Today's News

  • The Hemp Station opens in Chiefland next week

    Suzette Cook, Reporter

    Ella Anderson wants to help people.

    “This is not a get-rich-quick scheme,” the owner of The Hemp Station in Chiefland said. “This is not that. We truly want to help people.”

    The 44-year-old former law enforcer said she has always wanted to own her own business and contemplated opening a restaurant, but she said that when President Donald Trump signed the Farm Bill in 2018 that made CBD legal and “this year our governor signed it to be legal,” she decided to do her research and start her own store that features hemp and CBD products along with homemade jewelry and crystals.

    “When they legalized the CBD, they stopped all enforcing and they notify law enforcement first,” Anderson said.

    She said she is a “100-percent believer,” in what the products she sells can do to help alleviate pain and stress. “I use it myself,” she added.

  • Winning bidder gives property a complete makeover

    Suzette Cook, Reporter

    When Levy County auctioned off Parcel No. 10013-000-00 on June 17, winning bidder Manuel Garcia knew he got a deal.

    Three months later, Garcia is finishing up his complete makeover of the property that is sporting a new roof, new floors, new tile, fresh paint and even a garden in the back.

    “It’s pretty nice,” Garcia said about the 2,000-square-foot mobile home that sits just a block away from the Levy School School District offices on Marshburn Drive in Bronson.

    Garcia had to cut down the overgrown grass, remove a dilapidated deck and pool from the back and replace broken windows.

    “Everything was broken when I came here,” he said.

    But a tour of the new and improved house that was assessed at $44,881 at the time of the auction reveals a wide open floor plan in the living room, dining room and kitchen areas, five roomy bedrooms and three bathrooms.

    Garcia chose light blue for most of the interior and a touch of deep blue in parts of the house.

  • HTF challenge will honor 9/11 victims

    Suzette Cook, Reporter

    The owners of Home Town Fitness in Chiefland have joined gyms across the U.S. for the Stair Climb Challenge to honor 9/11 first responders.

    “We know someone out of Gainesville who lost their mom,” Bethany and James Blackner said about their personal tie to the 9/11 tragedy.

    That inspired them to hold their first Stair Climb Challenge on Sept. 11. The memorial climb, organized by firefighters across the U.S., is completed by men and women nationwide to pay tribute to the hundreds of emergency responders who selflessly sacrificed their lives on 9/11.

    The event will consist of an equivalent 110-story stair climb on a StairMaster, which represents the number of floors that were in the World Trade Center Towers that fell in New York City in 2001.

    According to Health Coach Karen Morgan, the event happens for 24 hours starting at from 12 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 11. and it takes about 30 minutes to complete.

    HTF has three sets of StairMasters to use for the event and participants don’t have to all 110 floors.

  • Car crashes into CMHS office

    A car drove into the front of Chiefland Middle High School building while school was closed at approximately 1:55 p.m. on Labor Day, Sept. 2.

    The driver was transported by Levy County EMS to North Florida Regional Medical Center for evaluation. The Chiefland Police Department was still investigating the accident on Sept. 3 and had yet to release the identity of the driver or its findings of the incident.

    The car appeared to drive off the right shoulder of NE 8th Avenue while traveling west toward the school. It then continued through North Main Street, north of the intersection, eventually traveling through the brick barrier in front of the school before crashing into the school. The vehicle did not penetrate the inside of the school, but there was damage to the exterior/interior of the structure, according to the Chiefland Police Department.

    Charges are pending further investigation.

  • Chiefland attorney’s license revoked

    The Florida Supreme Court has revoked the license of Chiefland attorney Gregory Beachamp for the misappropriation of more than $200,000 of client funds from his trust account, according to the Florida Bar.

    The revocation, which makes Beauchamp ineligible to practice law in Florida, was effective immediately following an Aug. 1 court order. Disciplinary revocation is tantamount to disbarment, according to the Florida Bar’s announcement.

    Beachamp was admitted to the Bar in 1974.

    “Court orders are not final until time expires to file a rehearing motion and, if filed, determined,” the Florida Bar’s media release said. “The filing of such a motion does not alter the effective date of the discipline. Disbarred lawyers may not re-apply for admission for five years. They are required to go through an extensive process that includes a rigorous background check and retaking the Bar exam.”

