http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Missing plane recovered off Cedar Key http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/content/missing-plane-recovered-cedar-key <img src="http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/sites/www.chieflandcitizen.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/plane_back.jpg" alt="The missing plane headed from Brooksville to Cedar Key on Feb. 12 was recovered late Sunday afternoon, Feb. 19, around seven miles south of Cedar Key, and brought to shore Monday. The body of Hue Singletary was found in the fuselage. The body of the pilot, Jasper Jerrels, was recovered on Tuesday, Feb. 14. " title="The missing plane headed from Brooksville to Cedar Key on Feb. 12 was recovered late Sunday afternoon, Feb. 19, around seven miles south of Cedar Key, and brought to shore Monday. The body of Hue Singletary was found in the fuselage. The body of the pilot, Jasper Jerrels, was recovered on Tuesday, Feb. 14. " align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> Missing plane, body of passenger recovered off Cedar Key</p> <p> A missing single-engine plane en route to Cedar Key from Brooksville on Feb. 12 was recovered Sunday afternoon, a week after it went missing, approximately seven miles south of Cedar Key.</p> <p> The Levy County Sheriff&rsquo;s Office, private boating service Sea Tow, and Florida Air Recovery, LLC were searching the waters Sunday during the discovery, near where the body of the pilot, Jasper Jerrels, 65, was found Tuesday.</p> STARS Gala celebrates making a difference http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/content/stars-gala-celebrates-making-difference <img src="http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/sites/www.chieflandcitizen.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/bradley_webber.jpg" alt="CMHS graduate Bradley Webber provides musical entertainment during dinner at the STARS Gala in Williston Saturday." title="CMHS graduate Bradley Webber provides musical entertainment during dinner at the STARS Gala in Williston Saturday." align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><p> The theme of this year&rsquo;s STARS Gala fundraiser presented by the Levy County Schools Foundation was summed up in a short parable about a boy tossing starfish back in the water along a beach.</p> <p> The point of the story is the boy&rsquo;s determination to make a difference in each starfish&rsquo;s life he saves, rather than succumbing to the feeling of futility in trying to save the thousands of starfish littered along the beach.</p> Chiefland comes back against Bronson in baseball opener http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/content/chiefland-comes-back-against-bronson-baseball-opener <img src="http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/sites/www.chieflandcitizen.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/smith_swing.jpg" alt="Chiefland sophomore catcher Elijah Smith takes a cut Monday against Bronson. Smith&#039;s RBI single in the sixth helped the Indians erase a two-run deficit." title="Chiefland sophomore catcher Elijah Smith takes a cut Monday against Bronson. Smith&#039;s RBI single in the sixth helped the Indians erase a two-run deficit." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> SEAN ARNOLD</p> <p> Staff writer</p> <p> Chiefland sophomore Wyatt Hammond got off to a rocky start when he took the mound in the fifth inning Monday against Bronson.</p> <p> Hammond hit a pair of batters early in the inning before giving up a two-run single to senior pitcher Donnie Clifton, giving the Eagles a 4-2 advantage.</p> <p> But the rangy right-hander slammed the door shut on BMHS for the remainder of the game, helping the Indians collect a 5-4 come-from-behind win in the season opener in Chiefland.</p> Levy County schools thrive in Career and Technical Education http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/content/levy-county-schools-thrive-career-and-technical-education <img src="http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/sites/www.chieflandcitizen.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_2370.jpg" alt="Chiefland sophomores Ashtyn Brown (right) and Trey Holland demonstrate to the School Board of Levy County how to extract DNA from strawberries in light CTE Month. " title="Chiefland sophomores Ashtyn Brown (right) and Trey Holland demonstrate to the School Board of Levy County how to extract DNA from strawberries in light CTE Month. " align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><p> Vocational and technical training has come a long way in recent decades.</p> <p> To the uninitiated, much of today&rsquo;s version &ndash; which comes under the banner of Career &amp; Technical Education (CTE) &ndash; might look indistinguishable from the more advanced college prep paths.</p> <p> From biotechnology to computer design, CTE programs touch on a wide range of skills and knowledge areas, and meet rigorous requirements in terms of industry certification standards and college preparation.</p> Step back in time to the golden age of transportation http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/content/step-back-time-golden-age-transportation <img src="http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/sites/www.chieflandcitizen.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/d_golden_age_of_transportation.jpg" alt="Belle of the Suwannee" title="Belle of the Suwannee" align="left" hspace="6" width="112" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;The Levy County Historical Society invites the young and young at heart to join them for an</p> <p> excursion back in time to the Golden Age of Transportation at their three-day exhibit of &ldquo;RAILROADS &amp; RIVERBOATS.&rdquo;</p> <p> The exhibit will held Friday, March 3rd; Saturday, March 4th; and Sunday, March 5th, 2017, and will be</p> <p> open from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM each day. The display will be held at the Club House of the Cedar Key RV Resort, Shiloh Road, Sumner, just behind the Marathon Gas Station and Cedar Key Country Store on SR 24.</p> Haven Hospice director talks about effects of dementia http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/content/haven-hospice-director-talks-about-effects-dementia <p> The further a loved one slips into dementia, the more pain is inflicted on spouses, children or other caregivers left behind as they watch the love one disappear.</p> <p> Haven Hospice Director Anita Howard told members of the Suwannee Rotary Club recently that dementia is not a specific disease.</p> Congressman Dr. Neal Dunn speaks at annual schools' Gala http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/content/congressman-dr-neal-dunn-speaks-annual-schools-gala <img src="http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/sites/www.chieflandcitizen.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/dunn_0.jpg" alt="U.S. Rep. Neil Dunn delivers speech at the Stars Gala presented by the Levy County Schools Foundation last Saturday at Williston Middle/High School." title="U.S. Rep. Neil Dunn delivers speech at the Stars Gala presented by the Levy County Schools Foundation last Saturday at Williston Middle/High School." align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><p> A crowd of mostly educators applauded on three occasions when congressman Dr. Neal Dunn mentioned Congress&rsquo;s commitment to doing away with Common Core, returning control of education to the local level and simplifying the tax code.</p> Search continues off Cedar Key for missing plane, passengers http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/content/search-continues-cedar-key-missing-plane-passengers <img src="http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/sites/www.chieflandcitizen.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/1000w_q95.jpeg" alt="The Levy County Sheriff&#039;s Office and FWC continued searching Thursday for the pictured aircraft seven miles south of Cedar Key. Crews began searching for the people Sunday after the plane failed to arrive in Cedar Key en route from Brooksville. (Courtesy photo by Loet Kuipers) " title="The Levy County Sheriff&#039;s Office and FWC continued searching Thursday for the pictured aircraft seven miles south of Cedar Key. Crews began searching for the people Sunday after the plane failed to arrive in Cedar Key en route from Brooksville. (Courtesy photo by Loet Kuipers) " align="left" hspace="6" width="127" height="85" /><p> The Levy County Sheriff&rsquo;s Office and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC) continue to search for a missing plane and two of its passengers south of Cedar Key after the body of the pilot, 65-year-old Jasper Jerrels, was found Tuesday.</p> <p> Jerrels, his fianc&eacute; Hue Singletary, and Jerrels&#39; 17-year-old son were aboard a single-engine plane that left Brooksville Sunday morning headed for Cedar Key.</p>