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Today's News

  • School Board lashes out at trends in state education

    A budget workshop held during the June 27 School Board of Levy County meeting became a catalyst for the venting of frustrations by Board members over trends in public education at the state level.

    As School Board of Levy County Finance Director Anna Kroll presented projections for the upcoming budget, highlighting changes under the controversial House Bill 7069, which was signed into law by Gov. Rick Scott in June, Schools Superintendent Jeff Edison and the Board recounted their objections to recent education policy.

  • Williston granted waiver for gas pipeline burial

    There’s a discrepancy between Levy County and the Florida Department of Transportation in how deep a gas pipeline must be buried on along their respective right-of-ways.

    The origin of the standard is unclear, but the county requires a minimum of 5 feet from the ground to the top of a pipe, while the FDOT’s standard – as well as the federal requirement – is 36 inches (3 feet).

  • County weighs marijuana rules

    The state has begun clarifying its position on regulating marijuana dispensaries after voters passed a ballot measure last November to allow the sale of medical marijuana in Florida.

    Levy County currently has a moratorium banning the sale of medical marijuana, but it will soon have to make a somewhat longer-term decision.

    At the recent meeting of the Board of Levy County Commissioners, Board chair John Meeks reported some of his findings on the issue from the Florida Association of Counties Conference.

  • Griner takes over as president of Florida Cattlemen’s Assoc.

    It’s been a bittersweet couple of months for Ken Griner.

    The Chiefland rancher recently underwent a cutting edge proton beam radiation treatment for prostate cancer, which saw him making daily trips to Jacksonville over an eight-week stretch.

    During that time, his wife, Lynetta Usher Griner, who with Ken owns and runs the family’s Usher Farm and Usher Land & Timber, Inc. in Chiefland, met with President Donald Trump and a small group of fellow agricultural leaders in Washington to discuss the state and future of the industry.

  • Cedar Key, Bronson, Williston fireworks

    The Cedar Key Chamber of Commerce will have its fireworks show on the Fourth of July at dark on Dock Street.

    The Chamber sponsors the annual event through donations and donations are still short of the $12,000 needed to pay for the display and donations are still being accepted.

    For more information on the show or how to donate, please contact the Cedar Key Chamber of Commerce at 352-543-5600.

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

  • Summer roundball

    The summer league season is winding down for the Chiefland Lady Indians and their fellow area girls’ basketball squads.

    After falling victim to a last-minute 3-pointer by Branford last Thursday, Chiefland picked up a 37-24 win over Fort White Monday in Williston.

    The Lady Indians cap the season in Gainesville Thursday June 29 at Buchholz High School, where they'll take on Keystone Heights.

    The league consists of 12 area teams and features 20-minute halves, with the clock only stopping for timeouts.

  • CES, two more Levy schools recognized for volunteerism

    Three Levy County elementary schools have been recognized for their excellence in volunteerism.

    At the School Board of Levy County meeting last Tuesday, Chiefland Elementary School Principal Lacy Redd, Yankeetown School principal Denee Hurst and Joyce Bullock Elementary School assistant principal Hillary Cribbs accepted Florida Golden School Award certificates on behalf of their schools for their high levels of volunteer contributions and volunteer training.

    It was the first year any Levy schools received the award.

  • City considers property tax increase

    By JOHN TYLER NILSEN
    Citizen Correspondent

    Chiefland City commissioners are considering raising millage rates to cover city budget expenses, but no decision can be made until certified property values are released next week.

    The commission held its first budget meeting Monday, June 26, in preparation for the next fiscal year. The next budget meeting will be held after the July 10 meeting.

    The budget includes a 2 percent increase in wages for non-union city employees, except for city manager Mary Ellzey, who opted not to accept a raise.

  • County awarded for improved employee safety

    The Board of County Commissioners Tuesday approved a set of inter-local agreements between the Towns of Yankeetown and Inglis and the School Board of Levy County to collect impact fees on behalf of the local governments and the SBLC.

    County Coordinator Wilbur Dean’s requests were met with unanimous approval, enabling the County to collect EMS and Fire Rescue impact fees for Inglis and Yankeetown, as well as Educational System impact fees.

  • 12th Annual Spring Dance Revue held in Chiefland

    D&D Studios presented their 12th Annual Spring Dance Revue on Saturday June 10. 

    As in the previous years, the spectacular revue was held in the Chiefland High School Auditorium. 

    "A Celebration of Faith & Freedom" was met with tremendous applause.  As July 4th approaches, many routines consisted of our nations traditional and familiar patriotic songs.