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Today's News

  • Tour de Melon bicycle race brings attention to festival

    Suwannee Valley Rotary club members, pictured at right at their lunch time meeting last week, are gearing up to host the fifth annual Tour de Melon – watermelon themed bike ride – to be held on June 4 this year beginning at Strickland Park in Chiefland. Proceeds from the event go toward various community outreach programs throughout the year.

    Registration starts at 6:30 a.m. with the ride beginning at 7:30.

  • Ciallella heads Chamber group

    The Withlacoochee Gulf Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors has appointed Helen Ciallella as Community Relations Coordinator.

    This new position will allow the Chamber to coordinate efforts with our local business members, the towns of Inglis, Yankeetown, Dunnellon, Levy County, and Citrus County.

  • Summer BreakSpot Program starting

     Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam has announced that the Summer BreakSpot program will provide free meals and snacks from June through August to children 18 and under who are from low-income families.

    The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services partners with more than 3,800 schools and community organizations sites statewide to offer free, nutritious meals, recreational fun and educational activities to students from low-income families during the summer months.

  • Lecanto’s Davis departing to focus on family

    By Andrew Caplan

    In just four years, Jeff Davis guided Lecanto High School through its brightest and darkest days.

    The principal and former coach, a fixture at many athletic events, was on the field when the football team won its first county championship. He was in the classroom after a 15-year-old freshman boy shot himself last November — and grieved with faculty, parents and students for weeks after.

    Reflecting on the disparity, Davis finds himself thankful for where he is and where he is heading.

  • Public meeting Tuesday on highway through Levy

    ABOUT THE MEETINGS
    When: Tuesday, June 7, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
    Where: Best Western Gateway Grand, 4200 N.W. 97th Blvd., Gainesville
    When: Wednesday, June 8, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
    Where: Hilton Ocala Conference Center, 3600S.W. 36th Ave., Ocala

    By Michael D. Bates

    BROOKSVILLE — Even when the Interstate 75 Relief Task Force makes its anticipated recommendation in August, don’t expect that to be an end of the matter, County Commission Chairman Ron Kitchen said Tuesday.

  • CMHS seniors will graduate on Friday night

    The Chiefland Middle High School Class of 2016 will walk across the stage on Friday, June 3, in ceremonies that begin at 7 p.m. on C. Doyle McCall Field at Wayne Pridgeon Stadium on the school campus.

    There are 83 graduates in this year's class,

    The Chiefland graduation will be followed by the Cedar Key Graduation on Saturday at 10 a.m. in the gymnasium. There are 21 seniors in the class.

    Bronson Middle High School will graduate 68 seniors on Monday, June 6 at 7 p.m. at Phillips Art Center in Gainesville.

  • Welcome to our area's busiest time of year

    Held on the first Saturday in June, the Annual Watermelon Festival is perhaps the biggest event in Chiefland during the year, drawing thousands of visitors from all parts of the state. Activites are centered around the city's Trailhead/Old Train Depot Park on U.S. Highway 19/South Main Street.

  • Latest news on missing Steinhatchee boater

    From the Dixie County Sheriff's Office:

  • Sheriff's Report & Most Wanted for the week of May 26

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

    •May 21, Christopher Allen Barron, 33, Trenton, possession of marijuana. Bond $2,500.

    •May 16, Pedro Louise Bautista, 29, Bronson, battery. Bond $1,000.

    •May 20, Dana M. Benton, 24, Trenton, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and/or use. Bond $2,000.

    •May 22, Teresa Elizabeth Betts, 28, Chiefland, petit theft.

  • Couple charged with making meth at home with children

    A Chiefland couple was arrested on Wednesday, May 25, after a search of their home on May 19 turned up evidence of methamphetamines being made while children were in the residence, according to a Levy County Sheriff's Office press release.

    Jeffrey and Kelly Koschatzky were not at home when the search warrant, which was issued based on information gathered by sheriff's investigators, was carried out.

    Jeffrey Koschatzky, 37, and Kelly Crews Koschatzky, 38, are charged with manufacturing meth, possession of meth, child neglect and keeping a house for drugs.