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Today's News

  • Channel, Drew lecture on climate change

    Retired Dr. James E. T. Channel, U.F. Department of Geological Sciences and UF/IFAS Levy County Extension Agent Anthony Drew gave a  climate change presentation to 47 people Sept. 22 at the Levy Levy County Agricultural Extension Service office in Bronson.

    Channel presented the facts of climate change that are supported by documented geological evidence. The potential impact on agriculture and horticulture, in general, was discussed.

    Levy County Extension Agent Anthony Drew asked the audience how many have planted dogwood trees recently and how were those trees doing?

    The overwhelming response seemed to be that the trees are not doing well.

    According to Drew, the warmer temperatures in the atmosphere are to blame. It seems the trees are falling victim to global warming.

    Drew gave examples of what he called “anomalies” being witnessed in the plant kingdom. He then went on to introduce Dr. James E. Channell, his friend of several years.

    They met at a dinner party, and while the wives discussed tile colors the men started talking about their careers.

  • Former world-class sprinter coming to Chiefland

    The Suwannee Valley Rotary Club is hosting former world-class sprinter and motivational speaker Almon Gunter for a special program scheduled for noon Oct. 26 at the Haven Hospice Community Center. Gunter will share how he is working with Chiefland Middle/High School to build Indian Pride. Gunter uses his experiences and success on the track to help others reach their maximum velocity performance in the game of life. The cost is $10 per person, including lunch catered by Beef O’Brady’s.

    Almon Gunter is CEO and president of Almon Gunter Motivates Inc. He is a highly acclaimed motivational, inspirational public speaker, author, and consultant, as well as a former world-class sprinter in track. He is the author of three books: “Focus on the Final Seconds and Win the Game of Life,” a how-to book on achieving both mental and physical fitness success in life; “Focus To Win” analyzes personal traits needed to build a strong foundation for success and “The Essence of Teamwork” outlines the eight principles of a winning team. 

  • Bank teller arrested for grand theft

    Rachel Lynn Mobley was arrested Sept. 19 for grand theft of more than $5,000 and less than $10,000 after allegedly embezzling money from her cash drawer at Sun State Federal Credit Union where she was employed as a teller.

    In an incident report filed by Chiefland Police Officer Kyle Schultz, branch manager Carole Tucker stated that Mobley had been audited several times throughout the month and found a shortage of about $7,300 missing.

    According to the report, Tucker and other corporate leaders confronted Mobley and she confessed to systematically taking cash from her drawer for several months.

    Schultz stated that he read Mobley her rights, which she waived, and stated she had been taking money since August because she was having financial difficulties.

    Schultz stated Mobley was transported to the Levy County Detention Facility without incident.

  • Bad house guest

    The 240-mile round trip to Hilliard Oct. 7 might have been the longest road trek of the season for the Chiefland football team.

    But the Indians looked like they were right at home as they assembled their most dominating effort to prevail 33-0 over the Red Flashes (2-4), evening their record to 3-3 heading into homecoming week.

    CMHS took control early in all three major phases — offense, defense and special teams.

    The Indian defense took up camp in the Red Flashes’ offensive backfield, recording five tackles for losses on Hilliard’s first five plays from scrimmage.

    “Three-and-outs are the goal,” senior defensive tackle Dalton Tiner said of the team’s recent dominance on defense, which has led to back-to-back shutouts. “Once everybody gets it in their head, it’s just a steady flow.”

  • Taste of the Nature Coast raises funds for Resource Center

    The first-ever Taste of the Nature Coast fundraiser hosted by Tri-County Community Resources combined good food for a good cause with a strong dose of community spirit.

    Diana Child, chair of Tri-County Community Resources, who led the organization of the event, called the event a success, with hopes of expanding the event in the future. It was held at the Haven Hospice Community Building in Chiefland.

    All proceeds go toward the Tri-County Community Resource Center in Chiefland. The food and prizes were donated at no costs.

    Six Tri-County food vendors competed for the Taste of Nature Coast’s Best Appetizer, Best Main Course and Best Dessert, as voted by attendees.

    The attendees also scored various donated drawing prizes.

    Chef Laura Fowler Goss, Branford food designer, collected the Dessert and Appetizer awards, while Cedar Key’s 83° West won for Best Main Course for its Shrimp and Grits dish. The Appetizer competition was particularly tight; Goss shared her trophy with second-place finisher Bell’s Catering, of Chiefland.

