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Today's News

  • Fourth-quarter fireworks

    With three starters sitting out over team rules violations, last week’s Eagle Classic Basketball Tournament in Bronson was a good opportunity for the Chiefland boys’ basketball team to test its depth with extended playing time for its bench and a couple of junior varsity call-ups.

    For most of the tournament opener against Umatilla last Wednesday, the Indians suffered on the scoreboard, as the Bulldogs carried a 22-point advantage into the fourth quarter, holding Chiefland to just 18 points for the first three quarters.

  • Eagles get defensive in comeback win

    It was a second straight slow start for the Bronson boys’ basketball team last Thursday, the second day of its Eagle Classic Tournament.

    The Eagles found themselves trailing 11-2 to Umatilla around the midway point of the opening quarter, one night after a 17-3 deficit spelled doom in their tourney opener.

    But this time Bronson found a way to get on the right side of the turnover balance, as its defense helped spurn a first-half comeback and eventually close out a 45-40 win over the Class 5A Bulldogs.

  • Bronson picks up dual wins over Chiefland in district matchups

    The Chiefland boys’ basketball team enjoyed a late flurry of offense in its loss to Bronson last Tuesday.

    The rally might prove to be a moment that propels a struggling Chiefland offense in the future, but it was too little too late on this night, as the Eagles led by as many as 26 in beating their rival Indians 56-47.

  • Levy ESP of the year passing on love for reading

    As with many teachers and aides who work in small schools, Gayle Gatton has worn a lot of hats as an educator.

    Now, after 30 years in her profession, she’s doing exactly what she loves, even if it means less money.

  • Levy teacher of the year enjoying diverse course load

    Allen Strickland can hardly believe he’s being paid for all the fun he’s having.

    The algebra teacher and baseball coach at Bronson Middle High School is in his sixth year as an educator, and he recently started teaching shop class, reconnecting the 30-year-old with his roots.

    Strickland earned a degree in building construction at the University of Florida and worked in the field before entering education.

  • Eagle Classic Basketball Tournament features six squads

    It’s holiday break for school this week, but that doesn’t mean there’s no high school hoops action.

    Bronson is hosting its Eagle Classic Basketball Tournament Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, with six schools competing in nine games over the three days.

    The contests begin at 4:30 p.m. each day in the BMHS gym, followed by games at 6 and 7:30 p.m.

    Umatilla and Chiefland tipped off action Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. Jasper-Hamilton County versus Melbourne-West Short and then Bronson and Perry-Taylor County rounded off the opening-day slate.

  • Mural signing ceremony in Bronson on Friday

    For those driving past the Bronson Ace Hardware and wondering what’s up with the mural being painted on the side of building there will be answers.

    Ace Hardware Manager John Meeks, chair of the Levy County Commission and member of the Tourism Development Council, said the mural promotes the attractions of Levy County.

  • Helping Another Way’s families

    Earline and Jim Smith, on right, donate 25 tickets to Kirby Family Farm Christmas Express to Another Way representative Nate Albano. The tickets are to be used by families in the program’s shelter and program in Chiefland.

  • Lee honored for 16 years service on planning board

    Former Levy County Planning Commission Member Vaughn Lee was honored on Tuesday for his 16 years of service by the Levy County Commission. Lee was presented with a certificate of appreciation.

    Pictured, from left to right, are Commissioners Mike Joyner, Rock Meeks, and Lilly Rooks; Lee, Commissiners John Meeks and Matt Brooks. Lee left the planning board a year ago but has returned to serve as an alternate.

     

  • Commission honors Students of the Month

    The Chiefland City Commission honored Students of the Month for October and November at its Dec. 13 meeting, presenting them with certificates of achievement. In addition the students each received a $20 gift card from the Chiefland Rotary Club and the Chiefland Middle High School Interact Club.

    Commissioner Rollin Hudson did the honors presenting them and reading aloud their nominations for the honor.