Today's News

  • Streets considered for improvements

    After Chiefland City Engineer Lee Mills spent an hour telling the City Commission about roads that might be paved, City Manager Grady Hartzog Sr. listed four he saw as best candidates during the Feb. 25 commission meeting.

    The four roads Hartzog listed are all the city can afford now, he said, but Finance and Projects Coordinator Laurie Copeland is working to obtain Community Development Block Grants. These CDBGs are for water, sewer, fire hydrants and some paving, she said.

  • Indian rally stuns Jones, Tigers

    From the get-go, it looked like it was going be Andy Jones' night.

    The left-handed ace of the Trenton High pitching staff was simply mowing through the Chiefland Indian lineup last Friday night, keeping Indians off balance with his masterful command of fastball, curve and change-up.

    But silently, his Chiefland mound counterpart –Jeremy Hayes –was also getting the job done.

    Some sloppy play in the field helped Trenton grab a first inning lead, but Hayes kept working hard on the hill to keep his team within striking distance.

  • Lady Indians win two straight

    Coming off a whipping by Williston, Wayne Weatherford wanted to see improvement from his Chiefland High varsity softball team in last Friday night's home game against Trenton.

    Weatherford was at least temporarlily able to smile following the Lady Indians 10-6 non-district victory over the Lady Tigers.

    Chiefland, in the midst of a rebuilding year, improved its record to 2-2.

    The Lady Indians built an 8-0 lead and coasted home.

    Winning pitcher Brittany Davis allowed four hits and she fanned six.

  • Bronson High hires new grid coach

    BRONSON –Bronson High's three-month long search for a new head football coach is over.

    Enter Al Cooksey, a 60-year-old who has coached the sport for many moons in parts north of Levy.

    Most recently, Cooksey coached at tiny Hilliard High north of Jacksonville. He was there one year at the Class 1A school, finishing 2-8 with a squad that started eight sophomores.

  • Levy Schools steer clear of tainted beef

    Parents nationwide were alarmed and appalled when they learned that a major beef supplier to schools across the country was being accused of cattle abuse.

    A recent video showed sick cows heading to the slaughterhouse at the California-based Westland/Hallmark plant.

    Worries ran rampant of potentially diseased meat being fed to schoolkids across the USA.

    Reportedly, a record 143 million pounds of beef was recalled –37 million which was targeted for school lunch programs.

  • Chiefland asks for volunteer train museum work

    Chiefland Finance and Projects Coordinator Laurie Copeland will ask Carolyn Cohens to volunteer a couple of Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Train Depot Museum as a result of discussion by the City Commission.

    City leaders want Cohens to help the city determine if enough visitors to the museum will justify paying her to be at the museum. In the meantime, the city leaders appreciate Greater Chiefland Area Chamber of Commerce Secretary Janet Minor keeping a watchful eye on museum pieces when the Chamber is open.

  • Purr-fect

    BRONSON –One couldn't blame the folks at the Humane Society of Levy County for being a little nervous late last week.

    With the prediction of rain on Saturday, the success of the inaugural Bark-N-Purr Festival hung in the balance.

    Wet stuff could put a serious dent in the big fund-raiser held at the Bronson Youth League Park.

  • No action set for nuisance house

    A house full of garbage, rats and other objectionable matter will not be cleaned by the city of Chiefland.

    This decision came Feb. 25 after the Chiefland City Commission learned Heidi Prophet will be 90 days behind her mortgage payment and the lender - the U.S. Department of Agriculture -- will foreclose.

    Then the house becomes the lender's problem rather than a city problem, city leaders decided.

  • Dixie Chamber hopes to revive Red Belly Day in 2009

    Kay McCallister of the Dixie County Chamber of Commerce said that although Red Belly Day has been cancelled for 2008, the event may happen in 2009.

    The previous 12 annual Red Belly Day festivals happened during the Memorial Day holiday.

    "We hope to continue it in the future," she noted in an e-mail.

  • Sheriff's Reports

    BRONSON - An Okeechobee man who was arrested in Alabama on four counts of lewd and lascivious battery on a child and one count of interference in child custody was returned to Levy County on Feb. 21 to face those felonies, according to records.