Today's News

  • Education briefs

    n College of Central Florida offering computer courses

    The College of Central Florida Levy Center is offering two courses to help computer users keep their machines in top condition.

    First, the school is holding a Computer Repair and Troubleshooting course, scheduled for Aug. 6 and Aug. 13. Class time is slated to be 9 a.m. to noon. Participants will learn how to disassemble, configure and assemble the basic computer; and how to install the Windows Operating System. They also will learn about computer maintenance, upgrade and repair.

  • GED offers MORE for college

    The College of Central Florida's successful Adult Education Program, which serves about 750 students per year, wants to do more than bestow Florida High School diplomas and General Equivalency Diplomas to students.

    The program's seven educators at the Levy Center want to help graduates get something MORE — a successful entrance and graduation from college.

  • UMC Chiefland has new pastor

       The Rev. Terry Wines is the new senior pastor for the First United Methodist Church of Chiefland, moving over from Shingle Creek United Methodist Church in Kissimmee. Wines was at Shingle Creek for six years.

       Wines, and his wife, Amelia, will be taking over while Pastor Bill Knight is on sabbatical and his wife, Terry Knight, moves to serve Ellzey United Methodist Church.

  • Regarding Lubcho

    In the year since I wrote the column in the Chiefland Citizen asking our community to assist Lubcho Michevski in returning to his native Bulgaria, literally hundreds of people have offered help.

    Money, translators and people in government positions have come forward.

    The money is still being held for Lubcho’s needs. However, several personal checks were sent and they have been returned as we wait on Lubcho’s decision about his future.

  • Drew becomes certified commissioner

     The Florida Association of Counties (FAC) presented Levy County Commissioner Marsha Drew with the Certified County Commissioner (CCC) designation following her completion of a comprehensive study program developed by the association. Commissioner Drew received the designation during an awards ceremony held at the FAC Annual Conference in Hillsborough.

  • Bowers has busy week with A’s

    Well, that didn’t last long.

    Chiefland High School graduate and Oakland Athletics relief pitcher Cedrick Bowers was demoted to Triple A last week to make room for starter Dallas Braden.

    But last Sunday, only a few days after he was shipped down, he was recalled to the A’s roster and sent back to the bullpen.

    Bowers was called back up because Oakland placed starting pitcher Ben Sheets on the disabled list with a strained right elbow.

    Bowers reported to Sacramento to work on his approach against left-handed hitters.

  • Camp Safe Haven helps children cope with loss

    Haven Hospice’s Healing Hearts program hosted eight children at Camp Safe Haven on July 17 at First Baptist Church in Williston. The day camp, designed for children ages 6 to 12 who have experienced the loss of a loved one, provides an opportunity to have fun with their peers as well as sharing experiences. 

  • Notice for Cedar Key FFA members

    Cedar Key FFA members! If you want to attend the national FFA meeting in Indianapolis, Ind., in October you MUST contact Adviser Dennis Voyles before Aug. 15 to reserve your room. Please call him at 352-339-2034 or email at davoyles@aol.com.

  • Williston grad thriving in minors

    Looks like Williston High School graduate Jiwan James is making waves in the Philadelphia Phillies organization.

    James, 21, a switch-hitting outfielder for the Class A Lakewood BlueClaws minor-league team, extended his hitting streak to 22 games last week, setting a new record for the franchise and setting the longest hitting streak so far this season for the South Atlantic League. On Sunday, however, James ended his streak at 24 games against Kannapolis.

  • Educating kids, Saving lives

    Students filed into a classroom last Thursday at Chiefland High School, well aware that they would see some solemn examples of the terrible things that can happen behind the wheel of a vehicle.

    About 15 participants, primarily from Chiefland and a few from Dixie County, were attending a session of the Levy County Teen Driver Improvement Program. The free course shows young drivers the consequences of operating a car while impaired or distracted.