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  • Spring practice –Indians turn it up a notch

    No doubt about it, the second time around is more comfortable for everyone involved.

    We're talking about high school football, of course.

    Last year was Ajay Ulmer's first year as head coach at Chiefland High.

    He was a seasoned coach with lots of enthusiasm and knowledge, but getting to know everyone and feeling comfortable in a new environment can go a long way toward reaching goals.

    This year, Ulmer has a head start on things. He has worked with his staff for a year and now knows all the players and their work habits and capabilities.

  • Bronson football begins Cooksey era

    BRONSON -New Bronson High football coach Al Cooksey is getting his first look-see of the Eagles on the field, as spring practice has officially begun.

    Players began working out Thursday and finished up workouts in helmets and shorts Monday. The pads were going on for the first time Tuesday.

    "Its early. I dont know the kids well enough yet,"Cooksey said. "Every day I learn more about them."

    The new coach has a lot of work laid out for the Eagles.

  • CHS baseball 2008 was great, how about 2009?

    The bitter taste of defeat in the district semifinals may still linger a bit for Chiefland High baseball coach Kyle Parnell, but the big picture tells the veteran mentor that 2008 was still something special.

    When you finish 18-4, you have to be doing a lot of things right.

    Parnell is mighty proud of the accomplishments of this year's bunch when he looks back at the number of quality players he lost to graduation in 2007.

    "We came in with new players in six of the nine positions," said Parnell, who was 19-7 in 2007.

  • A Catch-22 in Bronson

    BRONSON-A half dozen residents waited patiently until the end of the Bronson Town Council meeting to ask when a sewer line would be available in their neighborhoods.

    The answer?

    It's going to be a while.

    The existing sewer line in the town is a three-inch pipe, Councilman Berlon Weeks explained.

    In order to make it useable for as many people who need to connect to it, that pipe must be replaced with at least an eight-inch pipe, maybe even a 12-inch pipe.

    And in order to get the larger pipe, Weeks said, the town has to have more money in its coffers.

  • A night to celebrate

    They came by the scores. Some with tear-streaked faces; others with smiles that glistened. For a few short hours Friday night and Saturday morning, wars were forgotten, the price of gasoline only whispered about and plans for summer vacation were shelved as the community came together to celebrate a night of living as the 14th Annual Relay for Life got under way at Chiefland High School.

  • New scales coming to landfill

    BRONSON - The outdated weigh scale system at the Levy County Landfill will soon be streamlined, thanks to the approval of a new scale house and unit that will improve safety and improve traffic flow.

    The Board of County Commissioners gave the project the green light at Tuesday's meeting at the Courthouse.

    The move will give the landfill two sets of scales - one for commercial and the other for the public.

  • County blesses fire department merger

    BRONSON - A proposed fire merger between Bronson and Otter Creek took another step toward becoming reality Tuesday when the Levy Board of County Commissioners gave the plan its blessings.

    The merger would stand to significantly upgrade protection in Otter Creek, a tiny community that has a station and some equipment but is lacking in manpower.

    Bronson Fire Chief Rick Lombardo explained that the merger would provide quicker response in largely rural Otter Creek and lower property insurance rates, since it would improve its ISO rating.

  • Man charged with attempted homicide

    An evening of revelry ended in tragedy last Friday evening when a man was stabbed multiple times at the Clay Landing Boat Ramp.

    Authorities have not released the name of the man who was stabbed in the upper torso and face. He was transported to Shands at the University of Florida where he underwent two surgeries.

    The victim was released Monday and is recuperating, according to Lt. Evan Sullivan, public information officer for the Levy County Sheriff's Office.

  • Saving energy at BES

    It's affecting more than just the pocketbooks of the general public.

    Rising energy costs are also taking a toll on Levy County Schools.

    Cheryl Beauchamp, the principal at Bronson Elementary, presented recommendations to the School Board on ways to conserve energy as determined by an energy committee that was previously formed.

    "I think right now the climate is good for us to work on this. It's affecting us at home and the school. People know the price of fuel and electricity," said Superintendent Cliff Norris.

  • Chiefland–a drug ghost town

    Chiefland Police Chief Robert Douglas could not say enough good things Monday night about the joint effort between his officers and the sheriff's department when it comes to eliminatng drugs from the city streets.

    Douglas told the city commission that federal indictments had been handed down following a major cocaine bust that had a street value of over $1.5 million.

    Because the cases involving the seven individuals will go through the federal courts, any guilty verdicts will most likely carry with them prison sentences-including life.