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Today's News

  • Williston man killed in car crash

    Matthew Chance Carlisle died early Sunday evening in a crash involving three vehicles.

    Carlisle, 33, of Williston, was traveling eastbound on C.R. 326 in a 1995 Chevrolet pickup toward the stop intersection for S.R. 121, according to a press release from the Florida Highway Patrol. 

    Marie Chandler, 24, no city of residence given, was traveling southbound on S.R. 121 in a 2013 Jeep Cherokee. The front of the Jeep struck the left front of the pickup. Upon impact, Chandler’s pickup was redirected southbound and came to final rest facing southbound on S.R. 121.

     A third vehicle, a 2012 Freightliner semi-truck was traveling northbound on S.R. 121. Moments after the collision with Chandler’s vehicle, Carlisle exited his vehicle and walked into the path of the oncoming truck. Carlisle was pronounced deceased shortly after the crash at Williston Regional Hospital.

     According to the press release, charges are pending the conclusion of the investigation. The incident was not alcohol related.

  • Lady Indians maintain winning ways after holiday break

    A solid run through its holiday tournament games, punctuated by a win over Providence, gave way to the Chiefland girls’ basketball team’s best week of the season, as it came back from break with convincing wins over Cedar Key and Bell.

    The victories set the Lady Indians on a three-game winning streak heading into their Jan. 9 home tilt against Fort White (played after press deadline). It also made them winners of four of their last five, and they hadn’t lost in regulation in seven games.

    On Jan. 2, in Cedar Key, the Lady Sharks knotted things up with CMHS at 19-19 with two minutes remaining in the half on a long 2 by Makalynn Bowling. Chiefland, though, responded with a long Colby Reed bucket and a bank shot from J’Mia McNeil to go up 24-19 for the break.

    The Lady Indians never surrendered their advantage for the remainder, as they clung narrowly to their lead in the third before establishing some breathing space in the final frame behind a combined 15 points from Sierra Norris and Courtney Hayes.

  • Adams’ late splurge not enough for Indians at CKS

    The Chiefland boys’ basketball team saw a reversal of the fortunes it enjoyed in a 19-point win over Cedar Key over the Christmas break.

    When the teams welcomed one another back from break with a meeting on Jan. 2 on the island, the Indian press defense failed to leverage the level of turnovers and general turmoil it generated in that earlier win.

    Instead, the Sharks stretched out for a comfortable 18-point advantage by the third quarter, before fending off a late Chiefland rally for a 64-58 win.

    That rally was pinpointed by Austin Adams’ 13 fourth-quarter points, helping shrink the Indians’ deficit by 14 points. Chiefland combined for five 3-pointers in the final frame, including two apiece by Adams and Payne Parnell.

    But the Indians were just 4 for 17 from beyond the arc before the fourth quarter, and had modest help from the free throw line, where they were 7 for 15 for the game.

  • WoW targets plastic along the coast

    Cedar Key’s Workout on the Waterfront (WoW) is an exciting day packed full

    of fun and active events, scheduled this year for Feb. 24.

    The WoW event aims to raise awareness about plastic pollution along our coasts.

    Proceeds from the 2018 races and silent auction will benefit the public aquarium at NCBS, Cedar Key School and the annual Cedar Key International Coastal Cleanup.

    WoW events include the Coastal Heritage 5K with runners of all ages following a route winding through downtown Cedar Key and along the historic waterfront. Race starts 9 a.m. at Lil Shark Park, 192 Second Street. Register at Active.com in advance or on race day at 6:30 a.m. Runner check-in begins at 6:30 a.m.

    Astena Otie Kayak Challenge is for kayakers ages 18 and above. It will start at the beach in downtown Cedar Key at 10:15 a.m. The course runs around and through Astena Otie Key and back to the City Park beach. Racers must pick up at least one item of garbage from Atsena Otie’s shoreline before racing back to City Park. Register at Active.com in advance or day of race at 6:30 a.m.

  • Changes proposed in waters around Snake Key

    The Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge is exploring a seasonal closure of Snake Key’s near-shore waters out to 100 yards to protect nesting birds from March 1 to June 30, mirroring the former closure at Seahorse Key.

    A public notification process will gather input on the proposed closure for 2018.
    Snake Key is an island off of the City of Cedar Key in the Gulf of Mexico and is part of the CKNWR established in 1929. The 800-acre refuge is managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for wildlife and wildlife-oriented outdoor recreation. The primary purpose of the refuge is to serve as breeding grounds for colonial-nesting marine birds. Snake Key is approximately 32.5 acres and is completely surrounded by shallow water, and is mostly closed to the public except for the small beach. The island is composed of two islands divided by a very narrow (~25 foot) channel, but is considered one landmass.

