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Today's News

  • Chiefland Rotarians hear issues facing prep football

    Steven Crews introduced the guest speaker and brother, Shelton Crews, at the April 18 Chiefland Rotary meeting who spoke on safety, coach education and parenting in high school athletics.

    Shelton is the executive director of the Florida Athletic Coaches Association, a group of coaches who provide fellowship and “professional development for coaches.” Through four clinics a year and 10 all-star games in football, volleyball, cross country, boys and girls soccer, boys and girls basketball, girl’s flag football, softball and baseball.

    Crews left his native Chiefland for Tallahassee in 1981. That is where he met his wife and started a family. With his office, family and now twin granddaughters in Tallahassee, Crews says he’s “deeply rooted there and will probably stay.”

    Crews spent 25 years teaching and 29 years coaching, mainly football, before becoming executive director of the association eight years ago.

  • Edison is Citizen of the Year

    By Lori Prevatt, Citizen Correspondent

    Levy County Schools Superintendent Jeffery Edison was named the Greater Chiefland Area Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year Saturday evening April 21, in the Haven Community Building.

    Chamber President and master of ceremonies Bennitt Patterson called Chamber Director Denny George to stage to announce the selection.

    George said the winner liked to cook for different events; was an active member of First Baptist Church and many ways the winner served others before identifying Edison, who spoke after receiving his plaque.

    Edison said he is originally from Romeo, but grew up in Dunellon.

    “I was a teacher for 11 years. I got my degree in Educational Leadership. I was looking for a job. I got saved when I got a call from Chiefland Middle School and here I am. I feel it is God’s will I am here. I am thankful and humbled by this. I am thankful to live here in Levy County and have friends like you,” Edison said.

    Patterson commented that his brother is a longtime friend of Edison. He said, “You know this guy always does the right thing.”

  • County sees win-win scenario in school purchase

    The purchase of the old Bronson High School building, located adjacent to the Levy County Courthouse in Bronson, could kill two – or more – birds with one stone for the county.

    At its meeting April 24, the Levy County Commission reached a consensus to advise County Coordinator Wilbur Dean to seek a deal for the purchase from the School Board of Levy County.

    Acquiring the space would allow the county to avoid the estimated $12 to $15 million in costs to build a new courthouse, which has reached its functioning capacity for the county and the courts, and to consolidate more Levy County services – with more parking – in one place to make it easier on residents. The county would move offices to the new site, allowing more space for the judicial system in the current courthouse.

    While negotiations are still ongoing, Dean said the 40,000-square-foot property would cost less than $2 million. He quoted a tentative estimate of $38 to $41 per square foot, which would put the purchase at around $1.6 million.

  • Charity to pay mortgage, establish scholarship in honor of slain Gilchrist County deputies

    A foundation named in honor of New York City Firefighter Stephen Siller who perished Sept. 11, 2001, is paying the mortgage on a slain Gilchrist County deputy’s home and establishing a scholarship program in the name of another.

    John Hodge, Chief Operating Officer of the Tunnel to Towers Foundation CEO John Hodge made the announcement Saturday, April 21, during a press conference at the Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office.

    The Tunnels to Towers Foundation will pay off the mortgage for the family of Deputy Sgt. Noel Ramirez family home and set up a scholarship program in the name of Deputy Taylor Lindsey. Lindsey was not married.

    “We know that when someone is killed in the line of duty and they leave behind children, who quite frankly, we are most concerned about,” he said. “The children’s world revolves around mom and dad; revolves around the home where they live and the friends and or school.”

  • Beta Club seeks donations for nationals after success at state

    By Sarah Lourcey
    CMHS Beta Club

    The Chiefland High School Senior Beta Club, with encouragement from Beta sponsor Stacy Drummond and chaperone Jan Flemming, sent twelve members to Orlando in January for the Florida Senior State Beta Convention, and came away with four awards, including a pair of state championships by sophomore Reagan Hudson and a couple of top-3 honors in team competitions.

    The club is now seeking funds through GoFundMe to support a trip to the National Beta Convention in June in Savannah, Georgia.

    The state convention features students from all over Florida competing in numerous competitions, ranging from purely academic to talent oriented.

    Hudson competed in individual competitions, which tests students’ knowledge on different academic subjects, in Agriculture and Science, and placed first in both.

  • Chamber Banquet is Saturday

    RSVP now for the Greater Chiefland Area Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year Banquet April 21 in the Haven Hospice Community Building at 311 NE Ninth Street. Sarah & Korey, an acoustic duo, will provide entertainment. Please call the Chamber at 352-493-1849 for more information.

  • Two Gilchrist deputies slain

    Corrected spelling of Deputy Taylor Lindsey's last name

    Corrected age of Sgt. Ramirez

    Added shooters name.

  • Wild Hog Canoe Race begins its fourth decade

    It’s a grueling 15-mile trek down the Waccasassa River, where canoers and kayakers paddle, drag, lift, wade and swim their way through the elements, including occasional snakes and alligators.

    The Wild Hog Canoe Race, a fundraiser for the Arc of Levy County, which assists Levy residents with intellectual and developmental disabilities, launches in Bronson at the Waccasassa Bridge on State Road 24, and finishes up at the event property where the Waccassa crosses U.S. 19, north of Gulf Hammock.

    Despite the challenging terrain, many who participant in the annual spring event are hooked for life.

    This year’s race takes place on April 28, with pre-race registration from 7:30 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. A rule review begins at 9:15, followed by the start of the race at 9:30.

    The water level was down in last year’s race, which marked its 40th anniversary and set a new record in boaters, making it a particularly difficult iteration. Race coordinator Keith Maynard says that may be causing some reluctance among potential returning participants, as pre-race sign-ups are down some from last year.

  • High benchmarks

    A lot of superlatives fit Austin Collins.

    The Bronson senior is a natural leader, a team player, a loyal Bronson Eagle, and is matured well beyond his 18 years.

    He’s also a Renaissance Man, as he juggles varying areas of pursuit – brewer, trainer, builder, musician – with potential career stakes in any of them.

    But the label he wears the best – and proudest – is his newest: state champion.

    On April 6, at Arnold High School in Panama City Beach, Collins became just the third Bronson Eagle on record to win an individual state title in any sport, as he prevailed in the 238-pound weight division to claim a Class 1A boys weightlifting crown.

    It was his third straight trip to the state finals, and he could feel this one was his for the taking.

    “I knew going in this year that I was at least in the top 3,” the senior said.

    Collins posted a bench press of 385 and a clean and jerk of 295, giving him a combined tally of 680 pounds.

    It wasn’t even a personal record for Collins – his best bench press is 395. But it was enough.

  • CPD chase in city reaches 100 mph

    Christopher A. Hall, 39, of Wooster, Ohio, was arrested April 6 on a felony charge of fleeing and eluding and three misdemeanor charges for giving a false name, driving an unregistered motor vehicle, and resisting an officer without violence.

    According to an incident filed by Chiefland Police Officer Kyle Schultz, he was doing a business check at the North Marathon when a red passenger car enter the parking lot and stopped.

    “As I watched the vehicle, the occupants exited and entered the store. A short time later, a white female and a male entered back into the vehicle and left the business. As the vehicle left I found the drivers actions to be strange. The driver left from the adjacent exit, then made a U-turn on 19 then began traveling south,” Schultz stated. “As I followed the vehicle, it turned left into the Walmart entrance and approached the intersection of NW 11th Dr. The vehicle then failed to stop at the intersection, which was marked with a stop sign. The vehicle continued into the parking lot before I activated my emergency lights signaling the vehicle to stop.