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Today's News

  • Driven to distraction

    It’s difficult enough coping with the challenges of being a new driver on the road.

    When you add the kind of distractions and impairments teen drivers might be susceptible to, the effects can be insurmountable.

    The Teen Driver Improvement Course, put on annually for 11 years by the Levy County Sheriff’s Office, aims to educate prospective and current young drivers on the dangers of texting while driving and driving under the influence of alcohol.

  • CMHS football players put in service

    The Chiefland Middle High School football team kicked off football practice this week in style.

    The Indians celebrated the occasion with a Midnight Madness Monday morning, the first official day schools were allowed to hold practice in Florida.

    On Tuesday morning, football players put in community service hours at CMHS, helping landscape the grounds in front of the school.

    The players practiced under the lights Monday and spent the night at the school, later shooting hoops in the gym and playing video games in the new players’ lounge.

  • Activity fees to help fund athletic trainers on Levy campuses

    Levy County schools will have athletic trainers from the University of Florida on their campuses for practices and games starting this year, and activity fees and a percentage of gate revenue will fund the program.

    The district is implementing a $50 fee for students playing sports – including cheerleading – or participating in band, starting this month. The remainder of the funding will come from a portion of ticket revenue.

  • Epic turnout for end-of-summer bash

    Near 1,000 parents and children went to the First United Methodist Church Saturday for school supplies to get students ready for the first day of school Aug. 10.

    Parents who took advantage of the free school supplies saved families an estimated $30 to $50 for elementary students, not counting clothes.

    It was the 6th Annual Epic End of Summer Bash to help families get ready for school. The church gave away 650 backpacks filled with school necessities. There was no income test, everyone was welcome.

  • Walker seeks help for Levy Arc

    By Rebecca Gallagher, Citizen Correspondent

    “Ms. Betty” Walker spoke to the Chiefland Rotary Club Wednesday, July 26, as executive director of Levy County Arc to ask for “help.” Walker is also mayor of Chiefland.

    The Levy County Arc is a chapter of The Arc, the largest community-based national organization advocating for individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (I/DD).

  • Levy gets top audit rating

    Levy County received a top rating for its recent fiscal audit report at the July 18 meeting of the Levy Board of County Commissioners.

    Frank Mason, a CPA with the auditing firm Carr Riggs & Ingram, presented the audit report to the commission, congratulating the County for receiving the highest level "Unmodified Opinion."

  • School millage rate falls as property values rise

    The rise in total property value in Levy County has led to a drop in the tentative millage rate just passed by the School Board of Levy County.

    The SBLC on Monday voted to adopt the tentative millage at the rollback rate, which is the rate required to collect roughly the same amount of revenue as the previous fiscal year.

  • School millage rate falls as property values rise

    The rise in total property value in Levy County has led to a drop in the tentative millage rate just passed by the School Board of Levy County.

    The SBLC on Monday voted to adopt the tentative millage at the rollback rate, which is the rate required to collect roughly the same amount of revenue as the previous fiscal year.

  • Tri-County children often leave county for foster care

    The overwhelming majority of children in Levy, Dixie and Gilchrist County who enter foster care have to leave the Tri-County area.

    That was a major takeaway from a talk last Thursday by Michelle Giordano, the foster care recruitment specialist for Partnership for Strong Families, at a meeting of the Suwannee Valley Rotary Club in Chiefland.

    Giordano reported that there are 31 children from the Tri-County area currently in licensed foster care homes; 87 percent of those children are living outside the county they're originally from.

  • Cedar Key excellent lab for dolphin research

    Cedar Key Dolphin Project

    Dr. Stefanie K. Gazda began researching Cedar Key bottlenose dolphins in 2001 for her master’s thesis. She came to the area to study bottlenose dolphins’ foraging behavior and over the years her research has led to the discovery of many aspects of dolphin behavior.