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Today's News

  • Softball champs parade delayed to Watermelon Fest

    A parade to honor the Chiefland Lady Indians softball team scheduled for Thursday at 3 p.m. has been cancelled and the back-to-back state champions will instead be honored by joining the Watermelon Festival parade on Saturday, June 6, at 11 a.m.

    The Watermelon Festival parade will go through downtown, beginning at Chiefland Middle High School and proceeding south on U.S. 19/Main Street to the Trailhead/Depot Park. 

    The team won its second state softball championship earlier this month in Vero Beach defeating the Jay Royals for the second year in a row.

  • Dear Chiefland, get a plan

    Levy County and the City of Chiefland have reduced their discussion of Advance Life Support non-transport services to writing, although it may be via emails.

    The two have been going back and forth for almost two years with the city asking to be allowed to provide the service under the county’s Certificate of Need and the county asking that the city meet standards set by its medical directors. At times the back and forth has gotten heated.

  • Bomb squads holding exercise at Camp Blanding

    Military explosive ordinance disposal units and law enforcement bomb squads are holding Raven's Challenge an exercise in handling situations involving explosives and investigating such cases at Camp Blanding at Starke this week.

    The exercise, hosted by the Florida Army National Guard's 221st EOD runs through Friday.

  • Wilbur Dean takes No. 2 job in county

    Wilbur Dean has started work this week as the assistant to County Coordinator Fred Moody.

    Dean was among 13 applicants for the position. Moody, who may retire from his position in the next few years interviewed the top applicants and settled on Dean.

    The slot being filled by Dean has been vacant since the retirement of Dick Tummond three years ago.

    Dean, a farmer who recently received a CARES Award for using sound environmental and conservation practices on his farm, is no stranger to the Board of County Commissioners administrative office.

  • 3 hiring events this week in Ocala

    CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion will hold hiring events this week for Custom Windows System, Burlington Coat Factory and Manpower, all in Ocala.

    Application requirements vary, though registration via the Employ Florida Marketplace (EFM) is required for all three. For complete details, interested job applicants should visit the Events Calendar at www.careersourceclm.com and search for “job fairs.”

  • Cooper grabs win over Durden in Limited Late Model Sportsman Feature

    Brent Copper grew up at and "cut his teeth" racing at Bronson Speedway some 20 plus years ago. His roots at the track go deep, as he relates stories about growing up at the speedway and about his Dad and the contributions Tom Cooper brought to Bronson Speedway, and many racetracks across the state of Florida. One could say the Coopers, Brent and Robbie, are one of Bronson Speedway's well known talented racing families.

  • Indians survive Taylor, fall at Williston

    Allen Strickland

    Correspondent

    Chiefland began its 2015 State Playoff campaign with a hard fought, extra inning, 2-1 road win against a very evenly matched Pierson-Taylor team. Going into the contest, both clubs had a record of 16-6 and on paper it was hard to pick a favorite. But in the playoffs, records don’t matter anymore, and the Indians proved to be the better team.

  • Nationally ranked Karateka wins two more trophies

    There is a small authentic karate dojo in Chiefland that goes unnoticed by those of us in town, not involved. The huge sign can barely be seen, nearly hidden behind a wall. The teacher has travelled across the world twice to study with the Grand Master of Shorin-ryu karate and now, he shares it here.

  • Law Day 2015

    Hundreds of people involved in law enforcement, law and judicial fields gathered for the 2015 Annual W.O. Beauchamp Law Day, which was held on the banks of the Suwannee River.

    The annual event is like a "family reunion" for law enforcement at the city, county, state and federal level and for the prosecutors, judges and attorneys who usually do not have time to catch up with each other on the job.

  • Sex offender registers address

    Billy Joe Patterson registered as a Sexual Predator with the Levy County Sheriff’s Office. By Florida law Patterson is required to notify law enforcement whenever he changes addresses.

    Patterson was convicted in 2003 in Levy County for sexual battery by an adult on a child under 12; F.S. 794.011.

    Patterson has registered his change in address as: 14750 NE Hwy 27 Alt lot 4, Williston.