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Today's News

  • Changes coming for Suwannee River Fair

    By Marti Smith

    Secretary

    You may have heard that there will be some changes at the 2015 fair.  Change is inevitable and often unpleasant.  The circumstances are truly beyond the control of the Fair Association. The bottom line is safety.

  • T. rex 'Sue' is back at museum

    The world’s dinosaur “Sue”-perstar returned to the Florida Museum of Natural History on Jan. 24 in the featured exhibition “A T. rex Named Sue.”

    This bilingual exhibit presents the story of “Sue,” the largest, most complete and best-preserved Tyrannosaurus rex ever unearthed. It features a life-size, 42-foot-long cast of the dinosaur and family-friendly interactive components exploring the paleontology that has helped scientists reconstruct Sue’s life and legacy.

  • Rally for the Cure

    On Wednesday, Feb. 18, the Chiefland Women's Golf Association will hold the Rally for the Cure golf tournament. Rally for the Cure is a program that involves people who are committed to making an impact in the fight against breast cancer.

  • You're a Good Man Charlie Brown

    The Suwannee Valley Players will present "You're A Good Man Charlie Brown", the musical on Feb. 27-28, March 1, 6-8, 13-15.

       Performances on Fridays and Saturdays are at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees are at

    2 p. m.

    Ask about the special “Dinner with the Cast” performance March 1. 

  • Sheriff's Report & Most Wanted for January 29

    The Levy County Sheriff's Office reports the following arrests:

    • Jan. 23, Frank M. Akins, 35, Bronson, hit and run leaving scene of accident involving damage to property. Bond $5,000.

    • Jan. 23, Johnnie Russell Arnett, 31, Inglis, possession of a weapon or ammo by a convicted felon, dealing in stolen property. Bond $75,000.

    • Jan. 19, Justin Henry Bailey, 21, Bronson, petit theft. Bond $1,500.

    • Jan. 22, Corddarryl Devon Bell, 24, Gainesville, DWLSR. Bond $1,000.

  • Celebrating Literacy Week

    Students at Chiefland Elementary School are celebrating Literacy Week with activities every day.

    These students, (from left) John, Amber and Alysha, read books for videos that will be uploaded to the school's website and learned to read recipes to make popcorn treats.

    The fifth grade students are reporting on the activities after two lectures from members of the news media, Chiefland Citizen Editor Lou Elliott Jones and blogger Jeff Hardison of HardisonInk.

  • Sidewalks coming on CR345 — in 2021

    It has been a worry of the Chiefland City Commission that children and residents who live along C.R. 345 between U.S. Highway 19 and U.S. 27A must walk along a small strip of land between drainage ditches and the busy roadway leading out of town. 

    All too frequently, pedestrians find themselves walking in the traffic lane.

    Never mind that the speed limit is 45 mph.

  • Ellzey breezes through eval

    It has only been six months since longtime city employee Mary Ellzey took the Chiefland city manager post, but she has certainly impressed the City Commission.

    In a special meeting on monday, the commissioners gave Ellzey a combined 952 points on her evaluation. Her composite score was 3.59 out of a possible 5 points.

    Mary Ellzey, who has worked with the city in various positions during the last 31 years, was unanimously hired by commissioners as city manager at the end of July. Her last position was that of deputy clerk.

  • Last call for Citizen of the Year

    The deadline for nominating Chiefland Citizen of the Year is tomorrow, Jan. 30, at noon.

    Nominations must be received by mail, email (ChieflandChamber@bellsouth.net) or in person at the Chiefland Chamber of Commerce office, located at the historic train depot downtown.

    If you know a generous someone who should be spotlighted, take a moment to recognize that person for this community service award. All nominees will be recognized this year at an award banquet that takes place Feb. 24 at the Tommy Usher Center.

  • Goethe burn successful,roads opening

    THURSDAY AFTERNOON UPDATE:

    Upon the completion of the 12,325 acre prescribed burn conducted by the Florida Forest Service in the Goethe State Forest, CR-337 and CR-336 are now open to traffic.

    The Florida Highway Patrol will continue monitoring the burn area for smoke and fog as a precaution throughout the night.

    Motorists are encouraged to utilize their low beam headlights, reduce speed and be prepared for changing weather conditions especially during the night time and early morning hours in this vicinity.