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  • Do's and don'ts of recycling

    Johnnie Pendarvis, Levy County Landfill Recycling Coordinator, said that there are 26 recycling trailers strategically dotting the county.

    "We've got them from Morriston to Inglis to Fanning Springs," he said.

    They are there for residents to put their aluminum, tin cans, plastic bottles and newspapers for recycling.

    Recycling helps in many ways. It relieves pressure on the landfill, plus the county receives a small fee for the recyclables according to weight.

    There are two things Pendarvis stresses.

  • Chiefland Citizen turns green

    John Jones has always been from the "waste not, want not" school.

    Working in the Chiefland Citizen's press room/mail room the past four years, Jones noticed that most of the trash bin's contents was newspaper.

    Some of it was waste from press run starts, some of it was old papers, some out of town papers.

    It all added up to a lot.

  • Another crop of Master Gardeners ready to grow

    Gardening is a hobby that helps folks relax and be at one with nature.

    There is a deep satisfaction in helping and watching plants grow to fruition.

    Some are into arranging flowers and shrubs for aesthetically pleasing purposes. Some love to grow their own vegetables and fruits.

    The learning curve continues an upward swing for hobbyists who yearn to gain more knowledge about how to get the most out of their green endeavors.

    Books and Internet are major tools.

    Those who hunger for even more knowledge can attend classes.

  • Softball, baseball practice begins

    The way the weather's been, you're ready to go ice fishing one week and swimming the next.

    The new year means one thing to high school softball and baseball coaches across Florida – time to get out the gloves, bats and balls and start practicing.

    Chiefland High softball took to the field for the first time Wednesday. Veteran coach Wayne Weatherford was lucky to have some nice weather for his girls to work out in.

  • Bronson tops Chiefland again

    As the Bronson Eagles took a commanding lead at home last Saturday night against the visiting Chiefland Indians, it appeared that fading taillights might be the only glimpse the Indians would get of their hosts.

    As it happened, the Indians went from down 19 early in the second quarter to four points out early in the fourth, on the way to the Eagles' eventual 48-38 win.

    Bronson racked up a commanding 16-2 lead in the first quarter, led by C.J. King's five points and Terrance Dukes' four.

  • Indians take two of three

    BRONSON –Things didn't start out so great for the Chiefland High boys in the Bronson Holiday Tournament, but Mark Lundy's Indians regrouped and finished strong.

    After getting spanked by Middleburg in its first game, Chiefland came back and won two consolation games to place fifth out of eight teams.

    In Saturday's game for fifth place, the Indians polished off Melbourne-West Shore, 51-44.

    The victory brought Chiefland?s record back to the .500 mark at 7-7.

    Lundy said he was pleased with the effort and improvement his team has shown this season.

  • Gent finishes super year with Owls

    Cortez Gent, a 2005 Chiefland High graduate, finished up an outstanding football season at Florida Atlantic University.

    Gent, a redshirt sophomore wide receiver for the Owls, was instrumental in FAU's finest season ever.

    The Owls finished up 2007 by playing in their first bowl game ever –the New Orleans Bowl. The Owls played Memphis on Friday night, Dec. 22.

    FAU defeated the Tigers, 44-27, to finish with a record of 8-5.

    This was only the seventh year of football at FAU.

  • CPD sergeant stops car by shooting it

    Chiefland Police Sergeant Al Graves Jr. stopped a car that was aimed at his cruiser on Christmas Day by shooting four .45 caliber slugs into it, according to records.

    One slug flattened a tire. One went into the trunk. One slug went into the rear quarter panel above the tire and another round shattered the rear window, CPD Chief Robert Douglas said.

    Graves was driving the second of two cruisers, which were responding to a call for help in regard to a perceived domestic violence attack.

  • NAPA begins scholarship program

    A new $2,000 annual scholarship is scheduled for presentation to a Chiefland High School graduate this year and every year.

    A spokesman for Chiefland NAPA said the company is proud to announce the creation of the Chiefland NAPA Automotive Technologies Scholarship Program.

  • Eagles fall in tourney final

    The Bronson Eagles finished as runners-up in their own Holiday Tournament, after a slow start to beat Umatilla 68-41 and a strong 75-52 win against Middleburg. Facing a tough Dixie County team in the championship round, Bronson could not sustain a slim halftime lead and fell 52-51 after a brutal second half battle.

    "We didn't execute when we needed to, and we couldn't get defensive stops," said Bronson head coach Kelly Beckham.

    "We've got to be prepared to play against a good team like Dixie County – we've got to bring our "A" game."

    Umatilla