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Today's News

  • CMHS seniors will graduate on Friday night

    The Chiefland Middle High School Class of 2016 will walk across the stage on Friday, June 3, in ceremonies that begin at 7 p.m. on C. Doyle McCall Field at Wayne Pridgeon Stadium on the school campus.

    There are 83 graduates in this year's class,

    The Chiefland graduation will be followed by the Cedar Key Graduation on Saturday at 10 a.m. in the gymnasium. There are 21 seniors in the class.

    Bronson Middle High School will graduate 68 seniors on Monday, June 6 at 7 p.m. at Phillips Art Center in Gainesville.

  • Welcome to our area's busiest time of year

    Held on the first Saturday in June, the Annual Watermelon Festival is perhaps the biggest event in Chiefland during the year, drawing thousands of visitors from all parts of the state. Activites are centered around the city's Trailhead/Old Train Depot Park on U.S. Highway 19/South Main Street.

  • Latest news on missing Steinhatchee boater

    From the Dixie County Sheriff's Office:

  • Sheriff's Report & Most Wanted for the week of May 26

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

    •May 21, Christopher Allen Barron, 33, Trenton, possession of marijuana. Bond $2,500.

    •May 16, Pedro Louise Bautista, 29, Bronson, battery. Bond $1,000.

    •May 20, Dana M. Benton, 24, Trenton, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and/or use. Bond $2,000.

    •May 22, Teresa Elizabeth Betts, 28, Chiefland, petit theft.

  • Couple charged with making meth at home with children

    A Chiefland couple was arrested on Wednesday, May 25, after a search of their home on May 19 turned up evidence of methamphetamines being made while children were in the residence, according to a Levy County Sheriff's Office press release.

    Jeffrey and Kelly Koschatzky were not at home when the search warrant, which was issued based on information gathered by sheriff's investigators, was carried out.

    Jeffrey Koschatzky, 37, and Kelly Crews Koschatzky, 38, are charged with manufacturing meth, possession of meth, child neglect and keeping a house for drugs.

  • Drug operation Melting Pot racking up convictions

    The Levy County Sheriff's Office is winning convictions — 58 thus far — for its massive Operation Melting Pot that concluded July 2015 with the arrests of 68 people.

    The operation name was selected by lead Sheriff's Investigator Robert Bowers because of the diversity of drugs purchased through undercover operations during the 11-month investigation.

    While 57 cases have been resolved when the defendants pleaded guilty, ne defendant is in federal custody and another suspect died as a result of an automobile crash prior to his arrest.

  • Rear-end crash injures 3 from Chiefland

    Three Chiefland residents, including the developers of an RV resort, were injured when one vehicle rear-ended a second vehicle on State Road 26 at Northwest 255 Street in Newberry on Friday at 9 a.m., according to a Florida Highway Patrol report.

    Gerald Martin, 40, sustained serious injuries and was transported to North Florida Regional Medical Center, while developers Lois Livingston, 64, and Thomas Miles, 60, sustained minor injuries.

    Livingston and Miles are developing a 400-slot RV resort off County Road 320 in Chiefland.

  • Community Calendar for the week of May 26

    Today, May 26

    Planning Council meeting tonight

    There will be a North Central Florida Regional Planning Council meeting on Thursday, May 26, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites, 213 N.W. Commerce Boule-vard, Lake City. 

    Levy County is a member of the council

     

    Thursdays

    Homemakers

    meeting

  • 'Praise the Lord' George Kerns dead

    George “Praise the Lord” Kearns, nicknamed for his greeting to all, died at home on Tuesday afternoon at about 3:30 p.m., a family member said.

    Lighthouse Word Church on U.S. Highway 27A, south of Chiefland, where he, and his wife, Carol, were senior ministers, was a landmark, even for those who did not go to church. Driving directions often included “when you get to the church with the pond and fountain in front you are just about to Chiefland.”

  • Williston hospital late on bills

    Williston Regional General Hospital CEO Dr. Devaiah "Dr. P" Pagidipati told Williston City Council members Tuesday that for the last two years he has spent almost $6 million out of his own pocket to cover indigent care.

    The doctor's comment came on the heels of comments by his spokesman, Joey Lander, who first presented the council with checks for back bills for city-owned utility services, and then went on to detail the daunting task the hospital has faced with old debts from previous owners that are compounded by the current management's bills.