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Today's News

  • Lady Eagle hoops led at guard

    While the Chiefland girls are led this year in the paint, the top returning talent for the Bronson Middle High School varsity girls’ basketball team is concentrated at the guard positions.

    Junior shooting guard Yelena Thomas is back after leading the Lady Eagles with 18.2 points a game her sophomore season, while her younger sister, Neomi Thomas, leads at point again.

    Yelena Thomas scored 33 points in a preseason loss to Williston Nov. 14.

    BMHS loses just one starter, Myia Knight, from last year’s squad, while junior Tamia Haynes and senior Taeya Mayes provide key returning experience with the Thomas siblings. Freshman Keyera Hutto joins the fray as an up-and-coming guard.

    The Bronson girls, who are led by Rodney Thomas, open at home Nov. 28 against Gainesville St. Francis, and are home again Nov. 30 versus Gainesville Eastside.

    Trenton figures to be the team to beat in Bronson’s district, as the Lady Tigers come off a regional finals appearance, and a state finals appearance the previous year.

  • Fall frosh

    The bats swing year-round these days, whether it’s high school travel ball, off-season training leagues or even the most elite pros sharpening their skills in Arizona.

    It’s no different for the bevy of talent that the Chiefland Middle High School softball program has exported the last couple of years, as five players from last year’s Lady Indians club recently got their first taste of college ball.

    At the University of Florida’s Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium Friday Nov. 17, around 45 Chiefland faithful were in attendance to welcome Jacksonville University freshman catcher Emily Hallman, a four-year standout for the Lady Indians, who was part of three state championships and another state finals club.

    The Gators, who boast three NCAA championship appearances and two national championships over the past four years, were led in the circle by reigning Collegiate Player of the Year Kelly Barnhill. The exhibition games are set for 10 innings. Stats and results are not official.

  • Top Eagles celebrated at BMHS fall banquet

    Bronson Middle High School went beyond its usual football banquet to include cheerleaders, band members and JROTC, and even recognized a group of special seniors who will see their names etched along the Bronson Eagle Pride Walk for future generations to remember.

    School Board of Levy County member and Bronson alum Cameron Asbell played host for the evening in his Bronson orange blazer, as he extolled the virtues of Bronson Middle High School and let his school spirit fly high.

    “If you look around, this is where the leaders come from,” he started. “Other towns have other things, but the best high school, not only in this county, not only in this state, but in this entire country is right here, and you students are the best there are, and that comes from me.”

    The members of the JROTC, band, cheer squad and football team were introduced and given various recognitions.

  • CES second-grade students give thanks

    Laura Wilson’s Class

    What dose Thanksgiving mean to you? It means I get to see my family and I don’t see them that often- Miah

    What doses thanksgiving mean to you? Its about sering food and being kind- Franklin

    I am thankful that I have a mom and family- Angelena

    Thanksgiving is of sharing food- Duke?

    Meeting friends, family and kusins, having food and I feel inspired- Grant

    I am thankful for…… Thanksgiving because it is a celebration! We all come together to give praise to God- Juliana

    What does Thanksgiving mean to you, to be thankful. - Richard

    I am thankful for…… Thanksgiving all the dinners I get to eat for my uncle (fishhead???) and taking me to kill my first buck. For my uncle David who takes me hinting and Aunt Kristi. I am thankful for my dad and mom and brothers. And to you miss Wilson- Brandon

    I am thankful for……Dad, sister, Ailin, and mom- (Airin?)

  • Log Cabin Quilters

    The Log Cabin Quilters met Thursday, Nov 16, at the Levy County Quilt Museum. We’ve reached the halfway part of the quilt in the frame except we’ve decided it needs a little more quilting. The circles and half circles will be getting quilted as well as the outside strips. As we roll the quilt back to the starting point, we’ll add the extra quilting.

    Ann brought in her latest quilt top; a star variation. Thanks for sharing it with us. It’s very pretty.

