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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Memories for Father's Day

    There's a story I told at my father's funeral a few years ago that gave an indication of what type of person he was.

    I was somewhere in my tender years, under the age of 10, when he took me to a baseball game at Yankee Stadium, where the Yankees were playing the St. Louis Browns (had to be 1953 or before, since the Browns ceased to exist in 1954, moving to Baltimore).

    A good way through the game the Browns had to summon a relief pitcher (something they did quite often) and the seemingly old man ambled in from the bullpen, which was deep in the outfield.

  • To the moon, Lou

    As a child of the 50s, I am part of the generation that saw humans fly into space and came to believe that if we applied ourselves to a problem it could be solved - especially if we applied ourselves to science, engineering and math.

    The news that the Soviets (remember them?) had put a man into space sent us into a frenzy.

    We watched President Kennedy's challenge to reach the moon in 10 years.

    I remember the nuns hustling us out of class one day to look up at the sky for a "really tiny reflection of light."

  • T-Ball team wins district

    During the regular season for Chiefland Area Athletic Association, my T-Ball team won the league championship. When it came all-star selection I was selected as the T-ball All-star Manager, We started practicing two weeks ago to prepare for the district and state tournaments. This past week, starting on Friday, June 12, we played our first District 6 T-Ball tournament in Starke along with four other teams; Palatka, Bradford A, Bradford B, and Santa Fe.

  • Arrington returns as volleyball coach

    She's excited to coach volleyball. She hates the circumstances. Those two sentiments carry about equal weight in Tammy Arrington's mind right now. Arrington, who was a prior volleyball head coach and softball assistant at Chiefland, was recently tapped to succeed CHS volleyball head coach Emily Gore. Gore's teaching contract was one of those not renewed in this spring's round of budget cuts in the Levy County school district.

    "I hate to see Emily go," Arrington says.