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  • CES celebrates Grandparents Day

    What do all Grandparents have in common?

    Seventy-two percent of grandparents think being a grandparent is the single most important and satisfying thing in their life.

    Grandparents represent one-third of the population with 1.7 million new grandparents each year. There are 70,000 grandparents in the United States, according to the US census Bureau, August 2017.

    Here in Levy County, those numbers mean a great deal to even the youngest residents who attend our schools.

    Chiefland Elementary showed their appreciation to all grandparents by hosting a "Grandparents Day" lunch.

    Grandparents joined their grandchildren Sept. 25, which was pushed back from Sept. 10 due to Hurricane Irma.

    Chiefland Elementary Food Service team served pork with rice with gravy as the main course and offered garlic bread, baked beans, green beans, a variety of fruit options and strawberries and cream for dessert.

    About 200 grandparents showed up for the special day. The hard work and dedication of the food service employees that helped make the event a success was appreciated by all.
     

  • CES students take trip to airport

    Lisa Baxter’s fifth grade science class recently went to the Cross City Airport on a field trip to show the students some practical applications of "force and motion."

    Ag Pilot D. J. Quincey explained to the students about how airplanes can fly and about different types of planes.

    Jet Pilot and airport manager Clint Beauchamp showed the students a Citation Jet. He answered students' questions about filing flight plans and a little history of the airport.

    The students also saw a helicopter and asked Pilot Mr. Rick a few questions.
     

  • Vickers discusses upcoming debut as Lady Indians hoops coach

    John “Buddy” Vickers, girls’ basketball coach at Chiefland High School, was the guest speaker Sept. 27 at the Chiefland Rotary Club.

    This is Vickers first year as head coach at CHMS after coming from a position as assistant coach at Trenton.

    Vickers has his work cut out for him as some of the stronger players from last year graduated, and not having had a JV team last year to recruit from, Vickers finds himself rebuilding the team. He plans to teach the fundamentals to as many girls as he can to provide a strong team now and in the future. Lacy Redd, Chiefland Elementary School principal, has agreed to let fifth graders play. Jason Whistler will coach that team.

    Vickers has been using the summer wisely. After tryouts came basketball camp.

    Vickers said, “Most of these girls do not even know the fundamentals. We have to teach how to dribble, how to pass, left side layups and right side layups.”

  • 23rd Annual Tommy Usher Log-A-Load for Kids Golf Classic

    Log-A-Load for Kids to host 23rd Annual Tommy Usher Golf Classic in Chiefland

    On Thursday, October 19th, golfers will gather to play in the 23rd Annual Tommy Usher Log-A-Load for Kids Golf Classic held at Chiefland Golf and Country Club.

    The focus of this event is to raise awareness of and money for the Children’s Miracle Network. This specific tournament has collectively raised more than $980,000 over the last 22 years.

    Event details:
    · A maximum of 50 teams will be split between morning and afternoon tee times, with shotgun starts at 8:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

    · MILLION DOLLAR CHALLENGES: This year Drummond Community Bank is sponsoring 2 HOLE-IN-ONE CONTESTS (one for the Morning Round and one for the Afternoon Round). That's 2(!!!) opportunities to win $1,000,000.00!!!!!!

    · All participating golfers and sponsors will enjoy a complimentary lunch at noon, courtesy of Farm Credit of Florida.

    · A reception will be held immediately after the tournament to announce:

  • Levy fossil site offers wealth of discoveries for volunteer diggers

    By NATALIE VAN HOOSE
    FL Museum of Natural History

    Volunteers can channel their inner paleontologist by digging alongside museum scientists at the Florida Museum of Natural History’s Montbrook fossil site south of Williston starting Thursday, Oct. 5.

    The excavation area includes an exposed riverbed close to an ancient coastline that has produced a wealth of fossils about 5 to 5.5 million years old, an age not commonly found in Florida.

    Among the more common turtle and fish fossils, last year’s findings included bones from a saber-toothed cat, a six-pronged antelope, otters, a tapir, elephant-like gomphotheres, horses, llamas, a variety of birds and possibly the oldest deer fossil discovered in North America.

