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  • Planning Commission tables mine decision

    BRONSON - After almost four hours of heated discussion, the Levy County Planning Commission voted 4-1 on Dec. 3 to table making any recommendation to the County Commission regarding a special exception for a major mining operation.

    Tarmac America is leasing property from Plum Creek in a project attorney Jake Varn said would generate an estimated $2.1 billion during the estimated 100-year lifespan of the mine, which is about two miles north of Inglis.

  • Savings accounts equate to Christmas cheer

    About 26 years ago, Heath Davis of Cedar Key remembers going to his first Christmas party as a 4-year-old child with a savings account at Drummond Community Bank in Cedar Key.

    Today, he works at the Cedar Key branch of the bank. From the perspective of fun, however, he brought Santa Claus to Chiefland on Nov. 30 for the annual party, which included generations of happy partygoers.

  • Rotarians learn about spring protection program

    Chiefland Rotary Club members and guests learned about a spring protection program Nov. 28, which not only helps protect nearby water quality but also promises hope for better drinking water on an international scale.

    John Wheeler, a visiting Rotarian from Lake City, told the group about a program to reduce pollution from the water feeding Ichetucknee Springs.

  • Gas theft accusation is unfounded

    An allegation from Chiefland Mayor M. Teal Pomeroy that a city employee, possibly a police officer, was stealing gasoline from the city has proved to be absolutely unfounded, according to an investigation by the Levy County Sheriff's Office.

    The mayor is keeping mum on the source that led him to make the allegation.

    LCSO Lt. Evan Sullivan investigated whether gasoline was taken by any city employee when Pomeroy told Chiefland Police Chief Robert Douglas about this alleged theft.

  • 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.