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Today's News

  • Indians outlast cross-county rival Red Devils

    By David Pieklik

    Correspondent

    Chiefland emerged from a pitching duel with Williston as the 1-0 winner last Friday, improving to 1-1 on the season in boys baseball.

    Chase Malloy’s two out infield single brought Lonnie Hinote in from third base to give the Indians the win. The outing between the non-conference county rivals is the latest in a string of close contests the two have played.

  • Potential victims of sexual battery suspect sought

    A 60-year-old Dunnellon area man was charged with sexual battery on a victim less than 18 years of age last Friday, a Marion County Sheriff’s Office arrest affidavit stated.

    According to the report, major crimes detectives charged Charles Elder after a thorough follow-up investigation. Detectives have reason to believe that Elder may have other victims that have not yet come forward.

  • TDC meets on March 3

    The Levy County Tourist Development Council will hold its bimonthly meeting on Thursday, March 3 at 6 p.m. at 620 N. Hathaway Ave., Bronson. The meeting is open to the public.

    For more information, call 352-486-3396.

  • Lundy named 2015 Law Enforcement Officer of the Year

    Taylor County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Robert Lundy was named the Attorney General’s 2015 Law Enforcement Officer of the Year. Attorney General Pam Bondi and Governor Rick Scott recognized Deputy Lundy and seven other officers from across the state for their dedication to protecting Floridians.

  • Sheriff's Report & Most Wanted for the week of Feb. 18

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

    •Jan. 18, Armando Alonso, 43, Archer, battery by strangulation, possession of marijuana, possession and/or use of drug paraphernalia. Bond $52,000.

    •Jan. 24, Rexford Batten, 31, Inglis, VOP.

    •Jan. 19, Christina Danielle Boyd, 34, Gainesville, DWLSR.

    •Jan. 18, Timothy Troy Brown, 44, Williston, battery. Bond $5,000.

    •Jan. 20, David Chilcote, 50, Williston, two out of county warrant, felony warrant. Bond $3,000.

  • DEP announces water-quality restoration grant opportunities

    The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is now soliciting applications for the next cycle of funding through its Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) Water-Quality Restoration Grant Program. Three times each year (March, July and November), DEP awards funding to local communities and water management districts to implement best management practices designed to reduce pollutant loads to impaired waters from urban stormwater discharges. The application deadline is March 1, 2016, at 5 p.m. EST for the current round of funding.

  • PTO helps teachers

    The Chiefland Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) awarded more than $3,000 in classroom grants to teachers on Monday, Feb. 8, during a faculty meeting. The recipients were:

    • The Growafrog Life Cycle Kit – Amphibian Decline Lesson, Brooke Smith, $65;

    • Core Connections Kids, Celeste Aracena, $196;

    • Classroom Computers, Clayton Allen, $300;

    • Students for Prezi, Kristin Pomeroy, $59;

    • Kindles for Book Club, Kristin Pomeroy, $282;

  • AARP Driver Safety courses scheduled

    The AARP Driver Safety Courses for Seniors will be on March 8, April 12 and May 3 at the Haven Hospice Community Center, 311 N.E. 9th St., Chiefland.

    The one-day class starts at 9 a.m. The instructors are planning to have lots of fun and show driver strategies to stop a crash that can cause injury or death. There are no tests.

    The certificate of completion for the course is valid for a discount on automobile insurance policies for three years. 

    Class size is limited so call 352-727-9542 to register. 

  • Community Calendar for the week of Feb. 18

    Thursday, Feb. 18

    “War Toys” exhibit reception

    The College of Central Florida Webber Gallery, 3001 S.W. College Road, is hosting the traveling exhibition “WAR-TOYS: Israel, West Bank, and Gaza Strip,” through March 18. An opening reception will be Thursday, Feb. 18, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Webber Center; both are free of admission.

  • Bickering takes over Fanning council meeting

    Things got heated between the mayor and deputy fire chief during the fire department’s report.

    “This month we had 61 calls,” Deputy Chief Elania Spain said. “unfortunately I am sad to say it’s the first time in over four years that we missed calls.” They missed three calls, she said.

    “Why is that?” Mayor Trip Lancaster asked. “Why did you miss them?”