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Today's News

  • Railroads and Riverboats are on display at Levy County libraries

    An excursion into the Golden Age of Transportation awaits patrons of the Levy County Public Libraries.

    For the next six months, each of the local libraries will have a display of photographs of the railroads and riverboats that plied the waters of the Suwannee River and surrounding waters.

    Steam navigation started on the Suwannee during the Second Seminole Indian War (1835-1842) when the vessels were utilized to carry U.S. soldiers to the interior of Florida and bring the captured Seminoles Indians out to the coast for transport west. Commercial navigation ended when the City of Hawkinsville was abandoned by her last Captain, Mr. Currie, on May 19, 1922.

    Today the vessel rests in shallow water on the west bank of the Suwannee River above Old Town.

    Another well known vessel of Suwannee River fame was the Madison, owned and operated by Capt. James Tucker. Not only did the vessel gain recognition providing the residents of the Suwannee River with much needed supplies, but also served under the Confederacy during the Civil War transporting troops and food stuffs and protecting the river.

  • Former world-class sprinter coming to Chiefland

    The Suwannee Valley Rotary Club is hosting former world-class sprinter and motivational speaker Almon Gunter for a special program scheduled for noon Oct. 26 at the Haven Hospice Community Center. Gunter will share how he is working with Chiefland Middle/High School to build Indian Pride. Gunter uses his experiences and success on the track to help others reach their maximum velocity performance in the game of life. The cost is $10 per person, including lunch catered by Beef O’Brady’s.

    Almon Gunter is CEO and president of Almon Gunter Motivates Inc. He is a highly acclaimed motivational, inspirational public speaker, author, and consultant, as well as a former world-class sprinter in track. He is the author of three books: “Focus on the Final Seconds and Win the Game of Life,” a how-to book on achieving both mental and physical fitness success in life; “Focus To Win” analyzes personal traits needed to build a strong foundation for success and “The Essence of Teamwork” outlines the eight principles of a winning team. 

  • Bank teller arrested for grand theft

    Rachel Lynn Mobley was arrested Sept. 19 for grand theft of more than $5,000 and less than $10,000 after allegedly embezzling money from her cash drawer at Sun State Federal Credit Union where she was employed as a teller.

    In an incident report filed by Chiefland Police Officer Kyle Schultz, branch manager Carole Tucker stated that Mobley had been audited several times throughout the month and found a shortage of about $7,300 missing.

    According to the report, Tucker and other corporate leaders confronted Mobley and she confessed to systematically taking cash from her drawer for several months.

    Schultz stated that he read Mobley her rights, which she waived, and stated she had been taking money since August because she was having financial difficulties.

    Schultz stated Mobley was transported to the Levy County Detention Facility without incident.

  • Jones, CMHS girls pick up another Cross Country win

    A pair of Chiefland girls finished in the top three to help lift the Lady Indians to a cross country win Oct. 5 at the 34th Annual Cedar Key Invitational Cross Country Race.

    CMHS eighth-grader Lauren Jones led the crowd in the 5K, while fellow eighth-grader Banner Hodge took third.

    A rainstorm at the end of the event prevented accurate times from being recorded.

    The Lady Indians defeated 11 schools at the Invitational, which is supposed to be the final one worked by longtime Cedar Key School track coach Brad Penney, who is retiring after the school year.

    Chiefland sophomores Jaycie Anderson and Luke Stockman captured top-ten finishes for the CMHS girls’ and boys’ squads, respectively. Dylan Cochran finished 11th among the varsity boys for the Indians, while CMHS eighth-grader Donovan Simoga placed at No. 16.

    Also for Chiefland, sixth-grader Lily Macarthur and freshman Eleanor Frields finished in the top half of the field of more than 50 varsity girls, as did Indians sophomore Jonathan Cannon on the boys’ side.

  • Taste of the Nature Coast raises funds for Resource Center

    The first-ever Taste of the Nature Coast fundraiser hosted by Tri-County Community Resources combined good food for a good cause with a strong dose of community spirit.

    Diana Child, chair of Tri-County Community Resources, who led the organization of the event, called the event a success, with hopes of expanding the event in the future. It was held at the Haven Hospice Community Building in Chiefland.

    All proceeds go toward the Tri-County Community Resource Center in Chiefland. The food and prizes were donated at no costs.

