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Today's News

  • Marijuana ordinance bans dispensaries

    The Levy County Commission on March 20 adopted an ordinance banning medical marijuana dispensaries in unincorporated areas while treating its growing and cultivation like other nurseries.

    The unanimous passing of the ordinance, based on a motion from Mike Joyner and a second from Matt Brooks, came after the second of two public hearings on the matter held at the Courthouse in March.

    The ordinance is consistent with the Board’s earlier proposal, based on one of the recommended options from county attorney Anne Bast Brown. In seeking guidance for the ordinance from the Board, Brown noted that the state’s current direction on the issue provided legal buffering for the banning of dispensaries, but that the county could be at a severe legal disadvantage if it discriminated against medical marijuana nurseries.

    The ordinance, which replaces the moratorium on medical marijuana, treats growers and cultivators of medical marijuana like any other agricultural industry, subject to zoning and land-use regulations.

  • Two Gilchrist deputies slain

    Two Gilchrist County deputies were killed earlier this afternoon when they were shot by an unidentified assailant or assailants.

    Gilchrist County Sheriff Bobby Schultz identified the two deputies as Sgt. Noel Ramirez and Deputy Taylor Lindsay at a press conference this evening. The sheriff refused to discuss the identity or any other details about the shooter.

    “It’s not about him,” he said. “It’s about my deputies.”

    The shooter was found dead outside the restaurant from self-inflicted gunshot wound.

    The press conference was scheduled to begin at 7 p.m., but it was delayed until almost 8 p.m., because Schultz went to both homes to comfort the families of the two deputies.

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    "I made contact with the family's and as you'd expect never be prepared for something like this. But make no mistake, I'm proud of their families. They understood when their loved ones pinned on the badge and they strapped on the gun that this was a possibility. 

  • Zidonik, Cunningham fire top scores at women’s invitational

    The Chiefland Women’s Golf Association hosted their annual Invitational Tournament at Chiefland Country Club and Golf Course April 11.

    The annual event brings ladies from throughout northern Florida, including Gainesville and Lake City. Fifty-six lady golfers participated in this year’s tournament.

    The two-person teams played alternating shots on the first nine holes and a scramble on the back nine.

    The duo of Tara Zidonik and Robin Cunningham finished with low gross for the tournament, while Terri Harris and Terry Biede captured low net.

    In the second flight, Patty Sullivan and Yvonne Currie netted low gross, and Shirley Meggs and Deanna Kreuter posted the low net.

    The third flight low gross went to Glenda Rewis and Leanne Philpot; Denise Boyle and Betty Beck collected the low net in the flight.

  • London commits to UCF

    Former Chiefland All-American and current College of Central Florida freshman Takiya London has her commitment to continue her softball career at the University of Central Florida.

    London, a freshman shortstop, revealed her decision on social media on April 17.

    “I’m glad to announce that I have committed to the University of Central Florida to further my education and softball career for the next three years,” she wrote. “I want to thank God for blessing me with this opportunity and for giving me the ability to play the game I love.

    “I also want to thank all of my friends, family, and coaches who have been supporting me on this journey,” London continued. “I’m blessed beyond measures and can’t wait to become a Knight.”

    London’s team-leading 18 home runs entering the week of April 16 is sixth in the nation in Division I of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). She’s boasting a .402 batting average and an .833 slugging percentage. London is second in runs (75) and in the top 10 in RBI (65) in NJCAA Division I.

  • No. 3 seed on the line in baseball tilt with Dixie

    The Chiefland baseball team evened its record and kept itself in the driver’s seat for a No. 3 seed in the upcoming district tournament.

    The Indians, behind a masterful performance on the mound by Keegan McLelland, and a four-run rally in the four inning, topped Bell 5-1 April 12. The Indians beat Bronson 21-3 in three innings April 16.

    The win improved Chiefland to 7-7 overall and 5-3 in District 1A-7 play, potentially setting up a showdown for the third seed with Dixie County in Chiefland on April 20. The Indians stood in third place in the standings entering their April 17 game at Trenton, where they lost 10-4. The Bears were 3-5, entering the week, but picked up a forfeit win over Bronson to pull themselves to 4-5. CMHS could clinch the third seed with a win versus the Bears, but a coin flip would likely decide the seed if Dixie County prevails Friday.

