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  • Eagles split in preseason gams

    BRONSON –It was a rugged first night for the Bronson High boys varsity basketball team in its own preseason tournament.

    However, the next night, the Eagles looked like they were in mid-season form.

    Bronson finished 1-1 in the games that wont count toward the regular season record.

    On Thursday, Nov. 15, Bronson was punished by Madison County, 74-56. Kelby Barber led the Eagles with 16 points. William Harris and James Rivers each added 10 points to the losing cause.

  • Bronson boys could be even better

    Bronson High boys basketball has accumulated lots of banners in Kelly Beckhams 23 years of coaching.

    With most of the players back from last seasons Sweet 16season, theres no reason why the Eagles wont have another banner year.

    We have almost everybody back,said Beckham, who notched his 500th career coaching win last season. We graduated two. All of the starters are back.

    Which would make Bronson a favorite to win an 11th district title under Beckham.

  • Senior Indians lose in semis

    The Chiefland Area Athletic Association's Senior Indians football team ran into more than it could handle in the semifinals of the Memorial Bowl in Lake City.

    The local group of 10-12 year olds suffered their first loss of the season, falling to the Madison Bulldogs, 24-0.

    The Senior Indians finish the season with a record of 8-1.

    "We were outmanned," said Chiefland coach Dave Weatherford. "They were very quick and pretty big. They had seven 13-year-olds. We fumbled the ball away three times."

    The finals of the Memorial Bowl are this Saturday.

  • Lady Indians drop first two games of season

    The Chiefland High girls' varsity basketball team has gotten out of the gate slowly, losing its first two games of the season last week.

    The home opener was last Thursday, Nov. 15, against Dixie County.

    The Lady Indians suffered from poor shooting and the turnover bug in a 41-20 loss to the Lady Bears.

    Chiefland was right in the game, only trailing 9-7 following a layup by Renashia Bowers. But Dixie ran off 11 straight points to build a comfortable 13-point pad.

  • Indians live and learn in preseason hoops

    BRONSON –The Chiefland High boys basketball team had a dress rehearsal for the 2007-08 season last Thursday and Friday in the Bronson Preseason Tipoff Tournament.

    Since the games are preseason, they don't count towards the won-loss record.

    Indian hoop fans, players and coaches are down with that, as CHS dropped both tilts at the Bronson High gym.

    On Thursday, the Indians were edged by Taylor County, 43-39. On the next night, the Indians played with more intensity against a tough Madison County squad, but a cold-shooting second half spelled a 45-35 setback.

  • Every day is turkey day

    This is the time of year when folks like to talk turkey.

    While turkey hunting season is still a few months away in these parts, Thanksgiving gives families and friends a chance to get together over a hot turkey dinner with all the trimmings.

    Like millions of Americans, Ed Thrombeley and his family will enjoy turkey on Thanksgiving.

    But unlike millions of Americans, they will be also be talking to a turkey on the national holiday.

    Beloved pet turkey "Skippy" wouldn't have it any other way.

  • Toys for Tots charity nets about $3,000

    Many of Santa's helpers rode motorcycles and motorized tricycles from Levy County through Gilchrist and on to Dixie County this past Saturday afternoon.

    The Barney Fife Memorial Toys for Tots Run on Nov. 17 included about 150 bikers and trikers driving their vehicles from Bell's Family Restaurant in Chiefland to Charlie's Bar and Grill near Cross City.

    The 20-mile long ride is a charity effort, which is part of a program to bring gifts to needy children in the Tri-County Area. It was the third year these riders helped the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve's Toys for Tots program.

  • Former mayor to lead Christmas parade

    Former Chiefland Mayor Betty S. Walker is scheduled to be the grand marshal of the Christmas & Winter Festival Parade on Dec. 1.

    The parade is slated to start at 6 p.m. that Saturday evening at Chiefland High School and travel south on U.S. Highway 19 to South Third Avenue. Santa Claus is set to ride at the end of the parade, and he plans to listen to children's Christmas wishes at Trailhead Park - home of the Chiefland Train Depot.

    The leader of the parade this year is a hometown person.

  • Friends want building for book sales

    Chiefland City Commissioners sought public input on how to use the octagon-shaped building, which currently sits near the Chiefland Fire Rescue station.

    Grace Andersen, treasurer of the Friends of Luther Callaway Public Library, said this group has an idea. The Friends sell books to raise money for the library, Andersen said. For instance, during the failed 2007 Chiefland Watermelon Festival, even though it was rained out, there were 10 people who showed up to buy books at the library. The Friends made $192 for the Luther Callaway Public Library that day, she said.

  • This one was for bragging rights

    TRENTON –The Chiefland High football team went into last Friday night's non-district game at Trenton needing a victory to finish the season at .500.

    The host Tigers were looking for a win to build momentum heading into this Friday's regional playoff game at Port St. Joe.

    Adding zest to the affair was the fact that a big crowd was there to take in the contest between the two rivals separated by 10 miles of timber, farm and ranch land.

    The fans got their money's worth, as the two neighboring schools put it all on the line for bragging rights.