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Today's News

  • Four Williston, Morriston teens injured in accident

    Four teens who were not wearing seat belts were seriously injured on Friday evening when the truck they were riding in went out of control and overturned on County Road 339A just past State Road 500.

  • Drummond named Watermelon queen

    Erika Drummond of Chiefland was named the Watermelon Queen at the pageant held Saturday night at Chiefland Elementary School.

    First runner-up was Rachel Kee; second runner-up was Raven Wilson and Miss Congeniality was Casey Besterman.

    There was entertainment provided by Sarah Gore, and Maddie Kelley, last year's winner, choreographed the opening song and dance number.

    Candidates were questioned by the judges, with the field of 16 being trimmed to the final seven, who then had to answer another question before the audience.

  • Chiefland reverses itself on insurance

    The Chiefland City Commission reversed itself and will put the city’s insurance business up for bid, just one month after deciding it would not do so and reaffirmed Michael Michaelis of Don Martin Insurance Agency as the city’s agent.

    The 5-0 vote in Monday’s meeting came after Bill Erwin of Erwin Insurance Agency, sitting in a chair at the back of the commission room, complained to the commission about the arrangement.

  • Remembering Zana

    She was only 14 years old when she collapsed and died on Good Friday, April 10. But she touched a lot of people and made a lot of friends in the community during her short stay on Earth.

    That was made evident by the ceremony held for Zana Nicole Mason at Chiefland Middle School last week. A talk by school principal Robert Turnipseed and a prayer by the Rev. Donnell Sanders remembered the girl who played on the school's basketball team, not knowing that she had a hidden heart problem that would suddenly cause grief for her family.

  • Hurricane exercise

    “We’re Americans. Our citizens can do more.”

    That is the assessment of Mike West, information technology officer for the Levy County Sheriff’s Office, after participating in a hurricane exercise on May 28 at Levy County Office of Emergency Management.

  • State t-ball tourney returns to Chiefland

    You'll be seeing a lot of youngsters in baseball uniforms around town at the end of this week as 23 teams, including host Chiefland, compete in the 2009 T-Ball State Tournament at Strickland Park.

    Games being Thursday at 9 a.m. and conclude Sunday.

    Here is the schedule for the teams' first games. After that, the bracket depends on whether a team wins or loses.

    Thursday

    9 a.m. Julington Creek (St. Johns County) vs. Bradford (Starke).

    9 a.m. Micanopy vs. Middleburg.

    10:30 a.m. Tanglewood (Duval County) vs. Santa Fe.

  • Hastings reorganizes school system

    In an effort to streamline costs Superintendent Bob Hastings announced the elimination of eight administrative positions Tuesday, including Director of Literacy, Director of Secondary Education, Assistant Director of MIS/ Technology, Coordinator of Testing/Attendance/Truancy, Coordinator of Supplemental Educational Services, Coordinator of ESOL, Teacher on Special Assignment over Instruction/Curriculum, and Evaluation Specialist.

    "The positions are no longer there or their responsibilities have changed," Hastings told the School Board.

  • County discusses attorney

    It was the third (month) anniversary of Commissioner Marsha Drew's appointment to the seat by Gov. Charlie Crist, but the fireworks that went off at the Levy County Commission meeting Tuesday morning were in a discussion about County Attorney Anne Bast Brown's contract and job benefits.

  • Board delays action on Lundy

    Chiefland teacher and coach Mark Lundy won't be terminated this week, after one school board member had serious misgivings about the strength of the evidence against him. At Tuesday's meeting of the Levy County School Board, Superintendent Robert Hastings asked the board to follow up on last session's action of suspending Lundy without pay, pending termination. At the current session, Hastings asked the board to proceed with termination, but Bronson board member Cameron Asbell said he wasn't ready.

  • Former teacher donates $2 million to CFCC

    Retired Chiefland High School math teacher Jack Wilkinson taught thousands and generations of students in his 45 years in the classroom.

    And the 95-year-old educator's generosity will help thousands more Levy County students reach their dreams.

    Wilkinson, who was described as "frugal with his assets," has donated $2.5 million to help jumpstart construction of the Levy County campus of Central Florida Community College.

    In return, the school's campus will be named the Jack Wilkinson Levy Campus in his honor.