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Today's News

  • Potential Levy ag project still moving forward

    An agriculture-based business that would be among the five largest employers in Levy County is still part of discussions for a site in Levy County.

    Dave Pieklik, of the Nature Coast Business Development Council, reported at the County Commission meeting on Oct. 3 that the speculative establishment, which he refers to as a large-scale, agricultural project, is still moving forward in site evaluation.

    “The site is perfect for the space, but there are obviously requirements like rail and electrical upgrades, and those things are being explored,” Pieklik said during his quarterly projects overview with the Board of County Commissioners. “We have every belief this is going to happen, it’s just a matter of at what point. It is very much on the horizon.”

  • First-quarter shell shock

    Facing what could very well be the strongest team on its schedule, Chiefland could not afford excessive mistakes and a deep deficit.

    Unfortunately, for the Indians, their first quarter against the Bears was a perfect storm of everything that’s plagued the young team to date.

    CMHS turned it over four times in the opening quarter while DCHS reeled off five TDs on just 14 plays en route to a 42-7 win at C. Doyle McCall Field in Chiefland on Sept. 21.

    The Bears improved to 5-0, while Chiefland fell to 1-3.

    “Dixie County’s a great football team, a well-coached football team,” CMHS coach Adam Gore said, “and honestly that’s where we want to be. Hats off to them. They have great athletes too.

    “We come out and we weren’t concentrating on beating Dixie County. When you go through the motions and you have those turnovers, that’s the result.”

  • Running away with it

    The Chiefland boys’ and girls’ cross country squads battled the heat on their home turf in a 5K meet last Thursday, Sept. 21, for a couple of strong showings.

    The Lady Indians improved to 2-0 with a win behind Lauren Jones’ No. 1 overall finish for the girls. Jones, who qualified for the state championship as a seventh-grader last year, notched a time of 20:44.

    “I just try to stick to my pace and not get worn out at the start,” Jones said.

    Banner Hodge (No. 4, 25:39), Jaycie Anderson (No. 5, 25:57) and Jolie Anderson (No. 6, 25:58) finished in the top six with Jones to help life CMHS to the win, while Lily Macarthur (No. 13, 29:21), Tabitha Welch (No. 16, 30:06) and Eleanor Frields (No. 17, 30:41) also finished in the top 20 for the Lady Indians.

    “All of my girls are improving each meet,” said CMHS coach Lynda Aldrich, who also commended her boys’ efforts.

  • City adopts final millage rate, budget

    Chiefland City Commissioners narrowly approved the new millage rate for Fiscal Year 2017-18 during the final budget meeting Monday.

    Resolution 17-09 adopts a final millage rate of 6.9850 is 17.46 percent greater than the rolled-back rate of 5.9468 and for that reason, Commissioners Teresa Barron and Rollin Hudson voted against the motion offered by Commission Donald Lawrence and seconded by Commissioner Chris Jones. Mayor Betty Walker joined Lawrence and Jones in voting for approval. The new rate is projected to raise $878,608 in taxable revenue.

    With that done, commissioners voted by the same margin to approve Resolution 17-10 to set the budget at $5,023,904 in projected revenues and expenses.

  • NCBS opens in Cedar Key

    By REBECCA GALLAGHER
    Citizen Correspondent

    The long-awaited opening of the new Nature Coast Biological Station has arrived. Residents of Cedar Key and surrounding areas turned out en masse to get a view of the new building.

    Dr. Michael Allen, director of the NCBS, said that the University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences has been active in Cedar Key with research, teaching and extension programs along the nature coast in for about 30 years and yet never had an office.

    “This will be our home,” he said. “This building will provide a research facility and offices for scientists, graduate students and technicians.”

  • Peaton: 'We got lucky'

    As the cleanup continues from the debris left by Hurricane Irma, Levy County Emergency Management Assistant Director David Peaton said Friday, Sept. 15, they are in the recovery stage. They are checking on all the buildings, getting all the shelters and county equipment cleaned up and then just collecting data.

