• Four apply for Philpot's school board seat

    The late Robert Philpot, retired Williston High School teacher and Levy County School Board member, was one of a kind, devoting his teaching career to molding youth.

    And that could be why it will take a while for Gov. Rick Scott to find the right person to fill Philpot's old seat on the school board.

    According to a spokesperson for Scott, four people have applied for appointment to the unexpired term:

    • Bradley Etheridge, a Williston cattleman and businessman,

    • Rob Sistrunk

  • Chiefland graduate makes Dean's List at TU

    Josue R. Martinez of Chiefland, a class of 2015 graduate, was named to the Dean’s List at  Thomas University for the Spring Semester 2015.

    Dean’s List students attend TU full-time and have a GPA of 3.5 to 3.99.Thomas University, established in 1950, is a private not-for-profit  university of about 1,100 students located in Thomasville, Ga. TU awards  associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees using traditional classroom  settings and online delivery. 

  • CES and CMHS go to Wild Adventures

    Christy Jones’ class went to Wild Adventures on Tuesday, May 26, a celebration of a yearlong mentoring program set up with Chiefland High School’s HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America) junior class led by Kelly Beauchamp. Beauchamp’s HOSA students came once a week during the school year and mentored students in Jones’ class at Chiefland Elementary.

  • Students of the month

    The students of the month for May were recently honored at the Chiefland City Commission meeting. Aubreigh Brown, daughter of Jason and Stephanie Brown, is in the third grade at Chiefland Elementary School. The nomination by the teachers said, “Aubreigh is a hardworking student dedicated to doing her personal best. She is thoughtful and kind to classmates, and a team player.”

  • School board sends letter to Gov. Scott

    The School Board of Levy County decided unanimously to send a letter to Gov. Rick Scott requesting an executive order to suspend the use of certain assessments.

    Superintendent Bob Hastings presented the letter to the board during their meeting on Tuesday evening. He read the letter aloud, which highlighted the school board does support and value accountability for everyone in the educational process and said, “However, we insist the measures must be valid, reliable equitable and fully funded.”

  • Levy School Board accused of First Amendment violations

    An out of state organization, the Freedom From Religion Foundation, is accusing the Levy County School Board of multiple First Amendment violations they say have been brought to their attention.

    “We are dealing with it and we will respond to it,” Hastings said in a telephone interview on Monday.

    They have turned the matter over to School Board Attorney David Delaney to determine what is valid.

  • Levy Learning Academy graduates eight 'champions'

    About 150 people turned out for one of Levy County's smallest high school graduations but it was a mighty one as eight “Academic Champions” picked up their diplomas on Thursday, June 4, in the auditorium at the old Bronson High School.

    The Levy Learning Academy, which offers an alternative environment for education for middle and high school students, graduated the Class of 2015 with pomp and circumstance, and also a lot of love, hugs and enthusiasm.

  • Big STEPS

    Two fifth grade students received Chiefland Elementary STEPS to CF scholarships last Thursday morning before the fifth grade graduation ceremony at CES.

    Coburn Hardee received one established by Jack Wilkinson in honor of Coach Doyle McCall.

    Destiny Castillo received the Robert O. Hastings scholarship.

    The two are pictured with School Superintendent Bob Hastings. 

  • Grad love

    Chiefland graduate Heather Deaton sends love to her fellow bandmates during Friday’s Class of 2015 commencement service at Wayne Pridgeon Memorial Stadium on Friday, May 30.

    More graduation photos will be posted on Friday in the Multimedia section of this website. 

  • Students of the Month

    Chiefland City Commissioner Chris Jones, left, presented the Student of the Month Award for April to Lauren Lanier, 4th grade, of Chiefland Elementary School, and Dylan Castell, 7th grade of Chiefland Middle High School.

    Lanier is the daughter of Lendal and Tammy Lanier and Castell is the son of Deanna McCall and Tim Castell. Not pictured is Tiffany Hightower, 9th grade, of Chiefland Middle High School.