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  • CES students pick their favorite biomes

    The second-grade classes at Chiefland Elementary School completed a week-long study on the desert and rain forest. Students had the option for an extra credit project of a diorama of the rain forest or a desert. They also wrote an opinion paper on which place they would like to visit and why based on the books read and videos watched during the week.

  • CES students learn about forestry

    Usher Land and Timber, along with the Florida Forestry Service, sent three foresters to speak to fourth graders about Forestry Week. The students learned the importance of trees and their many uses. The foresters were Joe McKenzie Sr., Florida Forestry Service; Sean Gilbert, UF intern; and Eric Handley, forester, both with Usher Land and Timber.

  • Tommy Usher Log A Load For Kids surpasses $1 million

    The organizers behind the Tommy Usher Log A Load for Kids Golf Classic celebrated a landmark achievement for the annual charity event Oct. 20.

    In its 23rd year, the Classic, which generates proceeds for the UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital, surpassed $1 million in funds raised.

    It’s held at the Chiefland Golf and Country Club.

    The Log A Load For Kids fundraising campaign partners loggers and other members of the forest industry to raise money for local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. The network has raised more than $48 million dollars in nearly three decades.

    The Chiefland version is named after the late Tommy Usher, brother of Lynetta Usher Griner. Griner has been the leading organizer of the Tommy Usher Log A Load Golf Classic for all 23 years. Usher was the youngest member of the Florida Forestry Association when he passed in 1989.

    The Chiefland Classic needed around $20,000 to surpass its magic number, and collected more than $54,000.

  • County looks to extend moratorium on marijuana dispensaries

    The Levy Board of County Commissioners is seeking to extend its moratorium on marijuana dispensaries until April.

    But first it must hold a couple of public hearings in November before the new ordinance can pass.

    Commissioner Lilly Rooks casted a dissenting vote at the commission meeting Oct. 17 to guarantee one of those hearings – Nov. 7 – will take place at 5:01 p.m., while the other will come on Nov. 21, coinciding with the regular commission meeting, which starts at 9 a.m.

    A majority-plus-one margin was required to hold both hearings during regular hours (before 5 p.m.). With Commission Mike Joyner absent from the meeting, a 4-0 vote was required.

    “I think it’s fair to the public, so they know what we’re trying to do, that we have it after 5,” Rooks said.

    In addition to the public hearings, the Planning Commission must approve the extended moratorium at its meeting on Nov. 6.

    The Commission tabled a related agenda item requesting direction on the issue for County Attorney Ann Bast Brown, rescheduling it for the meeting on Nov. 21.

  • Suncoast Credit Union awarded Business of the Year

    Hurricane Irma may have forced a detour for the 34th Annual Industry Appreciation Banquet, hosted by the Greater Chiefland Area Chamber of Commerce.

    But there was no doubt over the deserving recipient to the Banquet’s feature award.

    On Tuesday, Oct. 23, at the rescheduled event, hosted by Chamber president Ryan Watson, Suncoast Credit Union was officially honored as 2017 Business of the Year at the Haven Hospice Community Center.

    The annual award goes to a business that shows outstanding service for the community.

    It’s inspired by Florida’s Industry Appreciation Week, which was founded by former Gov. and U.S. Sen. Bob Graham in 1983. The occasion of Industry Appreciation Week is “intended to call attention to contributions businesses make to the economy, our communities and our quality of life,” Watson noted in his introduction to the award.

    “Chiefland and Levy County’s future depend on the continued health and growth of our local businesses,” Watson continued.

  • Mayes, Chemin voted BMHS homecoming royal couple

    Bronson Middle High School announced its Homecoming King and Queen Oct. 13 at halftime of its football game against Branford.

    Taeya Mayes was crowned the 2017 BMHS Homecoming Queen, and Caleb Chemin was announced as the 2017 King.

    Mayes was joined by fellow Queen contestants Brianna Quinn, Rebecca Rodgers and Diamond Sheffield. The remaining King contestants included Adam Abouzid, John Konstantis and Jarius Thomas.

    Noah Anderson and Naomi Baez were selected Homecoming Prince and Princess, respectively. The Prince and Princess are picked among the eighth-grade court at BMHS. Alana Goodman and Kayla Shannon were also on the Princess Court; Mahki Bostic and Jesse Williams joined Anderson on the Prince Court.

    The ninth-grade attendants were Zoe Stocco and Jeremy Collins. The tenth-grade attendants were Ashley Blatchford and Blayne Thomas. Aliya Haynes and Cole Langston represented the eleventh-grade attendants.

    2016 Queen and King Faith Hyde and Caleb Rice joined this year’s court for the ceremony.

  • CMHS flag corps claims best in class at Lecanto Invitational

    The Chiefland Middle High School flag corps took best in class at the first-ever Panther Pride Invitational Marching Band Festival at Lecanto High School in Citrus County. The Chiefland Marching Indians placed second in class in the band competition, which featured 11 schools in participation. The Marching Indians perform a routine of songs by Journey. Chiefland next performs Oct. 28 in Lake City at its Marching Performance Assessment.

  • Bronson Town Council, Robert Partin sworn in
  • Fanning Springs Fire Department gets new bunker gear

    By Kate Sheridan, Citizen Correspondent

    Fanning Springs Fire Chief Roy Bass applauded his fire department for their work during Hurricane Irma that struck the area during the early morning hours of Sept. 11. He there were no missed calls and no fatalities during Hurricane Irma.

    “I want to applaud my guys. They did an outstanding job,” Bass said.

    The chief made his comment during the Oct. 3 meeting Fanning Springs City Council.

    Aside from the hurricane, September was a busy month for the fire department. Bass said his crew has been scavenging viable parts from the old pumper for use on newer vehicles. He showed the council new uniforms and bunker gear.

    The gear is considerably lighter and functional, as well as offering additional features to assist these men in doing their job.

    Mayor Tripp Lancaster echoed Bass’ gratitude to the fire department for their part during the storm.

    “Thank you to my guys in the fire department for all their hard work and everything they did. We were on the road at 8 a.m., as soon as we were legally allowed, fantastic job guys.”

  • Chiefland FFA Alumni Meeting

    By KATE SHERIDAN, Citizen Correspondent

    Dr. Don Goodman, a veterinarian from of Navasota, Texas, gave a presentation on the benefits of supplemental care for beef cattle Oct. 3 at the monthly FFA Alumni meeting. Goodman, represents Multimin brand cattle supplements. The company offers an injectable supplemental source of zinc, manganese, selenium and copper.

    According to the Multimin website in its Florida summary, “Sandy, low organic-matter soils have been linked to the production of forages with low trace mineral content. The organic soils in the Okeechobee basin have also been associated with the production of forages high in molybdenum which is an antagonist of copper absorption. Copper is one of the most common trace minerals to be deficient in Florida beef cows.