Today's News

  • Chiefland comes back in Bronson

    The Chiefland boys’ basketball team came alive from 3-point range to wipe away a double-digit deficit in the second half in Bronson.

    Four different Indians connected from beyond the arc in the third to help the squad to 25 points in the quarter, before Jarrett Jerrels’ nine-point fourth quarter helped Chiefland secure a 70-68 win in district and intra-county action Jan. 11.

    While Jerrels and Jalen Rutledge led CMHS with 13 points apiece, seven Indians notched at least five points apiece in the win, which marked the team’s second victory in District 1A-7 play.

    The comeback win followed what head coach Adam Boyd saw as an encouraging effort in defeat against district powerhouse Bell the previous Friday. It was an especially welcome payoff for a young, sophomore-led squad that has shown impressive effort throughout games as it works to iron out the details of its offense and signature press defense while striving for more consistency.

  • New worlds for sale

    Friends of the Luther Callaway Public Library is having a book sale Saturday, Feb. 3, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Octagon Building behind Chiefland Fire Rescue. Hardback covers are priced to sell at 50 cents each and paperbacks for a quarter.

    Some of the thousands of titles are library books that have not been checked out for a while, but most are donations. They will be organized on tables in categories of fiction and nonfiction.

    Books are always on sale inside the library, but Friends President Ann Brown said Thursday, Jan. 11, during the organization’s monthly meeting that the nonprofit organization is having the book sale to raise money to replace the carpet in the building. Instead of laying carpet rolls, they want carpet squares that will be cheaper in the long run though the upfront cost is about $10,000. Although the library is part of the county system and the building is owned by the city of Chiefland, the friends group helps support programs and other needs not funded through the county system or by the city.

  • Anderson: phone system is going to break

    Chiefland fire and police chiefs made their presentations to the city commission at the regular meeting Jan. 8. Chief James Harris said Chiefland Fire Rescue responded to 1,672 incidents in 2017 while Chief Scott Anderson warned the governing body that the phone system is about to crash.

    Harris said 827 responses were inside the city and 681 were in the county. CFR responded to 78 incidents where other agencies did not respond. CFR went to Bronson on 12 occasions and on three of those trips, CFR was the only agency to respond; Fowlers Bluff did not respond 26 times. CFR aided Fanning Springs 23 times, but Fanning Springs did not respond 36 times. CFR had 35 calls in Otter Creek and aided Rosewood four times, but Rosewood did not respond on five occasions; aided Trenton twice and Cedar Key four times.

  • Bronson celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day

    MLK Day in Bronson was a day filled of fun and games. Participants in the egg race (Page 4A) made their way down Main Street in Bronson with their heads up. The street was closed to traffic and vendors set up tables up and down the street. Free hot dogs and sodas were in abundance along with various other food delicacies.

  • Highway 19 to be dedicated to slain deputy

    A portion of U.S Highway 19 in Otter Creek will be dedicated to the memory of A. Haygood Ellzey, the only Levy County Sheriff’s officer killed in the line of duty. The dedication for Deputy Ellzey will take place at 11 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 25, at the northbound lane sign in Otter Creek.

    On January 28, 1945 while on patrol in the city limits of Otter Creek, Deputy Sheriff A. Haygood Ellzey was shot and killed in the line of duty by two men who lured him into a wooded area.

    Moments earlier Deputy Ellzey had asked the two white men to leave an African American juke to avoid having any problems between the white and black citizens.

    Before dying Deputy Ellzey was able to identify his shooter which led both men to be convicted of his murder and both were sentenced to prison.

  • Inglis kayaking project moving forward

    The plan for a whitewater kayak venue in Inglis was first proposed around 2000, with an eye toward possibly serving the 2012 Summer Olympics, if they were to be held in Tampa.

    Though those plans were washed away, the project never quite died.

    Now the town is moving forward with a feasibility study this April, which could attract a concessionaire that could finally bring the venue to fruition.

    Inglis Mayor Drinda Merritt announced the latest developments at the Levy County Commission meeting Jan. 9.