    Derick and the guys from Lancaster were out. The shelves in the storage room are finished so now it’s time for us to fill the shelves. We’re finding several more boxes of fabric to measure and put out so be sure to drop by one day. Thanks Lancaster.

  • Schools Foundation STARS Gala plans are under way

    Plans are underway for The Levy County Schools Foundation STARS Gala event planned for Saturday, February 17, 2018 at Bronson Middle/High School.

    The semiformal evening will begin with hors d’oeuvres and mingling at 5:00 pm followed by dinner and program at 6 p.m. The event will benefit the nonprofit Foundation with funds to support its scholarship and grant programs for Levy County Schools and students.

    The event chairperson, Stacy Swain, along with many volunteers from the Foundation Board will be working to finalize all the plans for the “Garden Party” theme décor. The evening will feature dinner, entertainment, a silent auction, live auction and door prizes. The program will feature the Honorable Joe Smith as guest speaker; a tribute to Mr. H.C. Henderson as a founding member of the Foundation; announcement of the Foundations Alumnus of the Year and recognition of Levy County Schools Teacher of the Year, Educational Staff Professional of the Year and Volunteer of the Year.

  • Clay Landing Days is coming to Manatee Springs State Park

    Manatee Springs State Park will be holding Clay Landing Days, a living history event, Friday, Nov. 24, and Saturday, Nov. 25. Clay Landing Days will bring you to a time when the Seminoles and Settlers lived in the Clay Landing area.

    There will be Covered Wagon Rides that take you on the North Trail with a stop at the Seminole Chickee Hut, where Settlers and Seminoles will let you see what life was like in the Clay Landing Area. All activities will begin at Manatee Springs Day Use Area from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Day Use Area will also have Settlers showing cooking and crafts of the time period. There are wheelchair accessible wagon rides available. The fee for the event is the normal entrance fee of $6 for a car of up to eight people.

    For more information, call 352-493-6736. 

  • School Board approves plans for new CMHS

    If the School Board of Levy County gets its way, there will be a new Chiefland Middle High School built in the next five years.

    The Board Nov. 14 voted unanimously to include such a project in its Five-Year District Facilities Work Plan, which districts are required in Florida to submit. The Board has issued a request for proposal for the designing and building of the school.

    In order for the project to come to fruition, the district still needs approval for Special Utilities Funding from the Department of Education.

    According to the Board-approved Castaldi Generalized Formula for School Modernization Report, which provides a formula for designating whether it’s cheaper to build a new school or renovate current buildings, 92 percent of CMHS is at the critical need level, meaning it’s more cost prohibitive to renovate rather than build a new structure.

  • Students with disabilities are thriving in public schools

    Florida celebrated Disability History and Awareness Week last month, and the Levy County school district took the chance to reflect on its students with disabilities and their achievements.

    There are 937 students in Levy County with identified disabilities, and 83 percent of those are being educated alongside their non-disabled peers, according to figures presented to the School Board by Dr. Rosalind Hall, director of ESE and Student Services, who delivered a summary of the history and evolution of special education and the statistics for students with disabilities in Levy County.

    Hall’s data on the efficacy of inclusion in education was brought home by third-grader Kevin of Bronson Elementary School. Kevin Edwards, who couldn’t speak when he arrived at the school as a kindergartener, was kept in mainstream classes early on at the school to give him role models for speaking and developing language skills, according to Principal Cheryl Beauchamp. At the Board meeting, with guidance from his teacher, Rhonda Stephenson, Edwards introduced himself and handed out gifts to the Board.

  • Tax bill passes House, Senate is next

    The U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 1, the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” Thursday, Nov. 16, by a vote of 227-205. Thirteen Republicans voted against the resolution along with 192 Democrats. Two Democrats did not vote.

    The 450-page resolution amends the 1986 Tax Code. U.S. Congressman Neal Dunn said Thursday after the vote, the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” is the largest tax cut in American history.

    “It’s the largest tax cut both on individuals and on corporations in the history of this country,” he said. “People ask why cut corporate taxes? They create the jobs. That’s where the wages go up and jobs come from and that’s what makes the economy go.”