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Today's News

  • CareerSource opens new office

    By Lori Prevatt, Citizen Correspondent

    CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion staff cut the ribbon and held an open house Feb. 22 at its new center at 2175 NW 11th Dr., in the Walmart Supercenter (Suwanee Plaza) off North Young Boulevard.

    The Levy County Career Center opened to the public in December 2017 to better serve businesses and candidates. The office was formerly located at the Old Post Office located behind the Levy County Tax Collector's Office.

    About 30 guests were present for the Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting ceremony at noon. Among the guests were business participants that collaborate with the CareerSource employees, CareerSource board members and Chiefland Chamber of Commerce members.

    CareerSource staff all agree that moving to the new location will be greatly beneficial for the community. Moving to the center location makes career services more accessible to the public.

    “We moved to a more central location because the college is down the road and this is a much better place to provide services to residents,” said CEO of the Career Source Center Rusty Skinner Jr.

  • Fanning Chamber plans egg hunt

    By Kate Sheridan, Citizen Correspondent

    Fanning Springs Annual Eggstavaganza was the main subject discussed at the recent Fanning Springs Chamber of Commerce meeting.

    The annual Easter egg hunt and ski show takes place March 24 at Fanning Springs Park. The event will run from noon until 4 p.m. with the ski show starting at 3 p.m. There will be more than 6,000 filled Easter eggs for children to hunt. All age groups will be divided into four groups to ensure a fun hunt.

    In addition to hunting eggs, the Chamber will also offer more than 50 different raffles offered for free to all participating children. The day will include face painting, balloon art, music and many other surprises and activities.

    Food and drinks will be available for purchase but picnic lunches with drinks are allowable.

    BYOB (Bring Your Own Basket) and come out Saturday, March 24, for a great day with friends and family.

  • Local students to remain seated

    By Lori Prevatt, Citizen Correspondent

    The Feb. 14 Parkland school shooting impacted students across the nation after a former student entered Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, pulled a fire drill and began shooting and killing 14 students and three staff members.

    The shooting prompted students and adults across the United States to take actions in an attempt to influence Congress to change the current policies regarding semi-automatic weapons.

    Levy School Board Member Chris Cowart said in an interview about the current safety issues facing the schools.

    “We have to have common ground. There has to be a way all of our agencies, whether it be the sheriff’s department or the Florida Department of Children and Families, can filter information so this doesn’t happen again. So many warning signs were overlooked,” he said. In addition, he said, “the School Board is working on getting one school resource officer per school.”

  • Lady Indians start strong under retooled lineup

    “Are you impressed?”

    Senior shortstop Erika Gilliam asked the question after her Chiefland softball team improved to 2-0 with a 10-0 win over Mayo-Lafayette.

    For a program that’s coming off four state finals appearances and three state titles in four years, it wouldn’t normally be a noteworthy start. But the Lady Indians boast six new starters this season, and that’s not including Gilliam switching positions from third base.

    Regardless, Chiefland impressed in all phases in their season-opening 8-3 win over Dixie County Feb. 13 and the subsequent victory against the Lady Hornets Feb. 15.

    Gilliam paced the CMHS offense in the latter win, going 3 for 4 with a pair of doubles and three runs scored. Fellow returning starter Macie Thomas, a junior first baseman, ignited the club with a solo home run in the first inning.

    The club went on to rally for seven runs in the third inning and collect 14 hits for the game.

  • On top of her game

    Takiya London is having a better freshman college season than her senior season at Chiefland Middle High School.

    Not that there was anything particularly wrong with the latter. London, a shortstop, batted .411 with three home runs to help lead the Lady Indians to their fourth straight state finals appearance.

    But the former Chiefland volleyball and basketball standout has a renewed focus at College of Central Florida, where she has transitioned comfortably to the competition under the tutelage of Kevin Fagan.

    Her power was on full display during a home doubleheader against St. Petersburg College Feb. 15, when she went 5 for 7 and belted her third home run of the season in the Lady Patriots’ two-game sweep. She laced another pitch over the fence that hugged the third-base line but was called foul.

    “I thought it was fair,” she said.” It’s where it passes the pole, not where it lands.”

    London is batting .422 with four home runs. She’s also been stout in the field, turning three double plays one recent weekend.

  • STARS Gala celebrates education supporters

    The theme of the 2018 Levy County Schools Foundation STARS Gala Feb. 17 was “planting seeds of knowledge that grow forever.”

    It was a chance for the event’s speakers and guests to reflect on how the Levy school system has shaped their lives long past their time as young pupils.

