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Today's News

  • A good sense of humor helps keep the heart young

    Massaged with cottonseed oil and swaddled tightly, the baby who weighed only a pound and a half at birth was kept near the pilot light of the aunt's gas stove. Three times each day the doctor who delivered the wee baby girl left his Philadelphia practice to come and check on his smallest patient.

    On the 18th day after her birth, her mother died, leaving baby Cecelia with the aunt whose stove provided her warmth.

  • Clean living helps woman live to 103

    Friends and neighbors from the Suwannee River Springs Association helped celebrate  Lillian Bemis's 103rd birthday Friday with cake and pink lemonade.

    Pictured from left to right are Rodger Nogaki, Wynne Falkowski, Michelle King, Nina and Cliff Bemis and Miss Lillian.

    Bemis said her secret to long life is clean living, no smoking or drinking, and walking and swimming for exercise.

  • Levy loses “B” under new assessments

    Amid a statewide decline in school grades under new testing measures, the Levy County school district fell from a “B” to a “C” in this year’s preliminary district grades, released July 8 by the Florida Department of Education.

    The district missed a “B” by two percentage points.

  • Oliver! opens Friday

    The Suwannee Valley Players summer youth production “Oliver!” opens on Friday, July 22 at the Chief Theater at 25 E. Park Ave. in Chiefland.

    The cast includes, left to right, in background, Sami Johnson-Streit, Ryan Tedin, Jenevieve Squires, Nelson Crawford; clockwise around table starting from the bottom, are Katie Hodge (as Oliver), Elijah Ridgeway, Wednesday Wright, Audrey Van Dyke, Jenna Walbaum, Alexis Lipscomb, Laci Acevedo (not seen), Jacob Walbaum, Zachary Harmon, Lacey Harmon.

  • Groups host candidate forum July 23

    There will be a Levy County Candidate Forum on Saturday, July 23, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Williston Community Center at 50 N.W. Main St., Williston. The primary election on Aug. 30 for county offices will be a universal primary open to all voters regardless of party registration ― and will serve as a “general election” for offices where all the candidates are of one party.

  • New city park needs a name

    Chiefland is planning a new city park and, well, just does not know what to call it, so the Chiefland City Commission is asking for the public’s help in suggesting and choosing a name.

    The person who comes up with the name can win $100 from sponsors  Dr. Bob Mount and Dr. Keith Richeson.

  • Harrell accepts public safety director job

    UPDATE:

    James Mitchell "Mitch" Harrell, emergency operations chief at the Gilchrist County Department of Public Safety, will become director of the Levy County Department of Public Safety on Sept. 1, according to Assistant County Coordinator Wilbur Dean.

    Dean said Harrell accepted the county's offer of $79,000 to start in the position with an increase to $85,000 after six months on Friday.

  • Business of Year nominations open

     

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    For over 30 years, the Chiefland Chamber has honored an exemplary local company as Business of the Year. The Business of the Year awards are intended to recognize businesses that stand out for notable achievements and community contributions.

  • Elections office presents Pledge to Vote drive to Chiefland Rotary

    Supervisor of Elections Tammy Jones called on business and community leaders’ support for the county’s Pledge to Vote drive at the Chiefland Rotary Club meeting on Wednesday.

  • Vendors needed for Epic End of Summer Bash

    The First United Methodist Church of Chiefland will hold its 5th Annual Epic End of Summer Bash on Saturday, July 30 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

    We will be giving away over 450 backpacks filled with school supplies. There will be a water slide, dunk tank and obstacle course. Also, free clothing, free hot dogs, beverages and snow cones. There will be prizes like gift certificates for kids haircuts and much more.