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Today's News

  • Indian boys hoopsters edged by Newberry

    NEWBERRY –The Chiefland High boys basketball team had a strong performance on the road on Friday night, but the host Newberry Panthers were able to hold off the Indians, 77-64.

    Chiefland dropped its eighth straight game. The Indians are 7-15 overall and 1-9 in district play.

    Chiefland finishes up this week at home against Lafayette County on Tuesday night and Interlachen Thursday night.

    Thursday night is also senior night as the 12th graders will be honored.

  • Sheriff's Reports

    People arrested by officers with the Levy County Sheriff's Office recently included the following individuals. Any person charge with a crime is presumed innocent until a court rules he or she is guilty.

    * Matthew Goins, 16, of Chiefland was arrested Jan. 22 on two counts of burglary, one count of larceny and one count of petit theft. A juvenile who is charged with a felony in Florida can have his or her name published in the newspaper. Bond $90,000.

  • Andrew's wish becomes reality

    A very special young boy from Archer recently enjoyed an exciting trip to Disney World thanks to Kids Wish Network, an organization that grants wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses.

    Andrew, who has Down Syndrome, had a blast in Orlando; for this brave teenager, it was truly a dream come true.

  • City switches tracks on land purchase

    With little more a few minutes discussion, four Chiefland City Commission members decided Jan. 28 to switch tracks and table the acceptance of a bid offering from Perkins State Bank, which three of them previously agreed to accept.

    City Commissioner Frank Buie reportedly broke his hip and was unable to attend the meeting Monday night. He had voted in favor of accepting the Perkins' loan agreement before.

  • New credit union coming to town

    A new credit union is coming to Chiefland as part of the Suwannee Plaza Addition, south of Radio Shack, building owner Jim Bingham said.

    Suwannee Plaza Addition is the new development on the south side of Radio Shack. Radio Shack was added five years ago on the south side of Wal-Mart, which Bingham developed in conjunction with Wal-Mart about 12 years ago, he said.

    The most recent addition is 8,000 square feet, Bingham said.

  • Suspected newspaper thief busted

    Officers with the Chiefland Police Department said they nabbed a suspected newspaper thief in the act of stealing papers from the Chiefland Citizen rack in front of the Post Office on Jan. 23.

    Rita Lynn McMillen, 51, of Trenton was charged with petit theft.

    This particular newspaper rack had fallen prey for the past three months, according to records.

    McMillen confessed to pilfering papers from newspaper racks at the Post Office and the CVS drug store, police said. The total loss to the newspaper company from thefts at those racks was $259 over the past few months.

  • Two arrested for child neglect

    Two Chiefland women were jailed on Jan. 19, after Chiefland Police Officer H. K. Hutson III charged them with four counts of child neglect.

    The suspects are Heidi Ann Prophet, 35, and Donna Gail Deal, 64, both of 510 N.W. Fourth Ave.

    Hutson and Florida Department of Children and Families Inv. James Ledford found deplorable conditions at the home, he said. These women were arrested on three counts of child neglect at the same house, under similar conditions on Aug. 23, 2002, according to records.

  • Community Calendar

    Thursday, Jan. 24

    Transportation Board Meeting

    The Levy County Transportation Disadvantaged Coordinating Board will meet Thursday, Jan. 24 at 10 a.m. at Chiefland City Hall.

    The annual public meeting and the board meeting are open to the public.

    Saturday, Jan. 26

    Chili Cook-off

    The Cedar Key Eagles will host a chili cook-off Saturday, Jan. 26 at the clubhouse.

    There is a $5 entry fee per pot of chili and pre-registration at the clubhouse is required.

    Entries should be delivered between 10:30-11:30 a.m. and serving begins at 12:30 p.m.

  • What are you passionate about?

    At dinner Monday night, friends and I discussed the passion so many of our other friends have for a myriad of topics.

    For one it's water quality; another hunting; someone else history and still another, football.

    "What are you passionate about?" I was asked.

    There was no answer.

    At one time in my life, I was passionate about my children, but as they grew and needed me less, my passion waned.

    Once my work was a passion, but during 20 years in journalism I have developed a cynicism that caused that passion to ebb.

  • County must deal with water contaminants

    Safe water in an abundant supply. It's what we all want and Tuesday night, the Levy County Board of County Commissioners heard experts explain measures to ensure that the goal of potable water can be achieved.

    The commissioners, faced with adopting a springs protection plan into the county's comprehensive plan, listened as representatives from the Department of Community Affairs (DCA), the state health department and the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) detailed ways to reduce contamination in the county's water.