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  • JVs improve at varsity level

    There's a big difference between varsity and junior varsity.

    Forced to play up a notch because of player suspensions, the Chiefland High JVs are speeding up a sharp learning curve.

    Playing their second game as varsity Tuesday night, Jan. 15, the little Indians fell behind host Trenton by a bunch early but then rebounded to play a respectable brand of ball in the second half.

    Coach Mark Lundy had to be pleased with the boys'progress in a 57-28 setback.

    Trenton improved its record to 7-11. Chiefland fell to 7-12.

  • Eagles in district battle after Hawthorne loss

    BRONSON –The Bronson High boys basketball team faltered a little in its district chase last Tuesday when it lost to the Hawthorne Hornets in the second half of that district series.

    Eagles'head coach Kelly Beckham called it an important win earlier in the season when Bronson beat the Hornets in Hawthorne.

    Last Tuesday, Jan. 15, though, three days after finishing off a strong Oak Hall team on the road, Bronson was upset at home in a 62-49 loss to their old area rival and new district foe.

  • CFCC to seek funding

    Four days after what would have been the 279th birthday of Irish statesman Edmund Burke, a member of the Central Florida Community College Board of Trustees quoted him.

    "All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing," Bob Hastings said as he quoted Burke on Jan. 16. Hastings, one of the seven members of the CFCC Board of Trustees was introducing Lisa E. Lombardo, major gifts officer of the CFCC Foundation, to the Chiefland Rotary Club.

  • Nuke plant continues

    ST. PETERSBURG - Progress Energy Florida (PEF) continues moving forward with its plan to build two nuclear power plants in southern Levy County despite rising construction costs, according to PEF spokesman Buddy Eller.

    "We expect to file our state need case with the (Florida) Public Service Commission within the next 60 to 90 days," Eller said.

  • Impact fee passes, but not without a fight

    It might not be exactly what Levy School Board officials wanted, but a compromise at least has the new school impact fee ordinance on board.

    School Board members held a joint meeting with the Levy County Commissioners at the school administration building on Jan. 8 to finalize and OK the plan.

    While many thought it would just be a formality, the school impact fee plan almost died when county commissioners Tony Parker, Nancy Bell and Lilly Rooks failed to support it.

    Twice, commissioner Danny Stevens made motions to approve it. Twice, no one would back him.

  • Octagon building refurbishing approved without bids

    Thanks to a recommendation from Chiefland Building and Zoning Director Bill Hammond, local contractor Jerry Orenchak received a city-financed project priced in the range of $3,000 to $4,400 without having to bid.

    The Chiefland City Commission unanimously voted on Jan. 14 to refurbish the old octagon building. Orenchak is the man hired to restore the historic structure.

  • Bronson gets big road win at Oak Hall

    GAINESVILLE -Just before last Friday night's vital district game between the host Oak Hall Eagles and the visiting Bronson Eagles, the public address announcer noted that Bronson head coach Kelly Beckham had recently marked his 525th career win, and his 500th win at Bronson High School.

    Just after the announcement, Bronson laid the foundation - a strong first quarter - that led to their edge-of-the-seat 54-50 win over Oak Hall.

  • CAAA basketball results

    CAAA BASKETBALL RESULTS

    9-10 YEAR OLDS

    RED 32, ORANGE 15 –The Red won this game as Cedric Bowers scored 18 points and Jordan Strong added 12 points. Cassidy Shultz had seven points for Orange. River Lundy added five.

    LANEY'S BALLERS 20, GAINESVILLE WOLFPACK 6 _Emmarie Harmon had eight points for the winners. Casey Lawson had four points. Three others had two apiece.

    WASSON WARRIORS 27, GAINESVILLE WOLFPACK 19 –Tyrique Allen scored 10 points and Dale Stone added nine for the locals.

    11 AND UP

  • JV steps up to varsity against Dixie

    With the Chiefland High varsity basketball players serving suspension time after the previous night's fight against Fort White, coach Mark Lundy had to go down on the farm for Friday night's home game against Dixie County.

    The junior varsity players saved the day, going up against a strong Bear squad.

    Dixie came into the contest with a record of 10-3, while the Chiefland JVs were just 1-11 at their level.

    To no one's surprise, the Bears won, but the JV players bounced up to varsity played hard and represented CHS well.

    The final score was 74-28.

  • Report details fracas

    Chiefland High accepts partial blame in last Thursday?s boys basketball fight against visiting Fort White High.

    Players from both teams ?-benches included -got involved in the fracas with 2:01 remaining and Fort White leading 43-41.

    The officials filed their report to the Florida High School Activities Association immediately after the Class 3A District 5 contest was stopped.

    Both Chiefland and Fort White were to file their versions of the incident to FHSAA associate director Denarvise Thornton.