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Today's News

  • Heavy Rains lead to flooding at high school

    By BAILEY BEAUCHAMP

    Citizen Correspondent

    A thunderstorm flooded Chiefland High School’s campus April 4, leaving water inches deep on all the sidewalks, parking lots and other walkways such as the field leading to the ag shop. 

    It is possible there was as much as 7 inches of rain that day and while it caused many issues for students and teachers throughout the day, Chiefland High School did everything possible to keep their students safe and dry. 

  • Two killed, two injured in Friday crash

    Two people were killed April 14 when the driver of one car ran a stop sign and crashed broadside into the driver’s side of a second car.

    Jessica Lea Raquet, 32, and Joy Lea Raquet, 55, both of Homosassa, were pronounced deceased at the scene by Levy County Fire Rescue. A third occupant, 9-year-old Mylea Raquet, was transported to Shands in serious condition, according to a press release from the Florida Highway Patrol.

  • The 2017 Suwannee River Livestock Show and Sale surpassed 2016 totals with $926,080

    The 2017 Suwannee River Livestock Show and Sale surpassed 2016 totals with $926,080 paid to FFA and 4-H exhibitors.

    The two-weeklong show concluded March 22 with an auction of 357 hogs and steers. The total number of livestock sold was down from 385, but more than the $918,000 sold the previous year.

    Marti Smith, Suwannee River Livestock Show and Sale bookkeeper, said there were 233 hogs, 42 fat steers and 82 feeder steers sold this year. That does not count other livestock, such as sheep, that were sold, but not at the auction.

  • Updated flood maps are ready for viewing

    LIVE OAK — Area residents and governments will have the opportunity to review updated mapping information to better prepare and protect homeowners and communities in the event of flooding. 

    The Suwannee River Water Management District, Federal Emergency Management Agency and Florida Department of Emergency Management are hosting open house meetings for residents and officials in Dixie, Levy and Taylor counties during the month of April to review the proposed Flood Insurance Rate Maps and answer questions.

  • Capital City Bank recognizes sales and service leaders

    Capital City Bank recently recognized 32 of its best and brightest sales and service leaders at its annual Star Summit event, held at WaterColor Inn & Resort in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida. Suwannee Valley President and Community Banking Executive Clif Bradley, and Capital City Banc Investments Financial Advisor Danny Etheridge received additional recognition as the respective recipients of the distinguished Rain Maker and Fire Starter awards.

  • County approves proposal for animal control program

     

    The Levy County Board of Commissioners last Tuesday approved a proposal by the Levy County Animal Services to start a low cost spay and neuter program for the pets of low income and retired Levy County residents.

    In its request, LCAS argued that such a program would hopefully reduce the County’s pet overpopulation, making for fewer impoundments and euthanizations at the shelter.

  • Suspects sought in home invasion

    The search for suspects involved in a home invasion and shooting Monday in Rosewood continued as of Tuesday afternoon. 

    Investigators said Tuesday they have credible information the suspects have fled and are no longer in the Levy County area. 

  • Georgia family of four killed in Williston plane crash

    A Georgia family of four was killed this weekend when their 1948 Cessna 170 crashed after take off at the Williston Municipal Airport.

    Clay Connolly, Williston Deputy Chief of Police, said the police and fire departments were notified about the crash around 1:12 p.m. Easter Sunday.

    It was only after the investigation began that law enforcement personnel began piecing the facts together and determined that the aircraft crashed some time after 3:10 p.m. Saturday.

  • Chiefland celebrates Easter

    Chiefland Mayor Betty Walker pronounced Chiefland city’s First Annual Easter EGGStravaganza a success. Although the crowd was modest, Walker was pleased with the turn out at this first event.  Mayor Walker and Fire Chief James Harris, both driving forces behind the EGGStravaganza, stated they just wanted to do something for the kids and give back to the community. They credited the whole city, including Drs. Martin and Mount, Randy Stephanelli, Sav-a-Lot and many volunteers, with working together and making it easy and fun to organize the affair. 

  • Alumni FFA Rodeo starts Friday

     The Suncoast Credit Union presents the 6th Annual Chiefland FFA Alumni Rodeo April 21-22 at 8 p.m. at Lotoma Ranch. Other corporate sponsors include Chiefland Farm Supply, Ace Hardware, Alliance Dairies and Alliance Grazing Group.