    The richness of the site is one of the factors that makes it an ideal volunteer opportunity, said Florida Museum curator of vertebrate paleontology Jon Bloch.

  • Climate change lecture discusses impact on local environment

    The University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences through the Levy County Agricultural Extension Service presented the facts of climate change Friday, Sept. 22 that are supported by documented geological evidence, and the potential impact on agriculture and horticulture.

    Levy County Extension Agent Anthony Drew began by asking the audience how many have planted dogwood trees recently and how were those trees doing?

    The overwhelming response seemed to be that the trees are not doing well. According to Drew, the warmer temperatures in the atmosphere are to blame. It seems the trees are falling victim to global warming. Drew gave examples of what he called “anomalies” being witnessed in the plant kingdom. He then went on to introduce Dr. James E. Channell, his friend of several years. They met at a dinner party, and while the wives discussed tile colors the men started talking about their careers.

  • Beast Feast coming Oct. 21

    The annual Levy County Schools Foundation Beast Feast is 6 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 21, at the Etheridge Produce Farm in Williston.

    The annual fundraiser event features a variety of great food from clam chowder to “yard bird on a stick” prepared and served by cooks from local businesses and civic groups in a casual, picnic setting.

    The 2016 menu included gator, gumbo, fried frog legs and fried mullet fillets, wild hog chili, spicy creamed corn, “possum” (pork) ribs, clams from Cedar Key, cornbread and other wild delights.

    The evening includes door prizes and drawings.

    Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students age 8-17. Tickets are on sale.

    Proceeds support Levy County School programs promoting student learning, effective teaching and scholarships for Levy County seniors.

    For more information please e-mail Donna Turner at lcsf@levyk12.org.

    Foundation Executive Director Donna Turner said after the 2016 Feast they were hoping for their normal number of 200 people. She had serving ware for 325 people and ran out of plates. That won't happen again.

  • Potential Levy ag project still moving forward

    An agriculture-based business that would be among the five largest employers in Levy County is still part of discussions for a site in Levy County.

    Dave Pieklik, of the Nature Coast Business Development Council, reported at the County Commission meeting on Oct. 3 that the speculative establishment, which he refers to as a large-scale, agricultural project, is still moving forward in site evaluation.

    “The site is perfect for the space, but there are obviously requirements like rail and electrical upgrades, and those things are being explored,” Pieklik said during his quarterly projects overview with the Board of County Commissioners. “We have every belief this is going to happen, it’s just a matter of at what point. It is very much on the horizon.”

  • Peaton: 'We got lucky'

    As the cleanup continues from the debris left by Hurricane Irma, Levy County Emergency Management Assistant Director David Peaton said Friday, Sept. 15, they are in the recovery stage. They are checking on all the buildings, getting all the shelters and county equipment cleaned up and then just collecting data.

    “We’re checking on what was the financial burden on the county and what was the financial burden on the citizens, getting schools open as well as government offices,” he said.

    There were still about 2,000 customers of Central Florida Electric Cooperative without electricity. That number was down from 26,168 customers countywide who lost power during Hurricane Irma that hit North Central Florida Sept. 10 – 11.

  • LifeSouth sends out plea for blood donors

    LifeSouth began calling for blood donors after Hurricane Harvey pummeled Texas, then came Irma and now the pleading continues.

    The call was not lost on at least two women who were in the Chiefland LifeSouth location Friday, Sept. 8, giving blood before Hurricane Irma hit.

    Madeline Travers, of Bronson, said she donates blood “because it’s needed and I want to do everything I can to help. They were asking for O-positive blood donations and that’s what I am.”

    Travers said she tries to give blood often, but doesn’t give as often as she should.

    Vickie Menasco, Chiefland, said she donates blood because, “I just feel like it’s a way I can give back.”

    Though she has not given blood “for awhile, I’m hoping to start back. I’m just trying to do my part because I know there are a lot of people who can’t or will not. It’s something I can do and I’m willing to do my part.”