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Today's News

  • District school grades remain the same

    The Florida Department of Education recently released its annual school grades, and Levy County’s are remarkably consistent with last year’s.

    In fact, all 10 of the district’s eligible schools scored the same letter grade as in 2016. The district also retained its ‘C’ grade.

  • Chiefland man dies in crash

    A 60-year-old Chiefland man was killed July 9 in a single car crash.

    According to a report issued by the Florida Highway Patrol, Bruce Wayne Roque was driving a 1997 GMC 1500 pickup northeast on County Road 347.

    The vehicle drifted off the paved portion of the roadway with the right side. The man attempted to correct himself by turning to the left. As the vehicle reentered the roadway, the driver oversteered to the right, causing the vehicle to rotate in a clockwise direction before leaving the roadway, overturning and coming to rest on its roof. 

  • Williston dancing club hosts weekly square dancing sessions

    The Clover Squares Square Dancing Club holds its dancing each Wednesday in the spacious Williston Crossings RV Park Clubhouse, just off Highway 27 in Williston.

    Each Wednesday at 6:30 p.m., the club offers square dancing lessons, the fee for adults is $5 and children are free. Kids of all ages are invited to dance in the squares for free.

    The hour-long lessons offer a fun-filled evening the entire family can enjoy. Seasoned dancers or “Angels” are paired with novices and a square is formed with four couples.

  • Drought, now rain is hurting hay crop

    By KATE SHERIDAN, Citizen Correspondent

    Area farmers have experienced difficult times fighting the elements this year and chances are that finding hay has been difficult.

    When it comes to farming, rain is king. Rain is what farmers want, rain is what farmers need and when it finally came, it came — and then some.

  • Copeland given 10-year service award; resigns to accepts job in Green Cove Springs

    Chiefland City commissioners awarded accounting specialist Laurie Copeland for 10 years of service to the city Monday, but the city will be searching for a replacement in the coming weeks.

    Copeland stepped down Wednesday as city accounting specialist to accept a job in Green Cove Springs. Copeland also held an accounting position in the Gainesville city government.

  • County sets preliminary rates

    Levy County set its Preliminary Annual Rate Resolutions for the Roadway Maintenance Service, Solid Waste Tax Assessments, EMS Tax Assessments and Fire Protection Services, capping the new rates at current levels or lower.

    The preliminary rates set a ceiling that the county cannot go above in the upcoming budget, which is finalized on Sept. 12.

  • Fanning Chamber plans for movie night

    By KATE SHERIDAN, Citizen Correspondent

    The next big event For the Fanning Springs Chamber of Commerce is “Movie Night at the Fort” scheduled for Oct. 21.

    The twenty-first movie includes the annual “Trunk or Treat” for all area children.

    Discussion included traffic control with patrons walking across U.S. Highway 19. The tentative schedule of events is for Trunk or Treat at 5:30 p.m. and followed by the movie at 7 p.m.

  • Father Joe retires as pastor

    By LYNN DEJARNETTE, Citizen Correspondent

    St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church of Chiefland held a retirement dinner for Father Joseph McDonnell recently at the Tommy Usher Center.

    Father McDonnell said the Catholic Church requires priests to turn in their retirement papers at the age of 75, but he’s not going anywhere, he said June 22 to 200 parishioners and friends during the banquet.

  • Jillian Sanchez, 14, wins FFA Discovery Award

    By KATE SHERIDAN, Citizen Correspondent

    Fourteen year-old Jillian Sanchez went to the FFA Stars Over Florida Convention and Ceremony with expectations. She returned having met those expectations and came home with the Discovery Degree Award.

    The award may be the first of many FFA awards for which she may be eligible during her FFA lifetime.

    Jillian was recognized for her accomplishments at the convention during the week of June 12 in Orlando.

  • CF timber program holds inaugural completion ceremony

    Six pioneering students were recognized at the College of Central Florida’s first-ever Timber Harvesting Equipment Program Completion Ceremony last Friday in Chiefland.

    The new non-credit program is aimed at preparing students for jobs in the field of logging and timber, an expanding industry in North Central Florida.

    Students went through five weeks of classroom instruction and three weeks of hands-on field experience. Upon completion, they received Master Logger Certification, OSHA 10-hour Certification and CPR Certification.