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  • Out-standing in their field

    The entire student body of Chiefland High School lined up for an aerial photo a few weeks ago in celebration of the school’s achievement of an ‘A’ grade — up two notches from last year’s ‘C.’

  • Look for a mostly wet week

    Chiefland area residents can look for a mostly wet week according to a National Weather Service forecast for the week. About the best that can be said is since we're getting spring showers, they will be followed by spring flowers.

  • Levy unemployment drops to 11.4%

    Unemployment in Levy County dropped to 11.4 percent in February, a figure not seen for at least two years.

    The February unemployment rate represents a 1 percent drop from January's adjusted rate of 12.4 percent. according to a press release from CLM Workforce Connection, the regional employment agency serving Levy, Marion and Citrus counties.

    In Levy County, the number of those with jobs increased by 63 to 15,260 out of a civilian force of 17,222. Those without jobs dropped by 182 to 1,962. In January 2,144 were jobless out of a civilian workforce of 17,341.

  • Homemakers protest drug tests for volunteering

    A homemakers group — with most members over age 55 — took the Levy County Commission to task for requiring they provide urine samples for drug tests in order to do volunteer work in the county's libraries.

  • Students of the Month

    Caleb Hardee, of Chiefland Middle School, recieves a plaque for academic excellence from Chiefland Commissioner Rollin Hudson March 14. Illiandra Barney, of Chiefland Elementary, and Sarah Ivey, of Chiefland High, were also honored for academic excellence.

  • Education news

    n  CF sessions on training grants
       The CF Institute at the College of Central Florida, Workforce Connection and Marion County Economic Development Corporation will offer free information sessions on for-profit grant opportunities.
       Attendees will learn how to apply for Quick Response Training grants available from Workforce Connection and Incumbent Worker Training and Employed Worker Training grants available from Workforce Florida.

  • Fun day on the farm

    By CAROL JONES
    CTE coordinator, SBLC
    According to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumers Services, Florida has nearly 24 million acres of forests, croplands and ranches, and the products produced on these lands have a big impact on the economy. Over 200 Kindergarten students from Chiefland Elementary School and Whispering Winds Charter School learned some of their first lessons about Florida Agriculture at the Chiefland FFA Land Lab when the Middle and High School FFA students hosted their 8th Annual “Fun Day on the Farm.”   

  • Rotarians told to brush up

    Dr. Bob Mount was the guest speaker at the Chiefland Rotary Club meeting Feb. 9 and he gave members a brush up on dental care. "You don't have to floss all your teeth, just the ones you want to keep," he said. He also advised using a soft toothbrush because it does not damage tooth enamel.

  • Webinar helps with starting a business

    Special to the Citizen
    Anyone who owns or is thinking about starting a small business can utilize the services of the Small Business Development Center, but many people live too far from a full service office.  Webinars are available to help business owners in rural areas get the information and assistance they need to start, grow and succeed.
    On April 6, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., the SBDC at the University of North Florida will offer "Steps to Starting A Business." 

  • Badcock raises more than $4,500 for Haven Hospice

    Badcock Home Furniture & More of Chiefland raised more than $4,500 during its 5th Annual Benefit for Haven Hospice —a drawing for a large-screen, high-definition TV— bringing its combined contributions to more than $18,000.
    Eve Robinson of Robinson’s Seafood in Cedar Key won the TV. Badcock owner Carol Tew presented a check to Haven Hospice Vice President of Organizational Advancement Michael Morse and Haven supporter Harry Coleman at the Haven Hospice Attic donation drop-off site in Chiefland.