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Today's News

  • Out with the old asphalt, in with the new

    This week construction crews on Williston Road (State Road 121), between U.S. 41 in Williston and the Alachua County line, began removing the old asphalt and building up new asphalt on the curves. This will improve drainage and the ability of drivers to maneuver through the curves while still maintaining the speed limit, according to the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT).

    Once work is completed at the curves, crews will begin removing the old asphalt and resurfacing the roadway throughout the remainder of the project.

  • 21 teachers get pink slip

    Twenty-one veteran teachers across Levy County received letters last week notifying them that their annual contracts would not be renewed for the upcoming 2009-2010 school year.

    The 21 educators, each with at least 30 years of teaching experience, were either part of the extended DROP (Deferred Retirement Option Plan) program or retired and then rehired back on annual contract.

    “Those teachers were paid at the top of the pay scale based upon their years of experience,” said Candace Dean, Director of Personnel for Levy County School District.

  • Rubio’s statewide amibitions defer to Gov. Crist

    Marco Rubio is not sure which office he will be running for in 2010, but whatever statewide opportunity comes available, he is ready.

    Rubio, who has formed an exploratory committee, addressed the Levy County Republican Executive Committee’s Lincoln Reagan Memorial Dinner on Friday, March 27.

    Rubio’s choice of which office to seek is complicated by the retirement of U.S. Sen. Mel Martinez. The Republican has announced he will not seek re-election next year and the iffyness of Gov. Charlie Crist’s plans to seek the office.

  • Chiefland girls recover in time against Taylor

    With Amber Richardson's solo bomb in the sixth and a mighty rally in the seventh, Chiefland girls overcame a three-run deficit to top Taylor County 5-4. For all the game's thrilling rigor, the Lady Indians never should have trailed, having thrashed the Bulldogs 17-0 on their last visit to Perry.

    “I think we took them lightly, and we should never do that,” said Chiefland head coach Wayne Weatherford.

  • From racetrack to runway, Southard is the Queen

    Jessica Southard says she's not a pageant girl. She's an agricultural girl, definitely; a car racing girl, certainly. She's a graphic artist, too; until recently she designed many of the logos and scripts on the race cars built by her parents, Gary and Kathi Southard of Bronson's Southard Racing. How did she come to be crowned the 2009 Florida Watermelon Queen?

    “Years ago, my dad built a car for Buddy Hughes, who is one of the biggest watermelon growers in Newberry,” she says.

  • Chiefland girls can't close the door on P.K. Yonge

    Chiefland softball remains the only team to beat P.K. Yonge this season – in the district, and otherwise. Unfortunately, they couldn't make lightning strike twice. The Lady Indians traveled to Gainesville to try to slam the door on the series, but a pair of errors in the first inning let the Blue Wave score. The game was tied into the eighth inning when a bloop hit into shallow right let the P.K. baserunner go home, giving the Blue Wave the 3-2 win.

  • Diamond Indians clobber Bronson in Round Two

    Chiefland boys answered the challenge Friday against Bronson baseball, traveling to the water tower field to clobber the Eagles 19-3 in their own nest. Indians' head coach Kyle Parnell had been deprecating of Chiefland's home performance against Bronson back in March; the Indians rallied then to beat a better-looking Bronson team 9-7.

    “We were lucky to get a win,” Parnell said at the time.

    “Bronson should have beaten us.”

  • Cold night, hot action at Bronson Motor Speedway

    The roads were a little safer Saturday night after Rick Heath's Ford Pinto left the Four-Cylinder Bomber feature race on a flatbed wrecker. Heath climbed the retaining wall and rolled during the warmup lap leading into the feature. After being extracted from his car, he walked off the track.

  • Chiefland boys whip Newberry, set for Bronson

    Chiefland boys rolled over Newberry again for the second half of that district series. Unlike February's five-inning, 10-run game in 30-degree temperature, this time they took all seven innings to win 7-0; the weather was fine.

    “It always feels good to get a district win,” said Indians' Head Coach Kyle Parnell.

  • Fix the softball concession stand, already

    Chiefland softball is rocking 10-3 with only two district losses, and every home game is packed with fans from both sides. There's rowdiness and good cheer, enough to go around, but do you know what there isn't?

    Peanuts. M&Ms. Hot cocoa on a cold night and blue Powerade on a warm one. Hot dogs, Air Heads and pickles. Milky Ways. I'm miserable just thinking about it.