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Today's News

  • Economy puts squeeze on festivals

    The Levy County Tourist Development Tax, paid by guests at hotels, motels, RV parks and other rental places with a six-month limit on occupancy, are dropping and the county Tourism Development Council has been forced to be choosy about where it spends the taxes.

    In its meeting June 25 to review grant applications for the November 2009 to October 2010 cycle, the council’s first action was to drop applications from new events that had not complied with paperwork requirements or provided a budget.

  • Storm surge project advances

    With help from local fishermen, guides and clam farmers, a mass-cooperative effort among local, state and national agencies to more accurately predict storm surge off the coast of Levy County is nearly complete.

    New storm tide markers based on accurate Mean Sea Level readings have been placed around Cedar Key and Yankeetown and will allow municipal emergency responders to work closely with the National Weather Service in Ruskin – resulting in more accurate data to determine storm surge behavior.

  • Local farmer honored

    Jack Meeks of Chiefland was among 26 Suwannee and Santa Fe River Basin farmers and ranchers who were recognized for their superior natural resource stewardship during the 9th Annual CARES dinner held at the Dwight Stansel farm in Suwannee County on June 25.

    These agricultural producers have implemented verifiable state-of-the-art management strategies known as Best Management Practices (BMPs) on their properties in the basin.

  • Fall sports calendar

    FRIDAY, AUG. 28

    High School Football

    Suwannee County at Chiefland (preseason classic), 7:30 p.m.

    Oak Hall at Bronson (preseason classic)

    Williston at Bradford (Starke), (preseason classic), 7:30 p.m.

    THURSDAY, SEPT. 3

    JV Football

    Williston at P.K. Yonge, 7 p.m.

    FRIDAY, SEPT. 4

    High School Football

    Chiefland at Hawthorne, 7:30 p.m.

    Trenton at Bronson, 7:30 p.m.

    Williston at P.K. Yonge, 7:30 p.m.

    THURSDAY, SEPT. 10

    JVee^Football

  • Marathon man

    Maybe it wasn't a lifelong dream, but it sure felt like it. Chiefland Citizen and Williston Pioneer photographer Dave Colón recently completed his first marathon, the big race that all runners dream of. It was the culmination of 10 years of learning and running, and, he hopes, the beginning of a long and wonderful adventure.

  • One less fee for drivers

    There's been a lot of talk the past few years about cities and counties charging accident victims for the response of emergency personnel to their mishaps.

    Williston went round and round about it some time ago, and Chiefland implemented it.

    Ocala and Belleview in Marion County have done it.

    But it won't happen any more ... not in Florida.

    The Legislature passed, and the governor signed, Senate Bill 2282, which took effect July 1.

    Part 1 of each section, one dealing with counties and the other with cities, reads:

  • Softball State Tournament schedules revised

    Softball state tournament schedules

    Three teams from Chiefland will compete in the Babe Ruth State Softball Tournament at Ponte Vedra: 8u, 10u and 16u. The tournament will be held at Davis Park in Ponte Vedra from July 1-5. Below are first day schedules with expected schedules after the first win or loss. This is a double-elimination bracket.

    Wednesday

    8u Chiefland vs. Altamonte at 7:30 p.m. Winner plays Thursday at 12:15 p.m.; loser plays Friday at 9 a.m.

  • Mitchell's camp a thrill for the youngsters

    Big Mo Mitchell showed once again why he was the terror of the Southeastern Conference last week, as he completed pass after pass with defenders hanging off him. Mitchell, a former University of Florida offensive lineman and current Bronson football assistant coach, nevertheless took the snaps and drove his team forward against upstart challenger Jake Williams, a defensive menace on last year's Bronson Eagle squad.

  • School calendar 2009-2010

    August

    August 24 - School Begins

    September

    September 7 - Labor Day (No School)

    September 9 - Early Release Day

    September 23 - Early Release Day

    October

    October 7 - Early Release Day

    October 12 - FTE Week (10/12 - 10/16)

    October 19 - FCAT for New Students/Retakes Grades 11&12 (10/19-10/23)

    October 21 - Early Release Day

    October 23 - End 1st Grading Period (44 days)

    October 26 - Teacher Workday (No School)

    November

    November 4 - Distribute Report Cards

  • Chiefland All-Stars fall early

    Following an overwhelming loss at the hands of the San Jose All-Stars, Chiefland t-ball all stars got briefly back on track Friday morning by knocking out Micanopy 18-1. Micanopy had lost to Middleburg 18-6 in the first round.

    “We played pretty decent game against Micanopy,” said Chiefland head coach Wayne Weatherford.