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  • County approves spay, neuter trial program for ‘community cats’

    Levy County Animal Services euthanizes around half of the feral cats that are brought in.

    After department officials recently met with animal rescue groups at a no-kill summit in Gainesville, the county may have a solution that could help tackle the high rate of cat euthanasias.

    With extensive backing from Gainesville Pet Rescue, Alachua County Humane Society and at least one major donor, Animal Services is introducing trial program for free spay and neuters for “community cats,” which are cats that are cared for but don’t necessarily have a home.

    The Board of County Commissioners approved the program unanimously at its meeting Nov. 22.

    The plans for the program were presented to the Board by Darlene Esler, DVM, who was representing Animal Services. She was joined by Chelsea Bower, the associate director of Gainesville Pet Rescue.

  • County recasts qualifications for tourism director job

    Time is running out for the county to fill its soon-to-be-vacant executive position for Levy County Tourist Development.

    In a last-minute bid to net more ideal candidates, the county, behind a recommendation from outgoing director Carol McQueen, is recasting its description of the position to focus more on marketing skills and experience.

    The Commission voted 5-0 Nov. 21 on a motion by Matt Brooks to re-advertise the Tourist Development director job for at least two weeks with the new language. The current candidates will be contacted and asked to reapply under the new job description. The new advertisement wasn’t expected to be posted before Nov. 29.

  • Asbell assumes chairmanship on School Board; Etheridge picked as vice chairman

    Cameron Asbell was unanimously voted the new chairman of the School Board of Levy County Nov. 28.

    Rick Turner offered the nomination of Asbell.

    “Mr. Superintendent (Jeff Edison),” Turner said, “it is with honor and a great privilege I offer to you in the form of a nomination the most honorable and admirable Cameron Asbell to serve as chair of the Levy County School Board.”

    Asbell, who has served on the Board for eight years, represents Bronson on the Board, and also owns Cameron Asbell Insurance Agency in the town. He is a Bronson High School alumnus.

    Asbell succeed Chris Cowart (Cedar Key) in the position.

    “I can’t live up to it,” Asbell said jokingly of Turner’s nomination. “I want to thank Mr. Turner for that rousing introduction.

    “I also want to thank Mr. Cowart for an excellent job, and I hope I do half as good,” Asbell added. “It’s going to be a fun year. I promise to stay focused; ya’ll work with me.”

  • SGA raises big money on tasty sweets

    Chiefland Middle High School’s 26th Annual Cake and Pie Auction had to overcome a slight snag.

    Its hosts proved up to the challenge, however, as SGA co-vice president Maddilyn Johnson, in her first time in the role, handled auctioneering duties admirably for the first half of the event, before her father, the evening’s professional auctioneer, Chad “Cracker” Johnson, arrived from out of town to take over and hold court.

    The ultimate goal of the night, Nov. 16, was a success too, as the SGA raised over $4,000 on 36 pies and cakes, just in time to add some holiday sweets to local Thanksgiving tables. The treats took in an average of more than $100 per pie or cake. The fundraiser is the largest of the year for the SGA.

    “I’ve never done this before, and I don’t really like crowds, so bear with me,” Johnson said.

    In her introduction, SGA president Maria Gomez noted that the funds will go toward projects like raising money to combat children’s cancer, collecting items for soldiers overseas, and the SGA’s participation in the state convention and district retreat.

  • LCSO investigates Williston shooting

    On Friday, November 24th, 2017, at approximately 11:15 pm Levy County Deputies responded to 4011 NE 205th Avenue in Williston to Melvin and Alice’s BBQ in reference a shooting incident. Deputies arrived and discovered two individuals with gunshot wounds. One victim was driven by a bystander to a local hospital before being flown by ShandsCair with life threatening injuries. The second victim was transported by ambulance to a local trauma center. One victim is currently listed in critical condition; the other is listed in critical but stable condition.

    Levy County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division responded and began their investigation. Investigators were able to identify a person of interest in the shooting. Investigators believe victims and suspect may have known each other. The shooting is believed to be in retaliation of prior altercation between the suspect and one of the victims.

  • Williston man killed in car crash

    Matthew Chance Carlisle died early Sunday evening in a crash involving three vehicles.

    Carlisle, 33, of Williston, was traveling eastbound on C.R. 326 in a 1995 Chevrolet pickup toward the stop intersection for S.R. 121, according to a press release from the Florida Highway Patrol. 

