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Today's News

  • Bronson, Williston schedule fireworks

    The Town of Bronson and Williston will celebrate the Independence Day on July 1 and July 3, respectfully.

    Bronson will celebrate July 1, beginning at 5 p.m. Vendors selling treats will be on hand while waiting for the sky to darken when Bronson Fire and Rescue Station 70 will light up the sky with fireworks.

    Bring chairs, blankets and a canned item to James H. Cobb Park, 275 Picnic St., in Bronson.

    Two days later, Williston will “Let Freedom Ring” July 3 when the city of Williston hosts the annual Pre-Fourth Extravaganza.

  • Tiner part of senior class looking to lead Chiefland football

    The season is still more than two months away, but Dalton Tiner can sense something different in the air surrounding Chiefland football.

    With a strong core of returning seniors, a bigger roster under first-year Indians head coach Adam Gore, encouraging results from the off-season weight program, and a playoffs-or-bust attitude, Tiner hopes this year will be his most special after more than a decade of playing football.

  • Florida studies future growth

    EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the first in an occasional series in which we hope to learn more about Levy County and how prepared it is to meet the future.

    About 30 people attended the community meeting May 26 to participate in the Florida 2030 Project at Haven Hospice. The event was hosted by the Greater Chiefland Area Chamber of Commerce.

  • Levy EMT recognized for life-saving act

    A first-responder’s job really never ends, whether or not he or she is on duty.

    Levy County Public Safety firefighter-EMT Hunter Kline recently proved that when he saved a life at a local establishment while off duty.

    The Levy Board of County Commissioners recognized Kline for his life-saving efforts at its meeting June 6 in presenting him with a certificate of appreciation.

    Kline, who has been with LCPS since 2009, has also been nominated for a Valor Award.

  • Animal Services touts success of low-cost program

    Levy County’s new low cost spay and neuter program, sponsored by the For Our Friends the Animals group, is only a month old, and County veterinarian Darlene Essler has seen a consensus of early approval for it from the public and county veterinarians.

    Essler reported the program had taken 19 applicants through its first three weeks, including eight dog spays, six dog neuters, a couple of cat spays and a cat neuter. A cat neuter and spay were pending at the time of the County Commission meeting last Tuesday.

  • 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.