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Today's News

  • Celebrating Literacy Week

    Students at Chiefland Elementary School are celebrating Literacy Week with activities every day.

    These students, (from left) John, Amber and Alysha, read books for videos that will be uploaded to the school's website and learned to read recipes to make popcorn treats.

    The fifth grade students are reporting on the activities after two lectures from members of the news media, Chiefland Citizen Editor Lou Elliott Jones and blogger Jeff Hardison of HardisonInk.

  • Sidewalks coming on CR345 — in 2021

    It has been a worry of the Chiefland City Commission that children and residents who live along C.R. 345 between U.S. Highway 19 and U.S. 27A must walk along a small strip of land between drainage ditches and the busy roadway leading out of town. 

    All too frequently, pedestrians find themselves walking in the traffic lane.

    Never mind that the speed limit is 45 mph.

  • Ellzey breezes through eval

    It has only been six months since longtime city employee Mary Ellzey took the Chiefland city manager post, but she has certainly impressed the City Commission.

    In a special meeting on monday, the commissioners gave Ellzey a combined 952 points on her evaluation. Her composite score was 3.59 out of a possible 5 points.

    Mary Ellzey, who has worked with the city in various positions during the last 31 years, was unanimously hired by commissioners as city manager at the end of July. Her last position was that of deputy clerk.

  • Last call for Citizen of the Year

    The deadline for nominating Chiefland Citizen of the Year is tomorrow, Jan. 30, at noon.

    Nominations must be received by mail, email (ChieflandChamber@bellsouth.net) or in person at the Chiefland Chamber of Commerce office, located at the historic train depot downtown.

    If you know a generous someone who should be spotlighted, take a moment to recognize that person for this community service award. All nominees will be recognized this year at an award banquet that takes place Feb. 24 at the Tommy Usher Center.

  • Goethe burn successful,roads opening

    THURSDAY AFTERNOON UPDATE:

    Upon the completion of the 12,325 acre prescribed burn conducted by the Florida Forest Service in the Goethe State Forest, CR-337 and CR-336 are now open to traffic.

    The Florida Highway Patrol will continue monitoring the burn area for smoke and fog as a precaution throughout the night.

    Motorists are encouraged to utilize their low beam headlights, reduce speed and be prepared for changing weather conditions especially during the night time and early morning hours in this vicinity.

     

  • Chiefland FFA Alumni chili, cake event Friday, Feb. 13

    The Chiefland FFA Alumni Chapter's Annual Chili Competition and Cake Auction will be at 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 13, at the Agriculture Building on the Chiefland Middle High School campus. 

    The chili contest is open to anyone who can fill out the entry form and get it in to the chapter by Tuesday, Feb. 10. Check-in is at 4:45 p.m. on Feb. 13.

  • Fewer workers = lower unemployment

     CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion reported Friday that the region's jobless rate in December fell to 6.4 percent, down 0.4 percentage point over the month and down 0.6 percent compared to the same time last year.

    There were 12,723 unemployed in the region, 860 fewer than in November and 1,291 less than December 2013.

    Levy County continued to post the lowest unemployment rate in the region at 6 percent, followed by Marion County with 6.4 percent and Citrus County at 6.7 percent. The not-seasonally adjusted rate for Florida and the nation is 5.4 percent.

  • FDOT Road and Lane Closures for January 24-30

    ALACHUA COUNTY

    Archer Road   Daytime lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. just west of Southwest 47th Street for median modifications for Gainesville Council on Aging.

    Daytime eastbound lane closures east of Southwest 37th Boulevard for driveway modifications at Sonny’s BBQ.

    The main driveway at UF Health/Shands (Circle of Hope) is closing Monday for an extended period for construction at the hospital.

  • Qualifying for Bronson council seat starts Jan. 27

    Staff report 

    The Town of Bronson will be holding a special election March 10, in part, to determine who will fill Town Council seat No. 2, which was left vacant by Council Member Berlon Weeks a few months ago. Weeks resigned to pursue other business interests.

    Several local candidates stepped forward to fill the position when, initially, the town council considered appointing someone to the position. It was later decided a candidate should be chosen by voters.

  • Church News for the week of Jan. 22

    Gospel sing

       Full Gospel Outreach Church of Chiefland will have a Saturday Night Gospel Sing Jan. 24, at 7 p.m. with The Reflectsons from Trenton.

    There will be no admission charge, but a love offering will be received.

    Full Gospel Outreach is located three miles north of the Chiefland Walmart on HWY 19.

    For more info you can call 352-493-1175 or 352-221-2003 or visit  www.oldtimechurch.com.

    Florida Boys Choir