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Today's News

  • Board cancels contract for Williston school

    The Levy County School Board has cancelled its contract with its first choice for construction of the new Williston Middle High School and is now negotiating with its second ranked choice for the project. 

    The vote to end talks with Gilbane Building Company's Jacksonville unit came during the Tuesday, Feb. 10 board meeting and was unanimous.

  • Courthouse remodeling detailed

    It started with a simple complaint: A reporter said he and others in the back of the commission meeting room could not hear what was being said. It appeared the overhead speakers did not work. 

    The fix included new sound and recording equipment, a new dais for commissioners so wiring could be hidden, new microphones, comfy seats for the public even if fewer in number, and a bill for $57,379.09 for taxpayers.

  • Students remember a friend

    A crowd showed up for a last minute memorial of a young man who's life was lost in a tragic automobile accident early morning Feb. 12.

    Deshawn Roland was known not only for being a skilled athlete, but also a great person, said speakers at the event, which was held at 6 p.m.

    "An outpouring of love," Coach Aaron Richardson said, is what the night was about. He spoke of how tragedy hits small communities and choked back tears as he spoke about remembering the guy who "meant so much to all of us."

  • Visitation Friday for Deshawn Roland

    Chiefland lost a standout football star and all around nice guy when two vehicles crashed at 1:35 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 12, in front of the Marathon gas station, formerly the South Chevron, on U.S. Highway 19 in South Chiefland.

    Former Chiefland Indians football player Deshawn Roland, 20, died during surgery at Shands Hospital in Gainesville. At least three others were hospitalized with serious injuries after the crash, according to a Florida Highway Patrol report.

  • Former Indians football player dies in crash

    Students of Chiefland Middle High School will be gathering at Doyle McCall field at 6 p.m. Thursday (Feb. 13) to reminisce and comfort each other following the early morning death of a popuar standout Chiefland Indians football player Deshawn Roland. 

    Afterwards mourners will be welcome for visitation with the family of James Corbin, Deshawn Roland's close friend. The Corbin family fostered Roland after his mother died of breast cancer in his senior year.  

    Plans are still being made for his funeral. 

  • Sheriff seeks help in solving shooting

    Investigators are appealing once again to the residents of East Williston to come forward with information or a gun used in a shooting on Friday, Feb. 6, at about 3:30 p.m. at the intersection of County Road 318 and U.S. Highway 27A.

    Arrested in the shooting is Robert Junior Rives, 37, who is charged with five counts of aggravated assault, two counts of shooting into an occupied vehicle and one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. His bond is $400,000. Rives is the brother of a victim in a still unsolved fatal shooting in 2014.

  • Sheriff's Report for the week of February 12

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

    • Feb. 5, Michael Bergeron, 25, Inglis, FTA. Bond $1,000.

    • Feb. 4, Stephanie Ann Carlisle, 21, Bronson, VOP.

    • Feb. 6, Kenneth Elliott Craner, 49, Ocala, out of county warrant. Bond $11,000.

    • Feb. 4, Jimmie Lee Donald, 55, Chiefland, FTA.

    • Feb. 7, Deanna Marie Drew, 29, Chiefland, retail theft, possession of a controlled substance without a prescription. Bond $5,000.

  • Chiefland fire chief gets new contract

    Chiefland Fire Chief James Harris may not have gotten a glowing evaluation, but he has enough strong points in the job he is doing to stick around for another year. 

    The City Commission voted 4-1 with Mayor Teal Pomeroy dissenting, to approve the new contract and Harris humbly thanked the commission for keeping him on.

    After Monday's special and regular meetings of the commission, Harris said fire chiefs average five years in their jobs and he is happy that he will see a sixth year with the city.

  • Tradin' for tunes

    Dick Staber and Judith Chasnoff are no strangers to bartering.

    The traveling couple, who hale from New York, spend the first three months of the year in Florida, mostly camping at state and private parks. They trade a couple days of camping for their performances of traditional and original folk music, which all has an emphasis in bluegrass, Staber said.

    During the next two months, Staber and Chasnoff will be playing is area parks and in Cedar Key.

  • Cold temps won't close Farmers Market

    It will be cold Saturday morning, but the frigid temperatures will only delay the opening of the Chiefland Farmers Market at Trailhead/Old Depot Park on U.S. Highway 19 South. 

    Instead of opening at its usual 8 a.m., the market will open at 9 a.m. when the sun is expected to be high enough in the sky to ward off the morning chill. It will be open until 1 p.m.

    Chiefland’s downtown Farmers Market specializes in fresh, seasonal local produce, meats, plants, animals and food. Please come out and support the community market.