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  • Teen driving classes begin June 18

    The Levy County Sheriff's Office Community Relation Division will be offering Teen Driver classes this summer throughout the county.  All classes are free and will begin at 9 a.m. each session and the classes will be approximately 4 hours.  The students will need permission slips from their parents due to the graphic nature of a video portion of the program.  The permission slips can be picked up at the local schools or from the instructor the day of the event.  For more information can contact Lt. Sean Mullins or Sgt. Max Long at 352-486-5111, extension 278.

  • Santa Fe College health career opportunities tour Wednesday

    Prospective students can discover the  opportunities and careers available in health care from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 16, at Santa Fe College, 3000 NW 83rd St.  Individuals are asked to meet at 6:30 p.m. sharp  in the W Building lobby for the start of the tour.

    Join an advisor on a tour the state-of-the-art training facility and discover sophisticated diagostic medical procedures, nursing laboratories, and the surgical technology simulated operating room.

  • Women take top honors at CHS: Hard work pays for valedictorian

    For Chiefland High School’s Morgan Smith, a long road of hard work will pay off during her graduation.

    Smith was selected as the valedictorian at Chiefland, an honor given to her as the top student of her class.

    Smith said being picked as valedictorian was the result of years of studying and hard work, both inside and outside of the classroom.

    She credits both inner strength and dedication, as well as her family for guiding her to where she is now.

  • Women take top honors at CHS: Salutatorian works three jobs

    Casey Sims sure knows how to keep busy.

    She works three jobs, she’s involved with FFA and she’s also in Chiefland High School’s Cooperative Distributive Education program.

    In addition to that, the senior found time to finish in the Top 10 of her class, and was selected as Chiefland’s salutatorian for the 2009-2010 school year.

    “It was kind of shocking,” Sims said of receiving the honor.

    “I didn’t think I would get it. My biggest goal was to be in the Top 10.”

  • Bronson valedictorian follows in sister's footsteps

    Becoming Bronson High School’s valedictorian has been a long time in the making for Rebecca Kaye Warren.

    “My sister (Rachel Warren Hurley) was valedictorian seven years ago,” Rebecca said. “I’ve been working towards it since then.”

    “It was definitely a lot of hard work and determination,” she said. “I’m not the smartest person in our grade – I just worked harder than some of the others.”

  • Money for jobs that's practically free

    Would you hire a new employee if you could have 80 percent of the payroll costs reimbursed?

    The state of Florida has $200 million available to to do just that for private, government and non-profit groups under the Florida Back To Work grant program, a federal economic stimulus program.

    In fact it's easy, officials of CLM Workforce Connection said in a briefing last week to the Chiefland community and to the Levy County Board of County Commissioners on Tuesday.

  • Springs bike path to open soon

    A new bicycle/pedestrian path running from Chiefland to Manatee Springs State Park is about to be completed. “It’s pretty close.  I think they should be done next week or so,” Gina Busscher, public information director for District 2 of the Florida Department of Transportation, said in a phone interview last week.  That’s about a month earlier than its planned final construction deadline of July 1, according to Busscher. Busscher said the project, which started construction on Jan.

  • Happy Memorial Day

    Sunday, May 30    1 p.m., Orange Hill Cemetery, Williston, American Legion Post 236 and VFW Post 5511 1 p.m. Cedar Key Cemetery, Cedar Key, Tri County Detachment of the Marine Corps Color League Monday, May 31    1 p.m. Rosemary Hill Cemetery, Bronson, Amvets Post 88 and Post 444

    1:30 p.m., American Legion Post 383, Old Town, followed by lunch 

  • Letter fuels decision on fire services

    City commissioners voted unanimously Monday night to re-offer a contract for fire services — accompanied by letter acting as a 120-day notice — to the Board of the Fowlers Bluff Volunteer Fire Department. The issue, though not listed on the agenda, was brought up by Vice-Mayor Teresa Barron in response to a recently published “letter to the editor” from the Fowlers Bluff fire board members. The letter was in response to statements Chiefland Fire Chief James Harris made in a prior commission meeting about the difficulty of getting a timely

  • Jobless rate drops for second month

    April was a good month for Levy County resident to find work as the jobless figure dropped to 12.6 percent — almost a 1 percent drop from March when it was 13.5.  The news was doubly good for the county as it is the second month in a row that the number of jobless residents has dropped. In April the county had a civilian labor force of 16,673 persons, of which 14,577 were employed and 2,096 were not, according to figures from the Florida Research and Economic Database. In March there were 2.254  out of 16,682 county residents without work.