http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en London named 2016 Chiefland Homecoming Queen http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/content/london-named-2016-chiefland-homecoming-queen <img src="http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/sites/www.chieflandcitizen.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/queen_takiya_london_king_pat_telgen.jpg" alt="Queen Takiya London and King Pat Telgen" title="Queen Takiya London and King Pat Telgen" align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> A star athlete in multiple sports at Chiefland Middle High School, Ms. Takiya London added another distinction last Friday as the senior was crowned the 2016 Chiefland Homecoming Queen.</p> <p> London, who was escorted by her uncle, Travis Donaldson, was crowned by 2015 Homecoming Queen Sheila Engel.</p> <p> Ms. Kirnae Williams, escorted by her father, Rodney Williams, was named the 2016 Homecoming Princess.</p> Chiefland escapes with overtime win in homecoming “eye-opener” http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/content/chiefland-escapes-overtime-win-homecoming-%E2%80%9Ceye-opener%E2%80%9D <img src="http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/sites/www.chieflandcitizen.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/richardson.jpg" alt="Coach Aaron Richardson leads his players before Chiefland&#039;s homecoming win over Branford." title="Coach Aaron Richardson leads his players before Chiefland&#039;s homecoming win over Branford." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> The Chiefland Indians and Branford Bucs locked helmets in a phone booth for a defensive tussle that left the score knotted at 0-0 at the end of regulation.</p> <p> Luckily, the Indians (2-0, 1-0) proved to have a little more left in their tank, as senior Lonnie Hinote ran right for a 10-yard, walk-off touchdown in the first overtime to lift CMHS to a 6-0 homecoming victory and a 2-0 mark.</p> <p> Chiefland is 1-0 in District 1A-7, while Branford (2-2 overall) starts at 0-1 in the district.</p> Hermine was wet 'n' wild http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/content/hermine-was-wet-n-wild <img src="http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/sites/www.chieflandcitizen.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/image008.jpg" alt="The areas in red received the most rain, but Levy County did not miss out on much. " title="The areas in red received the most rain, but Levy County did not miss out on much. " align="left" hspace="6" width="112" height="85" /><p> The average rainfall in the Suwannee River Water Management district may have been 3 inches below the normal 4.75 inches, but that was cured by Hurricane Hermine as coastal counties like Levy were innundated with heavy rainfall.</p> <p> The long-term average August rainfall is 7.47 inches with some areas in the northwest and east parts of the District received less than 2 inches in August.</p> <p> That all changed between Aug. 31 to Sept. 5.</p> County keeps assessments same http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/content/county-keeps-assessments-same <img src="http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/sites/www.chieflandcitizen.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/1_416.jpg" alt="Commissioner Lilly Rooks" title="Commissioner Lilly Rooks" align="left" hspace="6" width="101" height="85" /><p> A strange thing happened at a Levy County Commission meeting on emergency medical, fire, solid waste and road assessments: commissioners reported they did not receive one call protesting the assessment. The commission office reported they did not get any calls.</p> <p> And the lone county resident attending the second and final hearing on the assessments, which keeps them at the same level for the fifth year in a row, did not protest them.</p> Island Strong Zumbathon to help Cedar Key http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/content/island-strong-zumbathon-help-cedar-key <p> A fun-raising Zumba event to benefit Cedar Key which was ravaged by Hurricane Hermine on Sept. 1-2 will be held at Bronson Middle High Cafetorium, 351 Ishie Ave., Bronson on Saturday, Sept. 24 from 9:30 to 11 a.m.</p> <p> All of the proceeds wil be used to assist Cedar Key businesses and residents. All monetary donations accepted (checks/cash).</p> <p> Come by to dance or just to donate. For more information or to donate, contact Angie Frazier Phillips at 352-486-5261 daytime or on Facebook, or Sarah Beth Pergrossi at 352-443-2354 or on Facebook.</p> 'It looked like a war zone' http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/content/it-looked-war-zone <img src="http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/sites/www.chieflandcitizen.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/0918_a1_nz_yankeetownas_04.jpg" alt="Ralph Dixon, an 83-year old former National Guard reserve officer with a heart condition, organizes what belongings made it through Hurricane Hermine’s storm surge in Yankeetown. Dixon and his wife have been staying in hotels, bed-and-breakfasts and now their son’s second home. “It’s terrible, but you’ve got to do with it what you can,” Dixon said. “It’s bad, and it’s sad to be homeless.”" title="Ralph Dixon, an 83-year old former National Guard reserve officer with a heart condition, organizes what belongings made it through Hurricane Hermine’s storm surge in Yankeetown. Dixon and his wife have been staying in hotels, bed-and-breakfasts and now their son’s second home. “It’s terrible, but you’ve got to do with it what you can,” Dixon said. “It’s bad, and it’s sad to be homeless.”" align="left" hspace="6" width="127" height="85" /><p> <strong>By Michael Bates</strong></p> <p> Tuesday in the middle of his living room at his Yankeetown home &mdash; what&rsquo;s left of it, that is.</p> <p> Twenty-seven inches of water swept through Ralph Dixon&rsquo;s home in Hurricane Hermine, destroying furniture, lamps, kitchen utensils and other items that make up a life.</p> <p> It&rsquo;s hot in the living room. The air condition and power are out. Dixon, 84, sweated while he packed up what was salvageable. What can be saved will be put inside a portable storage unit he had delivered and placed in his driveway.</p> Seventh annual Beast Feast to raise money for Levy County Schools Foundation http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/content/seventh-annual-beast-feast-raise-money-levy-county-schools-foundation <p> The Levy County Schools Foundation is holding its seventh annual Beast Feast, which features southern food and a live auction fundraiser, on Oct. 1.</p> <p> The event offers a &ldquo;unique southern dinner,&rdquo; including venison, gator tail, mullet, sausage, pork, fish chowder, gumbo, swamp cabbage, boiled corn, grits, baked beans and desserts. and a live auction. The dinner is served at 6 p.m.</p> <p> It takes place at The Etheridge Farm &amp; Produce at 2351 NE 140th Avenue, Williston.</p> Chiefland Haunted House opens Oct. 14 http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/content/chiefland-haunted-house-opens-oct-14 <p> The Chiefland Police Department, the Chiefland and Suwannee Valley Rotary Clubs and Levy County IAFF Local 4069 are joining together to open the Chiefland Haunted House on Oct. 14 at the old Central Florida Electric Cooperative warehouse.</p> <p> The CPD usually has a Halloween event on the city&#39;s trick-or-treat night but due to the excellent turn out last year, the officers decided the city needed a better, bigger experience.</p> <p> The event os moving to the now-vacant CFEC warehouse at 1125 Northwest 11th Ave., off U.S Highway 19 in Chiefland behind Hardee&#39;s.</p>