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Today's News

  • Another black eye for horse racing

    The Kentucky Derby is sometimes referred to as "The Fastest Two Minutes in Sports," and with just cause.

    So much anticipation, so much at stake, is over in a flash.

    The winner of the Kentucky Derby is an overnight sensation. A place in history. Big bucks. A shot at the Triple Crown.

    This past Saturday, there were 20, 1,200-pound three-year-old thoroughbreds thundering around Churchill Downs for a mile and a quarter.

    While the owners and trainer of the horse named "Big Brown" celebrated, a more sobering face of the sport surfaced on the backstretch.

  • Spring practice –Indians turn it up a notch

    No doubt about it, the second time around is more comfortable for everyone involved.

    We're talking about high school football, of course.

    Last year was Ajay Ulmer's first year as head coach at Chiefland High.

    He was a seasoned coach with lots of enthusiasm and knowledge, but getting to know everyone and feeling comfortable in a new environment can go a long way toward reaching goals.

    This year, Ulmer has a head start on things. He has worked with his staff for a year and now knows all the players and their work habits and capabilities.

  • Bronson football begins Cooksey era

    BRONSON -New Bronson High football coach Al Cooksey is getting his first look-see of the Eagles on the field, as spring practice has officially begun.

    Players began working out Thursday and finished up workouts in helmets and shorts Monday. The pads were going on for the first time Tuesday.

    "Its early. I dont know the kids well enough yet,"Cooksey said. "Every day I learn more about them."

    The new coach has a lot of work laid out for the Eagles.

  • CHS baseball 2008 was great, how about 2009?

    The bitter taste of defeat in the district semifinals may still linger a bit for Chiefland High baseball coach Kyle Parnell, but the big picture tells the veteran mentor that 2008 was still something special.

    When you finish 18-4, you have to be doing a lot of things right.

    Parnell is mighty proud of the accomplishments of this year's bunch when he looks back at the number of quality players he lost to graduation in 2007.

    "We came in with new players in six of the nine positions," said Parnell, who was 19-7 in 2007.

  • Unconditional and unconventional

    I am not at all the maternal type. I'm too selfish, too distant, too "suck it up and move on"-like to be called a nurturing pillar of motherhood.

    And yet I have three children.

    Like many of you, I grew up watching Donna Reed, Harriet Nelson and June Cleaver (in reruns, mind you) as they set the example for future generations what a woman's role was in the home.

  • A Catch-22 in Bronson

    BRONSON-A half dozen residents waited patiently until the end of the Bronson Town Council meeting to ask when a sewer line would be available in their neighborhoods.

    The answer?

    It's going to be a while.

    The existing sewer line in the town is a three-inch pipe, Councilman Berlon Weeks explained.

    In order to make it useable for as many people who need to connect to it, that pipe must be replaced with at least an eight-inch pipe, maybe even a 12-inch pipe.

    And in order to get the larger pipe, Weeks said, the town has to have more money in its coffers.

  • Cooking for 600 is no picnic

    Every weekday, Kay Maxwell wakes up at 3 in the morning, showers, has her coffee and makes her way to the cafeteria at Chiefland Elementary School.

    In front of her is the seemingly monumental task of feeding hundreds of hungry school kids.

    Maxwell along with her team of nine other workers perform the task day after day, week after week, month after month.

    Maxwell has been at it for 19 years now and still hasn't lost any enthusiasm.

  • Happy Mother's Day, Mom

    "All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That's his."

    -Oscar Wilde

    "Of all the rights of women, the greatest is to be a mother."

    -Lin Yutang

    All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother."

    -Abraham Lincoln

    "A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie."

    -Tenneva Jordan

  • A night to celebrate

    They came by the scores. Some with tear-streaked faces; others with smiles that glistened. For a few short hours Friday night and Saturday morning, wars were forgotten, the price of gasoline only whispered about and plans for summer vacation were shelved as the community came together to celebrate a night of living as the 14th Annual Relay for Life got under way at Chiefland High School.

  • New scales coming to landfill

    BRONSON - The outdated weigh scale system at the Levy County Landfill will soon be streamlined, thanks to the approval of a new scale house and unit that will improve safety and improve traffic flow.

    The Board of County Commissioners gave the project the green light at Tuesday's meeting at the Courthouse.

    The move will give the landfill two sets of scales - one for commercial and the other for the public.