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Today's News

  • DOH issues mosquito borne illness alert

    The Florida Department of Health in Levy County issued a mosquito-borne illness alert for Levy County. A case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis has been confirmed in a flock of Emus in the Bronson area and there is a heightened concern that residents could become ill.

    DOH-Levy continues to advise the public to remain diligent in their personal mosquito protection efforts by remembering to “drain and cover.”

    Drain standing water to stop mosquitoes from multiplying.

    •Drain water from garbage cans, house gutters, buckets, pool covers, coolers, toys, flower pots or any other containers where sprinkler or rain water has collected.

    • Discard old tires, drums, bottles, cans, pots and pans, broken appliances and other items that aren’t being used.

    • Empty and clean birdbaths and pet’s water bowls at least once or twice a week

    • Protect boats and vehicles from rain with tarps that don’t accumulate water.

    • Maintain swimming pools in good condition and appropriately chlorinated. Empty plastic swimming pools when not in use.

  • LCSO to hold school security briefings

    By Lori Prevatt, Citizen Correspondent

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office is holding a community school security meeting Thursday, March 15, in the Chiefland Elementary School cafeteria at 6:30 p.m.

    The meeting comes after Gov. Rick Scott signed House Bill 7026. The bill, signed March 9 by the governor is also referred to as the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act.

    The bill addresses many concerns that were brought to light by the school shooting that took place Valentine’s Day.

    According to the Florida Senate website, the bill will allow law enforcement officers to seize weapons from mentally ill persons and hold those weapons until those persons have received appropriate treatment.

    Also, the bill calls for placement of extra resource officers, retired law enforcement officers, or school workers that volunteer to carry firearms in the schools solely for the protection of students and staff.

  • Deputies cleared in shooting

    The Levy County Grand Jury found two Levy County deputies were within their rights to use deadly force on a Chiefland man armed with two knives in November 2017.

    Levy County Sheriff Bobby McCallum said Tuesday morning that “no true bill” was the decision he expected.

    “Based on our initial investigation and review of the information I had, I believed it was justifiable, though I do feel bad for the family,” the sheriff said. “These are three of the most experienced deputies. I know their communications skills in dealing with suspects and knew they had done everything they could do and the shooting was the last option they had. This was the last thing they wanted to do.”

    According to a press release by State Attorney Bill Cervone, deputies responded Nov. 16, 2017, to a domestic dispute and found 34-year-old Michael Goodale armed with two knives.

  • Honey the Wonder Dog reaches 'end of tour'

    By Deborah Goad
    Citizen Correspondent

    March 2 was a very sad day for many as final goodbyes were said to Honey “the Wonder Dog.”

    Recently celebrating her eighth birthday, Honey's health had been steadily declining and the time had come to release her from her pain.

    Honey was a decorated medical service dog and companion to Michael Gaither for the past eight years.

    She saved his life many times by calling 911 when he'd fall him his wheelchair, barking two times into the receiver, alerting dispatchers to send help. Honey would wake him when he lost his oxygen mask, take him his medication and assist him with daily needs.

    Gaither, who suffers from PTSD, multiple sclerosis and osteoporosis, found his life unbearable before Honey came into it. She gave him the will to live.

    Through Kids for K9's, a program designed to teach children in Levy and Gilchrist County schools the value of all service dogs, Honey touched many children. Visiting hospices and veterans’ programs, Honey gave countless demonstrations showing the benefits of medical service dogs.

  • Citizen Viewpoint: Kudos to Levy County Animal Control

    Levy County Animal Services takes a small step forward in Levy County.

    We want to recognize the efforts of Levy County Animal Control for the new efforts to curb the number of unwanted animals in Levy County. The county recently launched a feral cat sterilization program. In this new plan, the county will provide traps to be used by residents to trap feral cats, so they can be brought to the animal control offices to be spayed or neutered.

    While the problem of unwanted pets is a challenge for many communities, we must take a more responsible approach. We as a community should recognize this first step of many needed improvements in how we treat our pets.

    The Levy County Animal Services always receives criticism for whatever they do. We know and understand the role they have. It is easy to be a critic. While we don’t know or are in a position to criticize or compliment their work, we all need to recognize the importance of their work.

  • A few tips for driving under the influence

    I’ve been thinking about this for awhile now, but never seemed to get around to writing anything about it. But, while going through the police reports, I was reminded again that it takes someone unlike me to be a police officer.