  • Complaint of shots fired at park leads to volley of words

    A complaint of guns fired within the city limits set off a heated discussion Monday evening at the Chiefland City Commission meeting.

    Shannon Iglesias said she was at a city park with her three children and her fiancé on the afternoon of Dec. 31 and heard a bullet whiz above her head. She told commissioners she called the 9-1-1. Emergency operators dispatched the Chiefland Police to the scene, “but they didn’t really investigate it.”

    She said Capt. Ray Tremblay advised her to attend the commission meeting and advise commissioners of a 2015 law prohibiting recreational shooting firearms in a primarily residential neighborhood with more than one dwelling place per unit acre.

    Iglesias said she believed the law was being misconstrued and is of the opinion that the law was supposed to be used as a residential unit as a whole as opposed to looking at a 10-acre parcel separately.

    “I’m concerned about my children. The FFA property is next door. My children go out there to feed the animals. They’re shooting and bullets are coming across the street to the park,” she said.

  • Manatee Springs State Park to Host Public Meeting

    Manatee Springs State Park to Host Public Meeting
    ~The public is invited to provide comments on the draft plan~

    WHAT: Public Meeting

    WHEN: Jan. 9, 2018
    5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

    WHERE: Chiefland Women's Club
    825 E. Park Ave.
    Chiefland, FL 32626

    DEP's Florida Park Service is in the process of updating the unit management plan for Manatee Springs State Park. Citizens are invited to attend a public meeting to learn about the proposed plans for the state park and provide their comments.

    The public notice, agenda, draft plan and comment form are available online. Copies may also be obtained by emailing Mark.Abrizenski@dep.state.fl.us or calling 352-493-6072. There will be a brief presentation at 6 p.m. Following the presentation, staff will be available to answer questions and accept public comment. Additionally, the public is invited to review and submit comments to the Division of Recreation and Parks at FLStateParkPlanning@dep.state.fl.us until Jan. 23, 2018.

    The following improvements are proposed for the updated Manatee Springs State Park management plan:

  • Hotel to break ground in spring

    By Bob McRae
    Citizen Correspondent

    Groundbreaking for the long-awaited hotel in Fanning Springs should be in the spring and is expected to be completed in nine to 10 months.

    Fanning Springs Mayor Trip Lancaster said Dec. 28 that Best Western Premier is working through the approval and permit process for a five-story hotel on four undeveloped acres north of the Agricultural Inspection Station on U.S. Highway 19 in Gilchrist County. The hotel will offer unique amenities including bike racks and horse stables and cater to boaters as well.

    The hotel was proposed approximately three years ago.
    Lancaster said he is committed to bringing new business to the area that will in turn boost the economy and provide much needed jobs for the Fanning Springs community. He expects the Best Western Hotel project will add $1 million of annual payroll to Fanning Springs and Gilchrist County.

     

  • Tix on sale for Feb. 17 STARS Gala fundraiser

    The annual Levy County Schools Foundation STARS Gala event is scheduled for Saturday, February 17th at the Bronson Middle High School. The semiformal evening will start with mingling and hors d’oeuvres at 5 pm with dinner and program starting at 6 pm.

    The evening’s program will feature The Honorable Joseph Smith as guest speaker, entertainment by local students and alumni, door prizes, a silent auction and live auction for a chance to bid on a cruise vacation. The Foundation will recognize the school district’s Teacher of the Year, School Related Employee of the Year and Volunteer of the Year along with its Alumnus of the Year.

    Tickets for the event are $50.00 per person. Sponsorship opportunities are available at $250, $500, $1,000 and $2,000 levels. For information contact Donna Turner at lcsf@levyk12.org or call
    (352)493-6056 (Monday – Wednesday)

    All proceeds are used to support the Foundation and its scholarship and grants programs for Levy County schools and students.
     

  • Bronson recognizes distinguished alumni

    The eight individuals that populate first-ever Bronson Distinguished Alumni list boast an impressive list of accomplishments.

    Many of them are households names around Levy County, and all of them have legacies that transcend the Town of Bronson. There were, after all, the first eight chosen from the more than 100 years of Bronson Middle High School’s history.

    But for the living members on the list, being name a distinguished alumnus of their alma mater in Bronson is at or near the top of their proudest distinctions. And in their submitted acceptance videos and messages, they stressed their educational foundation at Bronson Middle High School and the teachers and mentors that brought out their best.

    The honorees were celebrated at the first Bronson Distinguished Alumni Banquet Dec. 8 at Bronson Middle High School. It’s part of a new initiative from the School Board of Levy County, aimed at shining a light on distinguished alumni from the county.