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  • Major traffic causes minor problems

    Chiefland Police Sgt. Fronz Macy responded to NE First Street and North Young Boulevard Sept. 7 at about 1 p.m. concerning a two-vehicle crash, one of which was a police patrol car.

    Upon arrival, Macy spoke with the officer driving Vehicle 1, who stated he was at the stop sign. He was attempting to get to the intersection of North Main Street and North Young Boulevard to assist with traffic control. He activated his emergency lights, checked all mirrors and looked to make sure there was not a vehicle present. He then proceeded to back up, not seeing the Toyota pickup due to its height and backed into the front of it.

    The driver of Vehicle 2 stated he was going to use his horn, but then thought he could get out of the way by backing up as well.

    He stated that he did not see the emergency lights activated.

    — Officer Willie Barnes responded to Murphy’s Express Sept. 10 at about 7 a.m. after motorhome bumped up against a fuel pump.

  • CPD puts an end to crime spree

    The Chiefland Police Department ended a two-week spree of several burglaries and vandalism at Chiefland High School and several unlocked cars from which they allegedly stole money and weapons.

    The crimes were heightened because they were committed during a time of emergency and the burglaries were increased to armed robberies because they involved firearms.

    Arrested were Blake Hyatt, 18, white, of Chiefland; Stephen Davis, 28, black, of Trenton; Cody Jackson, 17, white, Chiefland; and Izaak Evans, 17, white, of Chiefland. Isaac Smith, 24, black, of Chiefland, was named as an accomplice, but was not arrested.

    Officer Kyle Schultz stated in an incident report that while on patrol Sept. 18, he continued his investigation during which he interviewed several suspects and witnesses.

    He first interviewed Blake Hyatt at Chiefland Middle School under the supervision of School Resources Officer Deputy C. Gregory. Hyatt stated he may have been involved in some of the vehicle burglaries. At the police station, he was read his Miranda Warning, which he waived to speak with Schultz.

  • Partin wins Bronson Council seat

    A former mayor of Bronson comfortably won a three-person race for a Bronson Town Council seat on Sept. 26.

    Robert Partin, who previously served on the Council in the 1980s and 1990s, won against Virginia Phillips and Edith Brown with 98 votes. Phillips and Brown received 38 and 30 votes, respectively.

    The open seat was previously occupied by Aaron Edmundson, who did not seek re-election.

    Mayor Bruce Greenlee and Vice Mayor Beatrice Roberts were re-elected to their respective seats unopposed.

    The election was originally scheduled for Sept. 12, but was moved due to Hurricane Irma.

    “I’m kind of disappointed in the turnout, I was hoping for much more,” the 64-year-old Partin said. “But I know there were a lot of things going on in people’s minds with the storm and other stuff.”

    Partin is a third-generation Bronson resident who comes from a timber industry family. He recently retired from the insurance industry. Partin has a degree in forestry.

    He says a lot has changed since he first served for Bronson, but the overarching goal remains the same.

  • Chiefland homecoming court introduced

    Homecoming week comes to Chiefland Middle High School starting Oct. 9, culminating with the reveal of the Homecoming Queen during halftime of the football game against Hawthorne on Oct. 13.

    On Thursday, Oct. 12, the annual Homecoming Pow Wow will be held in the school auditorium at 6 p.m. The Homecoming King (and Prince) is announced at the conclusion of the Pow Wow, which features a variety of sketches and performances by Chiefland students.

    The Homecoming Parade starts at 4:30 p.m. that Friday, Oct. 13. The parades starts at the school and heads south along U.S. 19/98.

    The homecoming game kicks off at 7:30 p.m.

    The Queen candidates include: MaClay Agnoli; Tenlee Beauchamp; Erika Gilliam; Maria Gomez; Haitrieu Nguyen; Chelsea Parker; Jommielle Quiambao and Alexis Seyez.

    The King’s court includes: Dustin Bennett; Tramaine Brown; B.C. Fehmerling; Layton Lanier; Brian Norris Jr.; Lane Studstill; Dalton Tiner; and Josh Webber.

  • Toys for Tots registration

    The U.S. Marine Corps Reserves begins registration for Toys For Tots Registration in Levy County will be open to all three counties, however, to ease transportation barriers and to ensure sufficient volunteer assistance on-hand for each site, please take advantage of registration dates in your home county, when possible.

