entries and over 25 floats made the judges' job tough, and resulted in some tied scores.  

    The Greater Chiefland Area Chamber of Commerce congratulates the following as standing out above the rest of the best.  Parade award winners are:

    1st Place winner:Girl Scouts of Bronson Troop 970

    Tied for 2nd Place: Double Sink 4-H Club,     Jones Plumbing Airboat No. 3,  Joe's Towing

  • Community Calendar


    Holiday Duet marries chopper,

    color red with seasonal music

    Actors singing traditional songs of the season, admission to the “Art of the Chopper” and “Red” exhibitions, and tasty holiday treats are all included in the Holiday Duet program offered by the Ocala Civic Theatre and Appleton Museum of Art of Central Florida Community College.

    Admission is $18 per person and tickets are available at the Appleton Museum, Ocala Civic Theatre and online at www.AppletonMuseum.or, and www.ocalacivictheatre.com.

  • Bembry named Democratic Member of Policy Committee

    State Rep. Leonard Bembry, D-Greenville, has been appointed Democratic Ranking Member for the Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Committee for the 2010 Legislative Session.  

    The Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Committee deliberates and votes on legislation involving agriculture and natural resources matters.

  • Chiefland girls hoops earn first victory

    Chiefland’s girls basketball team picked up its first win of the season last Friday, defeating struggling Bronson 48-32.

    The win provided some relief for Indians’ coach Chris Wilson and his rebuilding team, while Eagles coach Greg Hamilton said there’s still plenty of work to do with his squad.

    “Any time we can get a (win), it’s a good thing,” Wilson said.

    Chiefland took control early, building a quick 10-0 lead as Jasmie Mitchem played a strong inside game for six quick points.

  • CHS grad earns conference honors

     Reggie McClendon, a freshman defensive back at MacMurray College and Chiefland High School graduate, was selected to the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference All-Conference team last week.

    McClendon, a criminal justice major, was picked to the second team all-conference for the UMAC, joining 10 other MacMurray players who received the honor.

    “I think it’s a big accomplishment, as a freshman,” McClendon said. “But I look forward to getting first team next year.”