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Today's News

  • 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).

  • Trio-led Lady Indians to clash with Lady Tigers

    The Chiefland softball team has been far from perfect to start the season, just ask first-year head coach Jimmy Anderson.

    But its record heading into the March 6 meeting was flawless, at least, and the team’s three returning starters – ace pitcher Kensley Durrance, shortstop Erika Gilliam and first-base slugger Macie Thomas – have been the most consistent factor behind the success.

    During their latest stretch, the Lady Indians completed a season sweep of Class 8A Buchholz with a 6-1 win March 5 in Gainesville; came from behind at Class 5A North Marion March 2 to defeat the Lady Colts 10-7; and got past district foe Branford 4-1 on March 1.

    The March 5 win improved the team’s mark to 9-0 overall; the Lady Indians are 3-0 in District 1A-7 play.

    Meanwhile, Trenton cruised past its first pair of district opponents and boasted a 6-1 record heading into its March 6 meeting with Bronson. The Lady Tigers’ only blemish was a 4-2 loss at Class 5A Keystone Heights, whose only defeat was a 3-2 loss to reigning state champion Union County in its season opener.

  • CF hosts Preview Night for future enrollees

    The College of Central Florida Levy Campus held its Preview Night March 1 for students looking to continue their education at the local campus.

    Attendees had their $30 admission fees waived for their participation.

    Workshops were available for prospective students, offering guidance on topics like financial aid, dual enrollment, CF student life and registration.

    Additionally, professors from various fields – including economics, biological sciences, humanities, welding and emergency medical services – hosted stations where they answered questions on degree and certificate programs and directed students to helpful literature on hand.

    Administrators also helped prospective students with enrollment inquiries, and there were representatives from the University of South Florida and University of Central Florida to inform students on more long-term educational paths that begin at CF.

    Current seniors from Chiefland Middle High School and Cedar Key School were among those attending the event.

    The Ocala and Lecanto campuses held similar events.