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Today's News

  • Souring dairy prices hit area farms

    “Milk,” according to an ad campaign in the early ‘90s, “does a body good.” But a body can only drink so much milk, and right now the market is literally flooded with the white, creamy beverage, causing the price to fall drastically. “It’s affecting the dairy men severely,”

    Maggie Murphy, director of number services for Southeast Milk Inc., said in a phone interview on Friday. “They haven’t had prices this low since 1979. Meanwhile, their costs are from 2009.”

  • Qualifying closes Friday in Bronson election

    Three seats are open in the Sept. 8 Bronson Town Council elections and qualifying has already brought two challengers and plans for a political rally on Aug. 29 at Bronson Youth League Park.

    Up for election are the seats held by: Aaron Edmondson in Seat One, Vice Mayor Beatrice Mongo in Seat Three and Melody LaFlam in Seat Five.

    Restaurant owner Jim Beck, who heads the town’s Sewer Committee, has announced he will seek the seat held by Edmundson.

  • School board, union clash on teacher pay

    Levy County Education Association President Cindy Roach says a recent change to school board policy, designed to save the district money, could end up costing more than it saves.

    In Tuesday’s meeting of the Levy County School Board, the board held a public hearing on three proposed changes to board policy.

    The first, pertaining to a plan to return to weighted GPAs in order to more fairly determine valedictorians and salutatorians, passed with minimal comment.

  • Letter: Librarian is thankful

    Levy County Public Library System's summer programs will end this week.

    Thank you to all the parents and daycares that made them a huge success. Summer programs are always fun at the library.

    Regular monthly programs will be starting again in September for the school year. Please contact your local librarian for specific dates and details.

    Thank you to all of our community helpers:

    Family and Consumer Sciences Levy County Extension which provide weekly healthy snacks and handouts;

  • Could Washington be right?

    Last week, the news came that the cash for clunkers program ran out of money in a week.

    And there was just a hopeful murmur out of Washington that the recession may be bottoming out.

    Here in Levy where more than 1 in 10 folks is unemployed, there might have been some agreement--especially in Chiefland where there are hopeful signs of an economy working hard to recover. Behind First Baptist Church, the $220,000 Harmony Baptist Pregnancy Center is being built.

  • Countdown starts to Monday's opening football practice

    They’re counting down the days to the start of football practice in Levy County. First day of practice is Monday, Aug. 10. Chiefland Indians will walk into the locker room at 10 a.m. Monday, and won’t be seen in public again until Aug. 13, the first day of full-contact practice.

    “We take their cellphones, their car keys " we’re going to shield them from the distractions of the outside world, so they can focus on their team,” said Chiefland football head coach Ajay Ulmer.

  • Anderson, Weatherford join Indians football staff

    Just in the nick of time, Chiefland football has finally found a new JV head football coach.

    Lt. Jimmy Anderson, a longtime youth coach for CAAA in both baseball and football, has agreed to take on the mantle of JV head coach.

    David Weatherford, Anderson’s longtime counterpart in youth football, will join him as JV assistant. Both will assist Chiefland football head coach Ajay Ulmer with varsity duties.

  • Indians find success in the Gopher State

    When Chiefland linebacker Jimmie Gunn went up to Minnesota State University at Mankato, there to become an All-North Central Conference First Team defender, he probably didn’t know his trek would inspire a migration.

    This year, five Chiefland High School grads, including All-Area athlete Cantrell Richardson and his cousin Marquis Jackson, will make the trek up to Mankato as part of the College Access Program (CAP). Jackson, a near cousin of Gunn’s who first visited the campus in his freshman year, decided several years ago that he wanted to go to MSU-Mankato.

  • Breaking News: U.S. Sen. Mel Martinez to announce his resignation at 3 p.m. press conference in Orlando.
  • Buie defeats Monyei to stay on commission

    Incumbent Chiefland City Commissioner Frank Buie defeated former Commissioner Alice Monyei 152 to 94 in their third race for the Group 1 seat in six years.

    The two vied for the only race on Tuesday's ballot today. The other two city commissioners up for election this year, Rollin Hudson and Sammy Cason, were both re-elected without opposition.