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Today's News

  • Veterans service officer is coming to a location near you

    BRONSON — If you are a military veteran Mike Engle wants to meet you.

    He’s recruiting, but not to send folks back into military service, he’s looking for veterans to help them claim any services they are entitled to from the Veterans Administration.

    Engle is the Levy County Veterans Service Officer and with his staff of two he helps veterans file claims and get transportation to the VA Clinic in Gainesville.

    And with economic hardship hitting many veterans, Engle has seen an uptick in a request for services.

  • Relay for Life kicks off annual fund-raiser

    It was a celebration of healing and life Thursday night at Capitol City Bank in Chiefland, where the American Cancer Society held its annual kick-off event for this year’s Relay for Life.

    Area Relay teams, American Cancer Society representatives and local cancer survivors gathered together for a night of fun, food, planning and stories of survival.

  • FFA teams grade Dixie soil

    It was a day of tense observation at Oak Grove farm in Dixie County on Saturday, where FFA Teams from six area schools gathered for the annual Tri-County FFA Land Judging Competition.

    Students and adults from as far away as Cedar Key and Williston were in attendance for the event, where area FFA teams gathered to explore and grade for different land-sites on the farm.

    The teams were looking for seven ‘key soil characteristics’ ranging from soil erosion and permeability to surface texture and rooting zones.

  • Turf wars in Chiefland

    A simple request by a semi-pro football team to practice under the lights at Strickland Park has evolved into a turf war with the Chiefland Area Athletic Association and drawn in the City Commission, a Gilchrist County administrative assistant and the state agency that provides grants for the park.

    Two weeks ago Lee Bell of the Gulf Coast Panthers asked the commission to allow the team to practice on Monday and Wednesday evenings under the lights because the players hold down day jobs.

  • Gala raises $13,000

    When all was said and done after Saturday night’s 2009 Superintendent’s Gala, the Levy County Schools Foundation raised approximately $13,000 for scholarships for area students. The Gala, held this year at Chiefland Elementary, was attended by 240 community members and featured live music by the Central Florida Community College Patriot Jazz Combo.

    Two additions to the program this year included an award for outstanding alumni and a memorial scholarship for aspiring teachers.

  • Black History Month comes to courthouse

    Clerk of Court Danny Shipp unveiled a photographic display commemorating Black History Month in the Levy County Courthouse lobby Friday morning. The display consists of portraits of area families and individuals, including Captain Dan McQueen, born in 1860, and Jesse “Joe” Jones who died last year at the age of 100.

    This is the seventh year Shipp has teamed with local historian Carolyn Cohens to celebrate Levy County’s Black History.

  • School Zone

    Upcoming Activities, Events and Other School Information

    All Schools:

    Feb. 9-13-FTE Week Please be sure your child is in attendance, this is when the state counts students for school and district funding.

    Feb.16-President’s Day: No School

    Feb. 17-LCSB Meeting @ 9:30 a.m.

    March 10-19 FCAT Testing-2nd-11th grades

    Please be preparing and encouraging students for the upcoming FCAT

    Chiefland Elementary School: 493-6040

    Feb. 17-SAC Meeting @ 5:30 p.m. in the CES Media Center

  • Private vehicles approved for student transport

    Private car transportation for school-related excursions is now an option after School Board members unanimously approved the policy change at Tuesday’s Board meeting and public hearing.

    Under the new procedures, drivers of private vehicles for school fieldtrips must be at least 21 years old, have completed the appropriate background check, and submit a request form at least three weeks in advance.

  • Celebrating Black History Month

    In June of 1939, the Division of Professional and Service Projects of the Works Progress Administration published the results of their Historical Records Survey of religious bodies in Florida.

    Grace K. Raborn was Levy County’s surveyor for this monumental project and from June of 1938 until March of 1939, Raborn visited all of the County’s 132 known churches.

  • Sad day for Shell Mound Campground

    To the editor:

    This is a thank you to the couple who have been tending to the Shell Mound Camp/Park.

    We got the very sad news that they will no longer be overseeing the Shell Mound Campground.

    I hope the good people of Levy County and surrounding areas realize what a loss TO US ALL this is.

    This couple kept the grounds immaculate, the bathrooms clean, and the campgrounds safe for all – families, children, women camping alone, the list goes on.

    If you had a problem, it was resolved or a solution offered.