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Today's News

  • Fire chief almost burns his bridge

     There's a saying: Don't burn your bridges behind you as you go out the door.

    It was almost the case at the Chiefland City Commission meeting on Monday when a discussion of 10 goals for Chiefland Fire Chief James Harris disintegrated into a heated clash between Commissioner Teresa Barron, his former boss, his current boss, Vice Mayor Betty Walker and a near walkout by Harris.

  • Citizen of the Year 2014: Ray Tremblay

    The Greater Chiefland Area Chamber of Commerce honored two area residents for their volunteer efforts at its annual Citizen of the Year Banquet Tuesday night.

    The first award, the Humanitarian of the Year Award, was presented to Harry Coleman for his countless hours of volunteerism at Haven Hospice.

    The second award of the evening, the Citizen of the Year Award, was presented to Ray Tremblay, Deputy Captain of the Chiefland Police Department, for his many selfless acts including conducting R.A.D. (Rape Aggression Defense) courses on his own time.

  • Sex predator missing

    The Levy County Sheriff's Office is seeking the public’s assistance in locating absconded sexual predator Lamont Lewis Nelson, 34. He has been missing and on the run since April 2014. LCSO has exhausted all leads which could result in his apprehension.

    Nelson is described as a African American male, 5-foot-6 to 5-foot-7 inches tall, between 150 and 175 pounds. Nelson has worn earrings in both ears. He was last seen with short cropped hair and a goatee.

  • School Board Agenda for Tuesday, February 24
  • Agenda for Chiefland City Commission meeting Feb. 23
  • Blizzards present a chance to help Northern friends

    While blood supplies in most of the Southeast are nearly back to normal, LifeSouth is asking donors to help those in the Northeast who are facing critical shortages brought on by blizzards and ice.

  • CMHS wins its A

    Break out the cake and punch, Chiefland Middle High School has won its appeal and is once again an “A” school. 

    Levy County School District appealed the decision to give a “B” to CMHS for the 2013-14 school year  noting that some data used in the assessment was incomplete. 

    The decision by state Department of Education officials leaves Chiefland alone in the county in earning an “A” ― its third in a row and the fourth A earned in the past five years.  

  • Fundraiser to help vets

    On Jan. 30, the members of AMVETS Post 88 stepped up and put their money where their mouths are. AMVETS is all about taking care of our community and our veterans.

    Once they learned about “A VET’S LAST WISH” (a non-profit organization in Williston) they knew they had to help the founder, Steve Rhonomus, raise some more funds. They had a fundraiser and among the four groups (AMVETS, Sons of AMVETS, Ladies Auxiliary and Riders) they were able to get $2,180 raised to help veterans who are close to the end of their lives have a “Wish” come true.

  • Tax break ordinance for proposed Holiday Inn approved

    Things are moving forward for the proposed Holiday Inn Express project in Fanning Springs.

    So said Mayor Trip Lancaster during the mayor’s report at the Feb. 3 Fanning Springs city council meeting. He also said that at the regular Gilchrist County commission meeting held the day before, an ordinance was approved 5 to nothing to allow for an abatement of some taxes for the Holiday Inn.

  • Smokeless tobacco use remains issue in region

    By Kristina Zachry

    kzachry@quitdoc.com

    QuitDoc and the statewide Tobacco Free Florida Program are raising awareness about the dangers of smokeless tobacco, like chew and dip, to help combat this deadly addiction. “Through With Chew Week”, a national public awareness campaign created to reduce the use of smokeless tobacco among young people, takes place Feb. 15-21, with the Great American Spit Out on Feb.19.