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  • Lady Indians ice cold against Newberry

    Consistency, or lack of it, has been a big problem for the Chiefland High girls varsity basketball team this season.

    Chiefland played well earlier last week against Dixie County, but the Lady Indians took a step backward last Thursday, Jan. 17, against visiting Newberry.

    The Lady Panthers avenged an earlier loss to Chiefland with a 46-21 victory.

    The Lady Indians saw their record dip to 1-15.

    Chiefland tied the game at 4-4 after a basket by Jerrica Grimsley, but Newberry led the rest of the way. It was 9-4 after one quarter.

  • Lady Eagles toast Hawthorne

    The Bronson High Lady Eagle basketball team had its way with Hawthorne on Tuesday Jan. 15, going off on the Lady Hornets by the score of 46-24.

    Elizabeth Gay had 31 points in the win, and the Lady Eagles' backcourt ran smoothly with the return of Ashley Thomas from illness. Senior guard Angel Mitchem was struggling with the flu, but managed to move the ball around well.

    "We haven't been healthy all season," said head coach Greg Hamilton. "If we get everybody on the court and in good health, we'll really have something."

  • Williston holds off scrappy Indians

    The big boys were back on the court for Chiefland High last Friday night, just in time for intra-county rival Williston.

    The Indians played their hearts out, but the talented Red Devils were too much in posting a 68-51 decision.

    Williston improved its overall record to 11-5 and its Class 3A District 5 mark to 6-2 –good for second place behind P.K. Yonge.

    Meanwhile, Chiefland lost its eighth straight game and fell to 7-14. The Indians are just 1-8 in district.

  • JVs improve at varsity level

    There's a big difference between varsity and junior varsity.

    Forced to play up a notch because of player suspensions, the Chiefland High JVs are speeding up a sharp learning curve.

    Playing their second game as varsity Tuesday night, Jan. 15, the little Indians fell behind host Trenton by a bunch early but then rebounded to play a respectable brand of ball in the second half.

    Coach Mark Lundy had to be pleased with the boys'progress in a 57-28 setback.

    Trenton improved its record to 7-11. Chiefland fell to 7-12.

  • Eagles in district battle after Hawthorne loss

    BRONSON –The Bronson High boys basketball team faltered a little in its district chase last Tuesday when it lost to the Hawthorne Hornets in the second half of that district series.

    Eagles'head coach Kelly Beckham called it an important win earlier in the season when Bronson beat the Hornets in Hawthorne.

    Last Tuesday, Jan. 15, though, three days after finishing off a strong Oak Hall team on the road, Bronson was upset at home in a 62-49 loss to their old area rival and new district foe.

  • CFCC to seek funding

    Four days after what would have been the 279th birthday of Irish statesman Edmund Burke, a member of the Central Florida Community College Board of Trustees quoted him.

    "All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing," Bob Hastings said as he quoted Burke on Jan. 16. Hastings, one of the seven members of the CFCC Board of Trustees was introducing Lisa E. Lombardo, major gifts officer of the CFCC Foundation, to the Chiefland Rotary Club.

  • Nuke plant continues

    ST. PETERSBURG - Progress Energy Florida (PEF) continues moving forward with its plan to build two nuclear power plants in southern Levy County despite rising construction costs, according to PEF spokesman Buddy Eller.

    "We expect to file our state need case with the (Florida) Public Service Commission within the next 60 to 90 days," Eller said.

  • Impact fee passes, but not without a fight

    It might not be exactly what Levy School Board officials wanted, but a compromise at least has the new school impact fee ordinance on board.

    School Board members held a joint meeting with the Levy County Commissioners at the school administration building on Jan. 8 to finalize and OK the plan.

    While many thought it would just be a formality, the school impact fee plan almost died when county commissioners Tony Parker, Nancy Bell and Lilly Rooks failed to support it.

    Twice, commissioner Danny Stevens made motions to approve it. Twice, no one would back him.

  • Octagon building refurbishing approved without bids

    Thanks to a recommendation from Chiefland Building and Zoning Director Bill Hammond, local contractor Jerry Orenchak received a city-financed project priced in the range of $3,000 to $4,400 without having to bid.

    The Chiefland City Commission unanimously voted on Jan. 14 to refurbish the old octagon building. Orenchak is the man hired to restore the historic structure.

  • Bronson gets big road win at Oak Hall

    GAINESVILLE -Just before last Friday night's vital district game between the host Oak Hall Eagles and the visiting Bronson Eagles, the public address announcer noted that Bronson head coach Kelly Beckham had recently marked his 525th career win, and his 500th win at Bronson High School.

    Just after the announcement, Bronson laid the foundation - a strong first quarter - that led to their edge-of-the-seat 54-50 win over Oak Hall.