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  • Mayes, Chemin voted BMHS homecoming royal couple

    Bronson Middle High School announced its Homecoming King and Queen Oct. 13 at halftime of its football game against Branford.

    Taeya Mayes was crowned the 2017 BMHS Homecoming Queen, and Caleb Chemin was announced as the 2017 King.

    Mayes was joined by fellow Queen contestants Brianna Quinn, Rebecca Rodgers and Diamond Sheffield. The remaining King contestants included Adam Abouzid, John Konstantis and Jarius Thomas.

    Noah Anderson and Naomi Baez were selected Homecoming Prince and Princess, respectively. The Prince and Princess are picked among the eighth-grade court at BMHS. Alana Goodman and Kayla Shannon were also on the Princess Court; Mahki Bostic and Jesse Williams joined Anderson on the Prince Court.

    The ninth-grade attendants were Zoe Stocco and Jeremy Collins. The tenth-grade attendants were Ashley Blatchford and Blayne Thomas. Aliya Haynes and Cole Langston represented the eleventh-grade attendants.

    2016 Queen and King Faith Hyde and Caleb Rice joined this year’s court for the ceremony.

  • CMHS flag corps claims best in class at Lecanto Invitational

    The Chiefland Middle High School flag corps took best in class at the first-ever Panther Pride Invitational Marching Band Festival at Lecanto High School in Citrus County. The Chiefland Marching Indians placed second in class in the band competition, which featured 11 schools in participation. The Marching Indians perform a routine of songs by Journey. Chiefland next performs Oct. 28 in Lake City at its Marching Performance Assessment.

  • Bronson Town Council, Robert Partin sworn in
  • Fanning Springs Fire Department gets new bunker gear

    By Kate Sheridan, Citizen Correspondent

    Fanning Springs Fire Chief Roy Bass applauded his fire department for their work during Hurricane Irma that struck the area during the early morning hours of Sept. 11. He there were no missed calls and no fatalities during Hurricane Irma.

    “I want to applaud my guys. They did an outstanding job,” Bass said.

    The chief made his comment during the Oct. 3 meeting Fanning Springs City Council.

    Aside from the hurricane, September was a busy month for the fire department. Bass said his crew has been scavenging viable parts from the old pumper for use on newer vehicles. He showed the council new uniforms and bunker gear.

    The gear is considerably lighter and functional, as well as offering additional features to assist these men in doing their job.

    Mayor Tripp Lancaster echoed Bass’ gratitude to the fire department for their part during the storm.

    “Thank you to my guys in the fire department for all their hard work and everything they did. We were on the road at 8 a.m., as soon as we were legally allowed, fantastic job guys.”

  • Chiefland FFA Alumni Meeting

    By KATE SHERIDAN, Citizen Correspondent

    Dr. Don Goodman, a veterinarian from of Navasota, Texas, gave a presentation on the benefits of supplemental care for beef cattle Oct. 3 at the monthly FFA Alumni meeting. Goodman, represents Multimin brand cattle supplements. The company offers an injectable supplemental source of zinc, manganese, selenium and copper.

    According to the Multimin website in its Florida summary, “Sandy, low organic-matter soils have been linked to the production of forages with low trace mineral content. The organic soils in the Okeechobee basin have also been associated with the production of forages high in molybdenum which is an antagonist of copper absorption. Copper is one of the most common trace minerals to be deficient in Florida beef cows.

  • Come see us at the Seafood Festival

    The Log Cabin Quilters met Thursday, Oct 12 at the Levy County Quilt Museum. After some discussion concerning how the Mohawk Trail top quilting should look, Ailien got to work making the templates. The templates will be used to mark where we want the hand stitching to go to make the quilting design. Next week we’ll sandwich the top and get it in the frame.

    Derick and the guys from Lancaster were out. The yard and inside the building are looking great. Thanks guys for all you do for us.

    We had several boxes of assorted craft items brought in. Thank you for thinking of us. Donations keep us open.

    Cathy will be at the Cedar Key Seafood Festival this weekend. Stop by and say hello. She’ll also be doing Cane Day at Dudley Farms State Park the first Saturday in December.

