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Today's News

  • AARP driving class Feb. 7 in Chiefland

    The AARP Driver Safety Course for Seniors will be held at Haven Hospice Community Center, 311 NE 9th St., Chiefland. The one-day class will start at 9 a.m.: Feb. 7, Mar. 14, Apr 18, final class May 9, 2017 Call (352) 727 9542.

    There are no tests. Class Fee: AARP Members $15, nonmember $20. The certificate of completion is valid for a discount on automobile insurance policies for three years. We plan to have lots of fun and show strategies to stop the CRASH which can cause injuries or death, so come join us.

     

  • Park manager seeks to strengthen bond between local state parks, community

    When Mark Abrizenski took over last April as park manager of Manatee Springs and Fanning Springs State Parks and the Nature Coast State Trail, he was disappointed at the lack of community involvement in the parks.

    Knowing the beneficial mutual relationship between the parks and the local economy, Abrizenski is determined to forge a stronger bond between the two, he told the Suwannee Valley Rotary Club at a meeting in December.

  • City could have 2 RV resorts with 900 spaces

    Chiefland is going to get about 900 spaces for RVs if two planned resorts come to fruition.

    The Chiefland City Commission, which approved plans for a 450-space RV resort last spring, gave its approval Monday to a second proposed RV resort headed by developer Hal Lyons. Sitting as the City Planning Board the commission took two actions — one changing the city’s land use plan and another to change the land use for the new resort site and rezone it from R-1, single family residences, to R-2 multi-family homes.

  • City looks to study fire fee

    Chiefland City Commissioner Chris Jones wants the city to explore putting a fire assessment on property in the city — especially government-owned housing — in order to support the cost of service in the city.

    Jones’ request came during the commission’s Monday meeting after Fire Chief James Harris said his department answered 1,526 calls — fire, first responder and medical, during the 2016 calendar year.

  • Legislative wish list for Levy, cities long one

    One thing was certain at last week’s Levy County Legislative Delegation hearing: The county and its municipalities have a lot of needs.

    For state Rep. Charlie Stone of Ocala, R-District 22, and Sen. Rob Bradley of Green Cove, R-District 5, it may be a busy legislative session trying to pack in every earnest request for their help.

  • Teamwork nets 5 arrests in Fanning meth operation

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office Drug Task Force Division (DTF) and the Chiefland Police Department (CPD) combined forces on Friday to arrest five people — including one who was released from prison just eight days earlier, on drug charges in an investigation which began months ago.

    Investigators with both agencies began receiving citizen complaints in September 2016 that the home at 8841 N.W. 174 St. in Fanning Springs was being used to manufacture and sell methamphetamines.

  • Bears bounce Bronson from district tournament

    A two-minute span in the second quarter proved too costly for Bronson to overcome.

    The No. 3-seeded Eagles, fresh off a convincing district quarterfinal win against Chiefland (69-42), fell victim to early turnovers and a second-quarter scoring splurge by Dixie County in last Friday’s District 1A-7 semifinal round, as the Bears advanced on a 71-52 win in Bell.

    The second-seeded Bears, which routed Cedar Key in their quarterfinal tilt, went on to upset top-seeded and fourth-ranked Bell Saturday with a 63-59 overtime victory.

  • Bronson fends off Chiefland in district tourney

    As the No. 3 seed facing a sixth-seeded Chiefland squad it had defeated twice in the regular season, Bronson figured to be the favorite in the opening round of the District 1A-7 hoops tournament in Bell.

    A 23-5 Eagle lead in the first half seemed to confirm that prognostication, but the Indians weren’t prepared to go away lightly, as they staged a mid-game rally to pull to within six in the third quarter.

    Bronson soon recaptured their early momentum, however, to pull away for a 69-42 win.

  • Chiefland halted in regional playoff by junggernaut Wildcat squad

    The Chiefland girls’ basketball team was dealt a tough hand to open its fourth straight state playoff appearance.

    It was forced to travel to Wildwood to take on the No. 1 ranked squad in Class 1A, an experienced senior-led Wildcat squad that’s stout in all phases of the game with its combination of perimeter skill and size.

    Wildwood (21-6) got off to a slow start against a plucky Indian defense, but eventually broke the game open for a 66-28 win in the Class 1A, Region 4 semifinal.

  • Chiefland girls yield to Trenton pressure in hoops district championship tilt

    Chiefland knew it had an uphill battle playing at No. 2-ranked Trenton in the girls’ District 1A-7 finals last Friday.

    The pressure going in was compounded on the court, as the Tiger defense helped generate 20 Indian turnovers in the first half on the way to a 61-29 Trenton win.

    It marked the second district title in a row for No. 2-ranked Trenton, which improved to 24-3 on the season. The Tigers face District 8 runner-up Pahokee at home Thursday in the regional semifinals, while Chiefland faces top-ranked Wildwood on the road.