  • Stair Climb Challenge to honor 9/11 first responders

    Home Town Fitness in Chiefland is holding its first Stair Climb Challenge on Sept. 11. The memorial climb, organized by firefighters across the U.S., is completed by men and women nationwide to pay tribute to the hundreds of emergency responders who selflessly sacrificed their lives on 9/11.

    The event will consist of an equivalent 110-story stair climb on a StairMaster, which represents the number of floors that were in the World Trade Center Towers that fell in New York City.

    The events is free to anyone who would like to participate. Registration is now open at Home Town Fitness Gym, located at 212 N. Main Street. Come by or call 352-221-8366 to sign up for a time slot.

    Don’t worry if you can’t finish all 110 stories! We just ask for our best to honor our fallen heroes.

  • Rosewood satellite waste station to open soon

    Suzette Cook, Reporter

    Levy County residents will have another site to take waste and recyclables to in a matter of days according to Levy County Solid Waste Department Administrative Director Rod Hastings.

    Hastings said the new location known as 8-Mile is about four miles off Highway 24 near Shell Mound on of CR 347. The property was once used as a landfill and was chosen because it is within 10 miles from Cedar Key and convenient for Rosewood, Cedar Key, and Fowlers Bluff residents.

    Levy County posted the position for a Spotter/Laborer I with the application closing date 0f August 27 to be sure the new facility would be manned and ready to operate
    Once the property passes inspection, “We’ll be ready to open up,” Hastings said. “It should be up and running this week.” Hastings is waiting to hear from the County Commission on the preference of a start date.

  • Levy County Fair needs support

    It’s only a four-day event, but it takes dozens of volunteers a full year to make sure it happens.

    It’s the Levy County Fair, held annually in Williston, and it’s in danger of not occurring in 2020 if more people don’t step up to the plate to make it happen.

    Amanda Cuomo, fair president, announced in a social media video last week that after its annual meeting there were no new faces and the fair board decided to not host the 2020 fair. Cuomo said the board was looking toward April 2021 instead.

    The next day, it looked liked there could be a reprieve if enough volunteers step before Sept. 4 – that’s when the board of directors will decide if it will proceed.

    To volunteer, visit levycountyfair.com or visit the Facebook page.

  • Emergency Management asks Levy County residents to report storm damage

    Suzette Cook, Reporter

    Nineteen inches of rain in five days, more than 30 roads closed or restricted, one school closed, adjusted school bus routes and fish jumping onto US Highway 19.

    Levy County Emergency Management Director John MacDonald asked the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) for permission to amend the August 20 meeting agenda so that he could report the results of steady rainfall in Levy County he compares to levels reached in 2003.

    According to MacDonald, Inglis, Yankeetown, Gulf Hammock and Rosewood “probably got the worst of it as far as rainfall.”

    The County is urging citizens to report any storm damage so that countywide totals can lead to State and Federal relief.

    If Levy County reports approximately $127,000 in damages, we can get a local declaration of emergency, MacDonald said.

    When all the counties meet their thresholds, it goes to the State. If the State reaches its threshold of $26 million, then the governor can go and ask for federal assistance from the President through FEMA MacDonald told the BOCC.

    “I have seen it done under that in 2003.”

  • SBLC sets legislative platform priorities

    Suzette Cook, Reporter

    The School Board of Levy County prioritized the Chiefland Middle High School facilities project, test accommodations and safe schools as its top areas of concern.

    Board Member Chris Cowart, who also serves as the SBLC representative for the Small School /District Council Consortium (SSDCC), advised the Board to stick to priorities that coincide with 12 proposals coming before the Florida School Board Association (FSBA) legislature.

    Three are safety and health, two are investing in students and schools, two are personnel driven, three are assessment accountability, one is eliminate End of Course 30 percent rule, one is curricular programs and service and one local authority, Cowart listed.

    “I think we have to continue doing what we know we need to do,” Cowart said.

    The push for accommodations takes into account that technology has changed since current policy was put in place and asks that legislature require the Department of Education to conduct an accommodations study.