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Today's News

  • Levy County first responders receive donations to save pets from fire

    BRONSON – First Responders with the Levy County Department of Public Safety, including seven ambulances, are now some of the best-equipped in the nation to save a pet’s life. That’s because Invisible Fence of Central Florida donated 10 pet oxygen mask kits to the department.

    This donation is just a small part of Invisible Fence’s Project Breathe program, which was established with the goal of equipping every fire station in America and Canada with pet oxygen masks. These masks allow firefighters and EMS staff to give oxygen to pets who are suffering from smoke inhalation when they are rescued from fires and often save pets’ lives.

    Invisible Fence has donated a total of more than 18,700 pet oxygen masks to fire stations all over the U.S. and Canada throughout the life of the program. A reported 180-plus pets have been saved by the donated masks so far, 2 dog and 1 cat most recently in Sanford, by the Sanford Fire Department.

    The company has set up a website, www.invisiblefence.com/O2, where local fire personnel can make a request for their own departments.  

  • Lighting 'Another Way' for victims of domestic violence

    A bird of prey soars high overhead searching for the slightest movement.

    A mouse far below on the ground sees the eagle and cowers, knowing the predator is going to strike.

    The predator sees its prey and begins its descent. All the while, eyes full of rage are transfixed on its victim.

    The prey, confused, is unsure if she should remain motionless or run. If she remains perfectly still, then maybe he will not hurt her so much, but it infuriated him the last time she curled up in a fetal position in fear. He sensed it. Enraged, he beat her worse, but if she runs, he will stalk her like the predator hunted down the mouse.

    Finally, sensing it is too late, the woman draws her body into herself and curls into a ball. He senses the vulnerability of the small, defenseless woman and goes in for the kill.

    Somehow, the woman survives again, but she knows he will do it again. She tells herself that he loves her in spite of all her faults.

  • Praise in the Park

    Praise in the Park will become an annual event.

    That is the prayer of Lawanda Jones who organized the community worship service Saturday afternoon in Eddie Buie Park. There were two speakers this year: Rev. Donnell Sanders, pastor of Antioch Baptist Church in Fort White, and Dennis Webber, pastor of Forward Church, located in the Winn-Dixie Shopping Plaza. Webber is also principal of Chiefland Middle High School.

    Sanders spoke about lessons he learned playing football and how it applies to life. He played offensive guard on his high school team in New Jersey.

    “The main thing is how to fit in properly. I learned how to fit in and play football properly and be a team member,” he said. “So many kids struggle to fit in. All of us are going to fit in somewhere, but the main thing is to fit in somewhere properly and with the help of God, and with the help of his grace, and with the help of God’s gifts he has given us, we’re able to fit in.”

    He didn’t have trouble fitting in on the football team, but he had trouble fitting in in life.

  • Fanning Springs firefighter resigns

    A Fanning Springs firefighter resigned after failing a blood-alcohol test at the scene of a fatal fire in Levy County. The identity of the victim has not been released.

    Fanning Springs Fire Chief Roy Bass said Mark James, deputy chief of operations at the volunteer fire department voluntarily resigned Sunday on the scene of the fire after recording a .22 blood-alcohol content.

    According to a press release from Chiefland Fire Rescue Capt. Daniel Morgan, Chiefland, Fanning Springs and Levy County Department of Public Safety Medical Units were dispatched at 2:11 a.m. to 7191 NW 95th St. to a reported mobile home fire. Once on the scene, it was found to be a fully-involved recreational vehicle.

    LCSO Dep. John Finkell stated in an incident report that Fanning Springs firefighters Mark James and Jennifer Poppell appeared to be intoxicated. Poppell was having difficulty standing and walking in a straight line, according to the report. After observation, the decision was made to pull her from the scene and make her stay away due to safety concerns.

  • CMHS' Hudson recognized for perfect test score

    Seventeen Levy students were recognized Oct. 10 by the School Board of Levy County for scoring perfect scores on individual state assessments tests last spring.

    Reagan Hudson represented Chiefland Middle High School among the group for her perfect mark on the End-of-Course Assessment in tenth-grade Biology.

    “It’s an honor to present to you Reagan Hudson,” CMHS principal Dennis Webber said. “We’re excited for the accomplishments that have been made in her life.”

    Bronson Elementary School saw five of its students presented perfect-score certificates by BES principal Cheryl Beauchamp, including: Coltan Bridges, Kristopher Lowe; Justice Phillips; Mina Zino and Douglas Tatham.

    Cedar Key principal Joshua Slemp presented to Lane Forney for his accomplishment on the Florida Standards Assessment in sixth-grade Mathematics.

    “This is a great thing for this young man, our only perfect score,” Slemp said.

