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  • Tix on sale for Feb. 17 STARS Gala fundraiser

    The annual Levy County Schools Foundation STARS Gala event is scheduled for Saturday, February 17th at the Bronson Middle High School. The semiformal evening will start with mingling and hors d’oeuvres at 5 pm with dinner and program starting at 6 pm.

    The evening’s program will feature The Honorable Joseph Smith as guest speaker, entertainment by local students and alumni, door prizes, a silent auction and live auction for a chance to bid on a cruise vacation. The Foundation will recognize the school district’s Teacher of the Year, School Related Employee of the Year and Volunteer of the Year along with its Alumnus of the Year.

    Tickets for the event are $50.00 per person. Sponsorship opportunities are available at $250, $500, $1,000 and $2,000 levels. For information contact Donna Turner at lcsf@levyk12.org or call
    (352)493-6056 (Monday – Wednesday)

    All proceeds are used to support the Foundation and its scholarship and grants programs for Levy County schools and students.
     

  • Hotel to break ground in spring

    By Bob McRae
    Citizen Correspondent

    Groundbreaking for the long-awaited hotel in Fanning Springs should be in the spring and is expected to be completed in nine to 10 months.

    Fanning Springs Mayor Trip Lancaster said Dec. 28 that Best Western Premier is working through the approval and permit process for a five-story hotel on four undeveloped acres north of the Agricultural Inspection Station on U.S. Highway 19 in Gilchrist County. The hotel will offer unique amenities including bike racks and horse stables and cater to boaters as well.

    The hotel was proposed approximately three years ago.
    Lancaster said he is committed to bringing new business to the area that will in turn boost the economy and provide much needed jobs for the Fanning Springs community. He expects the Best Western Hotel project will add $1 million of annual payroll to Fanning Springs and Gilchrist County.

     

  • Brodus’ 27 points against Bucs help propel CMHS to back-to-back district wins

    Sometimes a basketball team can do 90 percent of its job, but if it fails to finish at the basket, it’s left with nothing to show for all the hard work.

    The Chiefland boys’ basketball team is still a young squad trying to figure things out. And when the shots aren’t falling, the mishaps get magnified.

    Making the shots, however, can fix a lot, as seen by the boost that Quay Brodus provided his Chiefland team Jan. 12 against Branford.

    Brodus, who recently became eligible after transferring schools, tacked on 11 points in the fourth quarter to finish with 27, helping the Indians pull away for a 74-56 district win.

    The victory gave Chiefland its first back-to-back wins on the season, a much-needed lift for the team as it heads toward the district tournament next month. CMHS coach Adam Boyd says the team's three-game stretch, which started against Bell and continued against Bronson Jan. 11, represents the best sustained effort by the team all season.

  • Chiefland comes back in Bronson

    The Chiefland boys’ basketball team came alive from 3-point range to wipe away a double-digit deficit in the second half in Bronson.

    Four different Indians connected from beyond the arc in the third to help the squad to 25 points in the quarter, before Jarrett Jerrels’ nine-point fourth quarter helped Chiefland secure a 70-68 win in district and intra-county action Jan. 11.

    While Jerrels and Jalen Rutledge led CMHS with 13 points apiece, seven Indians notched at least five points apiece in the win, which marked the team’s second victory in District 1A-7 play.

    The comeback win followed what head coach Adam Boyd saw as an encouraging effort in defeat against district powerhouse Bell the previous Friday. It was an especially welcome payoff for a young, sophomore-led squad that has shown impressive effort throughout games as it works to iron out the details of its offense and signature press defense while striving for more consistency.

  • Bronson celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day

    MLK Day in Bronson was a day filled of fun and games. Participants in the egg race (Page 4A) made their way down Main Street in Bronson with their heads up. The street was closed to traffic and vendors set up tables up and down the street. Free hot dogs and sodas were in abundance along with various other food delicacies.

  • Williston man killed in car crash

    Matthew Chance Carlisle died early Sunday evening in a crash involving three vehicles.

    Carlisle, 33, of Williston, was traveling eastbound on C.R. 326 in a 1995 Chevrolet pickup toward the stop intersection for S.R. 121, according to a press release from the Florida Highway Patrol. 

