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Today's News

  • Teen driving classes making the streets safer in Levy County

    It's no secret that teenagers and driving can be a risky combination. According the U.S. Department of Transportation, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among 15- to 20-year olds. Levy County, with its open rural roads and highways, also has its share of teen fatalities from car accidents. This year alone, four Williston teenagers have been killed, three of whom died in Marion County. Most recently, 16-year-old Thoedore Radacky was killed June 15, after losing control of his car on State Road 121.

  • Pomeroy wins unopposed in city election

    It's getting close to election time in the City of Chiefland.  The commission seats in Groups 2 and 4 are up, however, Mayor Teal Pomeroy, who qualified last week, is unopposed and keeps his Group 2 seat. Vice-Mayor Teresa Barron is being challenged by Betty Walker, a former Chiefland city commissioner and mayor who served the city from 1997 to 2007, in the Group 4 race. Both candidates are longtime Chiefland residents.  Barron, a Republican, said she's served on the commission since 2004, serving as mayor for one year.

  • Familiar faces on ballot in Levy

    When voters in Levy County head to the polls most of the names they encounter will be familiar. And of course, there will be several offices they won’t see on the ballot because candidates did not draw any opposition by the time candidate qualifying closed at noon on Friday, June 18. They include the three seats on the Levy County School Board and three 8th Judicial Circuit judges. School Board Member Cameron Asbell of Archer, appointed one year ago by Gov.

  • Citizen and Pioneer staff win 8 awards in annual Florida Press Association contest

    Reporters and editors for the Chiefland Citizen and the Williston Pioneer walked away last week with eight writing awards from the Florida Press Association during its annual luncheon celebrating its Better Newspaper Contest. Citizen Editor Lou Elliott Jones took third place in Serious Column Writing for “Where do the Ten Commandments belong?”  In it, Jones asks the question, “When did it stop being the job of religions, churches and pastors to be the physical keepers and teachers of the Commandments and become government’s job to post and remin

  • Rotarians learn ins and outs of worm business

    Jane Maxwell looks like the sort of woman who would spend her days in a garden banishing weeds and bugs and producing luscious looking flowers that would be the envy of the neighborhood. She instead spends her days building a business that turns dairy cow manure into worm castings that can be black gold for those faux Martha Stewart gardeners. Maxwell was the keynote speaker at the Chiefland Rotary Club on June 9, where she acquainted the 40 members with the almost scentless product produced when thousands of earthworms digest and expel the manure. 

  • Deputy wins Olympic gold

    Tom Martin, an investigator for the Levy County Sheriff's Office, won the gold medal in the 220-pound weight class in the bench press competition at the 2010 Florida Police & Fire Games this week.  Martin bench-pressed 465 pounds. He was crowned as the strongest man in the Police & Fire Fighter Olympic competition. 

  • Grants may help make walk to school safer

    During the School Board of Levy County's semi-monthly meeting Tuesday, Assistant Superintendent Dr. Gina Tovine informed the board of a proposal to improve sidewalks and pedestrian areas near schools in Chiefland and Williston. The school district, working with committees consisting of school principals and city officials, applied in April for a federal grant through the Florida Department of Transportation for money to encourage children to walk and bicycle to school.

  • Farm Bureau scholarships

    Levy County Farm Bureau awarded $500 college scholarships to three area students on Monday. From left to right, Craig Bost, Jamey Nash, Craig Mikell, and scholarship recipients Kelby Barber (Bronson High School) and Lacee Lane (Chiefland High School). Not pictured is Williston High School scholarship recipient J.C. Jordan. 

  • Levy County schools still eligible for Race to the Top funds

    The School Board of Levy County is eligible for $1.1 million over four years from the federal Race to the Top fund, according to Superintendent Bob Hastings. Speaking before the school board on Tuesday, Hastings said he received word from the Florida Department of Education that Levy County was still eligible for the money from the federal education program. The superintendent, school board president and teachers union president from each of Florida's school districts were required to sign a Memorandum of Understanding to originally be considered for the funding

  • Community Calendar

    Friday   Merle Norman Ribbon Cutting The Greater Area Chiefland Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a ribbon cutting for one of its newest members Merle Norman Cosmetics. The even is at 1:15 p.m. at 1125 N.W. 19th Ave.