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  • Levy EMT recognized for life-saving act

    A first-responder’s job really never ends, whether or not he or she is on duty.

    Levy County Public Safety firefighter-EMT Hunter Kline recently proved that when he saved a life at a local establishment while off duty.

    The Levy Board of County Commissioners recognized Kline for his life-saving efforts at its meeting June 6 in presenting him with a certificate of appreciation.

    Kline, who has been with LCPS since 2009, has also been nominated for a Valor Award.

  • Animal Services touts success of low-cost program

    Levy County’s new low cost spay and neuter program, sponsored by the For Our Friends the Animals group, is only a month old, and County veterinarian Darlene Essler has seen a consensus of early approval for it from the public and county veterinarians.

    Essler reported the program had taken 19 applicants through its first three weeks, including eight dog spays, six dog neuters, a couple of cat spays and a cat neuter. A cat neuter and spay were pending at the time of the County Commission meeting last Tuesday.

  • Bowman crowned 2017 Watermelon Queen

    By LYNN DEJARNETTE Citizen Correspondent

     

    As the Watermelon Festival parade through downtown Chiefland ended Saturday, parade participants and spectators made their way to the old train depot for the watermelon auction, food, fun, shopping, presentation of festival royalty and crowning of the 2017 Watermelon Festival Queen.

    Emcee Daniel Jerrels began with the introduction of this year’s royalty followed by a rousing auction of some of the larger watermelons.

  • Watermelon Festival a hit for vendors, attendees

    Going to the annual Watermelon Festival means eating and shopping for a lot of people and guests were not to be disappointed this year. There were a record number of vendors and for the first-time vendors were stationed across US 19 as well.

    Sure, finding a familiar old standby is nice; a food with that familiar sign out front. However, making the choice for lunch, then hearing that your neighbor owns the booth makes that warm and fuzzy feeling happen.

  • 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.

  • 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.