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Today's News

  • County weighs marijuana rules

    The state has begun clarifying its position on regulating marijuana dispensaries after voters passed a ballot measure last November to allow the sale of medical marijuana in Florida.

    Levy County currently has a moratorium banning the sale of medical marijuana, but it will soon have to make a somewhat longer-term decision.

    At the recent meeting of the Board of Levy County Commissioners, Board chair John Meeks reported some of his findings on the issue from the Florida Association of Counties Conference.

  • Jillian Sanchez, 14, wins FFA Discovery Award

    By KATE SHERIDAN, Citizen Correspondent

    Fourteen year-old Jillian Sanchez went to the FFA Stars Over Florida Convention and Ceremony with expectations. She returned having met those expectations and came home with the Discovery Degree Award.

    The award may be the first of many FFA awards for which she may be eligible during her FFA lifetime.

    Jillian was recognized for her accomplishments at the convention during the week of June 12 in Orlando.

  • Griner takes over as president of Florida Cattlemen’s Assoc.

    It’s been a bittersweet couple of months for Ken Griner.

    The Chiefland rancher recently underwent a cutting edge proton beam radiation treatment for prostate cancer, which saw him making daily trips to Jacksonville over an eight-week stretch.

    During that time, his wife, Lynetta Usher Griner, who with Ken owns and runs the family’s Usher Farm and Usher Land & Timber, Inc. in Chiefland, met with President Donald Trump and a small group of fellow agricultural leaders in Washington to discuss the state and future of the industry.

  • School Board lashes out at trends in state education

    A budget workshop held during the June 27 School Board of Levy County meeting became a catalyst for the venting of frustrations by Board members over trends in public education at the state level.

    As School Board of Levy County Finance Director Anna Kroll presented projections for the upcoming budget, highlighting changes under the controversial House Bill 7069, which was signed into law by Gov. Rick Scott in June, Schools Superintendent Jeff Edison and the Board recounted their objections to recent education policy.

  • CF timber program holds inaugural completion ceremony

    Six pioneering students were recognized at the College of Central Florida’s first-ever Timber Harvesting Equipment Program Completion Ceremony last Friday in Chiefland.

    The new non-credit program is aimed at preparing students for jobs in the field of logging and timber, an expanding industry in North Central Florida.

    Students went through five weeks of classroom instruction and three weeks of hands-on field experience. Upon completion, they received Master Logger Certification, OSHA 10-hour Certification and CPR Certification.

  • Lady Indians collect All-State honors

    The Chiefland softball team reached its fourth straight state finals game in May on the strength of a bevy of talented and accomplished Lady Indians.

  • 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.

  • Summer roundball

    The summer league season is winding down for the Chiefland Lady Indians and their fellow area girls’ basketball squads.

    After falling victim to a last-minute 3-pointer by Branford last Thursday, Chiefland picked up a 37-24 win over Fort White Monday in Williston.

    The Lady Indians cap the season in Gainesville Thursday June 29 at Buchholz High School, where they'll take on Keystone Heights.

    The league consists of 12 area teams and features 20-minute halves, with the clock only stopping for timeouts.

  • 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.

  • City considers property tax increase

    By JOHN TYLER NILSEN
    Citizen Correspondent

    Chiefland City commissioners are considering raising millage rates to cover city budget expenses, but no decision can be made until certified property values are released next week.

    The commission held its first budget meeting Monday, June 26, in preparation for the next fiscal year. The next budget meeting will be held after the July 10 meeting.

    The budget includes a 2 percent increase in wages for non-union city employees, except for city manager Mary Ellzey, who opted not to accept a raise.