    “We’re checking on what was the financial burden on the county and what was the financial burden on the citizens, getting schools open as well as government offices,” he said.

    There were still about 2,000 customers of Central Florida Electric Cooperative without electricity. That number was down from 26,168 customers countywide who lost power during Hurricane Irma that hit North Central Florida Sept. 10 – 11.

  • LifeSouth sends out plea for blood donors

    LifeSouth began calling for blood donors after Hurricane Harvey pummeled Texas, then came Irma and now the pleading continues.

    The call was not lost on at least two women who were in the Chiefland LifeSouth location Friday, Sept. 8, giving blood before Hurricane Irma hit.

    Madeline Travers, of Bronson, said she donates blood “because it’s needed and I want to do everything I can to help. They were asking for O-positive blood donations and that’s what I am.”

    Travers said she tries to give blood often, but doesn’t give as often as she should.

    Vickie Menasco, Chiefland, said she donates blood because, “I just feel like it’s a way I can give back.”

    Though she has not given blood “for awhile, I’m hoping to start back. I’m just trying to do my part because I know there are a lot of people who can’t or will not. It’s something I can do and I’m willing to do my part.”

  • Dixie County football game moved to Thursday

    If all goes as planned, Chiefland will have a busy six days before its bye date next Friday.

    The Indians moved their home game against undefeated Dixie County from Friday to Thursday. If that game isn’t moved to Friday due to weather, they then will turn around and play a makeup game versus Hamilton County in Jasper the following Tuesday, Sept. 26.

    The Hamilton game was originally cancelled due to Hurricane Irma.

    Dixie County is one of the favorites from Region 1A-3 to make the playoffs, as its raced out to a 4-0 start, handing Union County and Trenton their only losses along the way. The Bears jumped ahead of the Tigers 27-14 by halftime, when a storm forced the game to end at that point.

    DCHS is led by first-year head man Eric Richeson, who takes over for longtime head coach Brent Wilkerson. Wilkerson built the program into one of the elite of Class 1A, with multiple state final four appearances. Richeson was an offensive coordinator under Wilkerson.

  • Levy escapes worst from Irma

    The worst-case projections for Irma predicted a potential Category 2 – even 3 – barreling through the area, with sustained winds of more than 100 miles per hour, and a storm surge around 15 or 20 feet, leaving parts of Cedar Key and Yankeetown inaccessible for the foreseeable future.

    Thankfully, the county was spared from that scenario.

    Widespread power outages to the majority of homes in the county as well as an ongoing extensive gas shortage – before and after its arrival -- appear to be the worst the storm brought to Levy County, besides the sporadic damage to individual homes from fallen trees.

    The center of what was left of Irma passed through Bronson in the early hours of Monday, Sept. 11, but the region appears to have been largely – or completely -- spared of hurricane-force winds.

    Irma was the most intense hurricane ever measured in the Atlantic outside of the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico, and set a record in sustaining winds of 185 miles per hour for 37 hours.

  • Hornet offense rolls, cashes in on Chiefland miscues

    Chiefland had just faced the best quarterback it will probably play all season, but Indians first-year head coach Adam Gore wasn’t letting himself and his young team off the hook.

    Mayo-Lafayette sophomore Jaxson Beach tossed for 219 yards and three scores on 13-of-16 passing to lead the Hornets past CMHS 41-17 in Chiefland last Thursday.

    The game was moved up a day as Hurricane Irma was poised to wreak havoc on most of Florida.

    “Take care of your family, take care of your loved ones, take care of your friends,” Gore told his team after the game.

    He hoped it would use some of the extra time off to contemplate the mistakes that are undermining the team’s efforts, like untimely penalties, turnovers and missed assignments.

    “Let this one hurt,” Gore said. “Think about it. Let it drive you to be better. Let it drive you to do the little things.

    “We’re so close, guys. We’re so close to being a really good football team. We’ve got to take the next step.”