    Police officers see good people at their absolute worst and — they also see bad people at their absolute worst. Fortunately, most bad people who commit criminal acts are either really dumb or careless and get caught sooner than later.

    To help those who have a propensity to break the law, I have come up with a few tips that might help you stay out of trouble.

    First tip: Anyone who is under the influence of alcohol or drugs should always perform a complete vehicle inspection before driving through Chiefland.

    Second: Highway 19 is wide and there is absolutely no reason to cross a yellow line into oncoming traffic unless you’re high.

    Third: You’re still high if you think you can speed through Chiefland.

  • Indian bats come up short in rivalry tilt

    With just two regular season games under its belt heading into a road game against Lafayette March 6, the Chiefland baseball team has been solid in two of the three major phases of the game.

    Unfortunately, the bats had yet to follow the example of the Indians’ strong pitching and defense.

    In a repeat of its score at Williston in the season opener, CMHS fell 3-1 to Trenton Feb. 27, dropping the club to 0-2.

    Kelby Osteen and Wyatt Hammond combined to allow just three hits against the Tigers on the mound, while the Chiefland defense, for the second game in a row, committed only one error.

    Osteen made it through five innings as the starter, surrendering two earned runs and five walks while fanning four batters. Hammond tossed a pair of frames in relief, yielding one hit, no runs and no walks, and collecting a pair of strikeouts.

    Keegan McLelland drove in Seth Thomas on an RBI double for a 1-0 Chiefland lead in the first. Thomas and McLelland, who have hit safely in both regular season games, accounted for the only CMHS hits.

  • Veterans Night at the ballpark

    Note: The Veterans Night game has been moved to March 22 due to concerns over cold weather. CMHS baseball and the Interact Club apologize for any inconvenience.

    The Chiefland High School Interact Club would like to invite all veterans to the Williston-Chiefland baseball game at Chiefland High Baseball Field Thursday, March 22. The game starts at 7 p.m., and veterans are encouraged to show up before 6:30 p.m. for a special pre-game recognition. Admission is FREE for veterans. Any veteran interested in the event can call Chiefland Middle High School at (352) 493-6000.

  • CMHS boys pick up top-3 finishes

    Led by L.J. Jenkins, who took second in the 400 meter dash and third in high hurdles, the Chiefland boys’ track and field team collect six top-three finishes in a five-school home meet Feb. 27.

    The Indians finished third overall, beating out Trenton and Williston, while Live Oak Suwannee and Jefferson County dominated to place first and second, respectively.

    CMHS senior Tramaine Brown finished third in long jump at 18 feet, 2 inches. Jalen Rutledge notched third in the triple jump for Chiefland with a mark of 34-11.5. Deshamar Shepherd also secured a third-place finish for the Indians, as he came up third in the 300 meter high hurdles with a time of 48.57 seconds. Luke Stockman rounded out CMHS’ top-three finishes by taking third in the 2-mile run with a mark of 12:08.22.

    The boys were narrowly defeated by Branford on March 1, 69-63, as Jenkins, Brown, Rutledge and Stockman boasted individual top finishes in events.

    Stockman brought home wins in the 1 mile, at 5:20.03, and again in the 2 mile, with an improved time of 11:54. Chiefland’s Gavin McLelland placed third in the latter event.

  • Lady Indians bolt to track victories

    The Chiefland girls’ track and field squad secured first place in nine events to beat out four schools at its second meet of the season.

    Chiefland edged out Suwannee 121-107 in points, and handily defeated Trenton, Jefferson County and Williston at the Feb. 27 home meet.

    The girls finished second to Bell in their opener and later beat Branford in a dual meet on March 1.

    Courtney Hayes and Lauren Jones each picked up a pair of individual first-place finishes as well as a top relay finish for CMHS at the Feb. 27 meet.

    Hayes took first in the high jump at 4 feet, 6 inches, and won the 200 meter with a time of 27.44 seconds. She also teamed with Chamirra McQueen, Raven Shepherd and Sierra Norris to win the 4x100 meter relay at 53.89 seconds.

    Jones topped her field in both the 1 mile (5 minutes, 47.19 seconds) and 2 mile (12:48.07) runs, and picked up another win in 4x800 relay with Aubrey Hudson, Banner Hodge and Jaycie Anderson, who combined for a time of 10:58.

    Norris added another CMHS win in the long jump (13 feet, 8 inches).