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  • The Week Ahead

     All Week   Get your pumpkin at First UMC

    First United Methodist Church in Chiefland is holding its annual pumpkin and gourd sale in front of the church on U.S. Highway 27A/State Road 500.

    Small pumpkins are 50 cents each and prices on the larger pumpkins go up to $20. The church is also selling swan gourds and pie pumpkins.

    The stand is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, including Sundays, until Oct. 31. 

  • Chiefland Elementary Fall Festival Tonight

    Fall is here and Chiefland Elementary School is ready to celebrate.  The CES PTO is sponsoring the annual Fall Festival on Friday, Oct. 23, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the school.  

    Everyone in the community is welcome to attend, and all proceeds go to the school.  We have many fun activities planned, and you can play each for only 25 cents.

  • County waits on cities to act on water authority

    Once again Levy County has put off taking any action on joining any government utility authority until all of the municipalities reply to Chiefland Mayor Teal Pomeroy's proposal that the county form one of its own.

    The Levy County Board of Commissioners met Tuesday and one of the items on the agenda was Pomeroy's letter to the other seven cities in the county to form a countywide water authority.

     While the commission did not discuss it, they also received a letter from Fanning Springs Mayor Cheryl Nekola and City Commission Chair Whitney “Stoney” Smith.

  • Swine vaccine is now available

    The Levy County Health Department received its first shipment of H1N1 (Swine) flu vaccines — approximately 1,600 doses — late Tuesday, Oct. 13, and will make it available on Tuesday, Oct. 20.

    While more shipments are expected, the vaccine is in limited supply, so the Health Department is following vaccination recommendations made by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP).

    Those recommendations call for the initial vaccination efforts to focus on five target groups:

  • Low enrollment to cost school district

    School Board of Levy County Superintendent Bob Hastings said on Tuesday that the school district’s full-time enrollment decreased from last year by an estimated 96 students, raising concerns about a major source of revenue for the district.

    Speaking at the school board’s meeting, Hastings said that the loss of students would directly impact the amount of funds received from the state. The district also lost about 150 students from the previous school year.

    The estimated revenue loss is expected to be $1.75 million.

  • CFCC Levy director moving to main campus

    Dr. Rayanne Giddis, director of  Central Florida Community College's Levy Center since 1998, is leaving to take a higher position within the college in Ocala.

    She will become dean of Academic Foundations — a newly created position — at the Ocala Campus.

  • Homecoming Activities

    • Tonight, 7 p.m., Chiefland High School Auditorium Pow Wow, skits scripted and performed by each club and class in the school tied to the homecoming theme, introduction of the Queen Court, Attendants, and Club Sweethearts.  It will culminate with the crowning of the 2009 Homecoming King and Prince. Doors open at 6:15 a.m.  Tickets are $5 per person.    • Friday, 3:30 p.m., Homecoming parade, route: Chiefland High School, south on U.S.

  • This week: Chiefland Elementary students to get flu mist vaccinations

    Monday

  • Family on U.S. bike tour camps at Manatee

    Many people fantasize about taking a few years off to hit the road and experience “ the real” America.

    For some of those people, it’s a journey they spend most of their adult lives waiting for.

    And when they do it—if they do it—it’s usually from the comfort of a large, expensive motor home.

    And it’s almost certainly never on a yellow five-seated custom-designed bicycle.

    But that’s exactly the way the Harrison family of Mt. Vernon, Ky., set out on their journey across the U.S.

  • Commission tackles city’s future

    A recent letter by City of Chiefland to Levy County officials expressing interest in forming a countywide water authority has found its way to the proverbial trash bin, according to city commissioners.

    “They did not respond to my letter,” said Chiefland Mayor Teal Pomeroy.

    “Levy County having its own GUA (government utility authority) is not going to work.”