    Marie Chandler, 24, no city of residence given, was traveling southbound on S.R. 121 in a 2013 Jeep Cherokee. The front of the Jeep struck the left front of the pickup. Upon impact, Chandler’s pickup was redirected southbound and came to final rest facing southbound on S.R. 121.

     A third vehicle, a 2012 Freightliner semi-truck was traveling northbound on S.R. 121. Moments after the collision with Chandler’s vehicle, Carlisle exited his vehicle and walked into the path of the oncoming truck. Carlisle was pronounced deceased shortly after the crash at Williston Regional Hospital.

     According to the press release, charges are pending the conclusion of the investigation. The incident was not alcohol related.

  • Lady Indians maintain winning ways after holiday break

    A solid run through its holiday tournament games, punctuated by a win over Providence, gave way to the Chiefland girls’ basketball team’s best week of the season, as it came back from break with convincing wins over Cedar Key and Bell.

    The victories set the Lady Indians on a three-game winning streak heading into their Jan. 9 home tilt against Fort White (played after press deadline). It also made them winners of four of their last five, and they hadn’t lost in regulation in seven games.

    On Jan. 2, in Cedar Key, the Lady Sharks knotted things up with CMHS at 19-19 with two minutes remaining in the half on a long 2 by Makalynn Bowling. Chiefland, though, responded with a long Colby Reed bucket and a bank shot from J’Mia McNeil to go up 24-19 for the break.

    The Lady Indians never surrendered their advantage for the remainder, as they clung narrowly to their lead in the third before establishing some breathing space in the final frame behind a combined 15 points from Sierra Norris and Courtney Hayes.

  • Adams’ late splurge not enough for Indians at CKS

    The Chiefland boys’ basketball team saw a reversal of the fortunes it enjoyed in a 19-point win over Cedar Key over the Christmas break.

    When the teams welcomed one another back from break with a meeting on Jan. 2 on the island, the Indian press defense failed to leverage the level of turnovers and general turmoil it generated in that earlier win.

    Instead, the Sharks stretched out for a comfortable 18-point advantage by the third quarter, before fending off a late Chiefland rally for a 64-58 win.

    That rally was pinpointed by Austin Adams’ 13 fourth-quarter points, helping shrink the Indians’ deficit by 14 points. Chiefland combined for five 3-pointers in the final frame, including two apiece by Adams and Payne Parnell.

    But the Indians were just 4 for 17 from beyond the arc before the fourth quarter, and had modest help from the free throw line, where they were 7 for 15 for the game.

  • Manatee Springs State Park to Host Public Meeting

    Manatee Springs State Park to Host Public Meeting
    ~The public is invited to provide comments on the draft plan~

    WHAT: Public Meeting

    WHEN: Jan. 9, 2018
    5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

    WHERE: Chiefland Women's Club
    825 E. Park Ave.
    Chiefland, FL 32626

    DEP's Florida Park Service is in the process of updating the unit management plan for Manatee Springs State Park. Citizens are invited to attend a public meeting to learn about the proposed plans for the state park and provide their comments.

    The public notice, agenda, draft plan and comment form are available online. Copies may also be obtained by emailing Mark.Abrizenski@dep.state.fl.us or calling 352-493-6072. There will be a brief presentation at 6 p.m. Following the presentation, staff will be available to answer questions and accept public comment. Additionally, the public is invited to review and submit comments to the Division of Recreation and Parks at FLStateParkPlanning@dep.state.fl.us until Jan. 23, 2018.

    The following improvements are proposed for the updated Manatee Springs State Park management plan:

  • Expectations remain high inside CMHS softball

    The Chiefland softball team, which advanced to four straight state championship games and won three Class 1A state titles over the past four years, would seem to be facing a major transition heading into the upcoming season.

    Six seniors from last year’s squad have since graduated, including five that are playing college ball. That tally adds to the three or four starters that had already moved on after contributing to three state championship clubs.

    Moreover, Wayne Weatherford, who was at the helm for all four state finals games, as well as a final four appearance in 2007, has hung up his coach’s cap.

    But it’s not all new territory for the Lady Indians, who begin their official practices Jan. 22. Chiefland’s new head man, Jimmy Anderson, is a familiar face for CMHS softball. In coaching youth and travel ball, he came up through the ranks with the program’s group of core players from the last two seasons.