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Today's News

  • CES celebrates busy week of festivities

    By Tonya Townsend

    It was a busy week at Chiefland Elementary School during National Red Ribbon Week.

    The theme was “Your Future is Key, So stay Drug Free!!"

    Students and staff participated in dress-up days to bring awareness to drug prevention. A poster contest was held for grades 3-5, and a coloring contest for PreK through second grade. A special thanks goes to staff members Cheryl Tindale and Lisa Campbell for heading up all the week’s activities.

    On Tuesday, the Chiefland Rotary Club, along with the Interact Club from Chiefland Middle High School, painted pinkies purple for polio awareness. Students paid one dollar to paint their pinkies purple. The money raised helped to pay for polio vaccines.

  • Great volunteers

    Chiefland Elementary School has great volunteers. Some people wonder how they can get involved in the school and what type of volunteer activities they could do.

    This year, Tammy Arrington is using volunteers every Thursday morning in her classroom. Shirley Matthews, Sandra Colson, Robin Thomas, Ann Wood, Time Wetherington and Lori Prevatt assist students in the classroom with different tasks.

    They also oversee center games as well as read with and listen to students read. In the photo is Tammy Arrington’s class with some of the volunteers. Volunteer Lori Prevatt is not in the photo.

  • Advanced science

    Florida Fish & Wildlife marine biologists Taj Knapp and Hannah Healey recently visited Lisa Baxter’s fifth-grade science enrichment class. The students had “hands on” encounters with various sea life, including a shark! The students are pictured here with the marine biologists on the back right and CES principal Lacy Redd, back left. The students had a great time and it was a great learning experience.

  • Jones qualifies for state again at regional cross country meet

    The Chiefland girls’ cross country squad competed in regionals for the third-consecutive year last Friday, Nov. 3, and for the second-straight year it watched one of its own advance to the state finals meet in Tallahassee.

    CMHS eighth-grader Lauren Jones shaved off nearly 50 seconds from her time from last year in the 5K meet at Holloway Park in Lakeland, earning herself sixth place among 113 runners with a time of 20 minutes, 10.09 seconds.

    The top 15 runners at regionals advanced to the Florida High School State Championship Series, held Saturday, Nov. 11, at Apalachee Regional Park. Jones will run at 7:30 a.m.

    As a seventh-grader last season at state, Jones outpaced 109 runners to finish No. 66 (out of 175).

    Her times have been better at every stage this postseason compared to last year’s run through the tournament. She placed second in the district championship, only behind reigning Class 1A state champion Grace Blair, of Oak Hall. Blair, a senior, won the regional meet last with a 5K time of 18:50.01.

  • Schools Foundation receives grant to enhance county education

    The Consortium of Florida Education Foundations recently awarded the Levy County Schools Foundation $16,249.75 in matching funds through the School District Education Foundation Matching Grant Program.

    The funds will be used in the 2017-18 school year to enhance classroom STEM programs; fund middle school field trips; provide classroom mentoring for new teachers; purchase needed computer equipment and support student CTE programs.

    Private matching funds, required under the grant, will be provided through the Foundation’s fundraising efforts and Capital City Bank, Suncoast Credit Union and Duke Energy grants.

  • Anderson opposes legislation banning assuallt weapons

    Chiefland Police Chief Scott Anderson said he does not support state legislation that would ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.

    “Rather than support new laws that criminals do not mind breaking, I would like to see the criminal justice system in this state enforce the laws already on the books,” he wrote Nov. 2 in a letter in response to the Florida Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence.

    The organization was asking for support of state legislation sponsored by Sen. Linda Stewart (SB 196) and Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith (HB 219), which address “these weapons of war.”

    Coalition co-chairs Patricia Brigham and Andy Pelosi wrote, “The public and our law enforcement officers continue to face dangers that were unheard of just a few decades ago. The proliferation of assault weapons and other firearms with high capacity magazines have made mass-shooting incidents too commonplace.

  • Levy ARC 'Rides to Provide'

    A small number of riders in the “Ride to Provide” did not diminish their enthusiasm for the need to provide services to 30 Levy County citizens with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

    The 60-mile motorcycle ride along back roads attracted 10 riders, which was down by two-thirds from the 30 riders that usually take an hour or so from one Saturday morning a year.

    The ride began in Otter Creek and ended at Gulf Hammock, the site of the “Wild Hog Race,” which is LARC’s primary fundraiser, where the family of Keith Maynard delighted children with a mechanical bull, zip line and an inflated bounce house and slide.

    Despite low participation, the event still raised about $4,000 in addition to $21,000 raised by the “Wild Hog Race.”

    LARC Executive Director Betty Walker attributed to poor turnout to the high number of Halloween-related activities held Saturday, Oct. 28, and possibly some lingering effects of Hurricane Irma.

    “There are too many other things going on today,” she said. “We may look at moving it back to September like it was.”

  • Bronson celebrates Halloween with annual Trunk-or-Treat

    The Town of Bronson once again delighted the kids of Bronson with their annual Trunk and Treat.

    Open car trunks and pick up truck beds were decorated with state of the art Halloween decorations.

    Area businesses came out to line the soccer field and hundreds of kids stood in line to begin the procession of receiving candy from the open trunks.

    A cake walk benefitting the Washington DC Safety Patrol trip was a big hit, along with a very spooky haunted house set up by Karen Starbuck and her husband (with help from the fire department).

    Friends of the Starbucks' used their acting abilities and made for a daunting and horrifying experience. A creepy young lady with an even creepier giggle greets you as you entered.

    A girl in a straight jacket asking "Can you help me?", along with shouts of "Get hold while you can!" by a man who appeared to have donated too many body parts to the demented looking Doctor, could be heard over the screaming of the brave who dared to enter in.

  • Thanks vets, but only a few of us are heroes

    Veterans Day is on the 11th and as anyone who reads my columns knows, I am a retired Navy veteran with 20 years of service.

    Just because I served in the military, that doesn’t make me a hero and I do not deserve much “thanks” for my service. I enjoyed it. I had a lot more good times than bad. I was in an at-sea intensive job and I loved being underway.

  • FedEx Ground set to hire up to 200 part-time handlers

    OCALA, Fla. (Oct. 30, 2017) –  CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion will hold a hiring event Thursday to assist FedEx Ground hire 150-200 part-time package handlers.

    The hiring event takes place from noon to 6 p.m. at the College of Central Florida Klein Conference Center, 3001 SW College Road in Ocala.  Sessions will be held every 30 minutes.

    Package handlers load and unload sorted packages in a fast-paced environment to help ensure FedEx Ground delivers packages on time and with care. No experience is required.

    Interested applicants must be at least 18 and must register with Employ Florida at www.employflorida.com (reference Job Order Number 10571441). Details can be found on the Calendar of Events at careersourceclm.com or by calling 800-434-JOBS, ext. 2203.