    Marie Chandler, 24, no city of residence given, was traveling southbound on S.R. 121 in a 2013 Jeep Cherokee. The front of the Jeep struck the left front of the pickup. Upon impact, Chandler’s pickup was redirected southbound and came to final rest facing southbound on S.R. 121.

     A third vehicle, a 2012 Freightliner semi-truck was traveling northbound on S.R. 121. Moments after the collision with Chandler’s vehicle, Carlisle exited his vehicle and walked into the path of the oncoming truck. Carlisle was pronounced deceased shortly after the crash at Williston Regional Hospital.

     According to the press release, charges are pending the conclusion of the investigation. The incident was not alcohol related.

  • Lady Indians maintain winning ways after holiday break

    A solid run through its holiday tournament games, punctuated by a win over Providence, gave way to the Chiefland girls’ basketball team’s best week of the season, as it came back from break with convincing wins over Cedar Key and Bell.

    The victories set the Lady Indians on a three-game winning streak heading into their Jan. 9 home tilt against Fort White (played after press deadline). It also made them winners of four of their last five, and they hadn’t lost in regulation in seven games.

    On Jan. 2, in Cedar Key, the Lady Sharks knotted things up with CMHS at 19-19 with two minutes remaining in the half on a long 2 by Makalynn Bowling. Chiefland, though, responded with a long Colby Reed bucket and a bank shot from J’Mia McNeil to go up 24-19 for the break.

    The Lady Indians never surrendered their advantage for the remainder, as they clung narrowly to their lead in the third before establishing some breathing space in the final frame behind a combined 15 points from Sierra Norris and Courtney Hayes.

  • Adams’ late splurge not enough for Indians at CKS

    The Chiefland boys’ basketball team saw a reversal of the fortunes it enjoyed in a 19-point win over Cedar Key over the Christmas break.

    When the teams welcomed one another back from break with a meeting on Jan. 2 on the island, the Indian press defense failed to leverage the level of turnovers and general turmoil it generated in that earlier win.

    Instead, the Sharks stretched out for a comfortable 18-point advantage by the third quarter, before fending off a late Chiefland rally for a 64-58 win.

    That rally was pinpointed by Austin Adams’ 13 fourth-quarter points, helping shrink the Indians’ deficit by 14 points. Chiefland combined for five 3-pointers in the final frame, including two apiece by Adams and Payne Parnell.

    But the Indians were just 4 for 17 from beyond the arc before the fourth quarter, and had modest help from the free throw line, where they were 7 for 15 for the game.

  • Manatee Springs State Park to Host Public Meeting

    Manatee Springs State Park to Host Public Meeting
    ~The public is invited to provide comments on the draft plan~

    WHAT: Public Meeting

    WHEN: Jan. 9, 2018
    5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

    WHERE: Chiefland Women's Club
    825 E. Park Ave.
    Chiefland, FL 32626

    DEP's Florida Park Service is in the process of updating the unit management plan for Manatee Springs State Park. Citizens are invited to attend a public meeting to learn about the proposed plans for the state park and provide their comments.

    The public notice, agenda, draft plan and comment form are available online. Copies may also be obtained by emailing Mark.Abrizenski@dep.state.fl.us or calling 352-493-6072. There will be a brief presentation at 6 p.m. Following the presentation, staff will be available to answer questions and accept public comment. Additionally, the public is invited to review and submit comments to the Division of Recreation and Parks at FLStateParkPlanning@dep.state.fl.us until Jan. 23, 2018.

    The following improvements are proposed for the updated Manatee Springs State Park management plan:

  • Expectations remain high inside CMHS softball

    The Chiefland softball team, which advanced to four straight state championship games and won three Class 1A state titles over the past four years, would seem to be facing a major transition heading into the upcoming season.

    Six seniors from last year’s squad have since graduated, including five that are playing college ball. That tally adds to the three or four starters that had already moved on after contributing to three state championship clubs.

    Moreover, Wayne Weatherford, who was at the helm for all four state finals games, as well as a final four appearance in 2007, has hung up his coach’s cap.

    But it’s not all new territory for the Lady Indians, who begin their official practices Jan. 22. Chiefland’s new head man, Jimmy Anderson, is a familiar face for CMHS softball. In coaching youth and travel ball, he came up through the ranks with the program’s group of core players from the last two seasons.