    The No. 3 seed will face Bronson in the opening round of tournament play, while the No. 4 figures to get fifth-seeded Bell. The other difference between the third and the fourth seeds is the latter, upon advancing, would have to face top-seeded Trenton in the semifinals.

  • Lady Indians dealt No. 3 seed in district

    Chiefland lost a coin flip to Bell to decide the No. 2 seed in the District 1A-7 tournament, so the Lady Indians won’t get the benefit of a bye in the opening round.

    The Bell-hosted tournament starts April 23, with No. 4 Branford taking on No. 4 Branford facing No. 5 Dixie County at 5 p.m. Chiefland then plays No. 6 Bronson at 7 p.m.

    The winner of that first game advances to face top-seeded Trenton April 24 at 5 p.m., while the other winner takes on Bell at 7 p.m. on April 24.

    Chiefland finished 7-3 in district play after defeating Branford 8-2 on April 12. Macie Thomas delivered her fourth home run of the season, as the junior slugger was 2 for 3 with a couple of RBI. Thomas, Tristen Drummond and Erika Gilliam (3 for 4) each collected multiple hits and a walk, and up-and-comer Nikki Fuller (2 RBI) also had a pair of hits. Kensley Durrance fanned seven in seven innings pitched and allowed just three hits. Chiefland tallied 10 hits and one error.

  • Lady Indians excelling in college softball

    Former Chiefland Lady Indian softball players continue to make their mark in the college ranks.

    College of Central Florida freshman Takiya London is a slugging machine for the Lady Patriots out of Ocala, with team highs in home runs (15), doubles (12), slugging (.797) RBI (57) and stolen bases (13). The first-year shortstop has boasted a five-game home run streak this season as well as a 12-game hitting streak, and currently carries a .412 batting average.

    CF (40-8) is ranked No. 8 in the nation in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division I, and is on top of the Mid-Florida Conference behind a 13-1 mark in conference play. London is second in runs, 10th in home runs and seventh in total bases in NJCAA Division I.

  • 2018 legislative session: some wins, some losses for the environment

    By Save the Manatee Club

    As in years past, the Florida Legislature considered but failed to pass a ban on hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”).

    The bipartisan Senate bill, SB 462, had unanimous support in the Senate Committee on Environmental Preservation and Conservation and the Appropriations Subcommittee on the Environment and Natural Resources before stalling in its final committee. The House version of the bill was never scheduled for hearing.

    Fracking is of particular concern in Florida because of the state’s karst geology and the enhanced risk that contaminants from the extraction process could migrate into ground and surface water, threatening both natural ecosystems and public drinking water supplies.

    Two bills that did pass pose potentially significant risks to Florida’s springs and wetlands.

    The first, HB 7043, authorizes DEP to assume responsibility for the federal Clean Water Act “dredge and fill” permitting program. On its face, this proposal sounds sensible, with the laudable goal of reducing duplicative application requirements.

  • Easter morning in Cedar Key feels serene

    Serenity surrounds me.

    It is Easter Sunday in Cedar Key.

    I gaze across the Gulf.

    It is pre-dawn.

    It is those minutes between the dark of night and sunrise.

    The moments are precious.

    Fleeting.

    Like life itself — finite.

    The soul enters the body.

    The soul leaves the body.

    Everything beyond — eternal.

    The sun rises in the East

    On Easter morning in Cedar Key.

    I gaze across the Gulf.

    My eyes look on.

    There is nothing to see except in my mind’s own eye.

    A small fishing vessel.

    Like life itself.

    The boat leaves shore.

    The boat returns.

    Everything beyond — eternal.

    The Bible is filled with references to water beginning with Gen. 1:2 (KJV), “And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.”

  • CMHS track standouts compete at prestigious Florida Relays

    The athletes of the Chiefland track and field team that competed at the 2018 Pepsi Florida Relays in Gainesville over spring break faced an uphill challenge, as they ran and hurdled against some of the top competition from around the state.

    But the Indians’ appearance – and effort – was impressive in itself, as they boasted what was likely the youngest group of runners at the University of Florida-hosted three-day meet from March 29 to March 31. And the experience was invaluable for Coach Lee Bell’s teams, as they turned in performances on a state-of-the-art track against fields of competitors that rivaled those at the state championships. The runners had to deal with long breaks between events, up to five or six hours in some cases, and rainy conditions on Friday.