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Today's News

  • I don't know what to call this one: sports?

    If you look to the left, you’ll notice a column by Dr. Kendrick Scott. I’ve been pestering him off and on to write a regular column for the Citizen since last February when I heard him speak at the annual Levy County Black History Program.

    There are reasons I wanted him. First, he’s smart and well spoken. Second, I really want the paper to represent all of Chiefland and not a bunch of old white men like myself. I don’t know yet how often he will contribute, but I hope it’s often because he’s already made me think about how I view sports on television.

    I never played sports too much. Oh, I rode in the annual donkey basketball game and sometimes followed behind the donkeys with a shovel. And, I was a four-year substitute on the high school basketball team. I never got to play many regular minutes and when I did, I only further solidified my role as the 10th Man. The last time I looked, I could still see the imprint of my butt on the far end of the bench where I sat from 1965 to 1969.

  • State considers playoff changes for high school football

    The Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) will decide on a couple of proposals that, if in place, would have put the Chiefland football team in the playoffs for the first time since 2004 this past season.

    The FHSAA’s Athletic Director Advisory Committee (ADAC) endorsed a Football Advisory Committee proposal at its meeting Jan. 10 in Gainesville to add two more playoff teams from each region in Classes 1A through 4A. They also endorsed a recommendation to add five more points for losses under the playoff points qualifying system.

    Under the current system, four teams from each region make the playoffs in Classes 1A through 4A, making for a total of 16 playoff teams from each of the smaller classifications. The new proposal, if approved, would create 24 playoff teams, and grant a bye for the top two seeded teams from each region, adding an extra round to the playoffs.

    The FHSAA will vote on the changes Jan. 29, and they would be applied for the upcoming 2018 season.

  • 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.

  • New worlds for sale

    Friends of the Luther Callaway Public Library is having a book sale Saturday, Feb. 3, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Octagon Building behind Chiefland Fire Rescue. Hardback covers are priced to sell at 50 cents each and paperbacks for a quarter.

    Some of the thousands of titles are library books that have not been checked out for a while, but most are donations. They will be organized on tables in categories of fiction and nonfiction.

    Books are always on sale inside the library, but Friends President Ann Brown said Thursday, Jan. 11, during the organization’s monthly meeting that the nonprofit organization is having the book sale to raise money to replace the carpet in the building. Instead of laying carpet rolls, they want carpet squares that will be cheaper in the long run though the upfront cost is about $10,000. Although the library is part of the county system and the building is owned by the city of Chiefland, the friends group helps support programs and other needs not funded through the county system or by the city.

  • Anderson: phone system is going to break

    Chiefland fire and police chiefs made their presentations to the city commission at the regular meeting Jan. 8. Chief James Harris said Chiefland Fire Rescue responded to 1,672 incidents in 2017 while Chief Scott Anderson warned the governing body that the phone system is about to crash.

    Harris said 827 responses were inside the city and 681 were in the county. CFR responded to 78 incidents where other agencies did not respond. CFR went to Bronson on 12 occasions and on three of those trips, CFR was the only agency to respond; Fowlers Bluff did not respond 26 times. CFR aided Fanning Springs 23 times, but Fanning Springs did not respond 36 times. CFR had 35 calls in Otter Creek and aided Rosewood four times, but Rosewood did not respond on five occasions; aided Trenton twice and Cedar Key four times.

  • 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.

  • Highway 19 to be dedicated to slain deputy

    A portion of U.S Highway 19 in Otter Creek will be dedicated to the memory of A. Haygood Ellzey, the only Levy County Sheriff’s officer killed in the line of duty. The dedication for Deputy Ellzey will take place at 11 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 25, at the northbound lane sign in Otter Creek.

    On January 28, 1945 while on patrol in the city limits of Otter Creek, Deputy Sheriff A. Haygood Ellzey was shot and killed in the line of duty by two men who lured him into a wooded area.

    Moments earlier Deputy Ellzey had asked the two white men to leave an African American juke to avoid having any problems between the white and black citizens.

    Before dying Deputy Ellzey was able to identify his shooter which led both men to be convicted of his murder and both were sentenced to prison.

  • Inglis kayaking project moving forward

    The plan for a whitewater kayak venue in Inglis was first proposed around 2000, with an eye toward possibly serving the 2012 Summer Olympics, if they were to be held in Tampa.

    Though those plans were washed away, the project never quite died.

    Now the town is moving forward with a feasibility study this April, which could attract a concessionaire that could finally bring the venue to fruition.

    Inglis Mayor Drinda Merritt announced the latest developments at the Levy County Commission meeting Jan. 9.

    The venue would be established south of Highway 40, where the canal for the now-defunct Cross Florida Barge connects with the lower Withlacoochee River.

    “That canal has about a 22-foot drop from the dam down to the where it reconnects with the river,” Merritt said. “So it was brought to my attention several years ago that if we reverse-engineered it, would could make a whitewater kayaking venue there.”

  • Whitewater idea is floated

    The Nature Coast Business Development Council has set five goals for 2018 to help build a stronger economic foundation for the future.

    The goals include completing the economic impact statement for the Inglis whitewater kayaking venue; countywide broadband; investment launch; relaunching the business alliance and establishing a food-related business incubator. Broadband internet and whitewater kayaking were discussed at the meeting Thursday, Jan. 11, at the Jack Wilkinson Campus of the College of Central Florida.

    Council Director David Pieklik opened discussion on the economic impact statement for a kayaking project in Inglis. Completion of the EIS by the University of Central Florida is expected in April.

    Richard Streeter, of Inglis, said a whitewater course in Inglis would have two advantages over any other similar venue in the country. It would operate year around and the water temperature is very important to Olympic kayaking.