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Education

  • Students of the month

    Chiefland City Commissioner Rollin Hudson honored the Students of the Month during the April 13 meeting. They are, from left to right, Lauren Jones, 5th grade, Chiefland Elementary School; Draymore Battles, 8th grade, Chiefland Middle School; both for the month of March, and Curtis Williams, 6th grade, Chiefland Middle School, for the month of February.

    Not pictured is Dustin Hill, 12th grade, Chiefland High School, for the month of March.

  • Phantom of the Op'ry at CMHS

    For a fun-filled evening, head over to Chiefland Middle High School on Friday or Saturday and take in the musical Phantom of the Op'ry.

    The restaging of Gaston Leroux’s famous “Phantom of the Opera” is more relaxed and full of laughs. And it's more suitable for Chiefland than Paris. At this flaky Op’ry House there are fiddles instead of violins and rhinestones instead of diamonds.

  • FFA Alumni rodeo returns April 24-25

    The Chiefland FFA Alumni Rodeo returns to Brookins Arena on the Lotoma Ranch in Chiefland on Friday, April 24, and Saturday, April 25,  beginning at 8 p.m. both nights. 

    The FFA Alumni Chapter teams up with Flying “G” Rodeo Company and local contestants to provide an evening of barrel racing, bull riding, team roping, chute dogging, calf roping, breakaway. A calf scramble for children 10 and under and junior barrel racing. 

  • Learning agriculture through reading

    Every year Tonya Townsend does a agricultural related lesson with her class in honor of Ag Literacy Day, celebrated this year on April 21.

    “I enjoy it because we live in an agricultural community,” Townsend said. “I take a lot of pride in it … using and showing kids how important our farmers are.”

    Every year Florida Agriculture in the Classroom, Inc. writes and produces a book for students. Townsend said this is her tenth year participating in the activities with her class.

  • Philpot Way to cross schools

    Longtime Williston High School teacher and former Levy County School Board member Robert Philpot is being memorialized with the renaming of County Road 316 between U.S. Highway 41 and Southeast 8th Street as “Robert Philpot Way.”

    The name change for the late educator and member of the FFA Hall of Fame was unanimously approved by the Levy County Commission on Tuesday. County Coordinator Fred Moody said the action will not change anyone’s current address along the road.

  • CMHS elects prom royalty during 'Sea of Love'

    By Stephanie Hathcox

    CMHS Reporter

    Chiefland’s Junior Class transformed the Best Western Gateway Grand into a “Sea of Love” complete with shipwreck on Thursday, April 2.

    Among the glamourous gowns and tuxedos, the unknowing king and queen danced the night away.

    The prom court was nominated by faculty and staff at CMHS and announced prior to the event. CMHS junior and senior prom attendees made the final decision by voting when they arrived at prom.

  • CES cake auction on Thursday, April 2

    Chiefland Elementary School will hold a cake auction on Thursday, April 2, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (bidding ends at 4).

    We are looking for individuals willing to donate a baked good for the auction. If you are interested, please contact, Sarah James, at CES at 352-493-6040.

    Also, please reach out if you have any questions regarding the auction. All proceeds benefit Positive Behavior Store.

  • School board approves teacher pay package

    A pay package for Levy County's school teachers, staff and administrators was approved by the School Board at their meeting on Tuesday and the agreement is backdated to Jan. 1. While it covers pay for the current year, the agreement also covers compensation for the next school year.

  • Tops in the Class of 2015

    The Top 10 students for the Chiefland Middle High School Class of 2015 are in order, from left to right, Kira Telgen, valedictorian; Whitney Mills, salutatorian; Austin Vincent, Rebecca Thomas, Matthew Morgan (not pictured); Ridley Reynolds, Richard Kidd, Kellie Jones, Darian Everett, Krista Biehl and Jolie Birchfield.

    Graduation is Friday, May 29, at 7 p.m. at Wayne Pridgeon Stadium. 

  • School Board member Robert Philpot dies at 67

    As word spread last Friday morning that one of Williston’s favorite sons had suddenly died, disbelief coupled with sorrow quickly filled the community, leaving tears – and laughter– in its wake.

    Robert Philpot, the gentle giant who taught agriculture at Williston High School for 37 years, passed from this life to the next at his home March 13.

    Throughout the day, social media was ablaze with this beloved son’s death as family, friends, colleagues and students remembered the life he led and his influence on their lives.