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Today's News

  • CPD puts an end to crime spree

    The Chiefland Police Department ended a two-week spree of several burglaries and vandalism at Chiefland High School and several unlocked cars from which they allegedly stole money and weapons.

    The crimes were heightened because they were committed during a time of emergency and the burglaries were increased to armed robberies because they involved firearms.

    Arrested were Blake Hyatt, 18, white, of Chiefland; Stephen Davis, 28, black, of Trenton; Cody Jackson, 17, white, Chiefland; and Izaak Evans, 17, white, of Chiefland. Isaac Smith, 24, black, of Chiefland, was named as an accomplice, but was not arrested.

    Officer Kyle Schultz stated in an incident report that while on patrol Sept. 18, he continued his investigation during which he interviewed several suspects and witnesses.

    He first interviewed Blake Hyatt at Chiefland Middle School under the supervision of School Resources Officer Deputy C. Gregory. Hyatt stated he may have been involved in some of the vehicle burglaries. At the police station, he was read his Miranda Warning, which he waived to speak with Schultz.

  • Taking a knee?

    By Bob Denny

    I played football with “Loopie” Favre, back in high school. Our coach would yell, “Take a knee!” when he wanted to offer us some “constructive criticism,” or more often, to “chew us out.” (You may be familiar with Loopie’s son, another pretty good quarterback.)

    To a football player, “taking a knee” means “Listen up! I need your attention for something important!” It was never a sign of disrespect, or a way to express anger. It was just a way of communicating to a bunch of us that there’s something important, that really needs to be said.

  • Industrial Arts: A disappearing necessity

    By Ed Emrich 

    I became a teacher very late in my working career. After 25 years in corporate management I found myself with an “opportunity” to redirect and re-evaluate my career. So I decided to become a teacher and give something back to society. I was by decades the oldest person in all of my graduate classes at Western Michigan University (Go Broncos). Most teachers graduate from college, go into teaching in their early 20s, and really, what life lessons can they teach? As a 57 year-old Marine Corps veteran and “new teacher,” I have had a lot of life experience that came in real handy because today’s students seriously need mentors as well as lessons about specific core content.

  • What kind of nation is the United States of America?

    What kind of nation is the United States of America? Are we hateful or grateful? Did the United States become the most powerful nation on earth through “Manifest Destiny” or greed? Are we a religious or secular nation?

    Ponca Indian Chief Standing Bear was a Christian man and farmer, but I’ll bet if he were asked what he thought about the US, he would say it is all those things. Standing Bear lost his daughter and then his son because of his tribe’s forced relocation from Nebraska to Indian Territory (Oklahoma). Some Christian women prayed with him and his family in Kansas when his daughter died. Still, he continued the journey to Indian Territory. The last straw for Standing Bear came at the death of his 16 year-old son. After that, he disobeyed the federal government and returned to his homeland in Nebraska to bury his son.

    Instead of looking at one's actions, ask what someone is trying to say when they take a knee at a football game.

    What was Standing Bear trying to say?

  • Partin wins Bronson Council seat

    A former mayor of Bronson comfortably won a three-person race for a Bronson Town Council seat on Sept. 26.

    Robert Partin, who previously served on the Council in the 1980s and 1990s, won against Virginia Phillips and Edith Brown with 98 votes. Phillips and Brown received 38 and 30 votes, respectively.

    The open seat was previously occupied by Aaron Edmundson, who did not seek re-election.

    Mayor Bruce Greenlee and Vice Mayor Beatrice Roberts were re-elected to their respective seats unopposed.

    The election was originally scheduled for Sept. 12, but was moved due to Hurricane Irma.

    “I’m kind of disappointed in the turnout, I was hoping for much more,” the 64-year-old Partin said. “But I know there were a lot of things going on in people’s minds with the storm and other stuff.”

    Partin is a third-generation Bronson resident who comes from a timber industry family. He recently retired from the insurance industry. Partin has a degree in forestry.

    He says a lot has changed since he first served for Bronson, but the overarching goal remains the same.

  • Tigers run past Eagles

    A young Bronson football team took its lumps against a veteran Trenton squad last Friday, as the Tigers rolled with eight rushing touchdowns for a 74-8 win.

    Moments after Bronson quarterback Christian Kidd went out with an injury, Trenton senior Eric Henry lifted the Tigers to a 21-0 lead on a scoop-and-score with 4:35 remaining in the opening quarter.

