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Today's News

  • Citizen of the Year 2014: Ray Tremblay

    The Greater Chiefland Area Chamber of Commerce honored two area residents for their volunteer efforts at its annual Citizen of the Year Banquet Tuesday night.

    The first award, the Humanitarian of the Year Award, was presented to Harry Coleman for his countless hours of volunteerism at Haven Hospice.

    The second award of the evening, the Citizen of the Year Award, was presented to Ray Tremblay, Deputy Captain of the Chiefland Police Department, for his many selfless acts including conducting R.A.D. (Rape Aggression Defense) courses on his own time.

  • Fire chief almost burns his bridge

     There's a saying: Don't burn your bridges behind you as you go out the door.

    It was almost the case at the Chiefland City Commission meeting on Monday when a discussion of 10 goals for Chiefland Fire Chief James Harris disintegrated into a heated clash between Commissioner Teresa Barron, his former boss, his current boss, Vice Mayor Betty Walker and a near walkout by Harris.

  • Ten Commandments approved for city hall

    The Ten Commandments monument is on its way back to the front lawn of Chiefland City Hall in the same spot where it was located.

    It's pretty much the same monument that was removed a couple of years ago but with a new message on its foundation. “It should be there in a week or so because it is being reconfigured,” said the monument's owner, Dr. Jerry Nash of Harmony Baptist Association.

    The old monument read on the footer: Love God, and keep his Commandments. The top portion was a condensed version of the commandments.

  • Sex predator missing

    The Levy County Sheriff's Office is seeking the public’s assistance in locating absconded sexual predator Lamont Lewis Nelson, 34. He has been missing and on the run since April 2014. LCSO has exhausted all leads which could result in his apprehension.

    Nelson is described as a African American male, 5-foot-6 to 5-foot-7 inches tall, between 150 and 175 pounds. Nelson has worn earrings in both ears. He was last seen with short cropped hair and a goatee.

  • Bronson votes to raise sewer rates

    The town of Bronson council members voted three to one to raise sewer rates.

    Clerk Kelli Brettel presented the proposed changes at the Feb. 17 meeting. She said Tom Gustafson of the Florida Rural Water Association performed a water study and gave them suggested rates equivalent with the national standard. However, the rates actually proposed for the city are much lower council members said.

  • CMS is an 'A' school

    Break out the cake and punch, Chiefland Middle High School has won its appeal and is once again an “A” school. 

    Levy County School District appealed the decision to give a “B” to CMHS for the 2013-14 school year  noting that some data used in the assessment was incomplete. 

    The decision by state Department of Education officials leaves Chiefland alone in the county in earning an “A” – its third in a row and the fourth A earned in the past five years.  

  • Sex offenders not welcomed at school

    Sex offenders and sex predators take note: You are not welcome at activities at Levy County schools even if you have a child enrolled in public school.

    The Levy County School Board on Tuesday approved the posting of signs warning parents convicted of sex crimes that they are only welcome after arranging an appointment with a school official – and they must be escorted by an officer or school official, when dropping off or picking up their child and when they are casting a vote if the school is designated a polling place.

  • Get your veggies at Chiefland Farmers Market

    The weather forecast calls for a chance of rain Saturday so everyone should get out early to the Chiefland Farmers Market at Trailhead/Old Depot Park on U.S. Highway 19 South.

    The market, held on he second and fourth Saturdays of the month, opens at 8 a.m. and closes at 1 p.m.

    Chiefland’s downtown Farmers Market specializes in fresh, seasonal local produce, meats, plants, animals and food. Please come out and support the community market.

  • Williston man burned by explosion

    A Williston man is being treated at Shands for injuries he sustained this morning (Wednesday) after an electric radiator exploded.

  • Deputy’s suspicions net drug arrest

    Levy County Sheriff’s Deputy Keagon Weatherford was a bit suspicious when he noticed two vehicles and individuals outside a closed business in the Town of Bronson. The town has had a number of burglaries in the past 14 months.

    Weatherford stopped to talk with the individuals and was able to identify one of the subjects as Ellen Elizabeth Strickland, 45.