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Today's News

  • Salty talk on Civil War

    On Saturday, Feb. 13, the Levy County Historical Society will present the second of three presentations about the invasion of the Civil War into Levy County.

    The presentation is at 2 p.m. at the conference center of the Cedar Key RV Resort, 11980 S.W. Shiloh Road, Sumner.

    Everyone with an interest in the history and heritage of Levy County is invited to join us at this free event to learn more about this time in our history.

  • Community Calendar for the week of Feb. 11

    Through Sunday, Feb. 14

    Check out “Confessions of a Dirty Blonde”

    The College of Central Florida Foundation’s 18th Annual Dinner Theatre production, “Confessions of a Dirty Blonde,” is set for Wednesday-Sunday, Feb. 10-14 in the Webber Center at the CF Ocala Campus, 3001 S.W. College Road.

    Evening performances begin with dinner at 5:45 p.m. Matinee performances, Saturday and Sunday, will serve lunch at 12:15 p.m. Doors open 15 minutes prior to the scheduled meal times.

  • Citizen of the Year Banquet Feb. 23

    Chiefland’s Citizen of the Year for 2015 will be announced at the 33rd Annual Award Banquet on Tuesday Feb. 23 at 6 p.m. Hosted by the Greater Chiefland Area Chamber of Commerce, the theme for the event is “The Wild, Wild West.”

    There will be entertainment, games, a silent auction, and cake/pie fundraiser for a scholarship as well as the Food4Kids backpack program. The event includes dinner and is open to the public.

  • Seahorse Key open Saturday

    Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge is opening Seahorse Key to the public on Saturday, Feb. 20 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    Visitors to the island must provide their own transportation or buy a ticket on one of the tour boats.

    Bring your camera, fish a little, walk along the beach and enjoy the exhibits.

    A cast of period-dress volunteers will tell the history of the lighthouse on Seahorse Key, which sits atop the 54-foot tall dune, and offers great perspective for wildlife photography.

  • The Royal Closet collects prom wear

    The Chiefland High School Health Academy is collecting donations of male and female formal wear and accessories to provide students who may be in need with the opportunity to attend the CMHS prom in April.

    Drop-off locations are the CHS and CMS front offices.

    Questions? Call Kelly Beauchamp at 352-493-6000.

  • President’s Day holiday for school

    Parents, be forewarned, there is no school on Monday, Feb. 15, in honor of President’s Day.

    The next day off for students is Monday, Feb. 22, when teachers have a district in-service.

  • City honors Honey, the Wonder Dog

    By a unanimous vote, the Chiefland City Commission approved a proclamation on Monday that honors a Vietnam veteran’s service dog known as Honey, the Wonder Dog.

    Honey is the service dog for Chiefland resident Michael Gaither and is a four-time bronze medal winner of the American Kennel Club’s Humane Fund Awards for Canine Excellence (ACE).

  • Fire chief's contract renewed

    Chiefland Fire Rescue Chief James Harris came in for praise from the Chiefland City Commission which approved a new contract for him and a pay increase from $52,713.60 to $53,767.87 by a 4-0 vote with Mayor Teal Pomeroy absent.

    In the special meeting to evaluate Harris, Commissioner Teresa Barron said, “You have done really well this year. And I appreciate that we have a local person here who understands the needs.”

    Commissioner Rollin Hudson praised Harris for living in the city and for his ability to attract grant money for the department.

  • Preserving images of 'gentle giants'

    Meeting the creature he calls a gentle giant and the iconic figure of Florida in the early 1990s was all it took for one Ohio man to fall hard.

    “I just fell in love. I was hooked,” David Schrichte said of the manatee.

  • Fanning council addresses Sunshine Law violation

    Last week, three Fanning Springs council members pleaded no contest to Sunshine Law violations.

    As the court proceedings came to a close those council members — Barbara Locke, Jane Nogaki and Ron Queen — were finally able to speak out and the details of the meeting in question have come to light.

    “I thought I was doing the right thing by my constituents, trying to do a good budget for the city,” Queen said of the conversation that took place directly before the Sept. 21, 2015, budget meeting around 4:35.