    Dixie County: Friday, Oct. 20, 9 a.m.12 p.m. Dixie County Public Library, 16328 US-19, Cross City, FL 32628

    Gilchrist County: Friday, Oct. 27, 9 a.m.12 p.m. Gilchrist County Public Library, 105 NE 11th Ave, Trenton, FL 32693

    Levy County: Mon-Thurs, Oct. 9-11 and Oct. 15, from 9 a.m.12 p.m., Tri-County Community Resources, 15 North Main St in Chiefland, FL 32626

  • Dads join students at CES

    Chiefland Elementary School recently celebrated its 2nd annual "Bring Your Dad to School Day."

    Dads showed up early for breakfast with their kids before walking them to class to start their day.

    A special "thank you" goes to Brenda Rolfe and our cafeteria staff for baking homemade cinnamon rolls, and to Beef O'Brady's of Chiefland for sponsoring this event and providing magnets to give the dads.

  • CES celebrates Grandparents Day

    What do all Grandparents have in common?

    Seventy-two percent of grandparents think being a grandparent is the single most important and satisfying thing in their life.

    Grandparents represent one-third of the population with 1.7 million new grandparents each year. There are 70,000 grandparents in the United States, according to the US census Bureau, August 2017.

    Here in Levy County, those numbers mean a great deal to even the youngest residents who attend our schools.

    Chiefland Elementary showed their appreciation to all grandparents by hosting a "Grandparents Day" lunch.

    Grandparents joined their grandchildren Sept. 25, which was pushed back from Sept. 10 due to Hurricane Irma.

    Chiefland Elementary Food Service team served pork with rice with gravy as the main course and offered garlic bread, baked beans, green beans, a variety of fruit options and strawberries and cream for dessert.

    About 200 grandparents showed up for the special day. The hard work and dedication of the food service employees that helped make the event a success was appreciated by all.
     

  • CES students take trip to airport

    Lisa Baxter’s fifth grade science class recently went to the Cross City Airport on a field trip to show the students some practical applications of "force and motion."

    Ag Pilot D. J. Quincey explained to the students about how airplanes can fly and about different types of planes.

    Jet Pilot and airport manager Clint Beauchamp showed the students a Citation Jet. He answered students' questions about filing flight plans and a little history of the airport.

    The students also saw a helicopter and asked Pilot Mr. Rick a few questions.
     

  • Vickers discusses upcoming debut as Lady Indians hoops coach

    John “Buddy” Vickers, girls’ basketball coach at Chiefland High School, was the guest speaker Sept. 27 at the Chiefland Rotary Club.

    This is Vickers first year as head coach at CHMS after coming from a position as assistant coach at Trenton.

    Vickers has his work cut out for him as some of the stronger players from last year graduated, and not having had a JV team last year to recruit from, Vickers finds himself rebuilding the team. He plans to teach the fundamentals to as many girls as he can to provide a strong team now and in the future. Lacy Redd, Chiefland Elementary School principal, has agreed to let fifth graders play. Jason Whistler will coach that team.

    Vickers has been using the summer wisely. After tryouts came basketball camp.

    Vickers said, “Most of these girls do not even know the fundamentals. We have to teach how to dribble, how to pass, left side layups and right side layups.”

  • 23rd Annual Tommy Usher Log-A-Load for Kids Golf Classic

    Log-A-Load for Kids to host 23rd Annual Tommy Usher Golf Classic in Chiefland

    On Thursday, October 19th, golfers will gather to play in the 23rd Annual Tommy Usher Log-A-Load for Kids Golf Classic held at Chiefland Golf and Country Club.

    The focus of this event is to raise awareness of and money for the Children’s Miracle Network. This specific tournament has collectively raised more than $980,000 over the last 22 years.

    Event details:
    · A maximum of 50 teams will be split between morning and afternoon tee times, with shotgun starts at 8:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

    · MILLION DOLLAR CHALLENGES: This year Drummond Community Bank is sponsoring 2 HOLE-IN-ONE CONTESTS (one for the Morning Round and one for the Afternoon Round). That's 2(!!!) opportunities to win $1,000,000.00!!!!!!

    · All participating golfers and sponsors will enjoy a complimentary lunch at noon, courtesy of Farm Credit of Florida.

    · A reception will be held immediately after the tournament to announce: