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Today's News

  • Local students to remain seated

    By Lori Prevatt, Citizen Correspondent

    The Feb. 14 Parkland school shooting impacted students across the nation after a former student entered Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, pulled a fire drill and began shooting and killing 14 students and three staff members.

    The shooting prompted students and adults across the United States to take actions in an attempt to influence Congress to change the current policies regarding semi-automatic weapons.

    Levy School Board Member Chris Cowart said in an interview about the current safety issues facing the schools.

    “We have to have common ground. There has to be a way all of our agencies, whether it be the sheriff’s department or the Florida Department of Children and Families, can filter information so this doesn’t happen again. So many warning signs were overlooked,” he said. In addition, he said, “the School Board is working on getting one school resource officer per school.”

  • CK open house educates on a range of environmental topics

    The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s open house Feb. 22, held at the UF/IFAS Nature Coast Biological Station, was a chance for residents to learn about the purpose and history behind the environmental regulations and restoration efforts that affect Cedar Key and the surrounding area.

    And while environmental regulations might not sound like sexiest of topics, the morning and midday event was a hit by all accounts, with around 80 attendees, proving again that Cedar Key citizen are passionate about its ecological standing.

    The open house presented an arrangement of stations, where, joining the DEP, there were representatives from UF/IFAS, Levy County’s Solid Waste department, an Ocala-based waste and recycling company, and Florida’s Aquatic Preserves, which, like the Florida Park Service, falls under the umbrella of the DEP.

  • CareerSource opens new office

    By Lori Prevatt, Citizen Correspondent

    CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion staff cut the ribbon and held an open house Feb. 22 at its new center at 2175 NW 11th Dr., in the Walmart Supercenter (Suwanee Plaza) off North Young Boulevard.

    The Levy County Career Center opened to the public in December 2017 to better serve businesses and candidates. The office was formerly located at the Old Post Office located behind the Levy County Tax Collector's Office.

    About 30 guests were present for the Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting ceremony at noon. Among the guests were business participants that collaborate with the CareerSource employees, CareerSource board members and Chiefland Chamber of Commerce members.

    CareerSource staff all agree that moving to the new location will be greatly beneficial for the community. Moving to the center location makes career services more accessible to the public.

    “We moved to a more central location because the college is down the road and this is a much better place to provide services to residents,” said CEO of the Career Source Center Rusty Skinner Jr.

  • Fanning Chamber plans egg hunt

    By Kate Sheridan, Citizen Correspondent

    Fanning Springs Annual Eggstavaganza was the main subject discussed at the recent Fanning Springs Chamber of Commerce meeting.

    The annual Easter egg hunt and ski show takes place March 24 at Fanning Springs Park. The event will run from noon until 4 p.m. with the ski show starting at 3 p.m. There will be more than 6,000 filled Easter eggs for children to hunt. All age groups will be divided into four groups to ensure a fun hunt.

    In addition to hunting eggs, the Chamber will also offer more than 50 different raffles offered for free to all participating children. The day will include face painting, balloon art, music and many other surprises and activities.

    Food and drinks will be available for purchase but picnic lunches with drinks are allowable.

    BYOB (Bring Your Own Basket) and come out Saturday, March 24, for a great day with friends and family.

  • Business Council discusses revenue

    The Nature Coast Business Development Council discussed generating its own income source, industrial development sites and an offer from Williston to locate in the new city hall in the fall at its March 8 meeting in the College of Central Florida Jack Wilkinson Campus.

    Memberships is an avenue of raising money beyond the amount provided by the county.

    The reason for an additional revenue stream is to give the council more flexibility and while the idea has been discussed for a time, the membership drive was finally kicked off earlier in the year.

    Councilmembers discussed the governor’s Economic Development Fund. The governor included $85 million in the fund for the next fiscal year just as he did in the current fiscal year. Of that amount, only about $35 million have been allocated for grants in this fiscal year so there is still money available. Some communities are gearing up to submit additional applications. It was suggested that NCBDC members think about what the organization can submit to help Levy County and communities to become more competitive to attract jobs and help businesses grow.

