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Today's News

  • Refuge Week seeks to enlighten visitors

    The sunlight strained at the edges between clusters of bromeliad-laden tupelo trees, water oaks and cabbage palms.  

    Thin shafts of light breaking through the canopy revealed flitting birds and clouds of mosquitoes hovering over black water dotted with the heart-shaped leaves of cow lilies.

    Snakes, in search of prey, slithered in and out of the murk below, and fiddler crabs scurried over rocks and tiny islands of gnarled tree roots.

  • Chiefland Elementary Fall Festival Tonight

    Fall is here and Chiefland Elementary School is ready to celebrate.  The CES PTO is sponsoring the annual Fall Festival on Friday, Oct. 23, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the school.  

    Everyone in the community is welcome to attend, and all proceeds go to the school.  We have many fun activities planned, and you can play each for only 25 cents.

  • CFCC Course Offerings

    • GED prep starts now

    Central Florida Community College encourages adults who would like to earn a GED to prepare now.

    Before beginning the General Education Development Test program, students must complete the 12-hour introduction to adult education course, which helps them identify strengths and set educational goals. All adult education programs are free.

  • County waits on cities to act on water authority

    Once again Levy County has put off taking any action on joining any government utility authority until all of the municipalities reply to Chiefland Mayor Teal Pomeroy's proposal that the county form one of its own.

    The Levy County Board of Commissioners met Tuesday and one of the items on the agenda was Pomeroy's letter to the other seven cities in the county to form a countywide water authority.

     While the commission did not discuss it, they also received a letter from Fanning Springs Mayor Cheryl Nekola and City Commission Chair Whitney “Stoney” Smith.

  • Swine vaccine is now available

    The Levy County Health Department received its first shipment of H1N1 (Swine) flu vaccines — approximately 1,600 doses — late Tuesday, Oct. 13, and will make it available on Tuesday, Oct. 20.

    While more shipments are expected, the vaccine is in limited supply, so the Health Department is following vaccination recommendations made by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP).

    Those recommendations call for the initial vaccination efforts to focus on five target groups:

  • Florida Prepaid College Plans Open Enrollment starts this week

    There aren’t many things in life that are guaranteed.  But starting this week, parents can purchase a Florida Prepaid College Plan that is financially guaranteed by the state of Florida.

    With this safe and secure way to save for children’s higher education, families don’t have to worry about tuition increases or the credit crunch, and they cannot lose their money when they purchase a Florida Prepaid College Plan.

  • Indians triumph in homecoming

    Chiefland’s offense came alive late as the Indians rolled past Hamilton County 21-7 last Friday night to win their homecoming game.

    But with that test behind them, the Indians now prepare for what could be their biggest test of the season next Friday.

    After defeating the winless Trojans (0-6, 0-3 in District 1A-5), Chiefland (3-4, 2-2) has this week off to prepare for district foe Dixie County, who are undefeated in 1A-5 play this year and 6-1 overall.

  • Bronson stumbles in second half

    Bronson battled St. Joseph to a 14-14 tie at halftime last Friday night, but five Flashes touchdowns in the second half — four in the fourth quarter — were too much for the Eagles in a 48-22 defeat.

    it wasn’t just a surging St. Joseph offense that did the Eagles in, it was also penalties. The Eagles totaled 17 penalties for 125 yards, including four personal fouls.

  • Area schools eye district volleyball tourney success

     The District 2A—5 volleyball tournament kicks off next week, and both Chiefland and Bronson face big challenges at the event.

    The tournament official kicks off on Saturday with the play-in game. No. 8 seed and tournament host Bell will face No. 9 seed Hawthorne.

    No. 4 Chiefland kicks off the tournament against No. 5 Branford. The two teams last played on Oct. 14, the Indians’ Senior Night. Chiefland outlasted Branford in a four-game, 21-25, 25-20, 25-21, 25-15 victory.

  • Low enrollment to cost school district

    School Board of Levy County Superintendent Bob Hastings said on Tuesday that the school district’s full-time enrollment decreased from last year by an estimated 96 students, raising concerns about a major source of revenue for the district.

    Speaking at the school board’s meeting, Hastings said that the loss of students would directly impact the amount of funds received from the state. The district also lost about 150 students from the previous school year.

    The estimated revenue loss is expected to be $1.75 million.