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Today's News

  • Lady Indians’ hoops rebuilding in off-season under new leadership

    Buddy Vickers used to joke with Chiefland Lady Indians basketball coach Brian Gore that he wanted his job when the latter moved on.

    The pair’s families had been friends for years, as Vickers, a young 71-years-old, was a grade younger than Gore’s father.

    Vickers, whose been an assistant girls’ hoops coach at Trenton the last three years under Bryant Frye, witnessing a state finals appearance and another regional finals appearance for the Lady Tigers the last two seasons, liked the prospective talent Chiefland offered.

  • Levy students can dual enroll in UF courses

    The School Board of Levy County has made the County the first rural county to partner with the University of Florida for its dual enrollment program.

    Dual enrollment courses allow high school juniors and seniors to take free college courses that offer credits toward a college degree while also satisfying high school credit requirements in the course subject area.

    The applicants for the UF dual enrollment courses must maintain a 3.5 unweighted GPA. They must also provide a test score – SAT, PSAT or ACT – that meets requirements.

  • Free PreK extended to full day in Levy

    The School Board of Levy County has agreed to a major change to the Prekindergarten program, significantly expanding its free service.

    Four- and 5-year-olds have already been eligible for free prekindergarten instruction for the first three hours of the school day under Florida’s Voluntary Prekindergarten Education Program (VPK).

    Starting next school year, the Board has now made prekindergarten free for the entire day, beyond the three hours of VPK instruction. That includes free transportation to and from the care center as well as breakfast and lunch.

  • Bowman crowned 2017 Watermelon Queen

    By LYNN DEJARNETTE Citizen Correspondent

     

    As the Watermelon Festival parade through downtown Chiefland ended Saturday, parade participants and spectators made their way to the old train depot for the watermelon auction, food, fun, shopping, presentation of festival royalty and crowning of the 2017 Watermelon Festival Queen.

    Emcee Daniel Jerrels began with the introduction of this year’s royalty followed by a rousing auction of some of the larger watermelons.

  • Watermelon Festival a hit for vendors, attendees

    Going to the annual Watermelon Festival means eating and shopping for a lot of people and guests were not to be disappointed this year. There were a record number of vendors and for the first-time vendors were stationed across US 19 as well.

    Sure, finding a familiar old standby is nice; a food with that familiar sign out front. However, making the choice for lunch, then hearing that your neighbor owns the booth makes that warm and fuzzy feeling happen.

  • Jillian Sanchez proud to be in FFA

    The end of the school year at Chiefland Middle High School also means the end of many other annual events and cycles. But in the FFA community, achievement awards, presentations and acknowledgment of accomplishments come with summer.

    The granddaddy of recognition in the agricultural education community is the Future Farmers of America Association Stars of Florida Awards. What makes this so special this year is Jillian Sanchez; a local student who is in the running.

  • Tour de Melon enjoys record attendance

    The sixth annual Tour de Melon bike ride had record attendance this year.

    Hosted by the Suwannee Valley Rotary Club out of Chiefland, Tour de Melon falls on the first Saturday in June every year and coincides with the Chiefland Watermelon Festival.

    “I’m just excited about the turn out and excited about growing it from year to year,” Suwanee Valley Rotary Member Andrea Wasson said of Saturday’s ride.

  • Edison, Board join call against ed bill

    The School Board of Levy County and Superintendent Jeff Edison have joined a chorus of calls opposing the Florida legislature’s K-12 education budget proposal and a related bill widely seen as too favorable to charter schools at the expense of the state’s public school students.

  • CF celebrates adult education grads

    The College of Central Florida last Thursday held its spring graduation for 30 area students who earned diplomas as Florida High School Graduates through the College’s adult education program.

  • Bronson seniors graduate

    Sixty-seven Bronson High School Seniors walked across the Phillips Center stage at the University of Florida in Gainesville for their Commencement program May 23.

    “Pomp and Circumstance” played as the jubilant seniors filed into the auditorium and made their way up the stairs to sit together one last time as Bronson High School seniors.