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  • Bronson gets new principal

    Kevin Whitaker has been selected as the new principal at Bronson Middle/High School.

    Whitaker replaces Valerie Boughanem, who is the School Board of Levy County's new district Exceptional Student Education coordinator.

    Whitaker has 22 years of experience in education, starting as a football and weightlifting coach at Chiefland High School. His passions transitioned to administration, he said, and he has spent the past five years in assistant principal roles at Trenton, Bell and Branford. He was also selected as the Teacher of the Year at Newberry High School in 2004.

  • Officials warn of local phone scam

    Area residents have reported to Chiefland Police that someone has been calling and asking for funds to help raise money for the Chiefland Police Department and the Levy County Sheriff's Office.

    The problem? Neither department is raising money, said Chiefland Police Chief Robert Douglas Tuesday.

    "We haven't asked anybody for money," Douglas said. "This group does not represent us."

  • County wants budget put on diet

    The Levy County Commission on Tuesday asked the Sheriff's Office and any department that has not cut its budget to go back to the drawing board and pare their requests.

  • Not a garden variety plant

    No, the Chiefland Police Department is not decorating with a new type of office plant.  This marijuana plant, the first found by CPD this year, was found Friday by CPD Officer Kyle Webb, left, between an abandoned home at 406 N.W. 5th Place and a field.

    Webb said the plant was reported by a worker from Central Florida Electric Co-op., who was doing work in the area.  The plant was in plain view about 100 feet from the road.

  • Barron announces candidacy

    I, Teresa Barron proudly announce my candidacy for re-election to the Chiefland City Commission, Group 4.

    I’ve served as your Chiefland City Commissioner since August 2004.  My decision to run for office was not an easy one, however, I felt I could help bring about positive change to my City and a Commission that, at the time, seemed to be in turmoil.  In these last six years, there has been a great deal of positive change.  

  • Coast Guard extends highest protection to Levy

    Levy County Commissioner Lilly Rooks ,of Rosewood, who has been working with local officials and the Coast Guard in St. Petersburg on a plan to protect the coastline and local seafood industry from the effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, had good news for her fellow commissioners.

  • Nature Coast Business Development Council offers update on BP claims process

    There are several ways to file a claim with BP, said Pat O’Neal, Director of the Nature Coast Business Development Council, in an update Monday evening held in Chiefland to inform citizens about who should file and how to go about the process.

    “There are three ways, but they want you to file online or by phone first. That will assign you a number that will stay with you,” O’Neal said.

    The third filing option is to visit a claims office in person. The nearest one to Levy County just opened in St. Petersburg.   

  • Official says chance of oil getting slimmer

    Levy County Emergency Management Director Mark Johnson and staff member John MacDonald took a helicopter flight last week with the U.S. Coast Guard to survey the coastline and the Gulf of Mexico.

    “Each county emergency management director on the west Coast of Florida under the protection of USCG Sector St. Petersburg gets this opportunity,” Johnson said. “It was our turn for the recon flight.”

  • School board votes ‘no’ on class size lawsuit

    In a rare 4-1 vote, the School Board of Levy County on Tuesday turned down an initial proposal to participate in a lawsuit against the state's Class Size Reduction Amendment.

    The Florida School Board Association intends to take legal action over the amendment, claiming that the potential penalties imposed on school districts could cost them $351 million statewide.

  • Education briefs

    Florida to receive $170 million in education grants

    U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced recently  Florida will receive $170.2 million through the School Improvement Grant program to turn around persistently poor performing schools throughout the state.

    The money comes from the $3.5 billion set aside by last year's federal budget and the federal stimulus.