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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Full results from Babe Ruth State T-Ball Tournament at Chiefland

    Thursday:

    Belleview B def. Okeeheelee Sandlot 30-3

    Wellswood Black def. Oviedo Knights 18-4

    Julington Creek def. Branford 24-3

    Tanglewood def. Santa Fe 17-7

    Julington Creek def. Bradford 18-6

    Middleburg def. Micanopy 18-6

    San Jose def. Chiefland 22-10

    Middleburg def. Madison County 18-11

    Miami def. Palatka 17-2

    Eagle Lake def. Oviedo Hurricanes 15-5

    Palm Beach Gardens def. Miami 18-5

    Wellswood Red def. Belleview A 18-4

    Okeeheelee Heat def. Winter Haven 22-8

  • Two commissioners re-elected without opposition

    Incumbents Rollin Hudson Jr. and Sammy Cason, who drew no opposition at the close of qualifying for city elections, have won new terms, said City Clerk Mary Ellzey. In the only remaining race, incumbent Commissioner Frank Buie was not so lucky. He is being challenged by former Commissioner Alice Monyei in the Aug. 4 election. Qualifying opened at 8 a.m. Monday and closed at 4:30 Friday.  

  • Officials raid grow house in Chiefland

    A tip to the Levy County Sheriff’s Office resulted in officers raiding an indoor pot growing operation south of Chiefland shortly before midnight Tuesday night with 62 full grown potted marijuana plants.

    One man was arrested, but officers are seeking a second man who jumped through the window of the home and fled wearing only a pair of shorts through a prickly pear patch. Officers said Jesus Lopez was not wearing a short or shoes at the time he escaped.

  • Levy County earns a B in school grades

    The Florida Department of Education released school grades last week, giving the Levy County School District as a whole a B grade, the same it received last year.

    “We are proud of our schools, proud of our teachers,” said Patrick Wnek, Director of Curriculum. “We want to congratulate our students and teachers for a job well done – of course, parents play a big role in that as well.”

    Eight schools in the county received an A, including all elementary and middle schools, as well as Cedar Key School.