    The Eagles’ fortunes improved some on the ensuing drive, thanks to a couple of Trenton penalties, as BMHS moved into Trenton territory. But after the Eagles were stopped at the 35, Trenton reeled off four rushing TDs on its next four possessions, before a Tyrique Baber pick six put TMHS ahead 54-0 by the break.

    Baber and senior fullback Randy Fuller had a pair of rushing scores apiece for the Tigers.

    Despite the struggles, Bronson showed its team attitude has matured, as it maintained its effort to hit a couple of big plays late in the game. Near the end of the third quarter, Cole Langston took an end-around 27 yards, setting up a 32-yard score by Kidd, who raced to the corner. Kidd then converted the two-point conversion.

  • Chiefland football gets shutout win on the road

    The Chiefland football team was far from perfect on its first road trip of the regular season.

    But its game on Sept. 26 – a 10-0 shutout at Hamilton County in Jasper – was exactly what the Indians needed just five days following their lopsided loss to Dixie County.

    The team needed to wipe the bad taste from its mouth from back-to-back losses and get on some more positive footing to start the second half of the season.

    Most importantly, the young CMHS squad needed to play, to get the experience, and do so in a setting where every mistake isn’t a deal-breaker for victory.

    “It felt good, after the slate we had played, to come and get a win,” CMHS coach Adam Gore said. “It could have been by 40 points or by one point and it would have felt good at this point. We need something positive to really help the guys out.”

    With a short week to prepare, and down a couple of starters on defense, the Indians made it simple and leaned on a superior defensive performance by Nick Brown’s unit, holding the Trojans to 158 yards, including just 59 on the ground on 20 carries.

  • Chiefland homecoming court introduced

    Homecoming week comes to Chiefland Middle High School starting Oct. 9, culminating with the reveal of the Homecoming Queen during halftime of the football game against Hawthorne on Oct. 13.

    On Thursday, Oct. 12, the annual Homecoming Pow Wow will be held in the school auditorium at 6 p.m. The Homecoming King (and Prince) is announced at the conclusion of the Pow Wow, which features a variety of sketches and performances by Chiefland students.

    The Homecoming Parade starts at 4:30 p.m. that Friday, Oct. 13. The parades starts at the school and heads south along U.S. 19/98.

    The homecoming game kicks off at 7:30 p.m.

    The Queen candidates include: MaClay Agnoli; Tenlee Beauchamp; Erika Gilliam; Maria Gomez; Haitrieu Nguyen; Chelsea Parker; Jommielle Quiambao and Alexis Seyez.

    The King’s court includes: Dustin Bennett; Tramaine Brown; B.C. Fehmerling; Layton Lanier; Brian Norris Jr.; Lane Studstill; Dalton Tiner; and Josh Webber.

  • Lady Indians’ late surge comes up short versus Lafayette

    The Chiefland volleyball team’s record doesn’t exactly reflect just how competitive the squad can be against some of its best opponents.

    The Lady Indians have shown themselves to be fast starters in early matches this season, but against Lafayette (Mayo) on Sept. 28, they proved their stamina has improved.

    Behind a run of service aces by senior Sydney Allen, CMHS rallied for a 25-22 win over the Lady Hornets in the third set, before falling in the fourth in a 3-1 loss in non-district action.

    Chiefland was coming off a 3-2 win over district foe Branford, which is vying for a No. 3 seed with CMHS. The Lady Indians dropped a non-district meeting Monday with Bell 3-0. Chiefland, which was 6-11 before its double-header against Trenton Tuesday, gets another crack at Bell (14-4) on Friday at home (JV tips off at 3:30 p.m.).

    The Lady Indians celebrate senior night against Newberry on Monday Oct. 9.

  • Toys for Tots registration

    The U.S. Marine Corps Reserves begins registration for Toys For Tots Registration in Levy County will be open to all three counties, however, to ease transportation barriers and to ensure sufficient volunteer assistance on-hand for each site, please take advantage of registration dates in your home county, when possible.

    Dixie County: Friday, Oct. 20, 9 a.m.12 p.m. Dixie County Public Library, 16328 US-19, Cross City, FL 32628

    Gilchrist County: Friday, Oct. 27, 9 a.m.12 p.m. Gilchrist County Public Library, 105 NE 11th Ave, Trenton, FL 32693

    Levy County: Mon-Thurs, Oct. 9-11 and Oct. 15, from 9 a.m.12 p.m., Tri-County Community Resources, 15 North Main St in Chiefland, FL 32626