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Today's News

  • Chiefland hospital alive, progressing

    The Chiefland City Commission got some welcome news on Monday, an email from a person involved in the Suwannee Valley Community Hospital assures that the developers CBC Real Estate and Neuterra Health are proceeding with plans to build the facility.

    Frank Shupp, in an email sent Monday to City Manager Mary Ellzey, wrote: “The Hospital status in as follows: The Certificate of need is ‘alive’.”

  • Citizens sound off on highway pitch

    By Mike Wright

    Freeway upgrades first. Parkway extension second.

    That’s the consensus of a group of elected and appointed officials representing six Florida counties grappling with what to do about Interstate 75 congestion between Gainesville and Tampa.

    The I-75 Relief Task Force decided on a tentative plan that calls for upgrades to the freeway before entertaining thoughts of extending the Suncoast Parkway north to the Gainesville-Ocala area.

  • Celebrating freedom

    Williston, Friday, July 1

    The holiday weekend kicks off with the annual Pre-4th Extravaganza. Floats and marching units will mark the nation’s birthday with a parade at 5 p.m. down Noble Avenue. After the parade, the action moves to Williston’s Horseman’s Park for an evening of free entertainment and fellowship.

  • Most Levy officials re-elected

    When qualifying for public office closed on Friday, June 24 at noon, most Levy County constitutional offers, one state senator and three candidates for school board heaved a sigh of relief as they drew no opposition.

  • Tonight’s (Thursday) cake auction buys rings

    The Chiefland Fastpitch Boosters are holding a cake auction tonight (Thursday, June 30) beginning at 7 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Chiefland to benefit the three-time state champion Lady Indians softball team.

    This is an opportunity to save yourself time in the kitchen for the July Fourth holiday and everyone knows Chiefland’s baking is tops.

    All proceeds will go towards the purchase of the rings for the team. The school and the athletic association does not provide the rings.

  • CPD arrests sexual predator after attack on teen

     

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    Chiefland police on Monday arrested a registered sexual predator after a woman reported he forced his way into her home while she was out and sexually battered her 15-year-old son.

  • 150 jobs up at hiring event today

    Episcopal Children's Services will hold a “Meet and Greet” Tuesday, June 28 to introduce the community to the agency which has served children and families in Florida for 50 years but is new to the area.

    Starting July 1, the Jacksonville-based nonprofit takes over administration of Head Start and related programs from Childhood Development Services. ECS plans to fill 150 full- and part-time teaching, staff support and management positions in the three-county area.

  • Rural areas face challenges for development

    Rural areas, such as Levy County, are presented with certain challenges for economic development, David Pieklik, executive director for the Nature Coast Business Development Council, told members and guests at the monthly meeting of the Greater Chiefland Area Chamber of Commerce last Friday.

    “Our challenges are not unique,” he said.

    One in 10 jobs are created in places like Chiefland and Williston, but that figure used to be one in four. Ninety percent of these businesses have 20 or less employees, he said.

  • Yankeetown mayor honored by AARP

    AARP has recognized Debra Weiss for 50+ hours of volunteer work. Community involvement is an important part of AARP's Mission. AARP Services, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of AARP that oversees providers and the products offered to its members, recognizes Weiss for 50+ volunteer hours through the ACES community service program. 

  • Commission reverses course on ag extension job

    The Levy County Commission reversed course on interviewing a woman for the agricultural extension director/4H director's position which has been vacant since February after Levy Cattlemen's Association spokesman made a “23rd hour” request that the job be given to a director who is also a livestock agent.