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Today's News

  • The School Zone

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  • The School Zone

    Upcoming Activities, Events and Other School Information

    All Schools:

    Dec. 20-Jan. 5 Christmas and New Year’s Holiday

    Jan. 6-Students Return

    Chiefland Elementary School: 493-6040

    Now through Jan. 16- preorder CES Yearbooks on sale for $17 each

    Send in “Box Tops for Education” and check for expired dates.

    Chiefland Middle School: 493-6025

    Dec. 15-CMS Basketball G/B vs Trenton 4/5 p.m. AWAY

    Jan. 8-CMS Basketball G/B vs Lake Butler @ 5/6:30 p.m. AWAY

  • Parkin is Sunshine Scholar

    Bronson High School senior Sarah Parkin was named the 2009 Sunshine State Scholar for Levy County School District last week. The award recognizes the state’s top 95 students, Florida’s crème de la crème, in math and science. Sarah is one of 15 who will represent the North Central Region in the January 2009 state competition. The top 10 regional competitors will compete in the finale at Tallahassee in March. Sarah has earned 4.5 math credits and 5 science credits with straight A’s. Her weighted GPA is 4.37.

  • Progress Energy open house draws crowd

    CRYSTAL RIVER — Residents swarmed the National Guard Armory in Crystal River Tuesday to look

     

    at maps of the potential routes of Progress Energy Florida’s new

    transmission lines.

    “We sent out about 6,000 letters in the whole area,” said Gail T. Simpson,

    manager, public policy and constituency relations for Progress Energy.

    By a rough estimate, at least 500 residents attended Tuesday’s open house.

    The parking lot at the armory was overflowing.

  • County Budget Picture Murky

    Levy County’s finances are a mixed bag and commissioners may wish they could read tea leaves to know the county’s future.

    Clerk of Court Danny Shipp and Sheila Rees, head of county finance, gave a report on county revenues and expenditures during Tuesday’s Board of County Commissioners’ meeting that was neither glowing or dismal.

    For the first three months of the fiscal year revenues estimated general fund revenues are up with Rees estimating the county will receive $5,321,042 for the period when the commission had budgeted $5,173,241.

  • Visitors learn how manatees are tracked

    Folks both young and old braved the cold to come out Saturday morning to Manatee Springs State Park, where members of the U.S. Geological Survey’s Sirenia Project held an informative exhibition on the exciting technologies and techniques used in tracking area manatee populations.

    In addition to traditional VHF tracking methods, visitors were also shown new, high-tech digital and GPS (Global Positioning Satellite) tags, which allow researchers to update tagged manatee positions every 15 to 20 minutes and pinpoint their location to within several yards.

  • Bid protest set aside

    The Chiefland City Commission has set aside a bid protest filed by an Illinois company over a pump for the city’s wastewater operation because it came late and the product was too expensive.

    Laurie Copeland, city project and finance coordinator, said the request for bids on the pump said bids could be submitted for diesel or gas-fueled pumps, that the city only intended to spend $47,000 on the pump, and the city reserved the right to waive certain specifications.

  • Property appraiser moves closer to the public

    It was his ninth day in office and Levy County Property Appraiser Osborn “Oz” Barker was restless.

    He’s eager to get to work, but first there is a week of training in Tallahassee. When he returns he will be on the move. He has his Bible and a copy of “God’s Promises to You,” by Max Lucado on his temporary desk in the old office occupied by his predecessor Francis Akins.

    Barker’s Christian beliefs are well known. He makes no secret that he seeks to walk with Jesus.

  • Orlando man accused of Wal-Mart thefts

    An Orlando man charged with attempting to steal about $1,600 in merchandise from Wal-Mart Supercenter in Chiefland was arrested in a car containing merchandise similar to that in the store incident.

    Wal-Mart security officer Mike Flowers recognized Willis Jerome Gilbert while the Orlando resident was in the store on Saturday, Jan. 10.

    While the police report said Flowers recognized Gilbert from a flier circulated by Wal-Mart, Flowers told police he recognized him from an incident in the store in June in connection with forgery charges.

  • St. Johns donate 121 acres to CFCC

    The Central Florida Community College Foundation has received a gift of land from Ron and Marcia St. John of Trenton. The donation of 121 acres in Gilchrist County supports the college’s Promise for the Future campaign to build a permanent Levy Campus just north of Chiefland on U.S. 19.

    The St. Johns were among the first to pledge support for the campaign and to become involved in garnering additional support from the community for the project.