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Today's News

  • Anderson takes track position

    Jennifer Anderson was already building a highly-competitive cross country team at Chiefland High School. Now she's been tapped to take on track and field as well, taking over for Emily Gore, whose teaching contract was unexpectedly non-renewed this spring, and for the legendary Wendell Corbin, who retired this year.

    "I've got big shoes to fill," she says.

    "It's definitely not going to be an easy task, but I'll do what I know how to do."

  • Food pantry opens doors

    St. John Missionary Baptist Church of Chiefland, Florida, where Donnell Sanders is the pastor, opened the doors to Manna from Heaven Food Bank on Wednesday, June 10.

    Manna from Heaven Food Bank is a not-for-profit organization started to feed needy people and improve their lives. This is done by providing food and other grocery products such as meats and baby formula. Also, educating and engaging our community to fight hunger and poverty is another of the food banks objectives.

  • Ribbon-cutting held at Edward Jones

    The Chiefland Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting to mark the grand opening of the new Edward Jones investment office on Main Street in Chiefland.

    Sheila K. Smith is the financial advisor at the office. The storefront office is bigger inside than it looks, featuring an office for clients as well as two meeting rooms, one large and one small, available to local organizations, and a room that can be used for exercise classes.

    It also has a kitchen to help serve those who might be attending seminars in the office.

  • Chiefland All-Stars lose opener, regroup

    Chiefland All-Stars ran into a buzz saw in the opening round of the 2009 State T-Ball Championship, falling 22-10 to Jacksonville San Jose. San Jose hit the ball exceptionally well, enjoying good power and placement all through the lineup. They ran the bases skilfully, exploiting indecision on Chiefland's part as to where to make the play.

    Chiefland head coach Wayne Weatherford noted, and San Jose head coach Jeff Dietz confirmed, that the East Coast visitors have played over their heads in a 7 and 8-year-old league for the last two years.

  • Letter to the governor: How about a commissioner?

    Dear Governor,

    Hope this letter finds you doing OK.

    Being governor in these economic times can test a politician’s ability to accomplish anything as your counterpart in California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, can tell you.

    But you seem to have weathered the recent legislative session nicely. You got your Seminole gaming pact. You can brag about bringing money into education that kept the budget at the same level as last year.

  • Staying dry at the festival

    With rain gear, hat, towel and other paraphernalia packed, I headed to the Watermelon Festival last Saturday.

    Fortunately, I didn't need a lot of that stuff.

  • Eagles avoid shutout in spring game

    When it was over, Bronson football head coach Al Cooksey sighed and said, “Next year, it won't be like this.”

    Bronson lost 46-7 in their home spring game against Hawthorne. It was no optical illusion – the Hornets looked substantially bigger, stronger and faster than the Eagles because they really were.

  • Eagles score late to dodge shutout

    When it was over, Bronson football head coach Al Cooksey sighed and said, “Next year, it won't be like this.”

    Bronson lost 46-7 in their home spring game against Hawthorne. It was no optical illusion – the Hornets looked substantially bigger, stronger and faster than the Eagles because they really were.

  • Freshman Fuller swipes four records in softball season

    Chiefland softball celebrated a 14-5 season that had them inches away from regional play. Head coach Wayne Weatherford thanked his players and their parents for “a great season,” noting that with their commitment, next year would be even better.

    Apart from district champ Williston, the team Chiefland never could get past this year, the Lady Indians' big nemesis was district runner-up P.K. Yonge. Before falling to Keystone Heights in the regional quarterfinal, the Blue Wave had suffered only one defeat on the season – to Chiefland.

  • Watermelon festival, parade to be held Saturday

    It's a big weekend if you like festivals and big crowds.

    It's a big weekend if you like parades and celebrations.

    And it's a really big weekend if you like watermelon.

    The 54th annual Watermelon Festival will be held in downtown Chiefland this weekend. Large crowds are expected at the all-day event, which opens at 8 a.m. with the opening of arts and crafts shows. At 9 there will be free watermelon and entertainment by the Salt Water Cowboys.