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  • Fort White nips Lady Indians

    The Chiefland High girls softball team saw bad judgement on the basepaths snatch away a chance at victory last Thursday night, March 27, as visiting Fort White scored twice in the seventh for a 3-1 victory.

    The Lady Indians lost their third straight and watched their record dip to 6-8.

    It was senior night with Amye Grieves, Brooke Williams, Cassie Labat, Hagen Lewis and Jerrica Grimsley all taking a bow before the game.

  • Former Indian standout Bennett looks forward to giving back to Chiefland

    As an athlete and scholar, Cedric Bennett has done Chiefland proud.

    After excelling in basketball and baseball at Chiefland High, Bennett went on to be a scholarship athlete at Lynn University in Boca Raton.

    Bennett played three years of hoops and two years on the diamond for the Knights.

    Then, Bennett was drafted by the Chicago Cubs and played Rookie League ball in Arizona last year.

  • ASA Late Models wow Bronson Speedway crowd

    BRONSON –The largest crowd of the young racing season filed into Bronson Motor Speedway on Saturday night, March 29, for the Flagship RV 100 –the 2008 lid-lifter for the ASA Late Model Southern Series.

    The fans were treated to a race with many twists and turns and ultimately, a wild and crazy finish at the high-banked 1/3 mile track.

    When the smoke had cleared, Jimmy Lang, a 19-year-old out of South Carolina, emerged as the winner.

  • Tarmac requests delay on zoning hearing

    BRONSON - A March 31 letter from an attorney representing Tarmac America shows the mining company wants to delay consideration of its request for a special exception.

    The Levy County Planning Commission would not consider the Kings Road Mine again until January 2009 at the earliest, if the request for a delay is granted. The letter to Chiefland Building and Zoning Director Rob Corbitt asks the Planning Commission to "hold in abeyance Tarmac's pending special exception application until at least January of 2009."

  • Tarmac King Road Mine rings of White Construction issues

    BRONSON - While Tarmac America is using Science Applications International Corp., to prove the level of impact on the environment by its 2,700-acre mine, another Levy County mining issue goes back to a 2004 Special Exception to zoning.

    White Construction Co. of Chiefland wanted a Special Exception from the Levy County Board of County Commissioners to establish a major limerock mining operation.

    This 60-acre and 20-acre site was in an Agriculture/Rural Residential area, according to records.

  • Kings Road Mine reviewed by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

    Two scoping meetings with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) on March 26 and 27, in Inglis and Chiefland respectively, added to the scoping process, which began Feb. 19.

    This process is where the USACE gathers verbal and written input from the public to help the corps review and analyze data. In this instance, the proposed Tarmac King Road Limestone Mine is under review. The Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is being created, USACE EIS Project Manager Ed Sarfert said.

    The two EIS hearings are not the end of public input.

  • CFCC offers medical classes

    Central Florida Community College will hold information sessions for Health and Human Services programs - including nursing, physical therapist assistant, surgical technology - which have no waiting lists for admission.

  • County seeks FEMA communications grant

    BRONSON -- The Levy County Board of County Commissioners unanimously approved a request from Fire Chief John Ward to apply for a matching grant to improve radio service in parts of the county where hand-held radios are failing.

    A request to apply for a $561,655 grant, where the Federal Emergency Management Agency pays 90 percent and Levy County pays 10 percent, was unanimously approved at a special County Commission meeting on the evening of March 25.

  • Commission chairman says 'Whoa radios!'

    BRONSON - Levy County spent $1.5 million on its new 800-megahertz radio system, and County Commission Chairman Sammy Yearty told firefighters not to ask for more radios.

    Chiefland Fire Chief John Ward approached the County Commission with a few requests for improving firefighters' communications at a special meeting March 25. The county agreed to improve towers for paging, and to seek a grant for improving a tower to help radio service.

  • CES walks for March of Dimes

    Chiefland Elementary School has a lot of things going for it.

    One of those positives is an awesome relationship with the North-Central Florida March of Dimes.

    For 14 years, CES teacher Robin Hardee has organized the school?s effort in the Walk Mania.

    This year?s fund-raising event was the "Walk for Babies" –which educates school children about premature babies and neonatal care.

    Approximately 60 schools covering 11 counties participated in the Walk, which took place March 13.