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  • Anonymous donor gives $600,000 for CFCC Levy Center

    Central Florida Community College announced its plan to raise $1.5 million from the local community, which will generate state funding for its $8 million to $9 million permanent facility in Levy County.

    The kickoff announcement was on Feb. 19 at Drummond Community Bank in Chiefland. On Feb. 22, CFCC President Charles "Chick" Dassance spoke about the plans.

    An anonymous donor gave $600,000 to CFCC for the new Levy Center, Dr. Dassance told members and guests of the Greater Chiefland Area Chamber of Commerce on Feb. 22.

  • Candidates vie for Levy County seats

    BRONSON - Even though qualifying does not begin until June 16 at noon and end on June 20 at noon, there are 21 people seeking to fill 10 Levy County posts, according to records.

    One person has already dropped out of the race - even before the official qualifying date.

    Melody LaFlam of Bronson, who lists no party affiliation, had opened a financial account to challenge incumbent Supervisor of Elections Connie Asbell for her office but LaFlam has withdrawn, according to records. As of last Thursday, Asbell was the only person seeking the post.

  • Bell rings up Lady Indians

    BELL –Wayne Weatherford could almost sense it coming.

    Having graduated a lot of the big guns off of last year's State Final Four team, Weatherford knew there would be some rough spots for this year's squad to navigate.

    Some of them surfaced in last Thursday's season opener at Bell High.

    Errors, both mental and physical, were a common occurance as the Chiefland High girls softball team fell, 6-0, to the Lady Bulldogs.

  • Lady Indians grab first win

    It wasn't exactly pretty, but the end result sit just fine with coach Wayne Weatherford.

    The Chiefland High varsity softball team won its home opener last Friday night, 6-4 over visiting Newberry.

    The victory evened the Lady Indians record at 1-1 and moved the district record record to 1-0. Newberry fell to 0-2.

    The Lady Indians were far from mid-season form, as errors still plaqued Weatherford's team, but they had enough to hang on.

  • Lady Indians have big shoes to fill

    The Chiefland High softball program flew to new heights last year.

    The Lady Indians finished with an awesome record of 25-5, they won district and regional crowns and made it to the state "Final Four"in Plant City.

    Pitcher Megan Weatherford was Class 3A Player of the Year. Other valuable seniors included catcher Whitney Mills, shortstop Kari Stephens, second baseman Amanda Hinote and outfielder Kearston Andrews.

    The loss of those key starters makes for an challenging 2008 season for Wayne Weatherford, a 2007 Coach of the Year finalist.

  • Arlington Country Day again eliminates Bronson

    ORANGE PARK –For the Bronson Eagles, their 64-32 regional quarterfinal loss to Arlington Country Day was like deja vu all over again, except this year it came one round earlier, due to a shakeup in the regions by the Florida High School Activities Association.

    ACD is the three-time defending state champion in 2A, and last year when the Eagles played in the Sweet 16, the Apaches had four senior McDonald's All-American nominees, including two players bound for University of Kentucky and Webber International University.

  • CAAA baseball opening day March 15

    The Chiefland Area Athletic Association is looking forward to opening day of its youth baseball and softball seasons on Saturday, March 15.

    Opening ceremonies will start at 10 a.m.

    "The VFW Flag Corps will be there,"said CAAA president Wayne Weatherford. "There will be barbecue dinners. We'll have baseball all day."

    Weatherford said signups are still a little off.

    "We thought the late fee would get everyone to sign up a little early, but they're still coming in wanting to play,"Weatherford explained.

  • Braves win first two games of season

    The Chiefland Middle School baseball team improved its record to 2-0 with an 18-1 hammering of visiting Bronson last Saturday.

    Kody Plemmons led the way with two doubles. Travis Wain had two singles. Jeremy Fisher had a triple. Derek Allen had a double. Five players had a single –Aaron Beachaump, Alden Davis, Kaleb Calpin, Shaquille Patterson and Tim Reidy.

    Chiefland used three pitchers. Allen and Caplin each pitched two innings. Patterson threw a frame.

    CHIEFLAND MIDDLE 15, RUTH RAINS 6 –The Braves wonm their season opener Feb. 7.

  • Summit held for springs' supporters

    FANNING SPRINGS –Unchecked growth and the accompanying pollution can be likened to a runaway freight train.

    The end result isn't pretty.

    In these parts, the bottom line is tainted ground water.

    As scientific studies have revealed, tainted ground water ends up compromising the crystal clear springs that this area is so famous for.

    When the springs are lost, so are tourist dollars, not to mention something even more precious –clean drinking water.

  • County employees can seek election easier now

    BRONSON - Employees of the Levy County Board of County Commissioners will find it easier to run for office as a result of a policy amendment on Feb. 19.

    A policy adopted in 2004 noted in part that, "Employees who run for elected public office will be placed on a leave of absence on the date they open a campaign account through the Supervisor of Elections Office to run for public office or the date of filing qualification, whichever happens earlier."