  • Chiefland Commission recognizes students of the month

    Arianah Boyd, Jarrett Darus and Nathalie Solatorio were recognized by members of the Chiefland City Commission as Students of the Month for September — the first such recognition for the 2017-18 school year.

    Chiefland Elementary School nominated by fifth-grader Arianah Boyd, daughter of Angela and Anthony Boyd. Her teacher, Celeste Green, said Arianah is a very organized fifth grader.

    “I made her my 'classroom manager’ the first week of school. She is a great role model for her peers. She is kind, respectful and extremely responsible,” Green said.

    Jarrett Darus was selected from Chiefland Middle High School. He is the son of Tommy and Heather Darus. The seventh-grader was nominated by all the seventh-grade teachers.

  • Lady Indian netters push Newberry in thrilling senior night matchup

    A determined Chiefland volleyball squad didn’t get the result it wanted on senior night Oct. 9 against Newberry, but it gave its seniors – Sydney Allen, Erika Gilliam, Naja Martin and Karlie Meeks – a worthy tribute while proving its potential to make noise in the district tournament.

    The Lady Indians battled the talented Lady Panthers through four closely-fought sets as NHS survived 25-21, 25-21, 21-25, 25-20 to prevail 3-1.

    Newberry, now in Class 5A, split a pair of district championship matches with Chiefland in 2015 and 2016, and advanced to the 1A state title match last season.

    Adding fuel to the rivalry and senior night, the Lady Indians were also facing off against former teammate and college prospect Madison Baynard.

    After falling behind 23-16 in the first set, CMHS narrowed the deficit to 24-21 to make for a more dramatic finish. In the second set, the teams were knotted at 17-17, before a 3-0 Newberry run gave it just enough cushion to survive.

  • Chiefland homecoming court introduced

    Homecoming week comes to Chiefland Middle High School starting Oct. 9, culminating with the reveal of the Homecoming Queen during halftime of the football game against Hawthorne on Oct. 13.

    On Thursday, Oct. 12, the annual Homecoming Pow Wow will be held in the school auditorium at 6 p.m. The Homecoming King (and Prince) is announced at the conclusion of the Pow Wow, which features a variety of sketches and performances by Chiefland students.

    The Homecoming Parade starts at 4:30 p.m. that Friday, Oct. 13. The parades starts at the school and heads south along U.S. 19/98.

    The homecoming game kicks off at 7:30 p.m.

    The Queen candidates include: MaClay Agnoli; Tenlee Beauchamp; Erika Gilliam; Maria Gomez; Haitrieu Nguyen; Chelsea Parker; Jommielle Quiambao and Alexis Seyez.

    The King’s court includes: Dustin Bennett; Tramaine Brown; B.C. Fehmerling; Layton Lanier; Brian Norris Jr.; Lane Studstill; Dalton Tiner; and Josh Webber.

  • 23rd Annual Tommy Usher Log-A-Load for Kids Golf Classic

    Log-A-Load for Kids to host 23rd Annual Tommy Usher Golf Classic in Chiefland

    On Thursday, October 19th, golfers will gather to play in the 23rd Annual Tommy Usher Log-A-Load for Kids Golf Classic held at Chiefland Golf and Country Club.

    The focus of this event is to raise awareness of and money for the Children’s Miracle Network. This specific tournament has collectively raised more than $980,000 over the last 22 years.

    Event details:
    · A maximum of 50 teams will be split between morning and afternoon tee times, with shotgun starts at 8:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

    · MILLION DOLLAR CHALLENGES: This year Drummond Community Bank is sponsoring 2 HOLE-IN-ONE CONTESTS (one for the Morning Round and one for the Afternoon Round). That's 2(!!!) opportunities to win $1,000,000.00!!!!!!

    · All participating golfers and sponsors will enjoy a complimentary lunch at noon, courtesy of Farm Credit of Florida.

    · A reception will be held immediately after the tournament to announce:

  • Dads join students at CES

    Chiefland Elementary School recently celebrated its 2nd annual "Bring Your Dad to School Day."

    Dads showed up early for breakfast with their kids before walking them to class to start their day.

    A special "thank you" goes to Brenda Rolfe and our cafeteria staff for baking homemade cinnamon rolls, and to Beef O'Brady's of Chiefland for sponsoring this event and providing magnets to give the dads.