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Today's News

  • Local siblings share big dreams on the court

    She’s a budding prep star, one of the standouts among the county’s impressive class of sophomores.

    He’s a former county star, having twice led Chiefland in scoring, and having played a key role in its final four run in 2014, now on the verge of starting the next phase of his hoops career.

    Her older brother’s former team, a team she once rooted for, is now her neighboring rival.

    He now roots for Cedar Key, at least when it comes to his sister’s Lady Sharks.

  • Teamwork nets 5 arrests in Fanning meth operation

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office Drug Task Force Division (DTF) and the Chiefland Police Department (CPD) combined forces on Friday to arrest five people — including one who was released from prison just eight days earlier, on drug charges in an investigation which began months ago.

    Investigators with both agencies began receiving citizen complaints in September 2016 that the home at 8841 N.W. 174 St. in Fanning Springs was being used to manufacture and sell methamphetamines.

  • Legislative wish list for Levy, cities long one

    One thing was certain at last week’s Levy County Legislative Delegation hearing: The county and its municipalities have a lot of needs.

    For state Rep. Charlie Stone of Ocala, R-District 22, and Sen. Rob Bradley of Green Cove, R-District 5, it may be a busy legislative session trying to pack in every earnest request for their help.

  • Having a fin-e time in school

    One of the greatest pleasures of reading is to escape into another world.

    Yankeetown School’s busiest readers over the last quarter term got a glimpse into one such enchanting world last Friday, when they were treated to a visit from a Weeki Wachee mermaid.

    Mermaid Charlene posed for pictures with the students in the school’s auditorium and took questions from the ones who weren’t too shy, as the children queried whether she knew Ariel and Nemo, and how long she can hold her breath.

  • Medical marijuana faces 6-month moratorium

    The Chiefland City Commission approved drawing up a moratorium for six months on medical marijuana dispensaries during its Monday meeting.

    The vote was 4-0 with Commissioner Teresa Barron absent.

    “This is going to be a hot item” said Commissioner Donald Lawrence as he made the motion to have City Attorney Norm Fugate to draw up the necessary legal paperwork. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Chris Jones.

  • City looks to study fire fee

    Chiefland City Commissioner Chris Jones wants the city to explore putting a fire assessment on property in the city — especially government-owned housing — in order to support the cost of service in the city.

    Jones’ request came during the commission’s Monday meeting after Fire Chief James Harris said his department answered 1,526 calls — fire, first responder and medical, during the 2016 calendar year.

  • City could have 2 RV resorts with 900 spaces

    Chiefland is going to get about 900 spaces for RVs if two planned resorts come to fruition.

    The Chiefland City Commission, which approved plans for a 450-space RV resort last spring, gave its approval Monday to a second proposed RV resort headed by developer Hal Lyons. Sitting as the City Planning Board the commission took two actions — one changing the city’s land use plan and another to change the land use for the new resort site and rezone it from R-1, single family residences, to R-2 multi-family homes.

  • AARP driving class Feb. 7 in Chiefland

    The AARP Driver Safety Course for Seniors will be held at Haven Hospice Community Center, 311 NE 9th St., Chiefland. The one-day class will start at 9 a.m.: Feb. 7, Mar. 14, Apr 18, final class May 9, 2017 Call (352) 727 9542.

    There are no tests. Class Fee: AARP Members $15, nonmember $20. The certificate of completion is valid for a discount on automobile insurance policies for three years. We plan to have lots of fun and show strategies to stop the CRASH which can cause injuries or death, so come join us.

     

  • Biker dies in Bronson crash

    A motorcyclist from Archer died shortly after 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 14, in a collision with a van on U.S. Highway 27A in front of Weeks Marathon station in Bronson, according to a Florida Highway Patrol Report.

    Michael Blanton, 41, the biker, was pronounced dead at the scene. The other driver in the accident, Donna Cohoon, 60, of Bronson, sustained minor injury.

  • Dean named permanent county coordinator

    Wilbur Dean, who has been serving as interim county coordinator since the retirement of County Coordinator Fred Moody on Dec. 23, was permanently given the position on Tuesday in a 3-2 vote.

    Commission Chair John Meeks of Bronson, R-District 1, and Commissioner Matt Brooks, of Williston, R-District 5, dissented on the vote saying they preferred to advertise the position and consider all candidates.

    Meeks said the assistant position, “It was not created to the heir to the throne.