    Don’t forget the Backyard Pickers will be here Saturday, October 28 and not the first weekend in November. They’ll start playing about 1 PM.

    The Old Sewing Machine Man will be here Wednesday, November 1 to work on your sewing machine. Debra will be teaching a class on the disappearing hourglass block.

  • Lighting 'Another Way' for victims of domestic violence

    A bird of prey soars high overhead searching for the slightest movement.

    A mouse far below on the ground sees the eagle and cowers, knowing the predator is going to strike.

    The predator sees its prey and begins its descent. All the while, eyes full of rage are transfixed on its victim.

    The prey, confused, is unsure if she should remain motionless or run. If she remains perfectly still, then maybe he will not hurt her so much, but it infuriated him the last time she curled up in a fetal position in fear. He sensed it. Enraged, he beat her worse, but if she runs, he will stalk her like the predator hunted down the mouse.

    Finally, sensing it is too late, the woman draws her body into herself and curls into a ball. He senses the vulnerability of the small, defenseless woman and goes in for the kill.

    Somehow, the woman survives again, but she knows he will do it again. She tells herself that he loves her in spite of all her faults.

  • Praise in the Park

    Praise in the Park will become an annual event.

    That is the prayer of Lawanda Jones who organized the community worship service Saturday afternoon in Eddie Buie Park. There were two speakers this year: Rev. Donnell Sanders, pastor of Antioch Baptist Church in Fort White, and Dennis Webber, pastor of Forward Church, located in the Winn-Dixie Shopping Plaza. Webber is also principal of Chiefland Middle High School.

    Sanders spoke about lessons he learned playing football and how it applies to life. He played offensive guard on his high school team in New Jersey.

    “The main thing is how to fit in properly. I learned how to fit in and play football properly and be a team member,” he said. “So many kids struggle to fit in. All of us are going to fit in somewhere, but the main thing is to fit in somewhere properly and with the help of God, and with the help of his grace, and with the help of God’s gifts he has given us, we’re able to fit in.”

    He didn’t have trouble fitting in on the football team, but he had trouble fitting in in life.

  • Fanning Springs firefighter resigns

    A Fanning Springs firefighter resigned after failing a blood-alcohol test at the scene of a fatal fire in Levy County. The identity of the victim has not been released.

    Fanning Springs Fire Chief Roy Bass said Mark James, deputy chief of operations at the volunteer fire department voluntarily resigned Sunday on the scene of the fire after recording a .22 blood-alcohol content.

    According to a press release from Chiefland Fire Rescue Capt. Daniel Morgan, Chiefland, Fanning Springs and Levy County Department of Public Safety Medical Units were dispatched at 2:11 a.m. to 7191 NW 95th St. to a reported mobile home fire. Once on the scene, it was found to be a fully-involved recreational vehicle.

    LCSO Dep. John Finkell stated in an incident report that Fanning Springs firefighters Mark James and Jennifer Poppell appeared to be intoxicated. Poppell was having difficulty standing and walking in a straight line, according to the report. After observation, the decision was made to pull her from the scene and make her stay away due to safety concerns.

  • CMHS' Hudson recognized for perfect test score

    Seventeen Levy students were recognized Oct. 10 by the School Board of Levy County for scoring perfect scores on individual state assessments tests last spring.

    Reagan Hudson represented Chiefland Middle High School among the group for her perfect mark on the End-of-Course Assessment in tenth-grade Biology.

    “It’s an honor to present to you Reagan Hudson,” CMHS principal Dennis Webber said. “We’re excited for the accomplishments that have been made in her life.”

    Bronson Elementary School saw five of its students presented perfect-score certificates by BES principal Cheryl Beauchamp, including: Coltan Bridges, Kristopher Lowe; Justice Phillips; Mina Zino and Douglas Tatham.

    Cedar Key principal Joshua Slemp presented to Lane Forney for his accomplishment on the Florida Standards Assessment in sixth-grade Mathematics.

    “This is a great thing for this young man, our only perfect score,” Slemp said.

    Angela Porras scored perfect on her eighth-grade science assessment at Nature Coast Middle School in Chiefland.