Today's News

  • A day of prayer unites community members

    A crowd gathered in front of city hall in Chiefland at noon on May 7 for a day of prayer.

    The group offered prayers for guidance for public officials and the nation. 

  • CES Teacher of the Year

    Chiefland Elementary School Principal Angel Thomas, right, presents Cindy Hughes, a second grade teacher at CES, with the Teacher of the Year award on Thursday afternoon. Hughes has been teaching for 35 years and started at CES back in 1993.

  • Plum Creek takes back King Road mine

    A proposed massive limerock mine on King Road in Inglis that stirred passions and controversy just a few years ago over the issuance of a special exception permit to strip 6.8 million tons of rock annually on 2,757 acres of a 4,750-acre site for 110 years quietly changed hands on Tuesday.

    Tarmac America LLC, a subsidiary of Titan America, first applied for a Levy County special exception permit in 2004. It was finally approved by the Levy County Commission by a vote of 3-1 after an emotion-fraught public hearing that went almost eight hours.

  • Chiefland asks tobacco sellers to protect children

    The Chiefland City Commission unanimously agreed to a request by representatives of Students Working Against Tobacco and adopted a resolution asking tobacco sellers to keep tobacco products – especially tantalizingly colorful, fruit-flavored ones, away from children.

    The resolution asks retailers to voluntarily stop displaying or selling flavored tobaccos.

    Chiefland is the last municipality in Levy County to adopt the measure.

  • Rep. Yoho lends his ear to constituents

    The issues were as diverse as the people who brought them to the attention of U.S. Rep. Ted Yoho (R-Dist. 3) during a town hall meeting held by the congressman in Williston Monday night.

    Yoho gave a brief introduction before turning the floor over to his constituents.

    "Ask me anything," he implored.

    And they did.

    From his stance on the Keystone Pipeline to immigration and Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO), one by one they asked questions, got answers and sometimes threw in how they wanted the representative to stand on issues.

  • Sheriff's Report & Most Wanted for the week of May 14

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

    • May 4, Juan Secundino Alpizar, 40, Williston, probation violation, ROR.

    • May 9, Cari Lynn Arganbright, 44, Ft. White, disorderly intoxication in public place. Bond $500.

    • May 6, Kevin William Barclay, 40, Newberry, armed trespassing, ROR.

    • May 9, Timothy Lawrence Bartzen, 36, Ft. White, disorderly intoxication in public place. Bond $500.

  • How Sweet It Is – State Champs~Again!

    The thrill of victory came home again last week when the Chiefland Lady Indians downed the Jay Royals to make its mark in history with back-to-back state championship crowns.

    The team celebrated with Spirit Night and fund raising has started on championship rings.  

  • Get ready for Chiefland Watermelon Festival

    The 61st Annual Chiefland Watermelon Festival is on Saturday, June 6, but work on this big fundraiser for the Chiefland Woman's Club begins much earlier.

    Karen Schultz Tillis is head organizer for the event and she said vendors and volunteers are needed.

    The schedule for the festival calls for the Chiefland Watermelon Queen's luncheon and contestant interviews to be on May 30 at 11:30 a.m. followed by the pageants at 2 p.m. in the Chiefland Elementary School Cafetorium.

  • Fanning man dies in fire

    A Levy County man lost his life in a structure fire on Friday, May 1.

    The call came in at 10:02 p.m. that a residence at 7911 NW 166th Street, in unincorporated Levy County was on fire. The first truck arrived on the scene at 10:12.

    The Fanning Springs Fire Department responded along with Chiefland Fire, Levy County EMS, the sheriff’s office with deputies and investigators and then the state fire marshal’s office was called onto the scene.

  • ALS issue smoulders; county wants budget request by May 29

    Chiefland has decided to hold off on asking Levy County to include money for Advanced Life Support non-transport services in its budget request for fire services money this year.

    In Monday's City Commission meeting Chiefland Fire Rescue Chief James Harris said county Department of Public Safety Director David Knowles had asked that the proposed budget be submitted by May 29 for the fiscal year starting Oct. 1.