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  • Eagles flatten St. Johns in spring game

    The Bronson High football romped to a 31-0 shutout over the visiting Spartans from St. Johns Country Day in Orange Park in an entertaining, instructive Spring Classic.

    "We did good. We've got a lot of work to do," said Bronson head coach Al Cooksey in a post-game comment that summed up where the Eagles are today.

    Bronson had five offensive touchdowns, plus a takeway returned for touchdown that was called back for an illegal block. Kicking, which Cooksey said they had scarcely practiced at all, was not pretty, with only one of five point-after tries going down.

  • Chiefland lives and learns in Fort White

    FORT WHITE -For Ajay Ulmer, spring football games are good for finding out strengths and weaknesses and adjusting from there.

    Ulmer got a feel for what needs to be tweaked for his Chiefland High football program with a Spring CLassic at Fort White High last Friday night, May 23.

    The non-district scrimmage pitted the host Class 2A Indians against Ulmer's Class 2B Indians.

    For the record, Fort White used three first half touchdowns to power it to a 23-14 over Chiefland.

  • Hitchhikers are everywhere

    I was camping in the Ocala National Forest Tuesday and Wednesday night at Alexander Springs. When I got up on Thursday morning, I heard noises coming from under the hood of my car.

    When I opened the hood to check it out, I found an eye the size of a marble staring straight back at me! I nearly jumped back, re-gained my composure, and realized the eye was attached to a feral kitten!

  • Baker cooks up another Sportsman win

    Blown engnes can quickly ruin a race car driver's night.

    Ask Matt Blum or Shelton Bowers, who saw their Sportsman efforts left for dead last Saturday night on the high banks at Bronson Motor Speedway.

    Blum was pressing Mike Baker for the lead in the 30-lap feature until lap 19, when the No. 1 car blew. Blum was tryiing for his second feature win in a row.

    Instead, it was all Baker, who took the checkered in the 02 car.

    Baker had won three straight before Blum?s win May 10.

  • LARC gets needed donations

    Just as they always do this time of year, Levy Association for Retarded Citizens (LARC) clients, staff and board members assembled in the dining room of the old Otter Creek School to receive the donation check from the host of the annual Wild Hog Canoe Race fund-raiser.

    For the last three years, that group has been AMVETS Post 88 of Bronson, and this year they brought a check for $6,800.

    The total was just a little over last year's contribution of $6,725, and post commander Clyde McGarva felt it keenly.

    "We wanted to do better by them," he said.

  • Police chief's contract not renewed

    Cedar Key City Commission voted 3-2 Tuesday against continuing its contract with police chief Bubba Castell.

    Island and area residents filled the City Hall commission room, overflowed the porch and packed the lawn on two sides of the building, trying to hear the proceedings in the first commission meeting since the May 6 election.

  • LAB alive and well

    BRONSON - The reports of the death of the Library Advisory Board have been greatly exaggerated, it appears.

    During the April 22 County Commissioners meeting, talk about possibly dissolving the nine-year old committee surfaced.

    Once five-people strong, the LAB has recently dwindled to just one - chairman Dave Kendall.

    Usable ideas from the LAB were few and far between, according to Levy Chief Librarian Bonnie Tollefson, suggesting its days may be numbered.

  • Mills shines in national tourney spotlight

    >Whitney Mills finally got her chance to shine for the Santa Fe Community College softball team, and she came through with flying colors.

    Mills, the 2007 Chiefland High graduate, saw limited playing time through much of the season for the Lady Saints of SFCC.

    In the most important tournament of the season, coach turned Mills loose.

    As a designated hitter, she excelled for the Lady Saints in the JUCO Nationals played Thursday through Saturday in Plant City.

    Santa Fe had to settle for second in the nation after dropping a 5-2 decision to Wallace State.

  • Anglers see red in annual Rotary Fishing Tournament

    CEDAR KEY -They came from near and far Saturday to have a great time on the water off the Cedar Keys, but more importantly, to help out the Chiefland Rotary Club with one of its major fundraisers -the annual Fishing Tournament.

    The number of boats participating -44 -nearly matched last year's total of 47. A good sign considering the current state of the economy.

    But with more sponsors this year, the net money raised came out to be quite a bit more.

  • CES to get new classrooms

    Students at Chiefland Elementary will have something to crow about as construction on eight new classrooms is set to begin in October.

    The Levy County School Board discussed the construction plans at their meeting this week, announcing the additions will replace Chiefland Elementary's 20-year-old portables.

    Four classrooms will be for intermediate grades and four for primary grades. Joyce Bullock Elementary and also Cedar Key Elementary will see some improvements as well.