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Today's News

  • Crowning achievement

    A spirited week of homecoming week festivities – built around the theme of “Around the World” – culminated Friday Oct. 13 in Chiefland, as Chelsea Parker was crowned the 2017 Chiefland Middle High School Homecoming Queen during halftime of the football game.

    Upon the announcement, Parker embraced her father, Steve Parker, who escorted Chelsea and beamed with a tearful smile when his daughter’s name was called.

    Moments before, Haitrieu Nguyen was announced the 2017 CMHS Princess. Nguyen was escorted by her father, Mike Nguyen.

    Fellow Queen contestants included: Maclay Agnoli, who was escorted by her father Joe Agnoli; Tenlee Beauchamp, escorted by her father Jim Beauchamp; Erika Gilliam, escorted by her “Papa,” William Geiger Sr.; Maria Enriquez-Gomez, escorted by her mother Rosy; Jommielle Quiambao, escorted by her father Danilo Quiambao; and Alexis Seyez, escorted by her father Freddie Seyez.

  • 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.

  • 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.”

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Taste of the Nature Coast raises funds for Resource Center

    The first-ever Taste of the Nature Coast fundraiser hosted by Tri-County Community Resources combined good food for a good cause with a strong dose of community spirit.

    Diana Child, chair of Tri-County Community Resources, who led the organization of the event, called the event a success, with hopes of expanding the event in the future. It was held at the Haven Hospice Community Building in Chiefland.

    All proceeds go toward the Tri-County Community Resource Center in Chiefland. The food and prizes were donated at no costs.

    Six Tri-County food vendors competed for the Taste of Nature Coast’s Best Appetizer, Best Main Course and Best Dessert, as voted by attendees.

    The attendees also scored various donated drawing prizes.

    Chef Laura Fowler Goss, Branford food designer, collected the Dessert and Appetizer awards, while Cedar Key’s 83° West won for Best Main Course for its Shrimp and Grits dish. The Appetizer competition was particularly tight; Goss shared her trophy with second-place finisher Bell’s Catering, of Chiefland.

  • Lady Indian netters push Newberry in thrilling senior night matchup

    A determined Chiefland volleyball squad didn’t get the result it wanted on senior night Oct. 9 against Newberry, but it gave its seniors – Sydney Allen, Erika Gilliam, Naja Martin and Karlie Meeks – a worthy tribute while proving its potential to make noise in the district tournament.

    The Lady Indians battled the talented Lady Panthers through four closely-fought sets as NHS survived 25-21, 25-21, 21-25, 25-20 to prevail 3-1.

    Newberry, now in Class 5A, split a pair of district championship matches with Chiefland in 2015 and 2016, and advanced to the 1A state title match last season.

    Adding fuel to the rivalry and senior night, the Lady Indians were also facing off against former teammate and college prospect Madison Baynard.

    After falling behind 23-16 in the first set, CMHS narrowed the deficit to 24-21 to make for a more dramatic finish. In the second set, the teams were knotted at 17-17, before a 3-0 Newberry run gave it just enough cushion to survive.