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  • Chiefland parole office recognized

    The Board of Levy County Commissioners adopted a proclamation recognizing July 16 through July 22 as Pretrial, Probation and Parole Supervision Week.

    Florida Department of Corrections Circuit Administrator Cheryl Kauffman requested the proclamation in person and recognized the work of Chiefland Correctional Probation Supervisor Thomas Darus III and his staff.

  • Chiefland parole office recognized

    The Board of Levy County Commissioners adopted a proclamation recognizing July 16 through July 22 as Pretrial, Probation and Parole Supervision Week.

    Florida Department of Corrections Circuit Administrator Cheryl Kauffman requested the proclamation in person and recognized the work of Chiefland Correctional Probation Supervisor Thomas Darus III and his staff.

  • District school grades remain the same

    The Florida Department of Education recently released its annual school grades, and Levy County’s are remarkably consistent with last year’s.

    In fact, all 10 of the district’s eligible schools scored the same letter grade as in 2016. The district also retained its ‘C’ grade.

  • Williston granted waiver for gas pipeline burial

    There’s a discrepancy between Levy County and the Florida Department of Transportation in how deep a gas pipeline must be buried on along their respective right-of-ways.

    The origin of the standard is unclear, but the county requires a minimum of 5 feet from the ground to the top of a pipe, while the FDOT’s standard – as well as the federal requirement – is 36 inches (3 feet).

  • County weighs marijuana rules

    The state has begun clarifying its position on regulating marijuana dispensaries after voters passed a ballot measure last November to allow the sale of medical marijuana in Florida.

    Levy County currently has a moratorium banning the sale of medical marijuana, but it will soon have to make a somewhat longer-term decision.

    At the recent meeting of the Board of Levy County Commissioners, Board chair John Meeks reported some of his findings on the issue from the Florida Association of Counties Conference.

  • City to raise millage rate

    By JOHN TYLER NILSEN, Citizen Correspondent

    Chiefland City commissioners voted Monday to raise millage rates from six mills to 6.985 mills in a 3-2 vote.

    Commissioners were apprehensive to bring forward a resolution to raise property taxes until Commissioner Donald Lawrence eventually made the motion to move toward the roll-up rate.

    “Every single person is trying to make cuts and do everything they can. We’ve got a bunch of really good people and we don’t want to lose them to anywhere else,” Lawrence said.

  • Jillian Sanchez, 14, wins FFA Discovery Award

    By KATE SHERIDAN, Citizen Correspondent

    Fourteen year-old Jillian Sanchez went to the FFA Stars Over Florida Convention and Ceremony with expectations. She returned having met those expectations and came home with the Discovery Degree Award.

    The award may be the first of many FFA awards for which she may be eligible during her FFA lifetime.

    Jillian was recognized for her accomplishments at the convention during the week of June 12 in Orlando.

  • Griner takes over as president of Florida Cattlemen’s Assoc.

    It’s been a bittersweet couple of months for Ken Griner.

    The Chiefland rancher recently underwent a cutting edge proton beam radiation treatment for prostate cancer, which saw him making daily trips to Jacksonville over an eight-week stretch.

    During that time, his wife, Lynetta Usher Griner, who with Ken owns and runs the family’s Usher Farm and Usher Land & Timber, Inc. in Chiefland, met with President Donald Trump and a small group of fellow agricultural leaders in Washington to discuss the state and future of the industry.

  • School Board lashes out at trends in state education

    A budget workshop held during the June 27 School Board of Levy County meeting became a catalyst for the venting of frustrations by Board members over trends in public education at the state level.

    As School Board of Levy County Finance Director Anna Kroll presented projections for the upcoming budget, highlighting changes under the controversial House Bill 7069, which was signed into law by Gov. Rick Scott in June, Schools Superintendent Jeff Edison and the Board recounted their objections to recent education policy.

  • CF timber program holds inaugural completion ceremony

    Six pioneering students were recognized at the College of Central Florida’s first-ever Timber Harvesting Equipment Program Completion Ceremony last Friday in Chiefland.

    The new non-credit program is aimed at preparing students for jobs in the field of logging and timber, an expanding industry in North Central Florida.

    Students went through five weeks of classroom instruction and three weeks of hands-on field experience. Upon completion, they received Master Logger Certification, OSHA 10-hour Certification and CPR Certification.