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  • Jillian Sanchez proud to be in FFA

    The end of the school year at Chiefland Middle High School also means the end of many other annual events and cycles. But in the FFA community, achievement awards, presentations and acknowledgment of accomplishments come with summer.

    The granddaddy of recognition in the agricultural education community is the Future Farmers of America Association Stars of Florida Awards. What makes this so special this year is Jillian Sanchez; a local student who is in the running.

  • Tour de Melon enjoys record attendance

    The sixth annual Tour de Melon bike ride had record attendance this year.

    Hosted by the Suwannee Valley Rotary Club out of Chiefland, Tour de Melon falls on the first Saturday in June every year and coincides with the Chiefland Watermelon Festival.

    “I’m just excited about the turn out and excited about growing it from year to year,” Suwanee Valley Rotary Member Andrea Wasson said of Saturday’s ride.

  • Edison, Board join call against ed bill

    The School Board of Levy County and Superintendent Jeff Edison have joined a chorus of calls opposing the Florida legislature’s K-12 education budget proposal and a related bill widely seen as too favorable to charter schools at the expense of the state’s public school students.

  • CF celebrates adult education grads

    The College of Central Florida last Thursday held its spring graduation for 30 area students who earned diplomas as Florida High School Graduates through the College’s adult education program.

  • Bronson seniors graduate

    Sixty-seven Bronson High School Seniors walked across the Phillips Center stage at the University of Florida in Gainesville for their Commencement program May 23.

    “Pomp and Circumstance” played as the jubilant seniors filed into the auditorium and made their way up the stairs to sit together one last time as Bronson High School seniors.

  • Chiefland seniors graduate

    With the sun low in the sky and perfect temperatures, Chiefland High School Seniors walked onto the football field one last time Friday evening, May 26, for their Commencement program.

    The ceremony started at 8 p.m. The stands were filled to capacity with family and friends standing along the football field fences. Parents had the honor of sitting on the field as each student received four tickets for field seating directly behind the graduates.

  • Bowman, Hightower vye for Watermelon Queen

    By Lynn DeJarnette, Citizen Correspondent

    The contestants for the 2017 Watermelon Festival Queen are Catherine Bowman and Tiffany Hightower. This is the 63rd Annual Chiefland Watermelon Festival Pageant presented by the Chiefland Woman’s Club.

    As the contestants, families and friends gathered May 27 in the cafeteria at Chiefland Elementary School, country music played in the background; and while the older contestants were onstage practicing their routines, the younger competitors were with families getting ready for their big moment.

  • County passes five-cent gas tax

    The Levy County Board of Commissioners last Tuesday passed a gas tax ordinance for five cents per gallon of motor fuel.

  • Chiefland Chamber to Host “Florida 2030 Project” Town Hall

    The Florida 2030 Project is a two-year research program with the goal of stimulating strategic thinking about Florida’s future. The project will include engaging business and community leaders in each of Florida’s 67 counties. The 2030 Project wants to identify key trends and the factors that can drive local economies.  Florida is now the third most populous state and by 2030, six million more residents will call Florida home and two million more jobs will be needed. 

  • CPD traffic stops net drug arrests

    Chiefland police officer Tyler Brown and Sgt. James Yanok arrested 37-year-old Herman Phineas Williams Jr., of Old Town, on two felony charges of possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Two females, Vanessa L. Simpson, 19, of Old Town, and Goldie Edwards (no other information given), were released at the scene.