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Today's News

  • Drew becomes certified commissioner

     The Florida Association of Counties (FAC) presented Levy County Commissioner Marsha Drew with the Certified County Commissioner (CCC) designation following her completion of a comprehensive study program developed by the association. Commissioner Drew received the designation during an awards ceremony held at the FAC Annual Conference in Hillsborough.

  • Bowers has busy week with A’s

    Well, that didn’t last long.

    Chiefland High School graduate and Oakland Athletics relief pitcher Cedrick Bowers was demoted to Triple A last week to make room for starter Dallas Braden.

    But last Sunday, only a few days after he was shipped down, he was recalled to the A’s roster and sent back to the bullpen.

    Bowers was called back up because Oakland placed starting pitcher Ben Sheets on the disabled list with a strained right elbow.

    Bowers reported to Sacramento to work on his approach against left-handed hitters.

  • Camp Safe Haven helps children cope with loss

    Haven Hospice’s Healing Hearts program hosted eight children at Camp Safe Haven on July 17 at First Baptist Church in Williston. The day camp, designed for children ages 6 to 12 who have experienced the loss of a loved one, provides an opportunity to have fun with their peers as well as sharing experiences. 

  • Notice for Cedar Key FFA members

    Cedar Key FFA members! If you want to attend the national FFA meeting in Indianapolis, Ind., in October you MUST contact Adviser Dennis Voyles before Aug. 15 to reserve your room. Please call him at 352-339-2034 or email at davoyles@aol.com.

  • Williston grad thriving in minors

    Looks like Williston High School graduate Jiwan James is making waves in the Philadelphia Phillies organization.

    James, 21, a switch-hitting outfielder for the Class A Lakewood BlueClaws minor-league team, extended his hitting streak to 22 games last week, setting a new record for the franchise and setting the longest hitting streak so far this season for the South Atlantic League. On Sunday, however, James ended his streak at 24 games against Kannapolis.

  • Educating kids, Saving lives

    Students filed into a classroom last Thursday at Chiefland High School, well aware that they would see some solemn examples of the terrible things that can happen behind the wheel of a vehicle.

    About 15 participants, primarily from Chiefland and a few from Dixie County, were attending a session of the Levy County Teen Driver Improvement Program. The free course shows young drivers the consequences of operating a car while impaired or distracted.

  • Community Calendar

    Friday

    VFW dinner

    The VFW Post No. 5625, 1104 S. Main St., Chiefland, is hosting Friday Night Dinners from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

    On the menu are spaghetti and meatballs, salad, bread and dessert. The menu for July 30 will be baked ziti, salad, garlic bread and dessert.

    The club also serves sandwiches every Wednesday from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

    Saturday

    John Sikorski headlines    Haven Roadshow

  • Geocaching Contest ends July 31

    A geocaching contest sponsored by Pure Water Wilderness has ninegeocaches in the area. Find them, complete the entry form at  www.PureWateWilderness.com, and answer the questions by 5 p.m, July 31, for a chance to win some nice prizes.

  • Chiefland Fire Rescue wants Otter Creek contract

    Homeowners in the town of Otter Creek and the surrounding unincorporated Levy County area are seeing their insurance premiums go up and need relief.

    One solution, said Town Attorney Brent Baris, is to contract fire service coverage with the Chiefland Fire Department.

    But that brings up the sticky wicket of keeping fire assessment money collected from county residents for fire protection in Fire District No. 13 separate from money used to provide services within the township whose residents don't pay the fire assessment.

  • Bronson gets new principal

    Kevin Whitaker has been selected as the new principal at Bronson Middle/High School.

    Whitaker replaces Valerie Boughanem, who is the School Board of Levy County's new district Exceptional Student Education coordinator.

    Whitaker has 22 years of experience in education, starting as a football and weightlifting coach at Chiefland High School. His passions transitioned to administration, he said, and he has spent the past five years in assistant principal roles at Trenton, Bell and Branford. He was also selected as the Teacher of the Year at Newberry High School in 2004.