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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Breaking News Detour on State Road 24 at Archer next week

    Southwest Archer Road  (State Road 24) in the town of Archer will be closed for four days next week while the railroad crossing just west of U.S. 27/41 is rebuilt, according to the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT).

    The closure, which also affects pedestrians, is scheduled to begin at 5 a.m. Tuesday, June 23 and be completed by 5 p.m. on Friday, June 26, barring any unforeseen conditions.

  • Four Williston, Morriston teens injured in accident

    Four teens who were not wearing seat belts were seriously injured on Friday evening when the truck they were riding in went out of control and overturned on County Road 339A just past State Road 500.

  • Drummond named Watermelon queen

    Erika Drummond of Chiefland was named the Watermelon Queen at the pageant held Saturday night at Chiefland Elementary School.

    First runner-up was Rachel Kee; second runner-up was Raven Wilson and Miss Congeniality was Casey Besterman.

    There was entertainment provided by Sarah Gore, and Maddie Kelley, last year's winner, choreographed the opening song and dance number.

    Candidates were questioned by the judges, with the field of 16 being trimmed to the final seven, who then had to answer another question before the audience.

  • Chiefland reverses itself on insurance

    The Chiefland City Commission reversed itself and will put the city’s insurance business up for bid, just one month after deciding it would not do so and reaffirmed Michael Michaelis of Don Martin Insurance Agency as the city’s agent.

    The 5-0 vote in Monday’s meeting came after Bill Erwin of Erwin Insurance Agency, sitting in a chair at the back of the commission room, complained to the commission about the arrangement.

  • Remembering Zana

    She was only 14 years old when she collapsed and died on Good Friday, April 10. But she touched a lot of people and made a lot of friends in the community during her short stay on Earth.

    That was made evident by the ceremony held for Zana Nicole Mason at Chiefland Middle School last week. A talk by school principal Robert Turnipseed and a prayer by the Rev. Donnell Sanders remembered the girl who played on the school's basketball team, not knowing that she had a hidden heart problem that would suddenly cause grief for her family.

  • 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.