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  • Chiefland must deal with unfunded mandates

    It is a Catch-22 situation.

    Either follow the mandates set forth by the state or be left in the lurch with no financing and no resources.

    That's what Chiefland commissioners learned Monday night as they were forced to deal with two time-sensitive issues.

  • Pot bust may be biggest indoor grow house

    Law enforcement officials seized more than a ton of marijuana and arrested four people last Wednesday in raids in the Williston area, shutting down what is believed to be the largest indoor grow site in Levy County history.

    The estimated street value of the drugs was $1.2 million.

  • SWAT emphasizes "dont b misLEAD" message

    BRONSON - Leave it to the Levy County SWAT kids to come up with a catchy slogan with a double meaning - "dont b misLEAD."

    For those not familar with the acronym, SWAT stands for Students Working Against Tobacco.

    Each year, Levy kids belonging to the national awareness group decide on a theme.

    For instance, last year they attacked the evils of smokeless tobacco, culminating with a coffin procession in front of the State House in Tallahassee.

  • Career Fair gives Bronson students a glimpse of life after school

    BRONSON - Bronson Middle School and High School students had a special treat on Thursday, April 3, as professionals and people from the business world advertised their trades at the Career Fair in the gymnasium.

    Kids got a chance to stroll from display to display, receiving information on the careers that interested them.

    This was the third consecutive year that Bronson has had a Career Fair. There used to be one at the old school, but interest dwindled and it was abandoned.

  • Mosquitoes are on the attack

    Spring of 2007 in Levy County was a little scary, as drought brought wildfires that turned the skies an eerie black.

    The scenario has been different this year, as lots of rain in the winter and early spring have eased the fire danger.

    But as nature would have it, one threat quelled can bring about another one.

    In this case, it's called the attack of the mosquitoes.

    Anyone who has been outdoors in the evenings and early mornings the past couple weeks can relate.

  • Crash-A-Rama at Bronson Speedway

    Bronson Motor Speedway will let it all hang out this Saturday night with its annual Crash-A-Rama.

    This nutty affair includes School Bus Figure 8s, a Boat Race, Roller Derby, a Reverse Race, a Stock V8 Demo Derby, Twin Flagpole Races, a Skid Car Race and a 4, 6 or 8 Cylinder Enduro.

    The grandstands open at 4 p.m. and the show will start at 7:30 p.m. Adult admission is $20 and all kids 11 and under are free. For more information contact the speedway office at (352) 486-2763.

  • Panthers lose in OT in the rain

    Mistakes in the pouring rain caught up with the Gulf Coast Panthers last Saturday night, as the Newberry Saints stole a 12-6 North American Independent Football League game from the locals at Strickland Park.

    The game went overtime. The Panthers were driving for the winning touchdown, but a fumble and 65-yard return provided the Saints with the winning points.

    The Panthers saw their record fall to 2-2.

    Gulf Coast tied the game at 6-6 in the second quarter when quarterback Mike Padgett scored on a 20-yard keeper.

  • Bicyclists end long trip at Fanning Springs State Park

    FANNING SPRINGS - Fanning Springs State Park belonged to bicyclists last Friday, April 4, as some 650 pedalers - a lot no doubt tired and sore - pulled into the 50-acre natural wonder on the Suwannee River to mark the end of a six-day, 300-mile trip from Clearwater.

    The "Gulf Coast Trail Link Tour 2008" is part of Bike Florida's 15th anniversary.

    Bikers from all over the Sunshine State as well as many northern states enjoyed lunch, a shower and just plain rest under balmy conditions.

  • JVs down Mayo to finish season 11-2-1

    MAYO - The Chiefland High junior varsity baseball team finished up the 2008 season with a record of 11-2-1 after defeating host Lafayette County, 8-6, on April 3.

    It avenged a loss to Lafayette earlier in the season.

    Chiefland broke it open with six runs in the second inning. Jacob Reidy and Garrett Schmidt had doubles in the big frame while Jarquez Green and Bo Beauchamp added singles. Reidy was the winning pitcher.

    The Chiefland JVs lost 7-1 to visiting P.K. Yonge on March 27.

    Chiefland fell to Lafayette, 13-7, on March 24.

  • Indians shaky in tournament opener

    WILLISTON - Make no mistake, the Chiefland High baseball team is in the midst of a fine season.

    The 14-3 record through this past Monday speaks volumes for that.

    But every once in a while, the Indians just don't have it. And when they're bad, they're pretty darn bad.

    Take Monday's 11-4 loss to Dunnellon on the first day of the Williston Spring Break Tournament, for example.

    Lackluster, lethargic and lifeless are just a few adjectives on how the Indians looked.