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Today's News

  • Chief land Christmas Festival road closings:

    This year the festival moves across U.S. Highway 19 from the Train Depot Park. The entire Festival will take place on the west side of US 19, including parking.

    The entrance to the parking field is from Park Avenue West. If you are headed south from the commercial area of Chiefland, please turn right at Park Avenue and then left into the parking field, which will be marked.

  • Chiefland Christmas Festival moves across the street this year

    Chiefland Christmas Festivalgoers will have a chance to start experiencing the change that will come about when the city builds the new Chiefland Trailhead Park on South Main Street/U.S. Highway 19, right across from the Old Train Depot Park.

    That’s because on Saturday, Dec. 10, the six-acre field will be the new site for the Chiefland Christmas Festival this year. The move across the street will end the necessity for festivalgoers to cross U.S. Highway 19 to go from the parking area to the activities. Bring the family and come out for a whole day of fun.

  • Sabal Trail addresses critics’ concerns

    By Mike Bates

    The Citrus County Chronicle has received several letters and Sound Off calls from readers concerned about the Sabal Trail pipeline’s effect on the environment.

    Those concerns include: excessive noise from a Marion County compressor station to be built in 2020, potential gas line explosions, possible fuel leakage or spillage and the destruction of established oak and pine trees.

  • 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.”

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.”

  • 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. 

  • Getting up to speed

    The Chiefland girls’ basketball team is equipped with some favorable pieces this season, with its impressive athleticism and height, as well as the return of a majority of its scoring from a season ago.

    But that firepower might take a minute to flourish, as the Lady Indians (0-3), many of whom are coming off volleyball, find their legs enough to push their up-tempo, attacking style of basketball for four quarters.