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Today's News

  • Final-four bound

    The season didn’t go as planned for the Chiefland baseball team.

    The Indians returned 10 seniors this year from a team that finished in the regional finals the previous May.

    But a mounting list of injuries to key players and some disappointing results at the plate turned the season into a grind at times for CMHS.

    Nonetheless, the Indians were able to hit reset after their third win over Trenton in the district semifinals, earning themselves a playoff berth for the second year in a row. Then Chiefland was handed its third loss to Dixie County in the district championship.

    Faced with some of the toughest pitching and highest pressures of the season in the playoffs, and bitten more still by njuries, CMHS rose to the challenge, as it turned in its best week of hitting with 9-5 wins over Fort Meade and the Bears. The club totaled 30 hits between the two regional playoff games.

  • Levy County School Board members reflect on school year

    By Suzette Cook/Reporter

    After all of the agenda items were discussed at the May 14 School Board of Levy County meeting, each member of the board spoke about the end of the school year and looking ahead. Here’s what they had to say:

    Board Member Cameron Asbell of District 1 said there’s a lot of stress for kids and parents during this time of year but, “as a board member, we get to see the good stuff.

    “Throughout the year we see the bad stuff and all the stress of this, and how are they going to get there,” Asbell said. “And we get to this point. This is the best time of year as far as I’m concerned. We get to see the kids accomplish things. For example, Safety Patrol. That’s a special honor for those kids.”

    Board Member Chris Cowart of District 2 said, “We had the Cedar Key SALT program which is Shark Aquaculture Life Training. We have five students. Only 126 people in the State passed this test.

  • Chamber Banquet awards Business, Citizen, First Responder of the Year

    Three major honors were the subject of the Greater Chiefland Area Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet on May 2, making this year’s edition a big draw. Hosted at Haven in Chiefland with a slew of door prizes and an auction hosted by Daniel Jerrels, the banquet combined the Citizen of the Year and the Business of the Year awards and for the first time added the First Responder of the Year award.

    The funds raised from the auction go to a children’s backpack food program and a scholarship fund supported by the Chamber.

    The Chamber also presented the family of Betty Walker a special plaque for the late Chiefland Mayor’s “many years of dedication, caring and generosity to the community of Chiefland, Chiefland.” Walker passed in February after serving seven terms as mayor and more than 15 years on the City Commission.

    The Citizen of the Year award went to a tireless advocate for working service dogs, Barbara Snow, who is the executive director for the Southern Region of the U.S. War Dogs Association, Inc.

  • Final four on the line in fourth meeting between Chiefland-Dixie County

    The Chiefland baseball team is 0-3 against Dixie County this season after three closely-fought games.

    But the next one will be the most important, as the clubs are set to meet in the regional finals (“Elite 8”) in Cross City, Friday, May 17, at 7 p.m. The winner advances to the Class 1A final four in Fort Myers.

    Chiefland went on the road May 14 and defeated District 1A-8 champion Fort Meade 9-5, while the Bears beat 1A-8 runner-up Frostproof 12-2. It was Dixie County’s first playoff win in program history. The Indians are back in the regional finals for the second year in a row, looking for a chance to return to the state final four for the first time since 2016, when they made the state finals.

  • Lady Indians edged out in pitching duel

    The Chiefland softball team found itself in a pitching duel between its former ace and its young phenom in a high-stakes district semifinal game in Trenton.

    Bell senior Kensley Durrance and the Lady Bulldog defense foiled a masterful outing by CMHS eighth-grader Bria Hinkle, as BHS prevailed 1-0 to advance to the district championship on May 2 at TMHS and qualify for the regional playoffs.

    It was the second time this season third-seeded Chiefland lost a 1-0 game against No. 2 seed Bell, which will face No. 1-ranked Trenton in the championship.

    The end of Chiefland’s season also means farewell to one of the program’s all-time best sluggers, Macie Thomas, who holds multiple single-season hitting records, including most doubles in a season, and who is the last remaining starting pieces of Chiefland’s 2017 state finals team, which marked the end of a four-year run that included three state championships. It was a Thomas double that lifted CMHS to the state title game that season.

  • 42nd Wild Hog Canoe Race enjoys record crowd

    It’s shortly after noon and Joey Canova is cheering on boaters from the scorer’s table as they approach the finish line of the 42nd Annual Wild Hog Canoe Race on April 27.

    While the water this year was up, and boaters reported a healthy current that helped pushed things along, the race is always a grind, no matter the conditions and no matter your experience and strength. And most competitors stumble just before completion, as they’re required to lift their boats over a log that bridges about a foot or two over the water, in between the U.S. 19 bridge and the finish line. Even if the boat goes over smooth, getting back in the boat is often a problem.

    “You never know how the race is gonna end,” yells out Canova, as one duo has to paddle to the finish facing backwards after they scramble to get back in their boat in time on the other side of the log. Canova was the master of ceremonies, filling in for longtime announcer Don Lindsey, who was suffering health problems.

  • County breaks ground on new animal shelter

    It was the sort of day that, had they known, the dogs would have jumped somersaults and even the finickiest cats would’ve sidled up and allowed their ears scratched. All because of a generous $220,000 for a new Levy County animal shelter, which was the subject of a groundbreaking ceremony on may 7 in Bronson. The shelter will be heated in the winter and cooled in the summer, allowing 50 dogs a chance to find forever homes in comfort.

    The shelter is projected to be complete in September 2019.

    Commissioners, elected officials, county employees, and animal welfare advocates were all in attendance at the groundbreaking ceremony. With four canopies set up on the future site of Levy County Animal Services newest building, the happy event brought smiles and laughter. The new building will be located next to the former Animal Services building, near the entrance to the Levy County Solid Waste Transfer Station, more commonly known as the landfill or dump, at 12051 NE 69th Lane, between Bronson and Williston.

  • 2019 CMHS senior scholarships

    Note: Students receiving Bright Futures Scholarships will be revealed at the Chiefland High School Academic Awards on May 24 at 9 a.m.

  • City election qualifying period June 10-13

    Suzette Cook, Reporter

    Chiefland citizens who are registered to vote can apply to run for three seats coming up for election on August 6.

    Groups 1,3, and 5 are currently held by Mayor Chris Jones and Commissioners Rollin Hudson and Norman Weaver.

    At the May 13 commission meeting, Chiefland City Manager Mary Ellzey relayed that the fee for qualifying is $448 and applications will be accepted by the City from June 10 to 13 between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.

    The date of the election is Tuesday, Aug. 6 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Chiefland City Hall.

  • Former Chiefland resident a hero for helping protect CPD K-9s

    Suzette Cook, Reporter

    Former Chiefland resident Tom Bennett may live in Georgia now, but he says his heart, “is still in Chiefland.”

    At the May 13 Chiefland City Commission meeting, Bennett was recognized for raising funds to purchase ballistic vests to protect two Chiefland Police Department K-9s.

    CPD Captain Ray Tremblay presented Bennett with a “Community Hero Award” plaque that reads, “With sincere appreciation for purchasing K-9 ballistic vest to help protect Chiefland Police Department’s K-9 Blitz and K-9 Riddle in the line of duty.”

    Bennett started a GoFundMe drive to raise $2,000 for the vests when he heard that the CPDs K-9s didn’t have protective vests and that the department couldn’t purchase them due to a limited budget.

    Bennett, who grew up in Chiefland, reached out to the CPD because a K-9 in his neighborhood was shot and killed in the line of duty and he wanted to make sure that didn’t happen in Chiefland.

    Tremblay said he considers Bennett family and refers to him as “Uncle Tom.”