    The venue would be established south of Highway 40, where the canal for the now-defunct Cross Florida Barge connects with the lower Withlacoochee River.

    “That canal has about a 22-foot drop from the dam down to the where it reconnects with the river,” Merritt said. “So it was brought to my attention several years ago that if we reverse-engineered it, would could make a whitewater kayaking venue there.”

  • Whitewater idea is floated

    The Nature Coast Business Development Council has set five goals for 2018 to help build a stronger economic foundation for the future.

    The goals include completing the economic impact statement for the Inglis whitewater kayaking venue; countywide broadband; investment launch; relaunching the business alliance and establishing a food-related business incubator. Broadband internet and whitewater kayaking were discussed at the meeting Thursday, Jan. 11, at the Jack Wilkinson Campus of the College of Central Florida.

    Council Director David Pieklik opened discussion on the economic impact statement for a kayaking project in Inglis. Completion of the EIS by the University of Central Florida is expected in April.

    Richard Streeter, of Inglis, said a whitewater course in Inglis would have two advantages over any other similar venue in the country. It would operate year around and the water temperature is very important to Olympic kayaking.

  • Williston man killed in car crash

    Matthew Chance Carlisle died early Sunday evening in a crash involving three vehicles.

    Carlisle, 33, of Williston, was traveling eastbound on C.R. 326 in a 1995 Chevrolet pickup toward the stop intersection for S.R. 121, according to a press release from the Florida Highway Patrol. 

    Marie Chandler, 24, no city of residence given, was traveling southbound on S.R. 121 in a 2013 Jeep Cherokee. The front of the Jeep struck the left front of the pickup. Upon impact, Chandler’s pickup was redirected southbound and came to final rest facing southbound on S.R. 121.

     A third vehicle, a 2012 Freightliner semi-truck was traveling northbound on S.R. 121. Moments after the collision with Chandler’s vehicle, Carlisle exited his vehicle and walked into the path of the oncoming truck. Carlisle was pronounced deceased shortly after the crash at Williston Regional Hospital.

     According to the press release, charges are pending the conclusion of the investigation. The incident was not alcohol related.

  • Lady Indians maintain winning ways after holiday break

    A solid run through its holiday tournament games, punctuated by a win over Providence, gave way to the Chiefland girls’ basketball team’s best week of the season, as it came back from break with convincing wins over Cedar Key and Bell.

    The victories set the Lady Indians on a three-game winning streak heading into their Jan. 9 home tilt against Fort White (played after press deadline). It also made them winners of four of their last five, and they hadn’t lost in regulation in seven games.

    On Jan. 2, in Cedar Key, the Lady Sharks knotted things up with CMHS at 19-19 with two minutes remaining in the half on a long 2 by Makalynn Bowling. Chiefland, though, responded with a long Colby Reed bucket and a bank shot from J’Mia McNeil to go up 24-19 for the break.

    The Lady Indians never surrendered their advantage for the remainder, as they clung narrowly to their lead in the third before establishing some breathing space in the final frame behind a combined 15 points from Sierra Norris and Courtney Hayes.

  • Adams’ late splurge not enough for Indians at CKS

    The Chiefland boys’ basketball team saw a reversal of the fortunes it enjoyed in a 19-point win over Cedar Key over the Christmas break.

    When the teams welcomed one another back from break with a meeting on Jan. 2 on the island, the Indian press defense failed to leverage the level of turnovers and general turmoil it generated in that earlier win.

    Instead, the Sharks stretched out for a comfortable 18-point advantage by the third quarter, before fending off a late Chiefland rally for a 64-58 win.

    That rally was pinpointed by Austin Adams’ 13 fourth-quarter points, helping shrink the Indians’ deficit by 14 points. Chiefland combined for five 3-pointers in the final frame, including two apiece by Adams and Payne Parnell.

    But the Indians were just 4 for 17 from beyond the arc before the fourth quarter, and had modest help from the free throw line, where they were 7 for 15 for the game.