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Today's News

  • CMS students whet appetite for reading at book tasting

    Two of life’s greatest pleasures were combined for a unique setting at Chiefland Middle School last week.

    To celebrate Florida’s Literacy Week, students at the school were treated to a “tasting” of books to encourage an “appetite for reading.”

    A real three-course meal – appetizers, entrees and desserts – was also included.

  • Central Florida campus shaping up for summer completion

    The concrete has been poured and most of the structural steel is in place.

    Now the bricks are being laid.

    It’s been a long time coming, but construction on the new College of Central Florida site in Chiefland is on pace to wrap up in July.

    The Jack Wilkinson Levy Campus, located just north of town along Highway 19, will open in the summer, with teachers reporting Aug. 17.

    The campus is moving from its current modest housing at the corner of corner of North Young Blvd. and North Young Blvd.

  • Bronson mayor hopes to get youth more involved in future MLK events

    Bronson mayor Bruce Greenlee has a goal to expand on the town’s march and festivities for the Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, with a focus on getting more students involved.

    “I promise you,” he told the Town Council last Tuesday, “a lot of kids in that school right up there have no idea about the legacy of Dr. King and what it stood for and how important it was in shaping all of us. (The holiday event) is really the best place to get that kind of education, to actually see people representing somebody who meant so much to so many.”

  • Bronson approves pair of grant projects

    The third phase of a grant project that will bring a beach volleyball court and playground at James H. Cobb Park was approved by the Bronson Town Council in January.

    The project is part of a Florida Recreation Development Assistance Program, handled through the state’s Department of Environmental Protection.

    In addition to the volleyball court and playground, the project includes a new picnic facility and renovations to the baseball field and restrooms.

  • Chiefland girls yield to Trenton pressure in hoops district championship tilt

    Chiefland knew it had an uphill battle playing at No. 2-ranked Trenton in the girls’ District 1A-7 finals last Friday.

    The pressure going in was compounded on the court, as the Tiger defense helped generate 20 Indian turnovers in the first half on the way to a 61-29 Trenton win.

    It marked the second district title in a row for No. 2-ranked Trenton, which improved to 24-3 on the season. The Tigers face District 8 runner-up Pahokee at home Thursday in the regional semifinals, while Chiefland faces top-ranked Wildwood on the road.

  • London ignites Chiefland offense for district tournament

    The Chiefland girls’ basketball team did what it needed during the regular season to guarantee itself a critical top-three seed in the district tournament.

    But the road was a difficult slog, as it struggled with injuries and player attrition and a difficult end to the non-district schedule.

    With the return of star senior Takiya London, and the win-or-go-home urgency of the postseason upon them, the district tournament in Trenton was the Indians’ chance to hit the reset button.

  • Trenton football sanctioned for recruiting violation

    The Trenton football program will have to compete in a higher classification the next two years after the school was sanctioned for a self-reported violation of Florida High School Athletic Association recruiting policy.

  • Lady Indians basketball opens playoffs at top-ranked Wildwood

    After facing No. 2-ranked and reigning state finalist Trenton in last Friday’s district championship game, the Chiefland girls’ basketball team now turns its attention to No. 1 Wildwood.

    The Lady Indians hit the road to take on the top-ranked Wildcats in the opening round of the Class 1A state tournament.

    The Class 1A, Region 4 semifinal tips off 7 p.m.

  • Chiefland bats swing into action for preseason

    The three-time state champion Chiefland Indians softball team and the reigning state finalist Chiefland baseball club break out the bats starting this week for a couple of preseason tournaments.

    The softball team is at Dixie County (Cross City) Thursday and Friday, Feb. 9 and 10. The Indians face Newberry at 5 p.m. Thursday, before taking on Bell at the same time on Friday.

  • Drummond, Nature Coast Bank merger is complete

    By Michael D. Bates

    Bank mergers these days are occurring more frequently due to a volatile economy and shifting of consumer trends.

    And many times, those mergers can be messy.

    That is most definitely not the case with the recently completed merger between Drummond Community Bank and Nature Coast Bank. As of Jan. 1, Drummond acquired the two Citrus County Nature Coast branches, located at 1160 U.S. 19 N. in Crystal River and 2455 N. Citrus Hills Blvd., Hernando.