Today's News

  • Tax break ordinance for proposed Holiday Inn approved

    Things are moving forward for the proposed Holiday Inn Express project in Fanning Springs.

    So said Mayor Trip Lancaster during the mayor’s report at the Feb. 3 Fanning Springs city council meeting. He also said that at the regular Gilchrist County commission meeting held the day before, an ordinance was approved 5 to nothing to allow for an abatement of some taxes for the Holiday Inn.

  • Smokeless tobacco use remains issue in region

    By Kristina Zachry


    QuitDoc and the statewide Tobacco Free Florida Program are raising awareness about the dangers of smokeless tobacco, like chew and dip, to help combat this deadly addiction. “Through With Chew Week”, a national public awareness campaign created to reduce the use of smokeless tobacco among young people, takes place Feb. 15-21, with the Great American Spit Out on Feb.19.

  • Church News for the week of February 22

    Gospel sing

      Full Gospel Outreach Church of Chiefland will host a gospel sing at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28 with the Drummond Family from Chipley. Admission to the sing is free, and a love-offering will be received.

    Full Gospel Outreach Church is located three miles north of the Chiefland Walmart on HWY 19.

    For more information call 352-221-2003 or 352-493-1175 or visit www.oldtimechurch.com.

    Ice Cream social

  • Spreadin' the Word

    The Lighthouse Word Church ministers at Lancaster Correctional Institute every Monday night.

    At the annual Volunteer Banquet they were awarded the certificate for donating the most hours of the volunteer groups.

  • Bronson aquaponics grower speaks at Rotary

    Ken Ihlenfeldt, owner of Pegasus Farms, located just outside of Bronson, was special guest speaker at the Feb. 12 meeting of the Suwannee Valley Rotary.

    Ihlenfeldt's farm specializes in aquaponics, a type of farm production that raises fish and various vegetable crops that use the waste from the fish as fertilizer. The method is more efficient than many types of agriculture and can be done without adding pesticides and fertlizers.

    The farm will, in the near future, also be set up to hold classes for people wanting to set up their own aquaponics operations.

  • CFR recongnized at Rotary

    The Chiefland Rotary Club celebrated First Responders Appreciation Month by honoring first responders in three weekly meetings.

    The first group to be honored was the Chiefland Fire Rescue.

    The firefighters' host was Jeff Beauchamp, left, and attending were, from left to right, Capt. Daniel Williams, Deputy Chief A.D. Goodman, Fire Chief James Harris, Lt. Lee Dunn, Firefighter Matt Ferguson and Rotary Club President Rob Alexander.

  • Got talent?

    The 3rd annual “You be the Judge” talent show will be held at Williston High School at 3 p.m. May 2.

    The talent show is open to all students in middle through high school (grades 6-12).  Applications are available at Williston Middle School, Williston High School and Bronson Middle/High School.  They are also available at Tri-County Pregnancy Center ,426 W Noble Ave., across the street from Williston High School. 

    Auditions will be held March 21 at Cornerstone Assembly of God, 1045 NE 6th Blvd., Williston, beginning at 9 a.m.

  • Black History event Saturday

    The Levy County Black History Program will be at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21 at the Usher Center in Chiefland.

    Craig A. Jones and Robert A. Scott will be the featured speakers.

    Donations will be accepted. Funds raised will support scholarships.

    For more information, call 221-1352.

  • Rear-ender not serious

    A two-vehicle accident in which one vehicle rear-ended another ended with minor injuries on Feb. 10, at 6:45 a.m. at the intersection of U.S. Highway 129 and County Road 346.

    Kinsey Ward, 16, and passenger Makenna Watkins, 15, both of Chiefland were southbound in a 2013 Chevrolet Malibu sedan behind 2000 Ford Ranger pickup driven by Truitt Renaud, 23, of Trenton on US 129.

  • South Levy meth lab dismantled

    The Levy County Drug Task Force — acting on tips from the public and provided through Crime Stoppers — located and dismantled a methamphetamine lab in the Ocala Highlands West area and arrested a Morriston man. More arrests are expected in the case.

    The actions came in its investigation of individuals making and selling meth, according to a Levy County Sheriff's Office press release.