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  • Boys' basketball wins season opener

    The Chiefland High boys varsity basketball team looked sharp in its season opener last Tuesday, Nov. 20, dominating host Lafayette County, 58-35.

    Guard Marquis Jackson led the way with 17 points. The guard was especially hot from the outside, popping for five 3-point goals. Forward Travis Donald was the only other Indian reaching double figures with 10 points.

    "We were balanced,"Indian coach Mark Lundy said. "We were very unselfish. We ran the floor and played good defense."

    Lafayette was still alive in football playoffs and missing two of its starters.

  • Late collapse leads to loss for Lady Indians

    The Chiefland High girls varsity basketball team hung with visiting Fort White for a half on Tuesday, Nov. 20.

    In fact, the CHS gals only trailed by a point at intermission.

    But the Lady Indians from Columbia County broke away in the second half en route to a 52-28 cruise over the local Lady Indians.

    Chiefland fell to 1-3 overall and 1-2 in Class 3A District 5.

    It was an uphill struggle in the first quarter, as Chiefland fell behind 5-0 and trailed 7-4 after the first eight minutes.

  • Devils prevail in opening thriller

    Bronson High boys varsity basketball lost its opener at Williston, or, put another way, Williston won its first game against the visiting Eagles.

    The real winners at this 57-55 nailbiter were the fans.

    Back from a roller-coaster season that went below .500 until the break and culminated in a Sweet 16 appearance, the Eagles return almost everybody and look ready to take on their whole schedule.

    The Devils have had a revival of their own, with new head coach David Vespignani at the helm, and look like a team with a plan.

  • Pulling the plug on the Jags

    There I was, watching the opening minutes of the Jaguars against Buffalo, when zap, all of a sudden we?re switched to the Bengals against the Titans.

    Just how I wanted to spend my Sunday afternoon.

    After some scrambling, I finally was able to tune the game in on radio on the static-laced AM band.

    Oh well. Better than nothing.

    But it got me to thinking. Usually when a team is close to selling out, a major sponsor will buy up the remaining tickets to prevent a blackout. And the local TV affiliate that would gain by showing the game would also help the cause.

  • Bronson girls deck young Cedar Key squad

    There was a win inside the Lady Sharks' 44-24 season-opening loss to Bronson Nov. 19.

    "We made a pledge to win the fourth quarter," Cedar Key High varsity girls head coach Chris Cowart said. "We did it. We outscored them 13-8."

    Cedar Key persevered in the face of a double-digit first half deficit, the result of letting early game jitters get the better of them. Bronson rolled up a 13-0 first quarter lead, led by Elizabeth Gay's points in the paint, before the Sharks recovered their composure and started chipping.

  • Incredible racing year for Bronson's Robbie Cooper

    Three things have to come together for the chance to dominate in auto racing – excellent equipment, a crack crew and a fearless hotshoe.

    Those three, plus the intangible called luck, can add up to a lot of checkered flags.

    Ask Robbie Cooper, who won 15 races this year and captured three series points championships in asphalt Open Wheel Modifieds.

    The 37-year-old out of Bronson has won at tracks across the state in his flashy red No. 98 car. This was only his second year driving Modifieds.

  • Winterfest promises fun Saturday

    The 2007 Christmas and Winter Festival, which is scheduled to be from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. in Trailhead Park, promises to include music, skits, food, crafts, a parade and Santa Claus.

    Sponsored by the Greater Chiefland Area Chamber of Commerce and the city of Chiefland, the annual event shows promise of being the best ever this year.

    The show starts at 9 a.m. in Trailhead Park, which holds the Chiefland Train Depot and the Chamber office at 23 S.E. First Ave.

  • Some of 'Chiefland 11' respond to accusations

    "The Chiefland 11" might be a name for the 11 people accused by former Chiefland City Commissioner Alice Monyei as having violated Florida law by voting in a precinct where they do not live.

    While the six Andrews family members chose against making any comment about where the live in contrast with where they vote, other than Kelby Andrews who tried to intimidate a reporter with a verbal threat, some of the other 11 were willing to speak.

    Lester R. Hunter, a member of the Chiefland City Commission for 18 years, was contacted at his Newberry residence on Nov. 26.

  • 11 named in voter fraud allegation

    TALLAHASSEE - Eleven people are suspected of illegally voting in the Chiefland city election, which was Aug. 7, according to a complaint filed by former Chiefland City Commissioner Alice Monyei with the Florida Department of State, Division of Elections.

    These 11 people allegedly live outside the city limits, which according to the city charter and state election laws, prohibits them from participating in city elections. They allegedly committed voter fraud, according to Monyei's complaint.

  • City seeks CDBG amendment to pave road

    With the approval of the Chiefland Citizen Advisory Task Force (CATF), the Chiefland City Commission on Nov. 26 voted 3-0 to amend its 2005-06 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) to pave part of a road.

    The city was awarded a $650,000 CDBG for 19,000 linear feet of new water pipes, 6,300 linear feet of new sewer lines and 14 new fire hydrants in the southwest quadrant of the city. The fiscal year 2005-06 CDBG was extended to expire in early January 2008.