  • Marijuana ordinance bans dispensaries

    The Levy County Commission on March 20 adopted an ordinance banning medical marijuana dispensaries in unincorporated areas while treating its growing and cultivation like other nurseries.

    The unanimous passing of the ordinance, based on a motion from Mike Joyner and a second from Matt Brooks, came after the second of two public hearings on the matter held at the Courthouse in March.

    The ordinance is consistent with the Board’s earlier proposal, based on one of the recommended options from county attorney Anne Bast Brown. In seeking guidance for the ordinance from the Board, Brown noted that the state’s current direction on the issue provided legal buffering for the banning of dispensaries, but that the county could be at a severe legal disadvantage if it discriminated against medical marijuana nurseries.

    The ordinance, which replaces the moratorium on medical marijuana, treats growers and cultivators of medical marijuana like any other agricultural industry, subject to zoning and land-use regulations.

  • Lady Tigers pounce early in Trenton

    The Trenton softball team lived up to its No. 1 ranking April 6 against rival Chiefland.

    The Lady Tigers, fueled by their team speed, tacked on three runs apiece in each of the first three innings to build their advantage, before junior Bryn Thomas capped it with an RBI hit to secure a 10-0 win in the sixth against the Lady Indians.

    The Lady Tigers have clinched the No. 1 seed in District 1A-7. CMHS, Bell and Branford, which hosts the 1A-7 tournament, are chasing the second seed.

    The Lady Indians dropped to 14-4 overall and 6-3 in district play. Trenton fell to 17-3 April 9 with a 3-1 loss at 7A Columbia (17-3). It entered the week 8-0 in district action.

    Chiefland head coach Jimmy Anderson lamented his team’s mental mistakes while tipping his hat to Trenton’s performance. Those mental mistakes included communication failures that led to the defense failing to cover first base on several bunts. The Lady Tigers’ small-ball skills frequently put excessive pressure on the corner defenders and the pitcher in fielding the territory in front of the plate.

  • CMHS track past, future on display at Invitational

    The exceptional collection of rising talent in Chiefland track and field suggests a bright future (and present) for the sport at the school.

    At the first ever C. Doyle McCall and Wendell Corbin Honorary Invitational Track and Field Meet April 5 in Chiefland, the pioneering figures of the program’s past were honored.

    McCall, the program’s founding coach, as well as a legendary coach on the football field, and Corbin, his longtime successor at CHS, were presented plaques before the meet for their service to Chiefland track and field. McCall’s health prevented him from attending, so a former Indian athlete from one of McCall’s first teams, Jolyn Corbin, accepted the plaque on his former coach’s behalf.

    Harry Hutson, a volunteer coach for Chiefland track and field, announced the honors while head coach Lee Bell presented the plaques. Hutson was on McCall’s first track team, in 1953, along with Greg Jenkins, Leo Cason and the late Jeff Sheffield. Cason waved to the fans on hand as he was introduced by Hutson.

  • Two Gilchrist deputies slain

    Corrected spelling of Deputy Taylor Lindsey's last name

    Corrected age of Sgt. Ramirez

    Added shooters name.

  • Zidonik, Cunningham fire top scores at women’s invitational

    The Chiefland Women’s Golf Association hosted their annual Invitational Tournament at Chiefland Country Club and Golf Course April 11.

    The annual event brings ladies from throughout northern Florida, including Gainesville and Lake City. Fifty-six lady golfers participated in this year’s tournament.

    The two-person teams played alternating shots on the first nine holes and a scramble on the back nine.

    The duo of Tara Zidonik and Robin Cunningham finished with low gross for the tournament, while Terri Harris and Terry Biede captured low net.

    In the second flight, Patty Sullivan and Yvonne Currie netted low gross, and Shirley Meggs and Deanna Kreuter posted the low net.

    The third flight low gross went to Glenda Rewis and Leanne Philpot; Denise Boyle and Betty Beck collected the low net in the flight.