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  • Bronson questions fire chief's health

    BRONSON - A recent workers' compensation claim by Bronson Fire Chief Rick Lombardo has town officials wondering if he is healthy enough to perform his duties.

    Plus it has brought about the question, would a possible merger with Otter Creek put an added burden on his physical condition and affect the best interests of all concerned?

    The quandary surfaced at the July 7 monthly meeting when Town Lawyer Stephen Warm surprised council members when he revealed Lombardo's compensation claim history over the past couple of years.

  • LARC challenges political candidates

    "Batter up" will be the cry at Strickland Park in Chiefland, on Saturday, Aug. 9 when the board of directors, staff, and consumers of the Levy Association for Retarded Citizens will play the candidates for political office in a softball challenge game.

    LARC has challenged all those currently seeking, or unopposed for, political office to step up to the plate and play two innings of softball.

    But LARC isn't stopping with just two innings.

  • Back on the farm

    Cedrick Bowers' first taste of the big time was a little bitter, as he was treated rudely by Major League batters.

    Hopefully he'll put it back together in AAA and get another shot in September.

    In five outings with the Colorado Rockies, Bowers compiled a bumpy ERA of 13.50.

    He was optioned back to the AAA Colorado Springs Sky Sox on July 11 as the parent club called up Speier to plug up a leaky bullpen.

    Bowers, a former Chiefland High pitching standout, was called up by the Rockies from the Sky Sox on July 1.

  • Chiefland Minors 4th in State

    LAKE CITY -The Chiefland Minor League All Stars placed fourth in the State Babe Ruth Tournament played July 3-5 in Lake City.

    Chiefland went 2-2 in the double loss elimination event. The locals opened with a 5-1 victory over Lake City. Next up was a loss to Wakulla, but Chiefland stayed alive with a 6-3 victory over Suwannee County. Chiefland was then eliminated by Mandarin by a 6-0 score. Mandarin went on to win the tournament.

    "The kids played great and Chiefland was well-represented by the players, parents and community," manager Tim Castell said.

  • Veteran journalist joins Citizen

    Veteran journalist Lou Elliott Jones has joined the editorial team of the Chiefland Citizen as a news reporter.

    Jones, a Louisiana native, holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from Texas A & I, a bachelor's degree in food service management from Johnson & Wales University and an associate's degree in the culinary arts from JWU.

    Early in her career, she worked with Gannett Company in various capacities including states news editor for USA Today and assistant news editor for the Pensacola News Journal.

  • Rockies call up Chiefland native Bowers

    The good news is, Cedrick Bowers has made it to the Major Leagues.

    The former Chiefland High pitching standout was called up by the Colorado Rockies from their AAA Colorado Springs Sky Sox team last Tuesday, July 1.

    Since then, Bowers has been used in three games. The hard-throwing lefthander was solid is his first career outing on Wednesday, July 2, against the San Diego Padres, as he fired a shutout inning of relief work in a Rockies victory.

    But the bad news is, were a little shaky for Bowers in his next two outings.

  • Street bikes the ticket for Chiefland's Jones

    Motorcycle drag racing might not receive the attention that some other forms of motorsports do, but it is no less of a science to make a two-wheel machine scream down a quarter mile strip.

    While the top fuel bikes can crank up 1000 horsepower and top 250 miles per hour, there are many other forms of motorcycle drag racing.

    Street bikes have been a passion of Chris Jones for more than 20 years now.

  • Haldeman to succeed Beckham as Bronson boys basketball coach

    BRONSON -Bronson boosters have said all along that the best candidate to succeed legendary head basketball coach Kelly Beckham would be homegrown talent. They were right.

    Cedar Key boys basketball head coach Aaron Haldeman will follow Beckham as the new head coach of the Bronson Eagles.

    Beckham announced in April that he had accepted the head coach position at Gainesville High School and would be leaving Bronson after serving more than 25 years.

  • Fire merger still long way to go

    BRONSON - The more things change, the more they stay the same.

    Or in the case of the ongoing talks of a Bronson-Otter Creek fire department merger, the closer it seems to becoming reality, the light at the end of the end of the tunnel still seems dim.

    Already having the green light from Levy County and Otter Creek, the merger only needs the OK from the town of Bronson.

  • Mining reprieve granted

    BRONSON-Manatee Springs won a reprieve in the legal battle by White Construction to operate a limestone mining operation within two miles of the springs, something prohibited by a 2002 Levy County ordinance.

    And, at the same time, the county may recoup its legal fees in the case.

    County Attorney Anne Bast Brown informed Levy County Commissioners on Tuesday that Judge David A. Glant of the Eighth Judicial Circuit had ruled in the county's favor in state court for their denial of a permit for the operation in March 2004.