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  • FCAT writing scores improve

    The first batch of FCAT test scores are in, and the good news is, Levy County students showed impressive gains in writing skills.

    However, the Levy scores still lag below the state average in that area of testing.

    Results from the reading, math and science segments of FCAT won't be available until later this spring or early summer. The accumulation of all the tests will give each district and school a numerical grade i.e. A,B,C,D,F.

  • Fanning not a first magnitude springs

    At the conclusion of the inaugural Fanning and Manatee Springs Working Group meeting this past February, coordinator Carol Lippincott took a little survey.

    She wanted to know from attendees what the most important factors were in regards to the protection of springs and their basins.

    Education was the number one answer.

    Along those lines, Lippincott had a couple of specialists from the scientific community to school folks about intricacies at the second workshop held Wednesday, May 7, at Fanning Springs City Hall.

  • Rotary will ask for a handshake promise

    FANNING SPRINGS - Being a relatively new outfit, the Fanning and Manatee Springs Working Group is still learning to walk before it can ultimately run wild with its message of springs protection.

    Wednesday, May 7, was only the second quarterly meeting of the group, which was formed by concerned folks from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission and the Department of Environment Protection.

  • Lawsuit could cost Chiefland

    A pending lawsuit has Chiefland officials concerned about money the city might end up having to refund attorneys.

    At Monday night's City Commission meeting, Norm D. Fugate, city attorney, said Chiefland has become involved in a statewide class action lawsuit in which attorneys are suing local government to get back money spent on occupational license taxes between 2000 and 2003.

    "It's not a good deal for Chiefland," City Commissioner Rollin Hudson said after the meeting.

  • Looking for the biggest redfish and trout

    Inshore fishermen, get your game faces on.

    The Chiefland Rotary Club's annual Fishing Tournament is scheduled for this Saturday.

    Fishing will be at first light Saturday and the weigh-in will between at 3-4 p.m. at Capital City Bank in Cedar Key.

    There is still time for teams to get in on the fun. Anglers can sign-up by calling Jeff or Robert Beauchamp at 493-4808, at Friday night's captains' meeting or at the main ramp in Cedar Key early Saturday morning.

    The cost is $150 per boat (two-man team). Additional anglers are $50 each.

  • Bowers aims to pitch in NL

    Cedrick Bowers wants to pitch in the National League wih the Colorado Rockies this year.

    If he is to get the opportunity, he'll first have to pitch well for the Rockies'AAA team in Colorado Springs.

    So far, so good, for the left-hander out of Chiefland.

    Bowers has appeared in three games for the Sky Sox –one start –with a record of 1-1. He has allowed seven with in 11 2/3 innings. He has fanned 13 and walked six. The ERA is at 3.86.

    The Sky Sox, who play in the Pacific Coast League, were 17-19 after this past weekend.

  • Spring game nears for CHS football

    After a week and a half of heavy hitting, Chiefland High football coach Ajay and his staff are beginning to fine-tune the Indians.

    "We had a good scrimmage (last) Friday,"Ulmer said. "We'll be working on special teams. We have to get ready for a ball game. We're only a week awat from our game."

    Chiefland will travel to Fort White on Friday night, May 23, for a FHSAA Spring Classic.

  • Home playoff game Saturday for Panthers

    The Gulf Coast Panthers semi-pro football team will play host to the Duval Tigers in a playoff opener at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Strickland Park. The public is invited to attend.

    The Panthers (5-3-1) warmed up for the playoffs by defeatin the Tampa Bay Tigers, 22-14, last Saturday, May 3.

    Lee Bell scored two touchdowns for the Panthers. Jeremy Woodley had 19 tackles and four sacks. Nevine Rayford scored a touchdown and had two interceptions.

  • Women's golf

    The Chiefland Women's Golf Association played golf on April 30 in probably the best weather of the year. Since our season ends in three weeks, we decided to play our favorite game. You get to throw out two bad holes on each nine, a total of four of your worst scores, then deduct one half of your handicap. Just pretend that those nightmare holes never happened. This is a golfer's dream outing.

  • Another black eye for horse racing

    The Kentucky Derby is sometimes referred to as "The Fastest Two Minutes in Sports," and with just cause.

    So much anticipation, so much at stake, is over in a flash.

    The winner of the Kentucky Derby is an overnight sensation. A place in history. Big bucks. A shot at the Triple Crown.

    This past Saturday, there were 20, 1,200-pound three-year-old thoroughbreds thundering around Churchill Downs for a mile and a quarter.

    While the owners and trainer of the horse named "Big Brown" celebrated, a more sobering face of the sport surfaced on the backstretch.