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Today's News

  • Trenton baseball finishes regular season 13-11

    TRENTON-It's been an up-and-down season for the Trenton High baseball team.

    The ability to win the close ones has haunted coach Scott Guthrie.

    "We've lost six games by one run,"said Guthrie, whose team's overall record was 13-11 heading into Tuesday's Class 2A District 5 Tournament opener against Bronson. "We had a terrible March at the plate."

    While the inconsistency has been frustrating for coach Guthrie, things are definitely better than his first year at the helm when the Tigers finished 3-15.

  • Coach Beckham headed to Gainesville

    Bronson Eagles head basketball coach Kelly Beckham announced today that he will leave Bronson Middle High School, where he has been for 25 years and more than 500 wins, for Gainesville High School.

    The move will not take place until next school year; Beckham will finish out the school year at Bronson. His academicduties at GHS will be largely similar to those at Bronson -- he will be a Dean of Students. What will change the most is the basketball. 5A GHS has about 2,000 students; Bronson, in class 2A, has 453 or fewer.

  • Drummonds are Chiefland's Citizens of the Year

    The emotion was heard in the voices, seen in the eyes and felt in the hearts Tuesday night as the Greater Chiefland Chamber of Commerce named Luther and Kay Drummond its Citizens of the Year.

    Don Quincey, speaking on behalf of the community, said the recognition given the couple wasn't simply for a single event or year, but recognized a lifetime of achievement and giving to the people and community of Chiefland.

    Luther Drummond has always been a civic mover and shaker, Quincey said, starting with his Lions Club presidency in 1971.

  • Lost in legalese and rhetoric

    For years we have pointed fingers at the residents of cities and counties for not being more proactive in local government.

    Apathy is often blamed as the reason people don't get involved in what's happening in their communities.

    While that may be true in part, I think another reason may be it's just too darn confusing for the average person who has to sit and sift and then leave wondering, "What happened in there?"

    It's been a while since I covered a Chiefland Commission meeting. About 18 months, in fact.

  • Drummond selection was right on the money

    Kay and Luther Drummond were more than surprised Tuesday night when the Greater Chiefland Chamber of Commerce named them its Citizens of the Year.

    They shouldn't have been.

    For decades the Drummond name has been synonymous with giving back.

    The couple has been on the frontline of helping build a better community through their civic leadership and generous financial giving.

    The Drummonds have been instrumental in raising money for Haven Hospice through their Fall at the Farm event, last year securing more than $30,000 in contributions for the agency.

  • Community unites in Prayer Walk

    "All things are possible through prayer"-the title of a book by inspirational writer Charles L. Allen.

    Being a man of God, Pastor Travis Hudson of Hardeetown Baptist Church is a firm believer in the above. His steadfast devotion to prayer is bringing folks of different faith together with one goal in mind -the guidance betterment of the Chiefland from its elected leaders, department heads, law enforcement, business leaders, down to its citizens.

  • Chiefland fire protection may not be adequate

    John Ward is passionate about his job. So passionate that he continues to amass data for the Chiefland City Commission in an effort to persuade its members the city needs full-time fire protection. Now.

    For the second time in as many weeks, Ward, the city's fire chief, appeared before the commissioners to outline why the city needs to add four full-time firefighters, in addition to the two it already funds.

  • 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.