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Today's News

  • Rolling resident arrested in robbery

    (from CPD report)
    Chiefland police say they found 22-year-old John Christopher Champion with his wheels spinning, trapped in the sand behind a local convenience store Wednesday.
    “Yeah I stole the beer,” he told police, perched upon his motorized wheelchair, already drunk and swigging a Bud Light Lime, a report stated.

  • Spring run restored at Fanning

    Staff report
    State officials announced Thursday that a three-month project to remove sediment from the bottom of the spring run at Fanning Springs State Park is now completed.
    The project, aimed at giving manatees greater access to the spring during the winter months, started with a SCUBA diver gently removing sediment with a handheld underwater vacuum, according to a press release from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

  • Editorial Toon for Feb. 16
  • Good viewing for Haven Hospice

    Carol Tew, from left, presents a check for $1,761, to Haven Hospice Administrator Patrick Allen with the help of Harry Coleman and the winners of the annual TV raffle, Ben and Melissa Lott. Tew, owner of Badcock & More Home Furnishings in Chiefland donates a large screen TV every year for a raffle and donates the proceeds to Haven. Coleman is Tew's top salesman of raffle tickets.

  • Chiefland Chamber banquet reservations due

    Reservations are due Feb. 24 for the 2011 Citizen of the Year Award banquet being held on March 6 at Tommy Usher Community Center  by the Greater Chiefland Area Chamber of Commerce.
    The event begins with a social at 6:30 p.m. and the announcement of this year's winner of the prestigious award at 7 followed by dinner.  Take part in any of the simultaneous silent auctions, to fund our annual scholarship for a Chiefland High Senior.

  • Haven Hospice is bringing Attic to town

    Haven Hospice is opening a Chiefland branch of its upscale thrift shop, Attic resale store, on March 10 and is partnering with two local community groups to help its clients with furnishing their homes and work wardrobes.
    "There are some partnerships in the community that we are joining — Another Way and Meridian Behavioral Health," said Susan Follick, spokeswoman for Haven Hospice. "We will provide vouchers for them to buy clothes to go out for job interviews and we will have furniture and they can use vouchers so they can furnish their home."

  • State park to commemorate Civil War battle

    OLUSTEE –The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Olustee Battlefield Historic State Park, Florida’s first state park, will host the 36th Annual Reenactment of the Battle of Olustee on Feb. 17-19, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Throughout the weekend, more than 2,000 demonstrators will present living history impressions of military and civilian life at the time of Florida’s largest Civil War battle.
    For more information, visit www.floridastateparks.org/olustee or http://battleofolustee.org.

  • Between the river and deep blue Gulf: The past and future of oysters in Florida’s Big Bend

  • Great Backyard Bird Count Friday — Monday

    Warmer temperatures and lack of snow in parts of North America are setting the stage for what could be a most intriguing 15th annual Great Backyard Bird Count, coming up this weekend.
    Bird watchers across the U.S. and Canada are getting ready to tally millions of birds in the annual count coordinated by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Audubon, and Canadian partner Bird Studies Canada.

  • Community Calendar for the week of Feb. 16

    Through March 4

    Bellamy Road exhibit
    Author and historian Carolyn Cohens, a self-taught artist from Chiefland, is part of an exhibit "Variations on a Dream: Black History, Liberation & Spirituality" at Bellamy Road in Melrose. Cohens' acrylic paintings celebrate the folk-life of African-Americans in Levy County and the surrounding region.