• Etheridge named to school board

    Williston rancher and businessman Brad Etheridge was named by Gov. Rick Scott last Friday to the School Board of Levy County.

    Etheridge, 40, is the owner of Etheridge Cattle Company LLC and is currently serving on the National Cattlemen’s Beef Board and the Levy County Board of Adjustments.

    He is also a member of the Levy County Chamber of Commerce and founder of the Williston Future Farmers of America Foundation. He has also served on the Suwannee River Fair Association board of directors.

  • Beast Feast in Williston Oct. 24

    The sixth annual Levy County Schools Foundation Beast Feast is Saturday, Oct. 24 at 6 p.m. at the Etheridge Cracker House in Williston.

    The annual fundraiser event features an array of great food from fish chowder to “yard bird on a stick” prepared and served by cooks from local businesses in a casual, picnic setting. The evening will include door prizes and a live auction.

    Advance tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students 8-17 years going on sale Sept. 21.

  • BMHS has an eye on sky

    A Levy County school has gotten some new technology to benefit not only students, but the community as well.

    A new WeatherSTEM unit was installed at Bronson Middle High School, the data from which will be incorporated into student lessons and can be viewed online.

    "Weather is a very good tool to start introducing kids of all ages to data," said Edward Mansouri, CEO and founder of Ucompass, the company financing the WeatherSTEM project. Mansouri is also the author of the software used by the Florida Virtual School for the past 13 years.

  • Dads have day to take kids to school

    The state Department of Education is promoting Dads Take Your Child To School Day on Sept. 30. On this day, fathers are encouraged to take their children to school and stay for a few activities.

    All father figures are welcome, including stepfathers, grandfathers, uncles, brothers, foster fathers and other significant role models. Although the event is centered on fathers, mothers and other family members are also welcome.

  • On guard despite the rain

    School crossing guard Sandra Wilson came prepared for Monday's rains when she reported for duty at Chiefland Middle High School.

    And she remembered to bring her smile. 

  • Chiefland Elementary School supply list


    Backpack (Should be able to accommodate towel or blanket)

    Mat (If staying all day)


    Clorox wipes

    Pack of Glue sticks

    Bottle of Glue

    Washable markers

    3x3 sticky notes

    Hand sanitizer

    Zip lock bags (gal, qt, snack size)

    Change of clothes w/socks

    T-shirt to cover clothes (painting, etc.)



    Backpack (Full size & NO wheels)

    Elmer’s glue-2 bottles

  • Back-to-School

    It's almost time to return to school as stores stock up on supplies, schools release lists of what's needed and supply drives and giveaways to get children ready for the classroom.

    The state's sales tax free holiday runs from Aug. 7-16. There will be no sales tax on clothing items up to $100 value, school supplies up to $15 in value and computers up to $750 in value.

  • AMVETS collect supplies for students

    It's that time of year for the AMVETS Post 422 Annual School Supply Drive. We first donate these supplies to children related to our Post members and those children we have assisted throughout the year then donate to Old Town Elementary School.

    If you can make a donation towards the purchase of these supplies or can bring in any type of school supplies, it is greatly needed and appreciated.  A donation box and envelopes for donations of money are located in the Canteen. 

  • Community Based Training offers life skills to students

    By Pam Thompson

    Special to the Citizen

    Great things are happening in Levy County.

    A Community Based Training Program (CBT) has long been a top priority for Dr. Rosalind Hall, Director of ESE and Student Services for Levy County.

    Early in the school year, Bronson Middle High School teacher Kyle Quincey spoke to several local businesses, shared the district’s goal and inquired about having students work there one day each week. This experience would help them learn valuable job skills.

  • Rotarians get legislative update on CF campus

    There has been a lot of negativity in the media and news about what happened in Tallahassee this year, a recent Suwannee Valley Rotary speaker started out saying, and added the truth of the matter is everyone goes up there with several priorities in mind. 

    Bob Batsel, general counsel and director of government relations with the College of Central Florida, presented an update on the legislative session and spoke of twin issues related to health care funding and the prospect of a Medicaid expansion.