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  • 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.

  • Horseshoe crabs are related to spiders

    By REBECCA GALLAGHER

    Horseshoe crabs are arthropods therefore more closely related to spiders than to crabs, according to Dr. Savanna Barry from the UF/IFAS Nature Coast Biological Station.

    Barry presented a lecture on the crabs recently to a group at the Withlacoochee Gulf Preserve. She discussed the anatomy and importance of the horseshoe crab.

  • City considers property tax increase

    By JOHN TYLER NILSEN
    Citizen Correspondent

    Chiefland City commissioners are considering raising millage rates to cover city budget expenses, but no decision can be made until certified property values are released next week.

    The commission held its first budget meeting Monday, June 26, in preparation for the next fiscal year. The next budget meeting will be held after the July 10 meeting.

    The budget includes a 2 percent increase in wages for non-union city employees, except for city manager Mary Ellzey, who opted not to accept a raise.

  • Connecting trails could transform local communities

    When Dale Allen retired in 2010 and took to riding the state’s local trails, he quickly grew frustrated.

    For more than 30 years, Florida’s local and state authorities have been acquiring abandoned railroad corridors and converting them into recreational trails, in line with the national rails-to-trails trend.

    The process has led to a hodge-podge of disconnected pieces, undermining the potential of the trails to serve as long-distance carriers for bicyclists, and economic stimuli for the communities they run through.

  • Cedar Key, Bronson, Williston fireworks

    The Cedar Key Chamber of Commerce will have its fireworks show on the Fourth of July at dark on Dock Street.

    The Chamber sponsors the annual event through donations and donations are still short of the $12,000 needed to pay for the display and donations are still being accepted.

    For more information on the show or how to donate, please contact the Cedar Key Chamber of Commerce at 352-543-5600.

    The Town of Bronson and Williston will celebrate the Independence Day on July 1 and July 3, respectfully.

  • 12th Annual Spring Dance Revue held in Chiefland

    D&D Studios presented their 12th Annual Spring Dance Revue on Saturday June 10. 

    As in the previous years, the spectacular revue was held in the Chiefland High School Auditorium. 

    "A Celebration of Faith & Freedom" was met with tremendous applause.  As July 4th approaches, many routines consisted of our nations traditional and familiar patriotic songs. 

  • Otter Springs to host 4th of July family fun

    Join Otter Springs Park and Campround this Fourth of July weekend for family fun, food, and music to celebrate our freedom and those who sacrificed for our freedom. The holiday weekend includes begins Friday, June 30 with a barbecue dinner and ends with a cookout at the Springs.

    All proceeds go towards the Camp Valor Project in support of our severely wounded veterans. Please check out our website at www.ottersprings.com to learn more about the other activities we will be hosting this holiday weekend. For more information, please call 352-463-0800.