Today's News

  • Eagles connect on free throw in win over CKS

    Bronson enjoyed a significant advantage at the free throw line in its intra-county and district clash with Cedar Key Dec. 12.

    And the Eagles made the most of those opportunities, going 23 for 32 at the foul line to prevail 54-42.

    Bronson improved to 2-2 in District 1A-7 with the win, and headed into the holiday break at 3-2-1 overall. CKS is 2-6 (1-2 in district play).

    Chiefland plays Cedar Key Thursday, Dec. 21, at 1:30 p.m. in a holiday tournament at Trenton. The Indians then play Friday in Trenton at 7:30 p.m., and the Sharks play at 4:30 p.m. that day in the tournament.

    Bronson is in a holiday tournament at Wildwood before Christmas, and then hosts the Eagle Holiday Classic Dec. 28 through Dec. 30.

    Against the Sharks, sophomore point guard Blake Homan led the way for Bronson with 16 points in the second half, and went 9 for 11 from the free throw line in finishing with a game-high 20 points. Senior Tra Francis poured in 15 points from the paint, while the Eagles had three more shooters with at least six points, including eight points from sophomore Micah Hubbard.

  • Lady Eagles fend off Sharks

    The one-two punch by siblings Yelena and Neomi Thomas combined for 31 points, while their Bronson squad took advantage of its free-throw opportunities to beat Cedar Key 49-38 in Bronson on Dec. 12.

    Yelena Thomas, a junior point guard, paced Bronson with 16 points, while Neomi added 15 behind 6-of-11 shooting from the foul line. It was Yelena’s sixth straight game with at least 16 points to start the season.

    The Lady Eagles took 29 foul shoots to CKS’ 12.

    “It was a good game,” BMHS coach Rodney Thomas said. “Our first quarter was about the lowest scoring quarter we had all season, so it was like, ‘What’s going on!?’”

    Eighth-grader Makalynn Bowling led the Lady Sharks’ scoring efforts with 11 points, while junior Jasmin Jackson followed with 10 points.

    CKS head coach David Tomlin called it his team’s worst-played game of the season, but took some consolation in the fact his Lady Sharks were within striking distance in the fourth quarter.

    Tomlin’s usually reliable defense was out of sync against the Lady Eagles.

  • Cross country standout recognized by School Board

    When it comes to state competition, no athlete outside the school’s softball program has seen as much success recently at Chiefland Middle High School as eighth-grade cross country star Lauren Jones.

    On Dec. 12, the School Board of Levy County recognized Jones’ feats, as CMHS assistant principal Aaron Halderman recounted her accomplishments.

    Family, coaches and supporters filled the room to celebrate the moment for Jones, who, after already qualifying for the state championship as a seventh-grader, took a significant step this past season in finishing 14th overall at the Class 1A championships against a field of more than 175 runners.

    “When you see that many kids running, that’s a big accomplishment,” Halderman said. “And to know that she’s got her high school years ahead of her – a lot of the athletes that came in ahead of her, I don’t think she’ll be running against in the years to come.”

    Halderman recalled when he first saw Jones run a race. It was Chiefland Elementary School’s annual Run-for-Fun.

    A future star was born.

  • Healy sweeps Women's golf tourney

    Shirley Meggs
    CWGA Publicist

    Chiefland Women’s Golf Association held their 2017 Handicap Match Play Tournament the past two months.

    The women play one-on-one matches with the higher handicap receiving less strokes on the more difficult holes. Carol Healy was this year’s victor. She never lost a single match in spite of having to “give” strokes to almost every competitor she faced.

    Denise Boyle came in second by defeating the rest of the field, but succumbed to Carol’s excellent play. The final round was played Wednesday, Nov. 22, in which Carol won by three holes over Denise.

    Good going ladies!

  • School Board makes plans to strengthen voice in Tallahassee

    In the face of what it sees as an encroachment on local control – highlighted recently by favorable legislation for charter schools – the School Board of Levy County is seeking new ways to make its voice heard in Tallahassee.

    At the close of its regular meeting Dec. 12, the Board proposed strategies for strengthening its influence on state lawmakers for the legislative season, informally offering a plan to bus parents to Tallahassee with an aim to present with Board members specific concerns on issues to legislators.

