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  • State Tee-Ball Tournament coming to Chiefland

    Countdown on

    for State

    Tee-Ball

    The countdown in on for the State Tee-Ball Tournament at Strickland Park.

    We?re now roughly two weeks away from being invaded by little guys playing in a big event.

    Boys, girls, parents, grandparents and other interested souls from all over north and central Florida will be in Chiefland from June 12-16.

    Chiefland Area Athletic Association president Wayne Weatherford said this is an especially big year since its the 10th year Chiefland has played host to the event.

  • Bowers back in victory lane

    It had been some time since Shelton Bowers last won in Sportsman at Bronson Motor Speedway -week two to be exact.

    In between, he's survived more than his share of accidents and mechanical trouble.

    This past Saturday night, the mojo was back in Bowers'pit.

    The Trenton driver took the 32 car to the front early and hung on for victory in the 30-lap feature.

    Late in the race, Bowers was pressed by the 08 of William Edwards, but the 32 zoomed to the checkered a couple of car lengths ahead of the Gainesville driver.

  • CHS softball toasts ?08 season

    The Chiefland High softball program held its season-ending banquet May 19 at Bell's Restaurant.

    A standing room only crowd jammed the banquet room to watch the girls receive awards,

    The varsity team returned four players from the 2007 Final Foursquad. Plus, the Lady Indians lost five games in the final inning. Still, they mustered a respectable record of 8-10.

    Awards were presented by coach Wayne Weatherford. They were ...

  • 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.