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  • Levy ready for nuclear disaster

    The gymnasium of the old Bronson High School was bustling with activity, but there were no signs of teenaged slam-dunking heroes or high-flipping cheerleaders.

    No crowd of adoring fans could be seen cheering from the stands.

    There seemed to be players on the court, however. Some of them sported forest green vests while others were clad head to toe in long white suits complete with masks.

  • Ag commissioner makes good on ag tag reward

    It's not every day you have Charles Bronson come to your town.

    No, we're not talking about the steely-eyed, tough-guy actor. He died in 2003.

    We're talking about Florida's Commissioner of Agriculture, who visited Chiefland last Thursday, May 22, as a treat to the Middle School's FFA for winning the statewide "Plate for a Plate" competition.

  • Chiefland weighs firefighter needs

    The Chiefland City Commission voted unanimously Tuesday night to keep John Ward on as Chiefland's fire chief.

    Vice Mayor and Commissioner Teresa Barron said, "It's been a pleasure working with Ward."

    He's worked hard at getting his required certifications for the position and is not shy about learning new things, she said.

    The other commissioners agreed, though Commissioner Rollin Hudson was curious about Ward's relationship with Levy County officials.

  • AG lauds Seniors vs. Crime

    Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum made a sweep through Levy County last Friday.

    Among his goals was to reach out to youngsters and senior citizens, giving his backing to each group on how to fight crime.

    During the early afternoon, McCollum gave a presentation to the kids at Chiefland Middle School on cyber safety.

    Cyber crime can target all walks, but kids can be especially vulnerable. McCollum schooled kids on what to look for and stay away from.

  • State Tee-Ball Tournament coming to Chiefland

    Countdown on

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    Tee-Ball

    The countdown in on for the State Tee-Ball Tournament at Strickland Park.

    We?re now roughly two weeks away from being invaded by little guys playing in a big event.

    Boys, girls, parents, grandparents and other interested souls from all over north and central Florida will be in Chiefland from June 12-16.

    Chiefland Area Athletic Association president Wayne Weatherford said this is an especially big year since its the 10th year Chiefland has played host to the event.

  • Bowers back in victory lane

    It had been some time since Shelton Bowers last won in Sportsman at Bronson Motor Speedway -week two to be exact.

    In between, he's survived more than his share of accidents and mechanical trouble.

    This past Saturday night, the mojo was back in Bowers'pit.

    The Trenton driver took the 32 car to the front early and hung on for victory in the 30-lap feature.

    Late in the race, Bowers was pressed by the 08 of William Edwards, but the 32 zoomed to the checkered a couple of car lengths ahead of the Gainesville driver.

  • CHS softball toasts ?08 season

    The Chiefland High softball program held its season-ending banquet May 19 at Bell's Restaurant.

    A standing room only crowd jammed the banquet room to watch the girls receive awards,

    The varsity team returned four players from the 2007 Final Foursquad. Plus, the Lady Indians lost five games in the final inning. Still, they mustered a respectable record of 8-10.

    Awards were presented by coach Wayne Weatherford. They were ...

  • Eagles flatten St. Johns in spring game

    The Bronson High football romped to a 31-0 shutout over the visiting Spartans from St. Johns Country Day in Orange Park in an entertaining, instructive Spring Classic.

    "We did good. We've got a lot of work to do," said Bronson head coach Al Cooksey in a post-game comment that summed up where the Eagles are today.

    Bronson had five offensive touchdowns, plus a takeway returned for touchdown that was called back for an illegal block. Kicking, which Cooksey said they had scarcely practiced at all, was not pretty, with only one of five point-after tries going down.

  • Chiefland lives and learns in Fort White

    FORT WHITE -For Ajay Ulmer, spring football games are good for finding out strengths and weaknesses and adjusting from there.

    Ulmer got a feel for what needs to be tweaked for his Chiefland High football program with a Spring CLassic at Fort White High last Friday night, May 23.

    The non-district scrimmage pitted the host Class 2A Indians against Ulmer's Class 2B Indians.

    For the record, Fort White used three first half touchdowns to power it to a 23-14 over Chiefland.

  • Hitchhikers are everywhere

    I was camping in the Ocala National Forest Tuesday and Wednesday night at Alexander Springs. When I got up on Thursday morning, I heard noises coming from under the hood of my car.

    When I opened the hood to check it out, I found an eye the size of a marble staring straight back at me! I nearly jumped back, re-gained my composure, and realized the eye was attached to a feral kitten!