    Angela Porras scored perfect on her eighth-grade science assessment at Nature Coast Middle School in Chiefland.

  • CES campus named after pioneering Levy family

    The Chiefland Elementary School campus has a new name to honor a pioneering family of Chiefland, one that’s been integral to Levy County education.

    The School Board of Levy County voted 5-0 at a public hearing Oct. 10 to establish the Etter and Helen Hiers Usher Campus, in tribute to the late Etter Usher and Helen Hiers Usher.

    Superintendent Jeff Edison said the name was proposed by citizens, eventually leading to a School Advisory Council (SAC) meeting where community members, school officials, educators and parents discussed the contributions of the late couple. Etter died in 2015, and Helen passed in 2016.

    “Those that were new to the area (at the SAC meeting) were thrilled to learn the history (behind the Ushers), about their donation of the land for Chiefland Elementary,” said Paige Brookins, who represents Chiefland on the School Board. “(SAC attendees) were thrilled to name (the campus) after Mr. Etter and Ms. Helen.”

    Brookins said family members of the Ushers, including daughters Lynetta Usher Griner and Karen Usher White, were notably touched by the suggestion.

  • Crowning achievement

    A spirited week of homecoming week festivities – built around the theme of “Around the World” – culminated Friday Oct. 13 in Chiefland, as Chelsea Parker was crowned the 2017 Chiefland Middle High School Homecoming Queen during halftime of the football game.

    Upon the announcement, Parker embraced her father, Steve Parker, who escorted Chelsea and beamed with a tearful smile when his daughter’s name was called.

    Moments before, Haitrieu Nguyen was announced the 2017 CMHS Princess. Nguyen was escorted by her father, Mike Nguyen.

    Fellow Queen contestants included: Maclay Agnoli, who was escorted by her father Joe Agnoli; Tenlee Beauchamp, escorted by her father Jim Beauchamp; Erika Gilliam, escorted by her “Papa,” William Geiger Sr.; Maria Enriquez-Gomez, escorted by her mother Rosy; Jommielle Quiambao, escorted by her father Danilo Quiambao; and Alexis Seyez, escorted by her father Freddie Seyez.

  • Big plays doom Indians in homecoming against Hawthorne

    The Chiefland football team found itself in a 7-on-7 type of match against Hawthorne, and it didn’t go well.

    The Hornets struck on a pair of early touchdowns for at least 50 yards apiece, setting the tone for an offensive onslaught that found them leading by 34 by halftime.

    Hawthorne (5-1) went on to capture a 44-7 win, putting a damper on CMHS’ homecoming, and likely knocking the Indians from playoff contention.

    The Indians fell to 3-4. All four of their losses are to teams headed for the playoffs.

    Hawthorne’s only loss was in overtime against Union County (Lake Butler). UCHS is currently the favorite to take the fourth playoff spot in Region 1A-3. Top-ranked Madison County, Dixie County and Lafayette (Mayo) remain undefeated and are virtually guaranteed the other three playoff berths in Chiefland’s region. The Hornets are in Regional 1A-4 with Williston and Bronson.

    The Indians next play host to Bronson (0-6) Friday Oct. 20 for senior night. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m.

  • Lady Indians take down Bronson in volleyball tournament opener

    For the first three sets of their District 1A-7 quarterfinal volleyball match, Chiefland and Bronson were about as closely-matched as two teams can be.

    Then the floodgates opened up for the Lady Indians’ offense, as No. 4 seed CMHS cruised to a 25-14 win in the fourth set against the fifth-seeded Lady Eagles in clinching a 3-1 win in Branford Oct. 16.

    The win advanced Chiefland to the district semifinal round Tuesday, where they faced Williston. At stake in that meeting were a fourth-straight playoff berth and an invitation to the district championship match Thursday Oct. 19. The match was played after the Citizen’s production deadline.

    (Update: Williston won in straight sets 26-24, 25-20, 25-18, versus Chiefland in the semifinals to advance to the district title match; it played Trenton Thursday Oct. 19.)

    Bronson won the first set 25-17 behind its power game, but Chiefland led with its defense in the ensuing pair of games to take a 2-1 lead off back-to-back 26-24 wins.

  • 14th Annual Christmas and Winter Festival in Chiefland

    The 14th Annual Christmas and Winter Festival in Chiefland starts at 10 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 9, and continues through the day until 8 p.m. in the field on U.S. Highway 19 across from Train Depot Park at 23 SE Second Ave.

    Enjoy arts and crafts, food, children’s attractions, entertainment, free photo with Santa, Mrs. Claus and elves, pony rides and games.

    The Lighted Christmas Parade rolls down Main Street at 6 p.m. from Chiefland High School, then south on Highway 19 to SE Third Avenue. Parade viewing is from sidewalks alongside US 19 on the parade route.