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Today's News

  • Chiefland QB Club confident in new coach

    Jim O'Neal, the new football coach at Chiefland High School, is already creating an impression on players and fans with his attitude and training style.

    "He's a no-nonsense kind of person, "CHS Quarterback Club President Abe Blitch, told the Chiefland Rotary Club at its April 21 meeting. "You want tough-in-your-gut football, well it's here in Chiefland."

  • Bronson’s Barber receives academic honors

    Bronson High Schoolís Kelby Barber was selected to the Florida High School Athletic Association’s 2010 FHSAA Academic All-State Team.

    Barber is the son of Vadin and Tracey Barber, and has a 3.92 grade point average, ranking third in a senior class of 76 students.

    Barber earned varsity letters in baseball and football in all four years of high school, as well as three letters in basketball.

    Barber said he plans to attend the University of Florida in Gainesville and study animal science.

  • Yonge outlasts CHS for 2A-5 title

    GAINESVILLE—It was a shame someone had to lose.

    P.K. Young defeated Chiefland, 5-4, last Thursday night in the District 2A-5 Championship game. It was a matchup that gave fans everything they wanted: clutch hits, strong pitching performances, controversial calls and nail-biting finish.

    Well, it gave fans almost everything they wanted. The Indians left the field disappointed, despite surging back from a 5-2 early deficit.

  • Local bass tournament raises funds for charity

    The third annual Suwannee River Open Bass Tournament benefiting the North Florida Chapter of The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society was held April 3. The event was held at Clay Landing in Chiefland from safelight until 3:30 p.m.

    A total of seven of the 15 boats were able to bring five fish limits to the scale.

    The husband and wife team of Davey and Kerrie Parrish were able to best the rest of the field of accomplished anglers. Their five fish limit weighed 11.75 pounds and earned them $337.50 for the day and  very nice trophies.

  • USDA gives Fanning Springs Earth Day gift

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture is due to announce today the award of about $5.8 million to the City of Fanning Springs for  construction of its first wastewater treatment system.

    The announcement will come at the city's Earth Day celebration at Fort Fanning Historical Park.

    Ellen Boukari, a representative from the USDA Rural Development Department, said $2,946,000 will  be in the form of a loan, while the remaining $2,855, 000 would come from USDA grants.

    Boukari said the city was chosen because, "It's an environmentally sensitive area."

  • County revises recreation policy

    Levy County children who do not participate in athletic leagues but join in recreation programs will be the beneficiaries of a change in the county's recreation funds policy.

    The County Board of County Commissioners approved the policy change to allow the $60,000 annual budget — $12,000 per commissioner, to be spent on more than athletic activities by a 3-1 vote. Commission Chair Nancy Bell cast the dissenting vote. Commissioner Marsha Drew, who initiated discussion several months ago to change the policy, was absent from Tuesday's meeting due to illness.

  • Eruption no setback for local missionary

    Steve Liles of Chiefland is one of those folks affected by the ash coming from a volcano in Iceland, but he's not among the folks stranded by it.

    Far from it — literally and figuratively — the Cross City hardware store operator and associate pastor at Lighthouse Word Church is in Kenya on his 22nd mission trip in 26 years. He left Florida for Kenya on April 13, well before the ash became a problem .

    He was going ahead to complete arrangements for a missionary medical team traveling from Valdosta, Ga., to join him.

  • Chiefland wins softball tournament opener

    For Chiefland High School’s varsity softball team, there are four components to the game that, when executed, lead to winning.

    Good pitching, aggressive baserunning, solid defense and timely hits. In fact, Indians coach Ginger Fuller put up a poster with these words before the season in a place where everyone on the team can see it.

    And Monday night, these components paid off as No. 1-seeded Chiefland topped No. 4 Bell 9-6 in their District 2A-5 Softball Tournament first round game.

  • District baseball title up for grabs

     On the surface, next week’s District 2A-5 baseball tournament appears to be a battle between haves and have-nots.

    Chiefland High School is fortunate enough to be in the former, powering its way to be a district contender this year. Bronson High has struggled, especially during the early portion of the season. According to the standings, the Eagles are among the latter.

    But with further study, an old saying begins to ring true.

    Anything is possible.

  • Healthy crowd gathers to benefit LARC

    Paddlers from around the area gathered last Saturday for the 33rd Annual Wild Hog Canoe and Kayak Race.

    The annual event, held  along the Waccasassa River near Otter Creek, raises money each year for the Levy Association for Retarded Citizens. AMVETS Post No. 88, based out of Bronson, also helped organize the event.

    Though final numbers for this year weren’t available, last year’s race raised more than $10,000 for LARC, making the race one of the groups largest fundraisers of the year.