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Today's News

  • Before an Orange and Blue Debut

    It’s rare to find an opposing team’s colors on display before a game. Chiefland softball players joked it was to welcome visiting Bronson before the team’s senior night game on April 12. Despite the coincidence, it was worth the confusion.   
    Orange and blue balloons were tied to the fence along left field during the game. They celebrated two of the players in program history most worthy of celebrating.

  • Finishing with their best

    Chiefland softball player Taylore Fuller is one of the select few athletes that will get to compete at the varsity level in college. A year from now she will be wearing Orange and Blue, playing for the University of Florida.
    But in the finale of her high school school, she was as distraught as if it were her last game ever.
    Fuller wasn’t alone in her tears. Even after the post-game talk with the coaching staff, few players, and some of their parents, could keep a dry face.

  • A Noble Finish

    Florida High School sports can be cruel. The FHSAA has decided only eight teams, the state champion from each classification, can finish the season with a win in their respective sport.  
    It’s a subtle reality that for most teams, most seasons are going to end in the worst possible result.
    Facing that reality, it never seemed to deter the teams at CHS.
    On a regular basis I got to cover the boy’s basketball, girls basketball, baseball and softball teams. All four came in with very different expectations.

  • Wuthering Heights


    Cedar Key School may not have a softball team, a football team or a track within nine miles of the island. But it has something no other county track and field team can boast.
    Cedar Key’s Brooke Allen was the only Levy County representative at the 2012 state track and field meet. While competeting at the championships, she left her mark in Jacksonville. Allen finished in 10th out of all high jumpers in the state. Her jump of 5’2” was only six inches away from first place.
    And she’s only a sophomore.

  • Three keys from the Chiefland Spring Game

    The 2012 Blue and Gold game may have been the most interesting scoreless event I’ve ever seen.  Head coach Aaron Richardson’s choice to make it a glorified practice with jerseys on may have been less dramatic than years past, but it still showed off a lot about the current state of the Chiefland High School football program.
    - The backfield has talent (and a lot of it):

  • Team Hendrick stays hot

    By Monte Dutton- NASCAR This Week

  • Tour de Melon Kicks of Watermelon Festival

    The Suwanne Valley Rotary Club hosted the first-ever Tour de Melon on June 2, looking to start a new tradition as an annual kick off one of Chiefland’s oldest.
    Beginning and ending a few blocks from the Watermelon Festival in downtown Chiefland. The Tour was created in part as a complement to the festival. It attracted participants from as far as Georgia and South Florida, many of whom stayed in Chiefland hotels and got an opportunity to experience the festival.
    Over 150 riders and 40 volunteers helped put on the bike ride.

  • CFEC hosts hurricane planning meeting

       Central Florida Electric Cooperative recently hosted a hurricane planning meeting for emergency management personnel in the service area, including county sheriff’s offices, city police departments, local fire departments and emergency management offices and responders.

  • Local promotion company formed

    Two residents have formed a music promotion company to help raise the profile of local bands and their first gig is Saturday at Double Down in Gainesville with Steel Bridge of Cross City and and Crosstyz of Bell.
    Michael Michalis, an agent with Don Martin Insurance in Fanning Springs, and Rod Whited, an agent with Nothwestern Mutual insurance, have formed RAM MAN Productions.

  • Levy begins summertime creep

    Every year at this time — even in the good years — Levy County's unemployment starts to creep upwards. It starts in May and continues through June, July, then starts to level off or go down by September.
    And this year is no different.
    In May, Levy County’s labor force increased by 210 to 16,982, employment went up by 165 jobs to 15,445 and the number of unemployed rose by 45 to 1,537, according to figures released by Workforce Connection, the state's employment and career agency serving Levy, Marion and Citrus counties.