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Today's News

  • Schools directed to eliminate a spring sports program

    Acting on a directive from Superintendent Bob Hastings, every Levy County high school has eliminated one spring sport program from its schedule.

    After careful review, Chiefland High eliminated the tennis program, Hastings said.

    “I asked the principals to look at the least disruptive or intrusive place to cut,” Hastings said. Recreational sports that do not offer scholarship potential or have high participation were the ones most likely up for elimination.

  • Some educators will see pay cuts

    Superintendent Bob Hastings has told Levy County teachers to prepare for more budget cuts, including some that will in effect result in a pay cut to many area educators.

    Beginning with the 2009-2010 school year, all high school teachers will be required to teach six out of six class periods every day, according to Hastings. After-school seventh period classes will be eliminated and that time will become the teachers’ planning period, he said.

  • Soldier meets second graders who adopted him

    It was difficult to tell who was more nervous, the serviceman or the group of second-graders.

    For more than an hour last week Dusty Cason answered questions from his penpals who all wanted to know more about his life in Iraq.

    The students of Katie Corbin “adopted” Cason and this school year have kept him replete with letters from home and goody boxes.

    Last week the soldier, on furlough, came by with his parents and grandparents to meet his new friends and answer their queries about the other side of the world.

  • VFW and Auxiliary rally to shampoo our soldiers

    While the Army may give a soldier all he needs to survive, sometimes the wants go ignored.

    That was the case of Sgt. Sarah Wines who wanted, not only for her but the 25 percent of soldiers who are women, a better grade of toiletries.

    The Army provides basic shampoos and toothpaste, but anyone who has ever used them will attest they leave a lot to be desired.

    Telling her grandma Lillian Welkie of her wish list, it soon became VFW Post 5625 Auxiliary to the rescue.

  • Ask and you shall receive

    On what was Day 14 of Barack Obama’s term as president, Chiefland’s Robert and Rutha Scott were as excited as if it were Jan. 20 all over again.

    The Scotts, well known in West Levy County for their ministerial work and involvement in the black community, were animated in their speech and lively in their body language as they recalled their part in the inauguration of America’s first black president.

    It all started back in November, the couple agreed.

  • Louise Breeden retires from Perkins State Bank Board of Directors

    Friday, Jan. 30 friends and family members joined Louise B. Breeden to celebrate her retirement from the Perkins State Bank Board of Directors at a reception held at the Williston Branch.

    Breeden has served Perkins State Bank in various capacities in her 65 years of service, including serving nearly 30 years on the board. She announced her retirement from the board as of Dec. 31, 2008.

  • Governor to interview three for Commission 3 post

    Three applicants for suspended Levy County Commissioner W.S. “Sammy” Yearty’s seat will be interviewed this week by Gov. Charlie Crist’s appointments office.

    The governor’s press office confirmed that Yankeetown Vice Mayor Marsha Drew, owner of Nature Coast Weddings; Sheriff’s Deputy Mike Joiner and Yankeetown Council Candidate Jim Petrovich, owner of Yankeetown Boatyard, Inc..

  • Long road to hoe for Farmers' Market

    BRONSON — All Cindy Camp wants to do is help folks in this town who need food get vouchers to buy fresh produce.

    But in order to get the vouchers the town must have a farmers’ market where they can be used.

    Susan Strickland was helping present the item for Camp at the Feb. 2 Bronson Town Council meeting when they learned no good deed is easily accomplished. She explained that under state Farmers’ Market rules everything sold there must be hand made, home made or home grown by the seller.

  • Skatepark could be operational in 30 days

    Staff Report

    American Ramp of Joplin, Mo., has won the $92,000 contract to outfit the new skateboard park at Delma Locke Park.

    The decision to take the recommendation of the city’s skateboarders and the city Recreation Committee came at Monday evening’s regular Chiefland City Commission meeting.

    The park is being financed as part of a $200,000 state recreation grant to the city. The grant is also funding a basketball court at Strickland Park.

  • Chiefland wins over Dixie; to face Williston Friday

    Chiefland boys beat rival Dixie County 67-65 Tuesday to advance to the semifinal round of the Class 3A District 5tournament. They'll play top seed Williston Friday at 7 p.m. in Chiefland. Newberry, winner in their early Tuesday matchup with Fort White, will play P.K. Yonge Friday at 5:30. The winners of Friday's games will meet Saturday at 7 p.m. in the tournament final.