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  • County seeks FEMA communications grant

    BRONSON -- The Levy County Board of County Commissioners unanimously approved a request from Fire Chief John Ward to apply for a matching grant to improve radio service in parts of the county where hand-held radios are failing.

    A request to apply for a $561,655 grant, where the Federal Emergency Management Agency pays 90 percent and Levy County pays 10 percent, was unanimously approved at a special County Commission meeting on the evening of March 25.

  • Commission chairman says 'Whoa radios!'

    BRONSON - Levy County spent $1.5 million on its new 800-megahertz radio system, and County Commission Chairman Sammy Yearty told firefighters not to ask for more radios.

    Chiefland Fire Chief John Ward approached the County Commission with a few requests for improving firefighters' communications at a special meeting March 25. The county agreed to improve towers for paging, and to seek a grant for improving a tower to help radio service.

  • CES walks for March of Dimes

    Chiefland Elementary School has a lot of things going for it.

    One of those positives is an awesome relationship with the North-Central Florida March of Dimes.

    For 14 years, CES teacher Robin Hardee has organized the school?s effort in the Walk Mania.

    This year?s fund-raising event was the "Walk for Babies" –which educates school children about premature babies and neonatal care.

    Approximately 60 schools covering 11 counties participated in the Walk, which took place March 13.

  • Camera a boon to Bronson firemen

    BRONSON –In the old days of firefighting, it was always very difficult to enter a smoke-filled structure trying to locate possible victims.

    A lot of the time, someone couldn't be located until the fire was out and the smoke had cleared.

    By that time, it can often be too late.

    But modern technology now gives firefighters an added tool to find people in thick smoke conditions.

    Thermal imaging cameras are indeed lifesavers.

    "They locate victims quickly,"said Bronson Fire Chief Rick Lombardo.

  • Hiers, Wheeler excel for Indian track and field

    The athletic field at Chiefland Elementary was alive with many athletic events last Thursday, March 20, as Chiefland High was host to an invitational track and field meet.

    Six schools competed in the girls competition, while there were five in the boys.

    Cedar Key High won the girls meet with 139 team points. Bell was secon at 119, Trenton third at 86, Williston fourth at 50, Chiefland fifth at 49 and Dixie County sixth at 47.

  • Chiefland bench presses Bell, Bronson

    The Chiefland High boys weightlifting team remained unbeaten with victories over visiting Bell and Bronson on Wednesday, March 19.

    Chiefland scored 50 team points compared to Bell's 43 and Bronson's 16.

    Chiefland had winners in five of the 10 weight divisions.

    Randy Hite won at 119 pounds. He benched 140 and cleaned 175 for a total of 315.

    Jacob Merritt won at 129 pounds. He benched 230 and cleaned 175 for a total of 405.

    Stephen Davis won at 169 pounds. He benched 245 and cleaned 225 for a total of 470.

  • 11-run inning powers Indians

    The big inning can turn around things in a hurry.

    For example, take the Chiefland High baseball team's March 18 game against visiting Newberry.

    For three innings, young Panther lefthander Tay Ross shut down the potent Indian attack as Newberry built a three-run lead.

    That was all wiped in a nightmarish fourth for Ross, as Chiefland rallied for 11 runs.

    The big frame paved the way to a 13-3 Indian victory over the Panthers.

    Chiefland improved to 9-1 overall and 7-0 in Class 3A District 11.

  • Devils rally past Indians

    WILLISTON –After the start of a game which seemingly saw Chiefland?s baseball team in full control, the Indians suddenly find themselves in a position where a coin toss might determine the top seed in the district.

    Williston rallied from a four-run deficit to defeat Chiefland, 11-5, last Thursday night, March 20.

    The result leaves each team with one district loss as they have split their district season series. If both teams win out and finish tied, the various tiebreakers would still find the teams tied, and a coin toss will decide the top seed.

  • Indians rebound by squashing Bronson

    The Chiefland High baseball team didn't have much time to mope about the previous night's (March 20) disaster at Williston.

    The Indians had to get right back after it the next night (March 21), as they played host to Bronson.

    There was blowing a lead this time, as Chiefland cruised to a 14-2 non-district victory.

    The game only went five innings because of the mercy rule.

    Chiefland (10-2) had single tallies in the first and second innings and then blew it open with a six-run third frame.

  • Hoop teams look to better '08-'09

    Neither the boys or girls basketball teams at Chiefland High posted winning seasons in 2007-08, but both used them as building blocks towards future success.

    Both teams reminisced at the banquet held Monday, March 17, in the school cafeteria.

    The boys were 8-17 in Mark Lundy?s first year as head coach. Lundy is hoping the foundation is laid for a much better 2008-09.

    Lundy looked back at the 2007-08 season as an exciting one.

    He only had two seniors in Delmar Dial and Casey Brown. Dial grabbed one of the individual awards –the Rebound Award.