Today's News

  • CMHS elects prom royalty during 'Sea of Love'

    By Stephanie Hathcox

    CMHS Reporter

    Chiefland’s Junior Class transformed the Best Western Gateway Grand into a “Sea of Love” complete with shipwreck on Thursday, April 2.

    Among the glamourous gowns and tuxedos, the unknowing king and queen danced the night away.

    The prom court was nominated by faculty and staff at CMHS and announced prior to the event. CMHS junior and senior prom attendees made the final decision by voting when they arrived at prom.

  • Robber ignores clerk's advice

    A woman robber, who claimed to have a gun and a bomb, attacked a clerk at Smoke & Spirits Liquor Store on U.S. Highway 19 in Chiefland after he bravely told her, “You don't want to do this for a little bit of money.”

  • Man arrested on sex charge

    A joint investigation by the Gilchrist and Levy County Sheriff's Offices has resulted in the arrest of a Fanning Springs man and a request by both sheriffs that anyone with information on his activities come forward.

    Ronald Robert Bischoff, 43, of Fanning Springs, is charged with three counts of capital sexual battery and one count of lewd or lascivious exhibition. He was booked into the Gilchrist County Jail with no bond on the capital sexual battery counts and $100,000 bond on the lewd or lascivious exhibition charge.

  • Sheriff's report & Most Wanted for April 16

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office reports the following arrests:

    • April 8, Hugo Alberto Alvarez-Quintana, 28, Morriston, battery. Bond $25,000.

    • April 11, Roni Emiliano Cano, 27, Cross City, no DL. ROR.

    • April 12, Mitchell Chaddock, 49, Bronson, 49, battery.

    • April 9, Amanda Dora Cofield, 27, Chiefland, VOP. Bond $20,000.

    • April 10, Maddie Lynette Cryer, 28, Crystal River, two counts FTA. Bond $4,000.

    • April 9, James Jason Deloach, 37, Old Town, VOP.

  • Bronson observation deck on the horizon

    Bronson plans that originally included a nature trail and observation deck have been scaled back to include just the observation deck portion.

    Council member Beatrice Roberts asked where they were with the nature trail at last Monday’s town council meeting, as they said they could not do anything with the multi-purpose building until they’ve developed that property.

    They will get together during the month of April to scale back the drawing and go from there, Town Clerk Kelli Brettel said.

  • New Holiday Inn will pay no county taxes

    Fanning Springs has gotten over what Mayor Trip Lancaster called the “last hurdle at this point” regarding the Holiday Inn project.

    The Gilchrist County Commission passed a 100 percent tax abatement 4-0 for the development project, Lancaster said during his mayor’s report at the Fanning Springs city council meeting last Tuesday.

    Later, in a phone interview, Lancaster said they agreed to the tax abatement for the hotel itself with one commissioner, Todd Gray, abstaining as he is a commercial builder.

  • Volunteer fireman saves man

    Chiefland Fire Rescue Volunteer Firefighter Kevin Davis says he did what he was trained to do, enter a burning structure and rescue anyone inside. That's what he did when he rescued a burned man from a fiery bed at Manatee Springs Motel, at 2226 N. Young Blvd., on Sunday, April 12 at 10:48 p.m.

  • Too cool for school

    Mason Hancock of Georgia was one of many spring breakers who visited Fanning Springs State Park last week for a dip in the icy waters.

    The park is open from 8:00 a.m. until sundown, 365 days a year. Admission is $6 per vehicle with two to eight people, or $4 for a single occupant.

  • Want ALS? Get ready to pay

    • Read the consultants report by clicking on the link at the end of the story.

    A majority of the Chiefland City Commission acknowledged on Monday what it had been loathe to do in the past two years: It will have to find more than $71,000 annually to pay for Advanced Life Support services, plus at least $55,000 in startup costs.

    And at the same time, the county could cut its fire/first responder service contribution by almost $67,000.

  • Adventures with chickens, Part II

    I arrived home late Friday afternoon and started my usual routine of making sure everyone on my small farm had plenty of food and water. And by small and farm, I mean one acre in the middle of farm country – one wild acre I share with a few cats, a dog and a coop full of hens.