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  • 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

  • Top Sports Stories of 2007

    Chiefland Citizen's top 15 local sporting events of the year

    1The Chiefland High girls softball team enjoyed its best season ever, making it all the way to a Class 3A State Final 4 appearance in Plant City. Under the guidance of coach Wayne Weatherford, the Lady Indians won the district and region before bowing to Gulliver Prep in the state semifinals. The Lady Indians finished with an eye-opening record of 25-5. Senior pitcher Megan Weatherford was 21-4 and voted 3A Player of the Year. Coach Weatherford was runnerup for 3A Coach of the Year.

  • Homestead Exemption amendment reviewed

    BRONSON - Levy County Property Appraiser Francis Akins recently provided the first of four informational releases to explain a ballot question set for the Jan. 29 election.

    Akins told the Chiefland Rotary Club on Dec. 19 that based on an average of 18 mills, a home valued at or above $75,000 would generate about $188.50 in savings if this proposed revision to the Florida Constitution is approved by voters.

    Akins performed more calculations to show actual savings at current millages for various parts of Levy County for the increased Homestead Exemption amendment.

  • Snakes in the dash

    I can imagine worse things than a snake in the dashboard of my truck. How about a bee hive? Or a fire ant nest?

    So, having a four-foot long Texas rat snake living somewhere near the airbag for three days wasn't all that bad.

    In fact, I was more worried about the snake's welfare. That plus the possibility of him dying in there and stinking up the truck for Lord knows how long.

    Any you thought "Snakes on a Plane" was bad.

  • Government leaders reflect and look forward

    Leaders in Chiefland, Bronson and Levy County reflected on 2007 and looked forward to 2008 when they were approached to do so by the newspaper.

    Chiefland City Manager Grady Hartzog Sr. said annexation and development in Chiefland in 2007 is a noteworthy accomplishment. The city's growth in acreage combined with potential business interests coming into Chiefland are positive aspects of the past year, he said.

  • Bronson boys outlast Trenton

    The Bronson High Eagles found themselves in a dogfight last Friday night when they hosted their district nemesis Trenton.

    The Eagles came out winners in a 60-49 slugfest that was never assured until the final seconds.

    Always prepared, tough on defense and good on the shot, Trenton came in ready to play.

    Bronson played well often, if occasionally erratically, but the Eagles were brutally efficient in the final minutes.