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  • Zach Tyson's time has come

    All last year, Zach Tyson watched Chiefland High football games from the sidelines.

    It was painful -mostly emotionally -as Tyson was a starter for the Indians as a freshman and sophomore. He was looking forward to a big junior season, but a dislocated patella suffered during spring practice in 2007 suddenly turned things around. He had surgery and would miss the entire season.

    Still, Tyson attended every game and football function, helping out the program in any way he could. He rehabbed and went to therapy three times a week.

  • Chiefland volleyballers look to strike back

    The 2007 Chiefland High volleyball team turned a mediocre season into a good one in one night in October, as the Lady Indians won two matches to finish runnerup in the district and earn a regional berth.

    Chiefland finished with a final record of 11-12 -the final loss to Taylor-Pierson in the regional quarterfinals.

    The Lady Indians lost some key seniors from that team ?Amye Grieves, Brittany Arrington and Cassie Labat to name a few.

    But coach Emily Gore has a mixture she hopes will be competitive in this year's Class 3A District 5 wars.

  • Chiefland High golfer recods a hole-in-one

    Chiefland High freshman Matt Tyson did something very special on Tuesday afternoon, Sept. 2.

    Teeing up on hole 5 at Chiefland High Golf and Country Club, Tyson skied a ball 184 yards, onto the green, and then into the cup.

    It?s called a hole in one.

    Tyson's feat came during the Indians match against visiting Branford High.

    "It's never happened before in practice or in play,"said Don Stewart, who is in his 17th year of coaching boys golf at Chiefland High.

    Tyson used a 6 iron to do the job.

  • Bell edges Trenton in battle of Gilchrist

    BELL -The big one in Gilchrist County came early this year.

    Rivals Trenton High and Bell High went toe-to-toe for 48 minutes late Friday night. Both teams had their shots. In the end, Bell proved to have a little more punch, as the Bulldogs squeaked out a 23-15 victory over the visiting Tigers.

    "It was a tough loss,"said Trenton's first-year head coach Chris Baker. "Bell's execution was better. They converted two fourth downs on their last drive. We had a couple breakdowns on pass coverage and they made us pay."

  • Fire departments score in new budget

    The first public hearing on Levy County's proposed budget and millage rate almost passed without fanfare Monday night-that is until representatives from the Fire Advisory Board took to the floor.

    Lamar Stegall, chairman of that group wanted to know point-blank what the county's fire departments were getting.

    In a time of cutbacks and sacrifices, three departments-Chiefland, Cedar Key and Inglis-had asked for increased funding to carryout their duties.

    Without lengthy debate, the county commissioners agreed that the extra funds were necessary.

  • Ride to Provide a 'blessing'

    U.S. 19 looks like a pretty big piece of road, at least until both northbound lanes are crammed with motorcycles - some 275 of them. Cars and trucks waited, and their drivers stared, as a mile-long parade of chrome, fringed leather and flames flowed through the tiny U.S. 19-State Road 24 interchange into Otter Creek Saturday morning.

  • Bronson clerk quits

    BRONSON - Donna Conquest enjoyed her job as Bronson's Town Clerk.

    For five years, she faithfully served the town and its people, performing a variety of tasks from taking water payments and answering questions from the public to balancing the budget books.

    But everybody apparently has their breaking point.

    Tired of accusations and personal attacks levied at her by two town council members and the fire chief in front of the public at monthly meetings over the past year, Conquest decided she had enough.

  • BOCC learns more costs go with radios

    The Levy County Commission was taken aback to learn in a budget workshop that the new radio system used by law enforcement and emergency responders will be expensive to maintain.

    During a workshop for county constitutional officers Tuesday afternoon, commissioners were told the county's 332 hand-held and mobile units, which already cost $14.95 each per month in user fees are almost out of warranty and an extended warranty will cost $175 per unit per year. That's $58,100 per year on top of the $59,560.80 in user fees.

  • Rustic setting sets scene for fund-raiser

    The Gilchrist Club, a private sportsman's paradise situated among the natural habitat of 23,000 wooded acres, is hosting Haven Hospice's fall fund-raiser on September 13.

    "Fall at the Lodge" will feature music on a deck overlooking Suwannee Lake, dinner on the lawn between the Main Lodge and the Cypress Lodge, scene of the silent auction, and clay shoots conducted by the club's guide.

  • With $10 and a phone number, he saw the world

    As America approaches the seventh anniversary of 9/11, Amar Parkash has a message for us: This is a great country.

    "It's greatness is not in the F-21 or 31 or the Sherman tanks," he says. "It is in the generosity of its people. That personifies what America is."

    Parkash says he should know. As he hitchhiked around the world, he arrived at Kennedy Airport in January 1968 with $10 in his pocket and the telephone number of his father's friend, a doctor practicing in New York City.