Today's News

  • City to raise millage rate

    By JOHN TYLER NILSEN, Citizen Correspondent

    Chiefland City commissioners voted Monday to raise millage rates from six mills to 6.985 mills in a 3-2 vote.

    Commissioners were apprehensive to bring forward a resolution to raise property taxes until Commissioner Donald Lawrence eventually made the motion to move toward the roll-up rate.

    “Every single person is trying to make cuts and do everything they can. We’ve got a bunch of really good people and we don’t want to lose them to anywhere else,” Lawrence said.

  • Blast from the past

    Submitted by members of the CHS Class of 1964

    Members of Chiefland High School’s Class of 1964 recently reunited at Bett’s Big T Restaurant.

    The celebration on June 12 included four classmates from out of town, including Charles and Linda McLendon from North Carolina; Jackie Cheely and Roy Pickett from Arkansas; Janet Hudson and J.L. Watson from Georgia; and Bert and Mary Jane Farnell from Texas.

    We also had a great turnout of local classmates.

  • District school grades remain the same

    The Florida Department of Education recently released its annual school grades, and Levy County’s are remarkably consistent with last year’s.

    In fact, all 10 of the district’s eligible schools scored the same letter grade as in 2016. The district also retained its ‘C’ grade.

  • Chiefland man dies in crash

    A 60-year-old Chiefland man was killed July 9 in a single car crash.

    According to a report issued by the Florida Highway Patrol, Bruce Wayne Roque was driving a 1997 GMC 1500 pickup northeast on County Road 347.

    The vehicle drifted off the paved portion of the roadway with the right side. The man attempted to correct himself by turning to the left. As the vehicle reentered the roadway, the driver oversteered to the right, causing the vehicle to rotate in a clockwise direction before leaving the roadway, overturning and coming to rest on its roof. 

  • Education, economic development pin hopes on new campus

     Education and economic development proponents are pinning their hopes on the College of Central Florida after it opened the Jack Wilkinson Campus Friday, Aug. 11.

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    School Board of Levy County member Chris Cowart and Greater Chiefland Area Chamber of Commerce President Ryan Watson were optimistic the impact the school will have. 

    Watson said, “This is our toe in the door. This is where we hope to move forward from. This is our milestone.”

  • Drug bust in Williston

     The Levy County Drug Task Force executed a drug search warrant at 16151 NE 50 Street in Williston Thursday, Aug.  3, at 5 p.m. In April, DTF investigators received an anonymous tip and began their investigation of drug related activities. Based upon this tip, investigators learned that Chad Williams (4-24-75) was selling cocaine and marijuana from his home at this address. DTF investigators secured a search warrant for the home and upon execution of the warrant found Williams home with his wife, Toinette Williams (3-20-71), where they discovered cocaine and marijuana inside. 

  • Third arrest made in home invasion homicide


    LCSO Media Relations


    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division made a third arrest Aug. 11 in connection to the home invasion homicide in Williston Friday, Aug. 4. Investigators learned Steven Demar Stacy (7-12-83), of Williston, aided Jalen Days and Andrew Robinson in disposing of the weapons used in the crime to include the murder weapon. Mr. Stacy aided the defendants in the early morning hours of Aug. 4. To date the firearms have not been recovered.

    Investigators are actively working this investigation and still need the publics’ help. Many questions are still unanswered and the community could provide much needed information. Any person who has information is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division at 352-486-5111.

  • Rotary makes a difference


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    Citizen Correspondent

    Rotary District 6940 Governor Lisa Weeks visited the Chiefland Rotary Club and the Suwannee Valley Rotary Club where she delivered enthusiastic speeches about “Making a Difference,” the theme chosen by Rotary International President Ian H.S. Riseley. 

    She visited Chiefland Rotarians Wednesday and Suwannee Valley Rotarians Thursday.

    Weeks reminded the groups of the challenge Riseley had put to Rotarians to “make a difference” by planting a tree for every member in the club between July 1, 2017 and Earth Day, April 22, 2018. 

    Weeks said, “It doesn’t have to be a big tree, just a little sapling.”

  • Members of the Bridle Brigade to test their metal

    Members of the Bridle Brigade 4-H Club spent Thursday afternoon, July 27, building two robotic fish. The club divided up into two teams with each member taking turns drilling holes and cutting the needed PVC sections for the two robotic sea perches. In the fall, the club will travel to Orlando to compete in a statewide competition. The competition is part of the 4-H State Marine Ecology Event.

    The 2017 Sea Perch Remote Operated Vehicle Mini-challenge will be Nov. 4. The Marine Ecology Event offers opportunities to demonstrate their knowledge of the marine and aquatic worlds. To prepare for the event, 4-H leaders and club members go on marine field trips, visit museums and aquariums, have group study sessions, conduct Internet research and develop their own “mock contests.” In the process, youth learn important life skills. 

    Club members will work on the robotic fishes over the next several weeks. The final step is adding the motors. Once completed, an underwater obstacle course will be set up where the club members can hone their robotic fishes’ maneuvering skills for the competition in Orlando. 

  • College of Central Florida to host open house Friday, Aug. 11

    The College of Central Florida Jack Wilkinson Levy Campus, 15390 N.W. Highway 19, will host an open house celebration Friday, Aug. 11, from 2-4 p.m.

    The first permanent facility for higher education in Levy County, the campus features a comprehensive student center, campus bookstore, student lounge, health and wellness area, a large multi-purpose room, a multidiscipline science lab, classrooms, computer labs and faculty offices.

    The college is offering 100 scholarships valued at $500 each to students who want to be among the first to attend the new campus. To be eligible, students must take six or more credits at the new campus when classes begin Aug. 21. The scholarships are available to new and returning students, as well as students enrolled at another college or university.

    The scholarships are a one-time opportunity to celebrate the opening of the campus, which is the first permanent higher education facility in Levy County. The $30 college application fee will also be waived for students to plan to attend the new campus.