Today's News

  • Former teacher donates $2 million to CFCC

    Retired Chiefland High School math teacher Jack Wilkinson taught thousands and generations of students in his 45 years in the classroom.

    And the 95-year-old educator's generosity will help thousands more Levy County students reach their dreams.

    Wilkinson, who was described as "frugal with his assets," has donated $2.5 million to help jumpstart construction of the Levy County campus of Central Florida Community College.

    In return, the school's campus will be named the Jack Wilkinson Levy Campus in his honor.

  • Memories for Father's Day

    There's a story I told at my father's funeral a few years ago that gave an indication of what type of person he was.

    I was somewhere in my tender years, under the age of 10, when he took me to a baseball game at Yankee Stadium, where the Yankees were playing the St. Louis Browns (had to be 1953 or before, since the Browns ceased to exist in 1954, moving to Baltimore).

    A good way through the game the Browns had to summon a relief pitcher (something they did quite often) and the seemingly old man ambled in from the bullpen, which was deep in the outfield.

  • To the moon, Lou

    As a child of the 50s, I am part of the generation that saw humans fly into space and came to believe that if we applied ourselves to a problem it could be solved - especially if we applied ourselves to science, engineering and math.

    The news that the Soviets (remember them?) had put a man into space sent us into a frenzy.

    We watched President Kennedy's challenge to reach the moon in 10 years.

    I remember the nuns hustling us out of class one day to look up at the sky for a "really tiny reflection of light."

  • T-Ball team wins district

    During the regular season for Chiefland Area Athletic Association, my T-Ball team won the league championship. When it came all-star selection I was selected as the T-ball All-star Manager, We started practicing two weeks ago to prepare for the district and state tournaments. This past week, starting on Friday, June 12, we played our first District 6 T-Ball tournament in Starke along with four other teams; Palatka, Bradford A, Bradford B, and Santa Fe.

  • Arrington returns as volleyball coach

    She's excited to coach volleyball. She hates the circumstances. Those two sentiments carry about equal weight in Tammy Arrington's mind right now. Arrington, who was a prior volleyball head coach and softball assistant at Chiefland, was recently tapped to succeed CHS volleyball head coach Emily Gore. Gore's teaching contract was one of those not renewed in this spring's round of budget cuts in the Levy County school district.

    "I hate to see Emily go," Arrington says.

  • Anderson takes track position

    Jennifer Anderson was already building a highly-competitive cross country team at Chiefland High School. Now she's been tapped to take on track and field as well, taking over for Emily Gore, whose teaching contract was unexpectedly non-renewed this spring, and for the legendary Wendell Corbin, who retired this year.

    "I've got big shoes to fill," she says.

    "It's definitely not going to be an easy task, but I'll do what I know how to do."

  • Food pantry opens doors

    St. John Missionary Baptist Church of Chiefland, Florida, where Donnell Sanders is the pastor, opened the doors to Manna from Heaven Food Bank on Wednesday, June 10.

    Manna from Heaven Food Bank is a not-for-profit organization started to feed needy people and improve their lives. This is done by providing food and other grocery products such as meats and baby formula. Also, educating and engaging our community to fight hunger and poverty is another of the food banks objectives.

  • Ribbon-cutting held at Edward Jones

    The Chiefland Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting to mark the grand opening of the new Edward Jones investment office on Main Street in Chiefland.

    Sheila K. Smith is the financial advisor at the office. The storefront office is bigger inside than it looks, featuring an office for clients as well as two meeting rooms, one large and one small, available to local organizations, and a room that can be used for exercise classes.

    It also has a kitchen to help serve those who might be attending seminars in the office.

  • Chiefland All-Stars lose opener, regroup

    Chiefland All-Stars ran into a buzz saw in the opening round of the 2009 State T-Ball Championship, falling 22-10 to Jacksonville San Jose. San Jose hit the ball exceptionally well, enjoying good power and placement all through the lineup. They ran the bases skilfully, exploiting indecision on Chiefland's part as to where to make the play.

    Chiefland head coach Wayne Weatherford noted, and San Jose head coach Jeff Dietz confirmed, that the East Coast visitors have played over their heads in a 7 and 8-year-old league for the last two years.

  • Letter to the governor: How about a commissioner?

    Dear Governor,

    Hope this letter finds you doing OK.

    Being governor in these economic times can test a politician’s ability to accomplish anything as your counterpart in California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, can tell you.

    But you seem to have weathered the recent legislative session nicely. You got your Seminole gaming pact. You can brag about bringing money into education that kept the budget at the same level as last year.