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  • Levy Schools steer clear of tainted beef

    Parents nationwide were alarmed and appalled when they learned that a major beef supplier to schools across the country was being accused of cattle abuse.

    A recent video showed sick cows heading to the slaughterhouse at the California-based Westland/Hallmark plant.

    Worries ran rampant of potentially diseased meat being fed to schoolkids across the USA.

    Reportedly, a record 143 million pounds of beef was recalled –37 million which was targeted for school lunch programs.

  • Chiefland asks for volunteer train museum work

    Chiefland Finance and Projects Coordinator Laurie Copeland will ask Carolyn Cohens to volunteer a couple of Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Train Depot Museum as a result of discussion by the City Commission.

    City leaders want Cohens to help the city determine if enough visitors to the museum will justify paying her to be at the museum. In the meantime, the city leaders appreciate Greater Chiefland Area Chamber of Commerce Secretary Janet Minor keeping a watchful eye on museum pieces when the Chamber is open.

  • Purr-fect

    BRONSON –One couldn't blame the folks at the Humane Society of Levy County for being a little nervous late last week.

    With the prediction of rain on Saturday, the success of the inaugural Bark-N-Purr Festival hung in the balance.

    Wet stuff could put a serious dent in the big fund-raiser held at the Bronson Youth League Park.

  • No action set for nuisance house

    A house full of garbage, rats and other objectionable matter will not be cleaned by the city of Chiefland.

    This decision came Feb. 25 after the Chiefland City Commission learned Heidi Prophet will be 90 days behind her mortgage payment and the lender - the U.S. Department of Agriculture -- will foreclose.

    Then the house becomes the lender's problem rather than a city problem, city leaders decided.

  • Tri-County Hospital shows first drawing

    Ameris Health Systems President and Chief Operating Officer K. Robert Bauer Jr. and Tri-County Hospital President Frank Schupp showed a group of people the first architect's rendering of the hospital on Feb. 22.

    Gathered in a conference room at Drummond Community Bank, local government leaders saw Tri-County Hospital is going to be two stories tall.

    The foundation for the building is being constructed to be able to support a third story, Bauer said.

  • Anonymous donor gives $600,000 for CFCC Levy Center

    Central Florida Community College announced its plan to raise $1.5 million from the local community, which will generate state funding for its $8 million to $9 million permanent facility in Levy County.

    The kickoff announcement was on Feb. 19 at Drummond Community Bank in Chiefland. On Feb. 22, CFCC President Charles "Chick" Dassance spoke about the plans.

    An anonymous donor gave $600,000 to CFCC for the new Levy Center, Dr. Dassance told members and guests of the Greater Chiefland Area Chamber of Commerce on Feb. 22.

  • Candidates vie for Levy County seats

    BRONSON - Even though qualifying does not begin until June 16 at noon and end on June 20 at noon, there are 21 people seeking to fill 10 Levy County posts, according to records.

    One person has already dropped out of the race - even before the official qualifying date.

    Melody LaFlam of Bronson, who lists no party affiliation, had opened a financial account to challenge incumbent Supervisor of Elections Connie Asbell for her office but LaFlam has withdrawn, according to records. As of last Thursday, Asbell was the only person seeking the post.

  • Bell rings up Lady Indians

    BELL –Wayne Weatherford could almost sense it coming.

    Having graduated a lot of the big guns off of last year's State Final Four team, Weatherford knew there would be some rough spots for this year's squad to navigate.

    Some of them surfaced in last Thursday's season opener at Bell High.

    Errors, both mental and physical, were a common occurance as the Chiefland High girls softball team fell, 6-0, to the Lady Bulldogs.

  • Lady Indians grab first win

    It wasn't exactly pretty, but the end result sit just fine with coach Wayne Weatherford.

    The Chiefland High varsity softball team won its home opener last Friday night, 6-4 over visiting Newberry.

    The victory evened the Lady Indians record at 1-1 and moved the district record record to 1-0. Newberry fell to 0-2.

    The Lady Indians were far from mid-season form, as errors still plaqued Weatherford's team, but they had enough to hang on.

  • Lady Indians have big shoes to fill

    The Chiefland High softball program flew to new heights last year.

    The Lady Indians finished with an awesome record of 25-5, they won district and regional crowns and made it to the state "Final Four"in Plant City.

    Pitcher Megan Weatherford was Class 3A Player of the Year. Other valuable seniors included catcher Whitney Mills, shortstop Kari Stephens, second baseman Amanda Hinote and outfielder Kearston Andrews.

    The loss of those key starters makes for an challenging 2008 season for Wayne Weatherford, a 2007 Coach of the Year finalist.