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  • CAAA baseball opening day March 15

    The Chiefland Area Athletic Association is looking forward to opening day of its youth baseball and softball seasons on Saturday, March 15.

    Opening ceremonies will start at 10 a.m.

    "The VFW Flag Corps will be there,"said CAAA president Wayne Weatherford. "There will be barbecue dinners. We'll have baseball all day."

    Weatherford said signups are still a little off.

    "We thought the late fee would get everyone to sign up a little early, but they're still coming in wanting to play,"Weatherford explained.

  • Braves win first two games of season

    The Chiefland Middle School baseball team improved its record to 2-0 with an 18-1 hammering of visiting Bronson last Saturday.

    Kody Plemmons led the way with two doubles. Travis Wain had two singles. Jeremy Fisher had a triple. Derek Allen had a double. Five players had a single –Aaron Beachaump, Alden Davis, Kaleb Calpin, Shaquille Patterson and Tim Reidy.

    Chiefland used three pitchers. Allen and Caplin each pitched two innings. Patterson threw a frame.

    CHIEFLAND MIDDLE 15, RUTH RAINS 6 –The Braves wonm their season opener Feb. 7.

  • Summit held for springs' supporters

    FANNING SPRINGS –Unchecked growth and the accompanying pollution can be likened to a runaway freight train.

    The end result isn't pretty.

    In these parts, the bottom line is tainted ground water.

    As scientific studies have revealed, tainted ground water ends up compromising the crystal clear springs that this area is so famous for.

    When the springs are lost, so are tourist dollars, not to mention something even more precious –clean drinking water.

  • County employees can seek election easier now

    BRONSON - Employees of the Levy County Board of County Commissioners will find it easier to run for office as a result of a policy amendment on Feb. 19.

    A policy adopted in 2004 noted in part that, "Employees who run for elected public office will be placed on a leave of absence on the date they open a campaign account through the Supervisor of Elections Office to run for public office or the date of filing qualification, whichever happens earlier."

  • State senator wants more tax cuts

    A recently adopted amendment to the Florida Constitution does not go far enough in cutting taxes State Sen. Charlie Dean told the Chiefland Rotary Club on Feb. 13.

    Dean was in the Florida House of Representatives for the five years prior to the recent special election that put him in the Senate. Voters chose him for the District 3 seat of former Sen. Nancy Argenziano, after she became a member of the Public Service Commission.

  • Red Belly Day dies quietly

    Red Belly Day dies quietly

    BY JEFF M. HARDISON

    Staff Writer

    FANNING SPRINGS - For the past 12 years, Red Belly Day has been a celebration at Fanning Springs State Park on Memorial Day Weekend.

    That will be no more, said Bob Leichner of the Dixie County Chamber of Commerce. He made the announcement during the Fanning Springs Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet on Feb. 12.

  • CHS HOSA advances to state competition

    Alice Graham is feeling mighty pleased about how far health occupation education has come in the past half decade at Chiefland High.

    "We started five years ago with 30 kids. Now I have five or six classes a day with 75 students in the program,"Graham said.

    Yes, the Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA) Club at CHS is excelling in training kids to be the doctors, veterinarians and nurses of tomorrow.

    Proof of that is how well the local kids performed at Region 2 Conference competition held Jan. 19 at Chiefland High.

  • Indians mop up in First Pitch Tournament

    The Chiefland First Pitch Tournament brought three local schools together for preseason action last week, giving coaches a chance to look at the new rosters in game situations.

    Chiefland High coach Kyle Parnell liked what he saw, as the Indians rolled to a pair of victories.

    On Tuesday, Feb. 5, Chiefland belted Bronson, 11-0. Then on Friday, Feb. 8, the Indians recorded a 9-1 victory over Trenton.

  • CHS football banquet tickets on sale

    We know that high school football might be on the backburner as far as sports headlines go now, but it's time for Chiefland Indian fans to assemble and honor the accomplishments of the 2007 teams.

    The football/cheerleading banquet will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 25, at the Tommy Usher Pineland Center.

    More importantly, the deadline to purchase tickets is this coming Monday, Feb. 18.

  • Harris makes if official, signs with FIU

    Back in September, Joey Harris made a verbal commitment to continue his football career at Florida International University.

    Last Wednesday, Feb. 6, Harris proved that his word is good, as he officially signed a letter of intent to attend FIU, a Division I college located in Miami.

    Harris, who played defensive end and tight end for Chiefland High, was recruited by FIU receivers coach Frank Ponce during spring practice last year.

    Harris hopes to play as a true freshman. FIU plans to use him at tight end.