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Today's News

  • Lady Indians’ historic accomplishments celebrated at softball team banquet

    Some of the most accomplished student athletes to ever pass through Chiefland Middle High School, along with an outgoing coach that’s overseen unprecedented success for the Lady Indians, were honored last Thursday at the Chiefland softball program’s team banquet, held at Concord Baptist Church in Chiefland.

  • Horseshoe crabs are related to spiders

    By REBECCA GALLAGHER

    Horseshoe crabs are arthropods therefore more closely related to spiders than to crabs, according to Dr. Savanna Barry from the UF/IFAS Nature Coast Biological Station.

    Barry presented a lecture on the crabs recently to a group at the Withlacoochee Gulf Preserve. She discussed the anatomy and importance of the horseshoe crab.

  • Connecting trails could transform local communities

    When Dale Allen retired in 2010 and took to riding the state’s local trails, he quickly grew frustrated.

    For more than 30 years, Florida’s local and state authorities have been acquiring abandoned railroad corridors and converting them into recreational trails, in line with the national rails-to-trails trend.

    The process has led to a hodge-podge of disconnected pieces, undermining the potential of the trails to serve as long-distance carriers for bicyclists, and economic stimuli for the communities they run through.

  • Levy students can dual enroll in UF courses

    The School Board of Levy County has made the County the first rural county to partner with the University of Florida for its dual enrollment program.

    Dual enrollment courses allow high school juniors and seniors to take free college courses that offer credits toward a college degree while also satisfying high school credit requirements in the course subject area.

    The applicants for the UF dual enrollment courses must maintain a 3.5 unweighted GPA. They must also provide a test score – SAT, PSAT or ACT – that meets requirements.

  • Bronson seniors graduate

    Sixty-seven Bronson High School Seniors walked across the Phillips Center stage at the University of Florida in Gainesville for their Commencement program May 23.

    “Pomp and Circumstance” played as the jubilant seniors filed into the auditorium and made their way up the stairs to sit together one last time as Bronson High School seniors.

  • Chiefland seniors graduate

    With the sun low in the sky and perfect temperatures, Chiefland High School Seniors walked onto the football field one last time Friday evening, May 26, for their Commencement program.

    The ceremony started at 8 p.m. The stands were filled to capacity with family and friends standing along the football field fences. Parents had the honor of sitting on the field as each student received four tickets for field seating directly behind the graduates.

  • Bowman, Hightower vye for Watermelon Queen

    By Lynn DeJarnette, Citizen Correspondent

    The contestants for the 2017 Watermelon Festival Queen are Catherine Bowman and Tiffany Hightower. This is the 63rd Annual Chiefland Watermelon Festival Pageant presented by the Chiefland Woman’s Club.

    As the contestants, families and friends gathered May 27 in the cafeteria at Chiefland Elementary School, country music played in the background; and while the older contestants were onstage practicing their routines, the younger competitors were with families getting ready for their big moment.

  • Weatherford stepping down after fifth final four appearance

    Wayne Weatherford was doubting his decision again.

    His Chiefland Lady Indians were about to play in their fourth straight state championship game in Vero Beach, and the atmosphere was buzzing as game time approached and Chiefland faithful populated the Historic Dodgertown park.

    When Kearston Andrews, a former Chiefland player, part of Weatherford’s first state final four team in 2007, wished her former coach well, it reminded the longtime head man once again why he’s remained in coaching for 25 years.

  • Chiefland powers past Wildwood in spring football with strong second half

    Chiefland head coach Adam Gore described his team’s spring football game at Wildwood as a tale of two halves.

    He also said the team that played more physical prevailed in each half.

    The Indians were on the losing side of that equation in the first two quarters, as the Wildcats struck late in the second quarter with back-to-back long touchdowns to go up 12-10.

    Chiefland finished strong, however, with superior depth and improved blocking up front to capture a 32-12 win in the program’s first game under Gore.

  • County passes five-cent gas tax

    The Levy County Board of Commissioners last Tuesday passed a gas tax ordinance for five cents per gallon of motor fuel.