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Today's News

  • Indians’ softball keeps on rolling

    Again, Chiefland’s varsity softball team routed a visiting team, quickly stomping St. Francis 10-0 last Friday night.

    Again, the Indians’ bats were hot, with Amber Richardson and sophomore standout Taylore Fuller killing pitches for home runs.

    But now, a test of pride approaches. Chiefland will face county rival Williston for the second time at 7 p.m. Friday. It’s not a district game (the Red Devils play in 3A-5, the Indians in 2A-5), but Williston knocked Chiefland around earlier this season in an 8-2 game on Feb. 19.

  • Branford holds off Bronson’s late push

    The Blue and Orange pulled away in the seventh inning of their baseball game last Thursday night, rallying for three runs to take a decisive 7-5 win in a hard-fought contest.

    Too bad it was the wrong Blue and Orange.

    It was Branford who pulled away late for the victory, holding off Bronson, which had a late rally of their own in the bottom of the seventh.

  • Baseball Roundup: Bronson’s offense hammers Bell, 16-6

    The Eagles piled on nine runs in the first inning last Tuesday at Bell, needing only five innings to rout the Bulldogs 16-6.

    The Eagles capialized on two errors, two walks, a hit batsman and five singles in the first to put the game out of reach early.

    John Stephenson finished 3-for-4 at the plate with two singles and a double for Bronson. Tyler Martensen finished 2-for-3, and Kelby Barber belted a triple in the fourth.

    Stephenson picked up the win for the Eagles, tallying five strikeouts in the complete game.

  • Blue Wave rolls past Bronson in shutout

    P.K. Yonge stormed Bronson’s varsity softball team 16-0 last Thursday.

    But the score wasn’t the whole story. Sure, P.K. Yonge capitalized on errors in the first inning for a 6-0 lead, but the Eagles showed signs of life that Bronson coach Kenny Thomas saw as encouraging.

    “I’m really proud of my girls,” he said.  “They got down on themselves a little. But they picked it back up, dug down deep and held their ground out there.”

  • Indians on a roll

    It’s still early, but it looks like Chiefland High School has the softball team to beat in District 2A-5.

    Just don’t tell Indians coach Ginger Fuller.

    Sure, she’s proud of her team. She’s thrilled that as of last Friday they’re 10-1 overall and undefeated in the district.

    The Indians proved their case again last Thursday against Bell, needing only three innings to stomp the Bulldogs, 14-0.

    So easy wins should keep her team on top, right?

  • Suwanne River Fair Livestock Show & Sale Opens

    The Suwannee River Youth Livestock Show and Sale, operated by the Suwannee River Fair Association, may just be the year's biggest entertainment bargain.

    The fair, show and sale is in its 58th year and it shows no signs of slowing, having grown to cover two weekends — nine days in all. It opens on Thursday, March 18 at 3 p.m. with the poultry and rabbit entries arrival, and takes a break after the last animal is released on Saturday evening at 6 p.m. The first weekend features poultry, rabbits, goat, dairy cows, heifers and horses.

  • Skill-a-Thon tests equine knowledge

    Do you know the horse grooming process? Can you explain life cycles and prevention of external parasites?

    Then you may be a perfect contestant for the Suwannee River Youth Livestock Show and Sale's Horse Skill-a-Thon Contest.

    The Skill-a-Thon is scheduled for 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 20. It is open to participants in the livestock show.

    The individual exam tests knowledge ranging from horse health and coat markings to anatomy and equipment.

  • Kids learn life lessons from raising livestock

    Sixteen-year-old Kodie Meeks, of Chiefland, said she started raising homegrown feeder steers and entering them into contests when she was 9.

    But last year was the first time she won.  She was reserve champion at the 2009 Levy County Livestock Fair with a Black Angus Macros named Oakie.

    “He was so sweet,” she said.  “He was just like a big old Teddy Bear.”

    A 750-pound Teddy Bear, that is.

  • City to apply for EPA grant

    Chiefland residents wanting curbside recycling services might get their wish if the city receives a federal conservation grant.

    The city commission voted unanimously 4-0 Monday night to approve an application for a resource conservation grant from the Environmental Protection Agency. Commissioner Frank Buie was absent from Monday's meeting due to illness.

    The application, according to the commission, will ask for about $45,000 to cover two years worth of recycling services from Waste Pro, the city’s current waste removal service company.

  • Juror issue raised in Yearty, Parker conviction

    A juror's complaint about the actions of other jurors during the federal corruption trial of  two Levy County commissioners has been brought to the attention of the judge.

    Attorney Gloria Fletcher filed a motion on Feb. 25 notifying federal District Judge Stephan P. Mickle that the unnamed juror approached her son saying the jurors discussed the case while outside the courtroom at lunch and some had made up their minds on the verdict before hearing all the evidence.