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Today's News

  • Christmas (and Santa) coming to Chiefland in a new spot

    If you are used to going to the Chiefland Christmas Festival at the Old Train Depot Park you might want to look across the street to find the festival and safer parking on Saturday.

    The Chiefland Chamber, which sponsors the annual event, has moved it due to the greater amount of space available and available parking which means no crossing busy U.S. Highway 19 to get to the fun.

  • Chiefland boys outlast Trenton in comeback win

    A meaningless basket at the buzzer by Trenton was the only field goal scored in the final 2:20 of play in a meeting between the Tigers and visiting Chiefland in boys’ district hoops action last Friday.

    Fortunately, for the Indians, they entered that span with a small advantage, thanks to a bucket by Keshawn Smith off an assist by River Lundy with two-and-a-half minutes to play. From there, CMHS made four of its final six free throws to fend off Trenton with a 45-42 win.

    The win lifted the Indians to 2-0 in District 1A-7 play, and 2-2 overall.

  • County puts halt on marijuana dispensaries

    The Levy County Commission decided to put a nine-month moratorium on any rules allowing marijuana dispensariess into the county.

    At the same meeting on Tuesday, the board voted to retain John Meeks, of Bronson, R-District 1, as its chair for a third year and decided to switch the vice chair from Mike Joyner of Morriston, R-District 3, to Rock Meeks or Chiefland, R-District 2.

  • Lacking experience, go-to scoring, Chiefland leans on strength inside

    The Chiefland boys’ basketball team is having to do things a little differently than they’ve done in recent years.

    With little returning experience as far as varsity starts, and a lack of dynamic scorers that can take over games, the Indians are building from the inside out, hoping to use some of their size and strength to assemble wins.

    Coming into this week, the formula has gotten them off to a 2-0 start in the District 1A-7, with wins at Cedar Key and Trenton, after non-district losses to Wildwood and Crystal River.

  • CK teen dies in hunting accident

    The Cedar Key community lost its holiday joy on Wednesday morning when word spread that prayers were needed for a family.

    Authorities confirmed that Jacob Solano, 18, a senior at Cedar Key School, died when his gun discharged while he was hog hunting on Black Point Island off Shell Mound.

    The loss is devastating to the school which has only 14 students in the Class of 2017 and Solano was one of four young men in the class. When students, who are on Thanksgiving break,, return to school on Monday, there will be grief counselors available. 

  • New commissioner Brooks takes office

    Three Levy County Commissioners were sworn into office by Levy County Judge James “Tim” Browning and 8th Circuit Senior Judge Joseph Smith, but only one was a fresh face on the commission.

    Matt Brooks, a Williston City Councilman, took his seat on the commission. He won election in the Aug. 30 primary unseating longtime Commissioner Danny Stevens.

  • CMHS football players honored with superlative awards at banquet

    The standing ovation Pat Telgen received at the Chiefland Middle High School football and cheer banquet was a fitting encapsulation of what the senior linebacker and offensive lineman has meant to the Indians football program.

    At Monday’s award event, he was presented the night’s top honor, the ‘Heart of an Indian’ award, which head coach Aaron Richardson described as the team’s “overall MVP.”

  • Fanning Springs lights up holiday

    Saturday, Dec. 3 is the day Santa Claus will be arriving in Fanning Springs after a day and night of family-oriented activities sponsored by the Fanning Springs Chamber of Commerce.

    Events start at 10 a.m. at Fort Fanning Park on the Suwannee River. There will be a rock climbing wall, children’s activities, craft and food vendors and a rubber duck race with cash prizes.

    In addition there will be a car, truck and bike show, live music and a magician.

  • Work on Sabal Trail natural gas transmission project gearing up

    By Michael D. Bates

    The $3-billion natural gas pipeline that will span 515 miles, cross three states and run right through Citrus County, has begun in earnest.

    That much is evident if anyone has driven around Marion County, where much of the construction of the Sabal Trail pipeline is currently going on. Expect it to reach Citrus County soon.

  • Sabal opponents have plenty of fearsmik

    By Mike Wright

    These are folks who don’t trust the government to protect them.

    So when federal agencies sign off on the 515-mile Sabal Trail natural gas pipeline through Alabama, Georgia and Florida, people like 30-year Dunnellon resident Janet Barrow don’t sit back and take their word for it.

    “I’ve been watching this project for three years plus,” Barrow said. “I open my mouth and tell as many people as I can.”