    Board member Brad Etheridge (Williston) said he received interest for his proposal to try new methods of local advocacy during his Master Board Program training in Tampa. The remainder of the Board at the meeting expressed their support for such moves and informally brainstormed their own ideas.

  • Public Safety employee recognized

    The Levy County Commission recognized the Department of Public Safety employee of the year Matt Cribbs at its meeting Dec. 18. Commissioner Matt Brooks, of Williston, who invited Cribbs to be recognized before the Board after seeing Cribbs receive the honor from Public Safety director Mitch Harrell at the LCDPS Christmas party, described Cribbs as “one of those employees that goes above and beyond for the Department of Public Safety.”

  • Bronson Elementary ‘heroes’ recognized for life-saving efforts

    The morning of Sept. 25 started like nearly any other at Bronson Elementary School.

    The school was getting its footing after Hurricane Irma, during which it served as the shelter hub for the county.

    But it quickly took a turn when ESE aides Marilyn Johnson and Caeli Woodard saw one of the students they look after unresponsive at around 9:15 a.m.

    “Kids pass out all the time, but this was different, and she knew it,” said Liz Powers, the director of nurses at the health department.

    Karra Cardwell, a 12-year-old student with special needs, remained unresponsive after 10 minutes of receiving CPR. She survived the mysterious episode, which earned her an eight-day stay at the hospital, and the heroic efforts by various staff to save Karra were recognized by administrators at a meeting of the School Board in November.

    “This is not something Karra does,” Powers said. “She’s here with us today and back with us at school. She did a great drill with us that we hope she never does again.”

  • Good Samaritan administration arrested for neglect

    By Carolyn Ten Broeck, Williston Pioneer Editor

    The administrators at Williston’s Good Samaritan Retirement Home were arrested last week and charged with neglect of the elderly.

    The arrests came on the heels of many complaints over the past year, including several this month, including one that ended in the death of one of the home’s residents this past November.

    Arrested were Rhaimley Yap Romero, 31, of Apopka and Nenita Alfonso Sudeall, 48, of Williston.

    Romero Arrest

    On Dec. 11, the Williston Police Department, along with the Levy County Department of Public Safety, was dispatched to the home where a resident required medical attention.

    The investigation concluded that the resident, a male patient had a catheter removed at UF Urology on Dec. 7. Since his return to the facility, his health had declined and the morning of Dec. 9 he became too weak to move from his bed and was incontinent requiring staff to put him in a diaper.

  • Santa Claus visits library

    Santa Claus visited the Luther Callaway Library in Chiefland Friday, Dec. 15. Library Youth Services coordinator Jenny Rodgers started the evening reading the book “Santa’s Underwear.” Asking the children who they came to see, the kids shouted, Santa! After excited chants of Santa! Santa! Santa Claus appeared to their delight. Tables of craft projects entertained everyone while children had their photos taken with Santa. Each child had their picture taken with Santa to take home, along with a digital copy available online. Sue Ann Burkhardt manages the library.

  • Chiefland Elementary Pre-K, kindergarteners and first graders write letters to Santa Claus

    Dear Santa, I would like an Elsa doll, BB gun, kitchen set, Hello Kitty make-up and a fidget spinner. Bristol Barker

    Dear Santa, I would like a Barbie Doll, a bike, and a baby doll. Sarenity Chadwick

    Dear Santa, I would like a baby doll, a Muana book, a watch, and a bracelet. Aaliyah Hayes

    Dear Santa, I want a fidget spinner, a baby doll that talks, pees and poops, and a meowing kitten, and a frog that jumps. McKenie Herrington

    Dear Santa, For Christmas I want a Barbie Doll, a Barbie House, a princess carraige jeep and a fidget spinner. Shyleigh McCraney

    Dear Santa, I want a necklace, a Barbie doll, a bracelet and a watch for Christmas. Kyndal Miller

    Dear Santa, I want a dinosaur, a car and a candy for Christmas. Giovanni Morales

    Dear Santa, I would like a DS, a dart gun, a bracelet that you hear songs on, candy and an IPAD for Christmas. Michael Morales

    Dear Santa, I want some skate shoes, baby doll and a purple hover board for Christmas please. Trinity Morton