Today's News

  • Sheriff's Reports and Most Wanted for Sept. 1

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office reports the following arrests:
    n Aug. 22, Lafaye Nicole Adkins, 28, Williston, trespassing fail to leave property upon order by owner. Bond $500.
    n Aug. 24, Jeremy Mason Arrington, 31, Chiefland, VOP.
    n Aug. 25, Bryan Keith Baker, 47, Williston, VOP.
    n Aug. 27, Beverly Sue Bellomy, 44, Williston, four out of county warrants, obstruction W/OV. Bond $19,500.

  • Tourism summit focuses on hospitality

    About 120 visitors showed up Tuesday in Trenton at the 6th Annual Pure Water Wilderness Tourism Summit.
    “There was more of a positive response," said Donna Creamer, executive director of Pure Water Wilderness, after the event. "There was more cooperation."
    Creamer said the event, which focused on hospitality and customer service, had one of the biggest turnouts yet, something she attributed to the day's topic.

  • CK Chamber holds auction

    The Cedar Key Chamber of Commerce will host its annual Labor Day weekend Auction Sunday, Sept. 4 at 1 p.m. at the historic Island Hotel on 2nd Street.
    Auction-goers will find great deals on lodging, dining, fishing, fine art, gifts, fresh clams and more. This is the group's largest fundraiser of the year to support its welcome center.
    The auction will have a wide art selection from local artists, including original paintings by Mike Segal of Chiefland. Other artwork includes framed prints, wood carvings, glass, paintings, bags and more.

  • Chamber honors top businesses Tuesday

    The Greater Chiefland Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its Business of the Year banquet Tuesday, Sept. 13, in conjunction with the state's 28th Annual Industry Appreciation Week, which begins Sept. 12.
    Each year the Chiefland Chamber collects nominations from the public and chooses an outstanding Business of the Year to be honored at the banquet. This year the Chiefland Chamber will honor two local businesses at the event. This year’s event is at the Usher Center, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

  • EMS writes off $1.3 million in unpaid bills for three years

    Medicare only pays so much. Ditto Medicaid. And if you are out of work and uninsured, you cannot pay anything. If you die without an estate, you are a minor with no assets or a jail inmate with no income, you cannot pay the bill either.
    And that is why the Levy County Commission approved writing off three years of unpaid bills for its Emergency Medical Services.

  • Chiefland woman gets royal treatment

    Carol Kearns was on a mission trip to Colima, Mexico, with her husband, Pastor George Kearns of Lighthouse Word Church in Chiefland, when the call came.
    Would she be interested in doing God's work in Swaziland?
    Why not spend 10 days in July in Swaziland, one of the last countries ruled by a king who is the closest thing to an absolute monarch. It's only 7,800 plus miles away, land-locked between South Africa and Mozambique.

  • Garbage man gets $10K for spotless record

    Thirty-four-year-old Kevin Griffin wakes up at about 4:30 a.m. every day during the work week. By 6 a.m., he's on the road driving a giant green garbage truck through parts of Chiefland and Gilchrist County.
    “It's not too good a job for the smell and all that," Griffin said Friday,"but if you overcome that, it's not a bad job."

  • Schmidt won't return as CHS girls hoops coach

    Chiefland’s varsity girls basketball team no longer has a sitting head coach after Sonya Schmidt was handed her walking papers by principal Bill Tovine and athletic director Jim O’Neal on Friday. 

    “We’re just looking at going a different direction with the program,” Tovine said. “It’s just one of those changes you’ve got to make.” 

  • CAAA football ready to tackle season

    About 70 football players and 50 cheerleaders have signed up to particpate in the Chiefland Area Athletic Association’s league this fall. The season begins at 8:30 a.m. in Cross City.

    Three teams have been practicing four times a week at Strickland Park. There are 18 players signed up for the 6-8-year-old team, 26 on the 9-10 year-old team and 24 on the 11-12 year-old team, according to CAAA football commissioner Billy Hinote.

  • O'Neal: 'We've got to win'

    Don’t expect Chiefland’s football team to attack Friday’s home scrimmage against Lakeland Victory Christian at 7:30 p.m. like a typical scrimmage. The Indians certainly will be playing to win, something they haven’t done since 2009 after a winless 2010.