Today's News

  • Chiefland's children know hunger is real

    On Friday the 40 children took home two backpacks – one for school work and one filled with food for the weekend, and a box also filled with food – enough for a week.

    They are students at Chiefland Elementary School where 70 to 75 percent of the students would qualify for free or reduced prices breakfasts and lunches, said CES Guidance Counselor Michelle Barron. Because the Levy County School District qualified for a federal and state program that provides free breakfast and lunch for every student, every child does not go through the day hungry.

  • Finding a family of his own

    While the judges were tallying up scores for the Chiefland Elementary School speech contest, two students were asked to give their speeches.

    The winner from each fourth and fifth grade class advanced to the final school competition, but these two had not competed in the final contest. Nevertheless, the teachers had decided their speeches needed to be heard, said Lisa Baxter who coordinated the contest last Friday.

    One speech, by fifth grader Matthew Wilkerson, stood out.

  • Meeks: No love in county for new courthouse

    Levy County taxpayers can rest easy. It's not likely the county will be building a new courthouse any time soon.

    That was the word from Levy County Commission Chair John Meeks, of Bronson, (R-District 1) to the Chiefland Rotary Club in a speech earlier this month.

    Meeks said his appearance, hosted by former commission Chair Ryan Bell, was an opportunity to update the Rotarians on what is happening in the county. Meeks has been in office since 2013 and he said the three years have been a learning experience.

  • Free clinic open to uninsured Levy residents

    A special resource some may not know about is available to Levy residents who do not have health insurance and can meet certain criteria.

    The Levy County Health Department Medical Reserve Corps has many functions, including staffing the Community Cares Clinic.

    "We're trying to reach out to the residents of Levy County," said Mark Johnson, preparedness coordinator. The clinic has room to assist a few more patients and is always open to new volunteer medical professionals.

  • It's the sweetest time of year

    Everyone knows the holidays are upon us and that means it's time for cake, pie and dessert auction, cookie walks and baked goods sales. 

    The sweetest season starts tonight (Thursday, Nov. 19) with the 24th Annual Pie Auction sponsored by the Chiefland Middle High School Student Government Association.

    Viewing of the luscious baked goods starts at 5:30 p.m. (Please bring your own hankie to catch the excess saliva.) Bidding starts at 6 p.m. 

    The event will be in the school cafeteria behind the main building on U.S. Highway 19. 

  • Bronson to still pay medical for Council

    The Bronson Town Council did not second a motion made by one its members.

    On Monday night, Katie Parks moved that the town continue to give the option of health insurance to its council members, but suggested it should not be offered to them for free as it has been.

    "The town pays for council members, but not for families," Vice Mayor Beatrice Roberts said.

  • CES spelling bee winners

    The student audience applauded and sighed at the triumphs and challenges brought by a spelling bee held at Chiefland Elementary School last Friday morning.

    The winners are first place fourth grader Karsen Baker, son of Avery and Kimberly Baker; first runner-up fifth grader Rachael Hutson, daughter of Ken and Shannon Hutson and second runner-up fourth grader Ella Gore, daughter of Adam and Kelly Gore. 

    The Levy County School District Spelling Bee is in December. 

  • Leaving County

    Bruce Greenlee, administrative superintendent for the Levy County Road Department, will work his last day on Nov. 27.

    Greenlee, who started at the lowest rank in the department and rose through the ranks to one of the two top jobs is taking over transportation at the Levy County School Board. He has been with Levy County for 29 ½ years.

    Greenlee is also mayor of Bronson and an assistant coach for the Williston Red Devils football team. 

  • Commission splits on buying EMS truck

    The Levy County Commission, which had put off considering the purchase of a truck and light rescue module to be used by an emergency medical services supervisor, finally approved the purchase on Tuesday but the vote was split.

  • Settlement to cost hospice $3.2 million

    Hospice of Citrus County has agreed to pay approximately $3.2 million to resolve allegations that it submitted false claims to Medicare and Medicaid.

    The hospice has also entered into a detailed five-year corporate integrity agreement (CIA) with the Office of Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services.