    Six Tri-County food vendors competed for the Taste of Nature Coast’s Best Appetizer, Best Main Course and Best Dessert, as voted by attendees.

    The attendees also scored various donated drawing prizes.

    Chef Laura Fowler Goss, Branford food designer, collected the Dessert and Appetizer awards, while Cedar Key’s 83° West won for Best Main Course for its Shrimp and Grits dish. The Appetizer competition was particularly tight; Goss shared her trophy with second-place finisher Bell’s Catering, of Chiefland.

  • Chiefland Commission recognizes students of the month

    Arianah Boyd, Jarrett Darus and Nathalie Solatorio were recognized by members of the Chiefland City Commission as Students of the Month for September — the first such recognition for the 2017-18 school year.

    Chiefland Elementary School nominated by fifth-grader Arianah Boyd, daughter of Angela and Anthony Boyd. Her teacher, Celeste Green, said Arianah is a very organized fifth grader.

    “I made her my 'classroom manager’ the first week of school. She is a great role model for her peers. She is kind, respectful and extremely responsible,” Green said.

    Jarrett Darus was selected from Chiefland Middle High School. He is the son of Tommy and Heather Darus. The seventh-grader was nominated by all the seventh-grade teachers.

  • Toys for Tots registration dates in Tri-County area

    The U.S. Marine Corps Reserves begins registration for Toys For Tots Registration in Levy County will be open to all three counties, however, to ease transportation barriers and to ensure sufficient volunteer assistance on-hand for each site, please take advantage of registration dates in your home county, when possible.

    Dixie County: Friday, Oct. 20, 9 a.m.12 p.m. Dixie County Public Library, 16328 US-19, Cross City, FL 32628

    Gilchrist County: Friday, Oct. 27, 9 a.m.12 p.m. Gilchrist County Public Library, 105 NE 11th Ave, Trenton, FL 32693

    Levy County: Mon-Thurs, Oct. 15, from 9 a.m.12 p.m., Tri-County Community Resources, 15 North Main St in Chiefland, FL 32626

    Registration requirements:

    Only children 12 years of age or younger are qualified.

    Parent or Legal Guardian’s current Government Issued Photo ID.

    Child’s Birth Certificate or Court Ordered Custody Records

    Child’s Social Security Card

    Proof of Residence (2 of 4, in registering guardian’s name)

    Driver’s License or Photo ID (with star indicating verified residence)

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  • Lady Indian netters push Newberry in thrilling senior night matchup

    A determined Chiefland volleyball squad didn’t get the result it wanted on senior night Oct. 9 against Newberry, but it gave its seniors – Sydney Allen, Erika Gilliam, Naja Martin and Karlie Meeks – a worthy tribute while proving its potential to make noise in the district tournament.

    The Lady Indians battled the talented Lady Panthers through four closely-fought sets as NHS survived 25-21, 25-21, 21-25, 25-20 to prevail 3-1.

    Newberry, now in Class 5A, split a pair of district championship matches with Chiefland in 2015 and 2016, and advanced to the 1A state title match last season.

    Adding fuel to the rivalry and senior night, the Lady Indians were also facing off against former teammate and college prospect Madison Baynard.

    After falling behind 23-16 in the first set, CMHS narrowed the deficit to 24-21 to make for a more dramatic finish. In the second set, the teams were knotted at 17-17, before a 3-0 Newberry run gave it just enough cushion to survive.

  • Hornets flying in for CMHS homecoming

    After collecting back-to-back road wins to even its record, Chiefland returns to Wayne Pridgeon Stadium for homecoming this Friday, Oct. 13.

    The significance of the opponent likely won’t get lost in the festivities, however. Hawthorne, the Indians’ homecoming opponent, handed Chiefland a bitter loss last year, with players on both sides facing ejections for a scuffle during the game between teams.

    The Hornets, headed by former Florida Gator football and basketball standout Cornelius Ingram, jumped out to a 4-0 start this season before suffering their first loss to Union County (Lake Butler) last week in a 31-25 overtime clash.

    The Hornet offense, led by junior Kahleil Jackson, is a balanced attack, and the defense has recorded 35 tackles for losses.

    CMHS coach says Hawthorne’s success is bolstered by the improved strength of its offensive and defensive lines.