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  • Toys for Tots registration dates in Tri-County area

    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. 15, from 9 a.m.12 p.m., Tri-County Community Resources, 15 North Main St in Chiefland, FL 32626

    Registration requirements:

    Only children 12 years of age or younger are qualified.

    Parent or Legal Guardian’s current Government Issued Photo ID.

    Child’s Birth Certificate or Court Ordered Custody Records

    Child’s Social Security Card

    Proof of Residence (2 of 4, in registering guardian’s name)

    Driver’s License or Photo ID (with star indicating verified residence)

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  • 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.

  • Hornets flying in for CMHS homecoming

    After collecting back-to-back road wins to even its record, Chiefland returns to Wayne Pridgeon Stadium for homecoming this Friday, Oct. 13.

    The significance of the opponent likely won’t get lost in the festivities, however. Hawthorne, the Indians’ homecoming opponent, handed Chiefland a bitter loss last year, with players on both sides facing ejections for a scuffle during the game between teams.

    The Hornets, headed by former Florida Gator football and basketball standout Cornelius Ingram, jumped out to a 4-0 start this season before suffering their first loss to Union County (Lake Butler) last week in a 31-25 overtime clash.

    The Hornet offense, led by junior Kahleil Jackson, is a balanced attack, and the defense has recorded 35 tackles for losses.

    CMHS coach says Hawthorne’s success is bolstered by the improved strength of its offensive and defensive lines.

  • Bad house guest

    The 240-mile round trip to Hilliard Oct. 7 might have been the longest road trek of the season for the Chiefland football team.

    But the Indians looked like they were right at home as they assembled their most dominating effort to prevail 33-0 over the Red Flashes (2-4), evening their record to 3-3 heading into homecoming week.

    CMHS took control early in all three major phases — offense, defense and special teams.

    The Indian defense took up camp in the Red Flashes’ offensive backfield, recording five tackles for losses on Hilliard’s first five plays from scrimmage.

    “Three-and-outs are the goal,” senior defensive tackle Dalton Tiner said of the team’s recent dominance on defense, which has led to back-to-back shutouts. “Once everybody gets it in their head, it’s just a steady flow.”

  • 2 men rescued from Gulf waters

    By Buster Thompson

    Being stranded in a boat on the Gulf of Mexico for 12 hours will be a fishing trip Charles Scott won’t soon forget.

    Scott and his brother-in-law Jerry Newsome, both in their late 60s, went out the morning of Sept. 29 to go grouper fishing, Scott said Tuesday.

    The Marion County residents launched Newsome’s boat from a ramp near Yankeetown in Levy County, pushing their 17’ Starcraft vessel 27 miles out into the Gulf.

    Several hours into their day, Scott and Newsome realized at about 2 p.m. they forgot to put oil in the boat, which would not start, marooning the pair without any way to contact their loved ones.

    “So we just sort of sat their,” Scott said about how him and Newsome anchored their boat.

    Scott’s wife, Wanda, said she expected her husband to call around 3 p.m. to say he was returning home. She never got that call.

    “I didn’t get anything and I was a little bit concerned,” Wanda Scott said. “The first two hours I was so frantic.”

  • Go nuts in Williston at the 29th Annual Peanut Festival

    Autumn may be designated as Sept. 22 on a calendar but in Williston, it’s not official until the opening of the Peanut Festival, held this year Saturday, Oct. 7.

    The 29th Annual North Central Florida Peanut Festival, sponsored by the Williston Area Chamber of Commerce, promises to be loaded with vendors and entertainment throughout the day.

    The festival pays homage to one of Williston’s major crops – the peanut, whose season runs from mid-August until late October.

    Besides peanuts and a variety of food items, there will be crafts, jewelry, homemade clothing and plants for sale.

    The festival also hosts a Little Peanut King & Queen and a Baby Peanut contest.

    The Peanut Festival runs from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Entertainment will be in the main pavilion, but the Clover Squares will also perform in the smaller gazebo in the north end of the park.

    Fore more information, call 352-528-5552 or visit www.willistonfl.com.

  • Fanning Springs 'Trunk or Treating' and 'Movie Night'

    Fanning Springs is gearing up for the fall and winter months with Trunk or Treating and Movie Night at The Fort on Oct. 21. Plans are not finalized at the time of printing, but everyone is entertained.

    The event is free to the public. Depending on the flow of the event, Trunk or Treating for an estimated 500 children will begin at 5:30 p.m. and last approximately one hour. Trunk or Treating will be immediately followed by activities and festivities and then movie at starting at dusk.

    “Movie Night at the Fort” in April featured the latest Star Wars movie “Rogue One,” that was shown on a giant 37-foot screen. The movie for October is not yet selected but it should be a first-run movie.

    The Festival of Lights will be held in December and always draws a nice crowd. The Fanning Springs Chamber of Commerce is still seeking vendors for this event and openings are still available for parade participants. The decorated boats will compete for a sponsored cash prize which is predicted to be the highest yet.

  • Fanning Springs 'Trunk or Treating' and 'Movie Night'

    Fanning Springs is gearing up for the fall and winter months with Trunk or Treating and Movie Night at The Fort on Oct. 21. Plans are not finalized at the time of printing, but everyone is entertained.

    The event is free to the public. Depending on the flow of the event, Trunk or Treating for an estimated 500 children will begin at 5:30 p.m. and last approximately one hour. Trunk or Treating will be immediately followed by activities and festivities and then movie at starting at dusk.

    “Movie Night at the Fort” in April featured the latest Star Wars movie “Rogue One,” that was shown on a giant 37-foot screen. The movie for October is not yet selected but it should be a first-run movie.

    The Festival of Lights will be held in December and always draws a nice crowd. The Fanning Springs Chamber of Commerce is still seeking vendors for this event and openings are still available for parade participants. The decorated boats will compete for a sponsored cash prize which is predicted to be the highest yet.

  • Haunted Chiefland

    The Chiefland Police Department is bringing back its haunted house every weekend in October from 8 - 11 p.m. in the creepy old Central Florida Electric Cooperative property behind Hardee’s on U.S. Highway 19.