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Today's News

  • FEMA at work to provide help in Fowlers Bluff

    The big golden brown vehicle looks a lot like an RV on a visit to Fowlers Bluff just sitting outside the Volunteer Fire Department building, but the big dish on top says it is much more.

    FEMA — the Federal Emergency Management Agency — has sent the big bus known as a Disaster Recovery Center and a team of workers to help the residents affected by the spring flooding between March 26 and May 5 on the Suwannee River.

  • The future of our springs

    Levy County's two major springs, Fanning and Manatee, are considered important gems in the crown of Florida's fresh water system. However, experts warn that without cooperation among planners, residents and agricultural and industrial systems, the springs could be damaged beyond repair.

  • Custodian keeps job ... for now

    Chiefland Elementary School’s Head Custodian Dan Clark received notice Friday that he is facing termination of employment based on accusations of willful insubordination and timecard dishonesty.

    Superintendent Robert Hastings asked the School Board Tuesday to suspend Clark’s employment without pay until the next board meeting when he would recommend termination.

    Hastings said that Clark has neglected his duties, failed to accurately report his time, returned late after lunch, and repeatedly parked in the wrong place.

  • State budget concerns Bembry

    State Representative Leonard Bembry, D-Greenville, visited Cedar Key last week and commented on the recently passed state budget.

    “What concerns me with the whole budget is taking $3.5 billion of stimulus money to balance the budget,” Bembry said. “Taking one-time money to borrow your way out of debt doesn’t work.”

    Bembry said he finds Florida’s finances worrisome.

    “Our debt has doubled since 2002 – the amount of bonding has doubled,” Bembry said. “And our revenue has decreased by 25 percent.”

  • CFCC receives $20,000 grant for literacy

    Reinforcing its commitment to help people gain basic literacy skills, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation announced that it has awarded Central Florida Community College with a $20,000 grant. Central Florida Community College will use the funds to further its literacy and basic education outreach efforts.

  • Memories on Memorial Day

    White grave markers and bright red, white and blue flags as far as the eye could see … that was my first impression of Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell the first time I went around Memorial Day several years ago.

    There are those buried there who gave their lives in service of their country, but there are many more who served honorably, came home and lived full and productive lives, as my father did. Also buried there are their spouses, such as my mother.

  • A student's plea: Save our coach

    Editor: My name is Cheri, some know me by C.J. At this current moment I'm an 11th grade student here at Chiefland High school. I wanted next year to be the best year here for me and a lot of other students at Chiefland High, knowing that it is going to be the last year for a lot of us. Unfortunately it won't be. Why, you ask? Well, it's not that we are taking a cut in games for some sports, or that the lunches may not always be what we expect them to be, even though they have been a lot better. No, it's neither. It won't be such a good year here because some of our teachers have been cut.

  • Friday Night Lights return to Chiefland

    Set your clocks for Indian time: Chiefland football hosts Fort White in the spring game this Friday at 6 p.m. Head coach Ajay Ulmer says despite graduating plenty of talent, the Indians are loading up for a good spring contest.

    “We're pretty thin as far as numbers – we'll dress about 37 guys and have a bunch of guys playing both ways,” he said.

    “We've been doing a lot of conditioning, though, and we're probably in as good a shape as we've been in since I've been here.”

  • Friday Night Lights return to Chiefland

    Set your clocks for Indian time: Chiefland football hosts Ft. White in the spring game this Friday at 6 p.m. Head coach Ajay Ulmer says despite graduating plenty of talent, the Indians are loading up for a good spring contest.

    “We're pretty thin as far as numbers – we'll dress about 37 guys and have a bunch of guys playing both ways,” he said.

    “We've been doing a lot of conditioning, though, and we're probably in as good a shape as we've been in since I've been here.”

  • One coach, generations of champions

    What is the secret to Coach Wendell Corbin's success: 40 years teaching and coaching, more than 5,000  students and athletes taught and 74 state champions in track and field?

    “I always treated my athletes like my own family.”