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Today's News

  • Search continues off Cedar Key for missing plane, passengers

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC) continue to search for a missing plane and two of its passengers south of Cedar Key after the body of the pilot, 65-year-old Jasper Jerrels, was found Tuesday.

    Jerrels, his fiancé Hue Singletary, and Jerrels' 17-year-old son were aboard a single-engine plane that left Brooksville Sunday morning headed for Cedar Key.

  • Harris gets high praise, pay increase

    Fire Rescue Chief James Harris received high praise and a pay increase by members of the Chiefland City Commission Monday evening during his annual performance review.

    Commissioners voted 4-0 to increase Harris’s pay from $54,843 to $59,000 to bring his annual salary more in line with other department heads.

  • Scott to speak at Levy Black History program fundraiser

    Chiefland native Dr. Kendrick Scott will be the guest speaker at Levy County Black History program Feb. 25 at 7 p.m. in the Tommy Usher Pineland Center.

    He is the son of the Rev. Robert and Rutha Scott, of Chiefland, and is a graduate of Chiefland High School. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science, with a minor in Sociology from Florida State University; a Masters of Science degree in Social Science from Florida State University and a doctorate of Philosophy in Organizational Leadership from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.

  • Prep bats set for season openers

    Grab the sunflower seeds, because high school baseball and softball seasons are rolling into action.

    The Chiefland softball team begins its defense of three straight state championships Friday at Taylor County in Perry, with the JV squads starting at 5 p.m. and varsity to follow at 7 p.m.

    The Lady Indians’ home opener is Tuesday, Feb. 21, against Bronson (5/7 p.m.). They continue the two-day homestand against Fort White on Wednesday, before hitting the road to face Bell that Thursday.

  • Suwannee Valley Players follow the yellow brick road in next play

    John Waldrop is an HVAC business developer by day, but by night, he puts on his makeup and plays the part of Tin Man in the Suwannee Valley Player’s production of “The Wizard of Oz” — and he gets the irony.

    “Maybe that’s why I get to play Tin Man. I can get all the parts,” he said Saturday morning during a meet and greet at the Chief Theater.

  • Chiefland bats swing into action for preseason

    The three-time state champion Chiefland Indians softball team and the reigning state finalist Chiefland baseball club break out the bats starting this week for a couple of preseason tournaments.

    The softball team is at Dixie County (Cross City) Thursday and Friday, Feb. 9 and 10. The Indians face Newberry at 5 p.m. Thursday, before taking on Bell at the same time on Friday.

  • Freshman Levy commissioner discusses county’s financial challenges

    When it comes to political life, the job of running for office and the job of serving in office can be quite different undertakings.

    Matt Brooks, a former Williston City Council member, who was elected last year to become the lone freshman on the Levy County Board of Commissioners, was successful at running for county office, and now he has some perspective on being on the other side.

    Before the Rotary Club of Chiefland last Wednesday, he shared his impressions from his short experience in office and the challenges he sees ahead for the county.

  • 'Spring into Springs' coming to Manatee, Fanning Springs

    Manatee and Fanning Springs State Parks will be holding the Third Annual “Spring into the Springs” event Saturday, March 11.

    “Spring into the Springs” is a day to learn about two of Florida’s first magnitude springs. There will be interpretive wagon rides of the North Trail, a prescribed fire program, a springs question and answer program, a springs walk ‘n’ talk, and booths by organizations involved in springs protection. Visitors will leave with a greater understanding of the delicate balance of a North Florida Springs System.

  • DNA never tells a lie

    By Lt. Scott Tummond

    An elderly Morriston resident’s sleep was horribly interrupted April 14, 2016.

    The victim was awakened by a person kicking through her locked bedroom door. She locked herself inside the bathroom and immediately called a family member who lived nearby to summon help. The family member called 911.

    LCSO Deputies arrived to find the suspect had fled from the scene prior to their arrival.

  • London ignites Chiefland offense for district tournament

    The Chiefland girls’ basketball team did what it needed during the regular season to guarantee itself a critical top-three seed in the district tournament.

    But the road was a difficult slog, as it struggled with injuries and player attrition and a difficult end to the non-district schedule.

    With the return of star senior Takiya London, and the win-or-go-home urgency of the postseason upon them, the district tournament in Trenton was the Indians’ chance to hit the reset button.