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Today's News

  • Summer roundball

    The summer league season is winding down for the Chiefland Lady Indians and their fellow area girls’ basketball squads.

    After falling victim to a last-minute 3-pointer by Branford last Thursday, Chiefland picked up a 37-24 win over Fort White Monday in Williston.

    The Lady Indians cap the season in Gainesville Thursday June 29 at Buchholz High School, where they'll take on Keystone Heights.

    The league consists of 12 area teams and features 20-minute halves, with the clock only stopping for timeouts.

  • Horseshoe crabs are related to spiders

    By REBECCA GALLAGHER

    Horseshoe crabs are arthropods therefore more closely related to spiders than to crabs, according to Dr. Savanna Barry from the UF/IFAS Nature Coast Biological Station.

    Barry presented a lecture on the crabs recently to a group at the Withlacoochee Gulf Preserve. She discussed the anatomy and importance of the horseshoe crab.

  • City considers property tax increase

    By JOHN TYLER NILSEN
    Citizen Correspondent

    Chiefland City commissioners are considering raising millage rates to cover city budget expenses, but no decision can be made until certified property values are released next week.

    The commission held its first budget meeting Monday, June 26, in preparation for the next fiscal year. The next budget meeting will be held after the July 10 meeting.

    The budget includes a 2 percent increase in wages for non-union city employees, except for city manager Mary Ellzey, who opted not to accept a raise.

  • Connecting trails could transform local communities

    When Dale Allen retired in 2010 and took to riding the state’s local trails, he quickly grew frustrated.

    For more than 30 years, Florida’s local and state authorities have been acquiring abandoned railroad corridors and converting them into recreational trails, in line with the national rails-to-trails trend.

    The process has led to a hodge-podge of disconnected pieces, undermining the potential of the trails to serve as long-distance carriers for bicyclists, and economic stimuli for the communities they run through.

  • Cedar Key, Bronson, Williston fireworks

    The Cedar Key Chamber of Commerce will have its fireworks show on the Fourth of July at dark on Dock Street.

    The Chamber sponsors the annual event through donations and donations are still short of the $12,000 needed to pay for the display and donations are still being accepted.

    For more information on the show or how to donate, please contact the Cedar Key Chamber of Commerce at 352-543-5600.

    The Town of Bronson and Williston will celebrate the Independence Day on July 1 and July 3, respectfully.

  • 12th Annual Spring Dance Revue held in Chiefland

    D&D Studios presented their 12th Annual Spring Dance Revue on Saturday June 10. 

    As in the previous years, the spectacular revue was held in the Chiefland High School Auditorium. 

    "A Celebration of Faith & Freedom" was met with tremendous applause.  As July 4th approaches, many routines consisted of our nations traditional and familiar patriotic songs. 

  • Otter Springs to host 4th of July family fun

    Join Otter Springs Park and Campround this Fourth of July weekend for family fun, food, and music to celebrate our freedom and those who sacrificed for our freedom. The holiday weekend includes begins Friday, June 30 with a barbecue dinner and ends with a cookout at the Springs.

    All proceeds go towards the Camp Valor Project in support of our severely wounded veterans. Please check out our website at www.ottersprings.com to learn more about the other activities we will be hosting this holiday weekend. For more information, please call 352-463-0800.

  • Water rumors addressed at Fowlers Bluff water meeting

    By REBECCA GALLAGHER
    Citizen Correspondent

    Fowlers Bluff Water Association Board President Tim Brown noted the 25 to 30 members assembled for the annual meeting last week was the largest group of members to show up for a water meeting since the new plant opened in 2012. He mentioned that in 2015, when the purification system was not working around 12 members showed up.

    Also present, were board members Charlie Brown, Cathy Simpkins and Bill Nelson.

  • Suwannee Valley Players to present Charlotte's Web

    The Suwannee Valley Players and Chief Theater present the Children’s Summer Production and their version of E.B. White’s Charlotte’s Web adapted by Joseph Robinette.

  • CPD Chief Anderson sails through review

    Chiefland Police Chief Scott Anderson breezed through his six-month performance evaluation given him June 12 by city commissioners.

    Anderson received a composite score of 3.6 on a 5.0 scale, slightly higher than his three-month evaluation in March when he was given a composite score of 3.49. This is the second of three performance reviews Anderson will receive in his first 12 months on the job. His next evaluation will come in December, which will be his first annual review.