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Today's News

  • Chiefland gears up for economic opportunity from state Monday

    Chiefland will be in the spotlight for rural economic development when Jesse Panuccio, executive director of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, visits the city twice in the coming months.

    Panuccio will be in Chiefland at 3:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 15, for a 45-minute meet and greet with local officials and community leaders. He will return to Chiefland with his staff for a luncheon and tour of the city on Jan. 13 with officials and community leaders.

  • Fanning council concerned over yard sales

    Fanning Springs may be cracking down on yard sales along US Hwy. 19.

    In what started out as a discussion on whether or not to do away with required yard sale permits, some council members expressed opinions saying these types of sales should be restricted along the highway to keep Fanning Springs from becoming one large yard sale.

    At Tuesday night’s city council meeting, Mayor Cheryl Nekola said they should do away with the permitting as many residents do not pay for one and it’s not fair to those who do.

  • Chiefland timber project on well property delayed

    A plan to spray herbicide to clear 30 acres at the city's No. 5 wellfield and replant it in longleaf pines came to a dead halt when a city commissioner who grows trees gave fellow commissioners an education on timing and trees.

  • Santa's schedule changes for Christmas festival

    By THE HEAD ELF

    The arrival of Santa Claus in Chiefland for the 11th Annual Christmas Festival and Parade has changed this year.

    Parents and children should be aware that Santa has had to change his schedule for hearing wishes to accommodate the many appearances he must make at festivals on Saturday, Dec. 13. He will be arriving at Trailhead Park at 4 p.m. and will leave shortly before 6 p.m. to lead the lighted float parade down U.S. Highway 19/Main Street, from Chiefland High School to Trailhead Park.

  • Fanning Springs man dies in US 19 wreck

    A Fanning Springs man died shortly after midnight on Tuesday, Dec. 9, and two Chiefland residents were injured in a head-on collision on U.S. Highway 19 and Northwest 150th Lane, according to a Florida Highway Patrol press release.

    Steven E. Wright, 38, was pronounced dead at the scene, and while Ekaterina E. Norris, 24, and William C. Rollinson, 26, both of Chiefland, sustained minor injuries and were treated at Shands Hospital in Gainesville.

  • State OKs Chiefland hospital

    After more than a decade of disappointment, the development of a hospital in Chiefland seems to be inching closer to becoming a reality.
    Friday, the Florida Agency for Healthcare Administration announced that it has granted Ameris Health Systems the certificate of need (CON) necessary to get the $45 million project rolling.
    "It's great news. We're really excited," Ameris senior vice president for business development Frank Schupp said in a phone interview.

  • English-only is preferred

    A non-discrimination policy for those with limited English-speaking skills that is required for public transit systems by the federal government was approved by the Levy County Commission. 

    But the approval came after members of the audience indicated with their applause they would prefer the have only English spoken. 

  • Sheriff's Office praised

    Levy Department of Public Safety Director David Knowles had high praise for County Sheriff Bobby McCallum, his deputies and investigators and the U.S. Marshal's Office in Gainesville. 

    “I want to thank the sheriff's office,” Knowles said first thing on coming to the podium for his turn at the commission meeting. “We had an arson down in Inglis and the sheriff's office apprehended the suspects within 24 hours in conjunction with Marshal's Office.”

  • UF medical students to ride ambulances

    Medical residents will shadow ― and possibly help ― crews on Levy County's ambulances as part of a program to allow them to learn about rural health care.

    The agreement to allow the ride-along was unanimously approved by the Levy County Commission on Tuesday.

    County Public Safety Director David Knowles said the students will be insured by the university for any action they take or encounter on the ride-along.

  • Body in Levy is missing Gainesville man

    A Gainesville man reported missing after he did not return home from work on Nov. 29 was found dead in the woods in the University Oaks subdivision near Bronson by a local resident on an evening stroll on Wednesday, Dec. 3.