    The annual Superintendent’s Gala is one of two major fundraisers for the non-profit organization, which helps supplements education in the county by directing funding from donors to scholarships and classroom tools and other means.

    The evening opened with Superintendent Jeff Edison asking for a moment of silent prayer for those in Broward County who were affected by the recent school shooting, adding that those who enter the field of education become a part of one big family.

    The remainder of the night went off with a light touch, thanks in part to the brevity and humor of the speakers. Senior Judge Joseph E. Smith delivered the keynote address, and Pastor Danny Heath, of First Baptist Church of Ocala, a Class of 1997 Bronson High School alumnus, was the alumni speaker and performed a song.

  • Honey 'The Wonder Dog' celebrates milestones

    Friday, Jan. 26, was a special day for Honey "the wonder dog" who celebrated her eighth birthday with her human friend and companion, Michael Gaither. The day also marked her 100th visit for treatment at the UF Small Animal Hospital in Gainesville.

    Honey has been diagnosed with aspergillus, a fungal infection that affects the immune system and visits UF Small Animal Hospital two times a week for treatments to help quell the devastating effects of the illness. But, the affects of the disease lead to her left eye being removed last year.

    It has been a rough year for Honey, Michael and Kaye, who drives the van from Chiefland to Gainesville twice a week.

    Honey’s treatments include 45 minutes in a hyperbaric chamber, antifungal infusion therapy and pool therapy to strengthen her muscles. The entire visit lasts more than five hours each day.  

    The Gaither's are thankful to the generosity of the U.S. War Dogs Association for help with their gas expenses. Each trip to Gainesville is over 80 miles and the expenses add up quickly.  

  • Lady Tigers collect third district title in hoops

    The Trenton girls’ basketball team was the clear favorite heading into its District 1A-7 tournament.

    The Lady Tigers, who were the No. 1 seed and district host, matched those expectations with ease, cruising to their third straight district championship with convincing wins over Bronson and Branford. They play host to Frostproof Thursday, Feb. 15, at 7 p.m. in the Class 1A regional semifinals. The Lady Buccaneers are at Wildwood the same night.

    Trenton (24-2) raced to a 34-11 advantage on the Lady Eagles in the second quarter to take command of the game, despite 14 first-half points from BMHS junior point guard Yelena Thomas, eventually capturing a 74-29 win over the fourth-seeded Bronson squad.

    Senior Thalia Jackson proved unstoppable in the paint for TMHS in the matchup, as she posted a game-high 28 points. Juniors Bryn Thomas (11 points) and Taniah Bowers (10 points) joined her in double figures for Trenton. Jackson was 8 for 14 at the foul line and added 15 rebounds to notch a double-double.

  • Lady Indians’ hoops season halted in district semifinals

    The Chiefland girls’ basketball team suffered a heartbreaking loss in the district semifinals in Trenton.

    Facing a Branford squad with a trio of capable shooters, the Lady Buccaneers heated up from outside and took advantage of Chiefland turnovers to survive a back-and-forth second half for a 60-51 win.

    Branford lost to Trenton in the district championship game 72-38, and plays at Wildwood Feb. 15 in the regional semifinals.

    CMHS fell behind by six in the second quarter before launching an 11-0 rally to go ahead by five. The squad clung to a 25-24 lead at the break after a rough start to the game.

    The third quarter quarter saw eight lead changes between the teams, with eighth-grader J’Mia McNeil, on the heels of a Colby Reed 3, giving her Lady Indians their final lead of the game on a 3-pointer off an inbound play.

    Then Branford connected on a pair of 3s and collected a handful of steals to get off to a lightning-fast start in the fourth in taking a 49-39 lead.

  • College reunion

    There are more than a handful of ballplayers from Chiefland and Cedar Key playing college softball this spring.

    Three of them – former Lady Indians Lauren Stalvey, Lauren Parker and Sydney Parks – are wearing the same uniform again, reunited at State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota in Bradenton. Stalvey is a sophomore pitcher, Parker is a freshman first baseman and Parks is a freshman second baseman. The trio were each three-time state champions at CMHS.

    On Feb. 10, the trio enjoyed what felt like a homecoming, playing in front of family and Chiefland supporters for a doubleheader in north Gainesville against Santa Fe College.

    Stalvey started in the circle in the first game and picked up a win in 4.2 innings of work, allowing two walks, five hits and just one earned run. The sophomore gave up the run in the first before settling in for her strongest statistical outing on the season.

    Stalvey’s ERA on the season dropped to 3.07 over 13 ⅔ innings. At Chiefland, she was the ace pitcher for three state championship clubs.

    Stalvey says she’s a lot more comfortable in her second year.