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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Where do the Ten Commandments belong?

    So a move is afoot in Levy County to place a Ten Commandments monument on the grounds of the county courthouse.

    The county commission last week OK’d guidelines for monuments on the courthouse lawns.

    We have one at the Chiefland City Hall. It’s a huge black and white monolith. It’s there because the Chiefland Commission expressed the need for more prayer in the community.

    I pass it at least once a day during the week.

    I often use the sighting as a mental test to see if I can still remember all 10 directions.

  • Rivals back together again

    D.J. Bowers and Joey Harris are back together on the baseball diamond. As kids, they always loved to play the game, hoping someday they'd be in the pros. Now, all these years later, the dream still lives for both of them, even if the path isn't the one they expected.

  • Huddle House earns award

    Chiefland's Huddle House restaurant has been honored as the best in the South Region.

    The local store received a $5,000 check from Mike Weimer, CEO, and is eligible for the overall "Best of the Best" honor which will be presented at a convention in Orlando this weekend.

    The top award is $15,000.

    Earnest Burch has been the manager of the store for about nine months, but has been with Huddle House for 10 years "off and on." The "off" part included a stint with the U.S. Army during which time he was stationed in Germany.

  • Accident fees dry up

    The Legislature has banned cities and counties from seeking reimbursement from insurance companies and motorists for handling vehicle accidents, which money will be a bit tight for Chiefland Police Department equipment.

    “We had a good run with it,” said Mayor Teal Pomeroy. “But it looks like the out-of-state companies which administer the program were beaten by the out-of-state insurance companies.”

  • City finances in good shape

    The city of Chiefland’s financial health received an “unqualified” endorsement, the highest available from its auditor, Robert Beauchamp.

    Beauchamp, who delivered his report on the state of city revenues and spending at Monday evening’s commission meeting, commended the city staff for its helpfulness and their attention to properly handling public funds.

    “They do a great job; they’re a great staff,” he said.

  • Exotic animal hearing scheduled for August

    The owners of a controversial exotic animal sanctuary in the Small Farms subdivision has filed a request for a special exception to zoning regulations to allow them to keep the lion, tiger, bear, two chimpanzees they have on the property.

  • Visitors Bureau meets local businesses

    The Levy County Visitors Bureau met with area businesses in Cedar Key this week to discuss how the agency works to promote local tourism.

    “I would like to make this an annual event – maybe in May with Tourism Week,” said Carol McQueen, Executive Director of the Visitors Bureau. “We collect a tax and I think people want to know what we do with it.”

  • Football as guide to life at All-Star camp

    Bronson football hosts Mo Mitchell's All-Star Football Camp this Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Mitchell, a former offensive lineman for the University of Florida and current assistant coach for Bronson High School, says his motives for starting the camp range from wanting to give kids something to do during the summer to wanting to offer area youth a role model for success in life.

    “When Carter (Bronson assistant Carter Johnson) and I started talking about doing the camp, we were just hoping to show the community some positive role models,” Mitchell said.

  • Chiefland High to get new principal

    Superintendent Robert Hastings announced Tuesday the arrival of two newcomers to the Levy County School District.

    "I don't mind telling you that I actively recruited Bill and Gina Tovine," Hastings said. The Tovines can help our students achieve great things, he said. "And that's what it's all about."

    Dr. Gina Tovine will be the new Assistant Superintendent as of July 1. Bill Tovine will begin his duties as principal of Chiefland High School on June 25.