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  • Relay for Life is Friday

    Hundreds of people will come to Chiefland High School's football stadium Friday night to celebrate life and the culmination of a year of fund-raising for the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life.

    Opening ceremonies for the 14th Annual Relay begin at 6 p.m.with the music of T. J. Brown.

    Cancer survivors from the tri-county area will take the first lap that kicks off a night of walking, remembering and general all-around fun.

    A variety of entertainment is scheduled throughout the evening to accompany the carnival-based theme of this year's Relay.

  • Do you look like your mom?

    A re you a mother who is often mistaken as your daughter's sister? (Lucky you!) Are you a daughter who is told that you look just like your mother when she was your age?

    When you look at family photographs, is it difficult to tell if it's you or your mother unless you look at the date on the back?

    If you answered any of these questions "Yes", the Chiefland Citizen is looking for you.

    We are inviting our female readers to participate in a special feature we are producing for Mother's Day.

  • Levy Schools toasts teachers, volunteers with Evening of Excellence

    Each year, Levy County Schools sets aside a night to honor its teachers, other work staff and volunteers with an event called "An Evening of Excellence."

    This year's event was held on Thursday, April 24, at Chiefland High.

    First, members of the School Board along with teachers, other staff, volunteers, friends, family and sponsors gathered in the cafeteria to treat on a Mexican fajita bar prepared by the Williston High culinary arts class.

    They then dispersed to the CHS auditorium, where evening's program unfolded.

  • Bull Bash '08 was great

    The economy might be sluggish and money tight, but that didn't affect support for the FFA's annual Bull Bash held last Friday and Saturday nights at Carter's Arena.

    In fact, folks came out in droves to watch rodeo-style bull riding, at the same time raising money for FFA's Alumni Association.

    "It went really good –probably one of the better ones we've probably had," said R.D. Skelton, who has been directing the Bull Bashes the past decade for Renegade Rodeo out of Chiefland.

  • Wild Hog Canoe Race - Pain and joy on the Waccasassa

    Saturday morning, Tara Mace of Gainesville got an unwelcome phone call. Her partner for the Wild Hog Canoe Race, the 31st Annual adventure to benefit Levy Association for Retarded Citizens (LARC) couldn't make it.

    Tara was stuck - where to find a partner at 6 a.m. on race day? She called her mom in Bronson.

    Theresa McFarland answered her daughter's call and agreed to give it a whirl.

    "I hung up the phone and thought – I don't have any idea what I'm doing," she said.

    "I kind of twisted her arm," Mace admitted.

  • High school spring football starts this week

    With apologies to the baseball team, football season is here, as far as Ajay Ulmer is concerned.

    "I feel bad they got upset, but what happened has happened and we're looking ahead,"said Chiefland High's football coach. "It's football season."

    CHS baseball, ranked eighth in Class 3A, lost to P.K. Yonge in the district semifinals last week. The Indian baseball team has a number of players who will be coming over to spring football practice, which begins Thursday.

    "For us, we're glad to have them,"Ulmer said. "We've got a few key guys on the baseball team."

  • Baker takes third Sportsman win at Bronson Speedway

    Matt Baker had his 02 car humming in Saturday night's 30-lap Sportsman feature at Bronson Motor Speedway, as he led coast-to-coast and took the checkered flag.

    It was the third win of the still-young season for Baker, who hails from Inglis. He entered the race sixth in Sportsman points.

    Baker stayed ahead of the 08 of William Edwards the entire race.

    Two of the division's top competitors -points leader Matt Blum and No. 2 man Shelton Bowers -went out after getting together on lap 6. Both were fighting for third place.

    Todd Kelly ended up third in the 83 car.

  • Chiefland athletes excel in college ball

    Getting playing time on the top-ranked junior college softball team in the nation can be a chore, but Whitney Mills has made the most of her limited opportunties this spring at Santa Fe Community College.

    Mills, a freshman out of Chiefland High, has gone 8-for-16 at the plate for the Lady Saints, who take an incredible 51-3-1 record into this weekend's Region 8 Tournament in Auburndale.

    That puts Mills'average at .500. She has been a pinch-hitter and DH.

    Santa Fe will open up tourney play Friday against Lake City. Games will continue Saturday and Sunday.

  • Bronson teen to compete in 4H national shoot

    BRONSON -With a name like Hunter, it makes sense that he would be a bulls-eye shot with a rifle.

    Hunter Lowe, a 16-year-old Bronson resident, recently took first place in the age 9-18 Smallbore Rifle division of competition at the Florida 4H Finals held in Bronson. Off of that performance, he has qualified for the 4H Nationals, which will be held June 21 in Nebraska.

    Lowe was a bit surprised about winning state competition considering he had little experience with a 22.

  • Tigers send Henry to state

    WINTER PARK -Durrell Henry finished 15th in the shot put at the FHSAA Class A track and field final in Winter Park Friday, but the finish didn?t matter.

    What mattered was that Henry was the lone athlete from Trenton High School at the state meet, and he represented his school well. The senior shot putter qualified for state with a 41-6 effort at the regional meet at Tallahassee Maclay last week, good for fourth place there.