Today's News

  • Cervone needs to make a decision

    Will he or won't he? That's the buzz around Chiefland, as Eighth Judicial Circuit State Attorney Bill Cervone continues weighing evidence of alleged voter fraud cases brought to light in August after the city election.

    On Sept. 27, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement handed Cervone the evidence it collected after a five-week investigation.

    Two months later, the attorney is still sitting on his hands. He is drawing out a process that has left lives in chaos and seems in no hurry to bring the issue to a conclusion once and for all.

  • Car stolen at knifepoint from Chiefland

    An unknown assailant committed armed carjacking, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and theft of a motor vehicle, according to a Chiefland Police Department incident report by CPD Officer Ken Hutson.

    Gregory L. Meitinger, 50, of Chiefland had allowed Darrin Keith Bracewell Jr., 19, of Gainesville to use Meitinger's blue 1992 Toyota Corolla, the officer reported.

  • Winterfest promises fun Saturday

    The 2007 Christmas and Winter Festival, which is scheduled to be from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. in Trailhead Park, promises to include music, skits, food, crafts, a parade and Santa Claus.

    Sponsored by the Greater Chiefland Area Chamber of Commerce and the city of Chiefland, the annual event shows promise of being the best ever this year.

    The show starts at 9 a.m. in Trailhead Park, which holds the Chiefland Train Depot and the Chamber office at 23 S.E. First Ave.

  • Some of 'Chiefland 11' respond to accusations

    "The Chiefland 11" might be a name for the 11 people accused by former Chiefland City Commissioner Alice Monyei as having violated Florida law by voting in a precinct where they do not live.

    While the six Andrews family members chose against making any comment about where the live in contrast with where they vote, other than Kelby Andrews who tried to intimidate a reporter with a verbal threat, some of the other 11 were willing to speak.

    Lester R. Hunter, a member of the Chiefland City Commission for 18 years, was contacted at his Newberry residence on Nov. 26.

  • 11 named in voter fraud allegation

    TALLAHASSEE - Eleven people are suspected of illegally voting in the Chiefland city election, which was Aug. 7, according to a complaint filed by former Chiefland City Commissioner Alice Monyei with the Florida Department of State, Division of Elections.

    These 11 people allegedly live outside the city limits, which according to the city charter and state election laws, prohibits them from participating in city elections. They allegedly committed voter fraud, according to Monyei's complaint.

  • City seeks CDBG amendment to pave road

    With the approval of the Chiefland Citizen Advisory Task Force (CATF), the Chiefland City Commission on Nov. 26 voted 3-0 to amend its 2005-06 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) to pave part of a road.

    The city was awarded a $650,000 CDBG for 19,000 linear feet of new water pipes, 6,300 linear feet of new sewer lines and 14 new fire hydrants in the southwest quadrant of the city. The fiscal year 2005-06 CDBG was extended to expire in early January 2008.

  • Train Depot Committee lacks quorum

    The Chiefland Train Depot Museum Committee failed to have enough members Nov. 12 for a quorum again.

    Committee Chairman J. Rollin Hudson Jr. and Committeewoman Carolyn Cohens could not discuss matters on which they might vote in that regard, because committee members Dennis Andrews, Loy Ann Mann and Portia Sache did not show up for the regularly scheduled monthly meeting.

    The October meeting was cancelled.

  • Preachers pray for Chiefland

    Pastors from six or seven churches in the Chiefland area joined to say "Thank you for your service. Thank you for what you're doing," the Rev. Travis Hudson of Hardeetown Baptist Church told the City Commission on Nov. 26.

    Commissioners Teresa Barron and Frank Buie were absent from the regular meeting.

    The preacher stressed that preachers are supportive of the endeavor to help the city as it grows, Hudson said, especially with the activity that will come from the construction of Tri-County Hospital. They are praying for Chiefland.

  • Vision Committee fails to meet again

    For the second time since he became Chairman of the Chiefland Vision Committee, Mayor M. Teal Pomeroy was forced to declare the meeting "cancelled due to lack of a quorum."

    There were too few members to hold the Nov. 13 meeting, but the day offered an opportunity for another member to quit.

    Doug King, a charter member since the Vision Committee formed in 1997, resigned effective that day. King is the only original member who had remained on the committee up until that day.

  • There's truth in the old hymns

    I like to shower. I enjoy clean clothes. I have to have my coffee in the morning–and night–lots of it.

    But those things take water. Daily.

    And for months now I have sympathized with my North Georgia friends who are suffering through the worst drought in 100 years.

    Lakes Hartwell and Lanier are mud puddles. Docks are useless and more importantly good potable water is a rare commodity for tens of thousands of people.