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Today's News

  • Rotarians look for those who will take the 'Promise'

    The Tri County Springs Promise is ready to hit the road and work to preserve the water quality in the area’s waters.

    Charlie Smith, president of the Trenton Rotary Club unveiled a new PowerPoint presentation that promotes the program and seeks money to support its projects.

    “We’ve gotten involved in this thing and we’ve got to keep pushing. It’s a three-year program,” the Gilchrist County businessman said.

    He said storm water runoff is part of the problem polluting area waters.

  • Judge affirms Andrews' right to vote

    Circuit Judge David O. Glant has issued his order affirming A.D. “Andy” Andrews’ right to vote in Chiefland city elections, as he verbally ruled in November.

    Andrews, publisher of the Levy County Journal and a tree farmer, sought a declaratory judgment affirming his right to vote one year ago.

  • Some private transportation allowed for extracurricular activities

    The use of private vehicles to transport students during extracurricular activities, once a prohibited action, will be allowed on a case-by-case basis by individual schools, according to a policy change scheduled for approval Feb. 17.

    The new policy will allow athletic teams, especially minor sports like golf and tennis, to attend events otherwise unavailable to them due to transportation funding cuts.

    Small-group educational trips will also benefit from the policy change, making it possible for field trips too small to justify bus use to still occur.

  • PE tells chamber solar power not an option

    Progress Energy wants residents to know it has considered using wind and solar power to meet customer’s needs, but that is not a viable option.

    That was the message of Denny George of Progress Energy and a director for the Chiefland Chamber of Commerce at its Jan. 23 meeting.

    George said Florida does not have the sustainable wind to power the large windmills that customers see in the commercials on television and cable.

  • Fanning Springs Park gets Green Lodging certificate

    Sunscreen? Check. Bugspray? Check. Green Lodging designation? Ch— wait, what’s that?

    A Green Lodging designation, bestowed by Florida’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), is a certification that states that hotels or other places of lodging have implemented a series of recommended practices designed to reduce energy and water use and produce less refuse.

    This past week, Fanning Springs State Park received this designation for its overnight cabins, which opened three years ago.

  • Social Security Resolutions for 2009

    The New Year is a time for many people to make resolutions for the year ahead.

    In past years, Social Security has suggested resolutions such as to plan ahead for your retirement, check your Social Security Statement, and safeguard your Social Security card and number. This year, we’d like to turn the tables and pledge to you our own resolutions as an agency. In 2009 Social Security resolves to …

  • Indians put the fear into Devils

    Chiefland needed a perfect game to beat Williston in basketball, but perfection's not a dog that comes when you call. What they got, in their 58-48 loss to the state-ranked (fourth in TBO poll) Devils, was the prettiest piece of hardwood hustle the Indians have shown all season.

    Against a Red Devil team that has had up and down performances against elite teams this holiday break, the Indians brought their best defense and strongest shot choices of the year, holding Williston close and even sharing a lead until the last three minutes of the game.

  • Lady Indians open second half with win over Bronson

    Chiefland girls opened the second half of their season with a bang, knocking off a hardy Bronson team 50-37. With C.J. Jack back from her preseason knee injury, the Lady Indians had one more scorer and rebounder on the floor. Bronson keeps improving, with much of the team playing better than they have all season, although scoring difficulties persist.

  • WHS football coach resigns

    After five good years leading the Red Devils, Williston football head coach Jamie Baker is calling it quits. In a surprise announcement Tuesday, Baker said he would be leaving the football field for the pasture to begin, or rather, reclaim a career in cattle ranching.

    “I've enjoyed coaching at Williston,” Baker said. “It's as good a position as I could have had, and my decision has nothing to do with the position or the team or the people here. It was just time for a change of direction.”

  • Transportation change could help area teams

    It's time to put to bed an upsetting rumor, if only temporarily, that middle school sports in Levy County Schools will be cancelled next year as part of the school budget restrictions. Not yet, anyway.

    “No, that's definitely a rumor; it's not true,” said Levy County Superintendent of Schools Bob Hastings.

    “But the fact is, we are evaluating ways to save the district money, and everything is on the table.”