• Students of the month

    The Chiefland students of the month were honored at the City Commission meeting on Oct. 12. Commissioner Chris Jones, right, and Vice Mayor Betty Walker, second from left, presented certificates to Danielle “Danna” Cowart, left, and Luke Reidy.

    Cowart, daughter of Kim Cowart is a 5th grade student at Chiefland Elementary School. Reidy, son of Pat and Kamala Reidy is in the 8th grade at Chiefland Middle High School.

    Not pictured is Chase Malloy, son of Lacy Malloy, a 10th grade stuent at Chiefland Middle High School.

  • 26th Annual Hayride

    The Kountry Kids brought their Fall Festival Hayride to the Chiefland Citizen last week.

    It is the learning center's 26th annual celebration of cooler temperatures and the changes in Chiefland.

    It was certainly perfect timing because the weather is expected to be cool and dry into next week. 

  • THEO program coming to CF

    A new program will soon come to the College of Central Florida in Levy.

    The program, called THEO (Timber Harvesting Equipment Operator) will offer timber related career training. The announcement was made at a Nature Coast Development Council and RESTORE Act advisory committee meeting on Sept. 10.

    “The timber industry is huge for North Central Florida,” Marilyn Ladner, provost at the CF Levy campus said.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.