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Today's News

  • Casting call for Addams Family

    The Suwannee Valley Players is holding auditions for “The Addams Family Musical” based on the book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, and characters created by Charles Addams.

    The show dates are Oct. 16-18, 23-25, 30-31 and Nov. 1.

    Auditions will be at the Chief Theater, 25 E. Park Ave. Chiefland on Tuesday, June 8, 7-9 p.m.; Saturday, June 13, 4-6 p.m. and Saturday, June 20, 2-4 p.m.

  • Warning issued on ex-city manager

    Former Chiefland City Manager Kevin Gay says he has no idea why a warning was posted about him to law enforcement agencies by a Florida Youth Ranch official who reported Gay was released from employment, and “was very upset when he left.”

    The warning said Gay has weapons and the ranch official “is just worried that Kevin is going to come back and do something to the camp.”

  • Community Calendar for the week of May 21

    Today, May 21

    FFA banquet

       The annual Chiefland Senior and Junior FFA banquet is Thursday, May 21 beginning at 6 p.m. in the Chiefland Elementary School cafetorium.

    Spring concert

       The Chiefland Middle High School Band will present its spring concert on Thursday, May 21, in the school auditorium. There will also be an awards ceremony.

    Branford Camera Club

  • Bomb squads holding exercise at Camp Blanding

    Military explosive ordinance disposal units and law enforcement bomb squads are holding Raven's Challenge an exercise in handling situations involving explosives and investigating such cases at Camp Blanding at Starke this week.

    The exercise, hosted by the Florida Army National Guard's 221st EOD runs through Friday.

  • Road closures for the weekend

    Note: All FDOT work is suspended Saturday through Monday for the anticipated increase in traffic for the Memorial Day holiday. All work resumes Tuesday. FDOT offices close Monday.

     

    ALACHUA COUNTY

     

    Archer Road   Daytime lane closures weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Southwest 35th Boulevard for intersection improvements into Butler Plaza.

     

  • Jobless rate still sliding

    CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion’s regional jobless rate in April dropped by 0.5 percentage point over the month to 6.4 percent and is down 0.7 percent over the year. Out of a labor force of 194,932 there were 12,469 unemployed, a decrease of 918 since March and 1,474 fewer than the same time last year.

  • Softball champs parade delayed to Watermelon Fest

    A parade to honor the Chiefland Lady Indians softball team scheduled for Thursday at 3 p.m. has been cancelled and the back-to-back state champions will instead be honored by joining the Watermelon Festival parade on Saturday, June 6, at 11 a.m.

    The Watermelon Festival parade will go through downtown, beginning at Chiefland Middle High School and proceeding south on U.S. 19/Main Street to the Trailhead/Depot Park. 

    The team won its second state softball championship earlier this month in Vero Beach defeating the Jay Royals for the second year in a row.

  • 3 hiring events this week in Ocala

    CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion will hold hiring events this week for Custom Windows System, Burlington Coat Factory and Manpower, all in Ocala.

    Application requirements vary, though registration via the Employ Florida Marketplace (EFM) is required for all three. For complete details, interested job applicants should visit the Events Calendar at www.careersourceclm.com and search for “job fairs.”

  • Cooper grabs win over Durden in Limited Late Model Sportsman Feature

    Brent Copper grew up at and "cut his teeth" racing at Bronson Speedway some 20 plus years ago. His roots at the track go deep, as he relates stories about growing up at the speedway and about his Dad and the contributions Tom Cooper brought to Bronson Speedway, and many racetracks across the state of Florida. One could say the Coopers, Brent and Robbie, are one of Bronson Speedway's well known talented racing families.

  • Indians survive Taylor, fall at Williston

    Allen Strickland

    Correspondent

    Chiefland began its 2015 State Playoff campaign with a hard fought, extra inning, 2-1 road win against a very evenly matched Pierson-Taylor team. Going into the contest, both clubs had a record of 16-6 and on paper it was hard to pick a favorite. But in the playoffs, records don’t matter anymore, and the Indians proved to be the better team.