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Today's News

  • Dashers selected as outstanding partner family

    A Chiefland foster family was among those recently honored by Partnership for Strong Families.

    Every year the group hosts an event to honor what they call partner families who are an integral part of their system, Jenn Petion, MA, director of Community & Government Relations for Partnership for Strong Families said.

    “We hold them to a higher standard in this area,” Petion said, explaining that's why they call them partner families instead of just foster families.

  • Bid approved for Bronson's Pine Street sidewalk

    The Bronson Town Council ddecided Monday night to accept the low bid of $32,920 from Steve Smith Construction of Bronson.

    But the 3-1 vote came after Mayor Franklin Schuler’s suggestion that all three bids on the project be rejected because the bid opening was done by the staff rather than the council during its Monday meeting.

    The sidewalk on North Pine Street will cross from the east side of Pine Street to the west side at Mongo Street.

  • Bridge meeting draws little interest

    The Florida Department of Transportation held an open house and public comment session on construction plans for the Waccasassa River bridge on County Road 339 and the meeting attracted little interest – just two media representatives.

    But that does not mean the public has lost their opportunity to comment on the plans.

    The open house at the Dogan Cobb building was to unveil plans for handling traffic while the old bridge – which has a weight restriction – is demolished and a new bridge is built.

  • Teen injured by jumping sturgeon

    A 14-year-old Fanning Springs girl was hit and injured by a jumping sturgeon on the Suwannee River this past Sunday.

    Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers reported Heavyn Nash was riding with her mother and grandfather when a 4-to-6 foot sturgeon leapt out of the water and into the boat hitting her and knocking her unconscious, said an FWC press release. The collision occurred just south of Manatee Springs near Usher Landing.

    Nash was taken to Manatee Springs and from there transported to the hospital where she was treated and released.

  • Relay raffle winner

    Mary Gene Martin of Trenton was smiling from ear to ear after winning the raffle sponsored by the Relay for Life of the Tri-County.

    She won the educator basket, valued at more than $200, created by the Bell Elementary School Team.

    The Bell team also sold the tickets for the raffle. The basket included gift certificates donated by Akin’s Barbecue restaurant and Libby’s beauty salon and barber shop.  

  • Albert and Lucille Rese, are Haven Chiefland’s Volunteers of the Year

    Albert and Lucille Rese were honored as the co-recipients of the Haven Hospice Dr. Fitzpatrick Volunteer of the Year Award for the Chiefland service area during the recent volunteer appreciation luncheon and awards event.

    The husband and wife team, who are originally from New York, visit patients in a variety of settings in the Tri-Counties Area.

  • Grad love

    Chiefland graduate Heather Deaton sends love to her fellow bandmates during Friday’s Class of 2015 commencement service at Wayne Pridgeon Memorial Stadium on Friday, May 30.

    More graduation photos will be posted on Friday in the Multimedia section of this website. 

  • For the love of the big game

    Chiefland softball coach Wayne Weatherford sat down with the team early in the season and told them the news.

    He had renal cell carcinoma - a tumor on his kidney - and he might not be able to see them through the whole season.

    “We were pretty devastated. We didn’t expect something like that to happen,” Emily Hallman, catcher for the team, said.

    Weatherford got an original surgery date that would fall on the same day as the state championship game and he knew there was a good chance, his girls would be playing.

  • Rich in tradition, this Saturday's Watermelon Festival takes time

    The Chiefland Watermelon Festival, hosted by the Chiefland Women’s Club, is more than just another festival to one of its coordinators. And she puts in the time to show it.

    “It’s tradition and supporting what watermelon has done for our community,” said Karen Tillis who coordinates sponsorships, media and vendors for the event. She’s also the principal at Old Town Elementary School.

    Tillis has been working with the club to put on the festival for six or seven years with the exception of last year when her son was graduating.

  • Gas theft arrest leads to 18 charges

    The Levy County Sheriff's Office and Cedar Key Police Department have arrested Cale Brandon Barber, 31, of Williston on charges of grand theft of a firearm and dealing in stolen property on May 16 but the full extent of his activities may not be known unless the public steps in to help, according to a sheriff's press release.

    LCSO had been looking for Barber after receiving a complaint he drove away from a gas station in Williston without paying for his fuel.