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Today's News

  • Police recognizes one of its own

    The Chiefland Police Chief awarded one city police officer with the Medal of Valor on Monday, for his actions during an attempted traffic stop in the early morning hours of Feb. 26.

    Chiefland Police Officer Kyle Schultz attempted to stop a silver SUV for a traffic infraction near southeast Fourth Avenue. The vehicle continued onto southwest Second Drive when a back-seat passenger fled the scene, according to a press release from the Chiefland Police Department.

  • County runners dash to regionals

    Six Chiefland sprinters and hurdlers joined the girls’ 4x800 relay team in qualifying for the regional championships in track and field at the District 1A-5 meet at Oak Hall School in Gainesville last Wednesday.

    Michael Weaver advanced in a pair of events as the Chiefland standout finished second in the boys’ 110 meter hurdles (17.87 seconds) and scored third in the boys’ 300-meter dash (46.58 seconds).

  • Wild Hog Canoe Race enjoys record turnout

    Though the ride never gets any easier, the numbers keep growing.

    The Wild Hog Canoe Race continues to draw new participants to the charity event – a grueling 15-mile trek down the Waccasassa River, where canoers and kayakers paddle, drag, lift, wade and swim their way past snakes and alligators from six miles west of Bronson to the Waccasassa Bridge at U.S. Highway 19 near Gulf Hammock. The 40th Anniversary edition Saturday was no different.

  • Football springs into action

    The Chiefland Indians football team held its first official spring practice Monday at C. Doyle McCall Field. The Indians, led by first-year CMHS head man Adam Gore, play at Wildwood on May 19 at 7 p.m. for their spring game.

  • Chiefland baseball bats erupt against Dixie County

    An inning that included a little bit of everything from the Chiefland offense helped catapult the Indians past Dixie County for an 11-2 win in district play last Tuesday in Chiefland.

    Chiefland, which collected a 7-4 win at Newberry Monday, finished 1A-7 play at 4-6 and sat at 8-6 overall heading into its game at Alachua-Santa Fe on Tuesday.

    The Bears were 4-5 in district action (11-8 overall) before their final district tilt Tuesday versus Bell.

  • City commissioners hold workshop to discuss budget

    The City Commission held a city budget workshop after adjourning Monday’s regular meeting.

    City Manager Mary Ellzey presented a budget workshop agenda detailing potential wage increases from the current city employee salary plan.

    The city has not upwardly adjusted starting pays since adopting the current plan in 2004. Police and Fire employees have seen upward adjustment independent of the 2004 plan, and are not included in the proposal as a result.

  • CF campus on schedule for August opening

    Tom Morelock, director of facilities for the College of Central Florida, gave a tour, along with project manager Katie Hunt and builder Todd Duffy, of the new Jack Wilkinson Levy Campus north of Chiefland for the Suwannee Valley Rotary Club last Thursday.

    The two-story structure with modern amenities is on schedule for completion this summer, Morelock said, with staff expected to be in place by the end of July. 

    A ribbon-cutting ceremony is planned for Aug. 11, before classes begin on Aug. 28.

  • FFA Alumni Rodeo bull riders have their 'ups and downs'

    Bull riding seems a little bit like a fraternity of cowboys and bulls that was the original “animal house” long before the movie first appeared in 1978.

    Colton Stevens, 23, of Old Town, and Cody Baisden, 28, of Kenansville, have known each other for 10 years.

    Stevens is following behind his father and grandfather, who also rode the bucking animals. Baisden, who has been riding consistently since he was 18, said bull riding was just something he always wanted to do. 

    Both love it.

  • Lady Indians prevail in district showdown in Trenton

    The Chiefland softball team had some regrets coming out of its second meeting with Trenton last Friday.

    The Lady Indians failed to score nine of their base runners in the final four frames, as they again struggled to put runs on the board against the Lady Tigers even when the bats were warming up.

    But when it comes to the rivalry clash between the reigning three-time state champions and the newly-minted No. 1 team in the state, respective sides will take what they can get.

  • Georgia family of four killed in Williston plane crash

    A Georgia family of four was killed this weekend when their 1948 Cessna 170 crashed after take off at the Williston Municipal Airport.

    Clay Connolly, Williston Deputy Chief of Police, said the police and fire departments were notified about the crash around 1:12 p.m. Easter Sunday.

    It was only after the investigation began that law enforcement personnel began piecing the facts together and determined that the aircraft crashed some time after 3:10 p.m. Saturday.