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  • 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.

  • Chiefland Majors capture State Small League Tournament

    FORT WHITE -The Chiefland Major League (11-12 year old) All Stars captured the Babe Ruth Small League championship by going a perfect 5-0 in the tournament played last week in Fort White.

    The Chiefland bunch went out on top after finishing second in the District 6 Tournament a week earlier in Starke.

    In the finals, Chiefland walloped Union County-Lake Butler, 11-1. Jon Ward was 3-for-3 with two RBIs. Clayton Smith was 3-for-4. Kyle Weeks, Justin Ivey and Cole Parks all had two hits each. Tim Reidy was the winning pitcher.

  • You're never too old to race

    BRONSON -Most folks at the age of 67 are pretty set in their ways.

    Sure, they might try a new salad bar, golf course or fishing spot, but a lot are not too eager to jump into something like racing.

    Enter Pop Armstrong, who not only began racing three years ago. but wild and crazy School Bus Figure 8 racing at that.

    Now 70, Armstrong was at Bronson Motor Speedway last Saturday night, driving the No. 49 bus.

    Armstrong answered the obvious question of how he got started.

  • Bowen leaving Citizen

    Dale Bowen, the publisher of the Chiefland Citizen, has accepted a new role with the publishing company and will give up his leadership post at the Levy County papers.

    Bowen was named advertising sales manager for the Citrus County Chronicle, the daily newspaper based in Crystal River. He will report directly to Advertising Director John Provost.

    The Florida native has spent 24 years in sales and management with Landmark Community newspapers, the owner of the Citizen and the Chronicle.

  • Trio nabbed for grand theft

    Two Dixie County women and a woman from Gilchrist County were behind bars Tuesday after being charged with grand theft and criminal conspiracy by officers from the Chiefland Police Department.

    Sylvia Smith, 23, and Holly Locke, 29, both of Old Town, along with Kristi Stiller, 36, of Trenton, were in the county lockup following the recovery of $1,342.72 worth of alleged stolen goods at two residences.

    Among the items allegedly taken from the Chiefland Wal-Mart over a period of time were fireworks, sleeping bags, tents, flashlights and other camping accessories.