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Today's News

  • Throwing the icicles

    The hunt for the perfect Christmas tree has always been a chore that I enjoyed during December.

    From earliest childhood when my father would go into the hills and return with a scrappy, itchy cedar tree to not-so-long ago when my children and I would plod through the tree farm, the tradition of the Christmas tree search has become one of my favorite rituals of the holiday.

    For a while this month, it looked as if Christmas would come and go without fanfare due to a lot of circumstances beyond my control.

  • Eagles take sting out of Hornets

    With leading scorer James Rivers still out of action, nursing a sore ankle, the Bronson Eagles took the sting out of the Lafayette Mayo Hornets on Friday night Dec. 19, and flew to a 73-56 win before a half filled gym in Bronson.

    The Eagles took their first lead as the first quarter came to an end 14-12. The Hornets continued to keep pace with the Eagles and trailed by just three points, thanks to a 3-point basket by Antwan Brown as the first half ended with the Eagles leading 27-24.

  • Bronson plays tough, but falls at Fort White

    In perhaps the most aggressive and skillful play that the Lady Eagles have faced this season, Bronson held their own in the first half of the soccer match last week against the Fort White Indians, losing in the second half 2-0.

  • Lady Eagles feel the sting

    The Lafayette Mayo Hornets ladies basketball team jumped out to a quick 19-5 lead over the Bronson Lady Eagles and never looked back. The lady Hornets had well over 25 take-a-ways in the game and turned most of them into easy baskets. The Lady Hornets put the game into the running clock rule as they took a 52-18 lead at the end of the third quarter.

    Each team managed to score five points each in the final quarter as the Hornets held the ball running time off the clock for the 57-23 win.

    Carttasha Macklin had 22 points for the Hornets and Sunshine Reid added 16 points.

  • Women's Golf

    On Dec. 17, the Chiefland Ladies Golf Association had 18 golfers play, in three member, blind draw teams. The best front nine and the best back nine scores were chosen out of the three totals. An average of all three handicaps was then deducted to determine the low net winning scores.

  • . . . if only in my dreams

    Someone asked me this morning if I was ready for Christmas and my answer was truthful.

    “As ready as I’ll ever be. It’s just a day. After all, it should be Christmas every day.”

    For the first time in my life, I will not be with my children during the holiday season.

    It’s difficult to think of my babies without me on Christmas, but then I am reminded the first year I didn’t make it to Kentucky to spend Christmas with my parents.

    Is this what they felt?

  • Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

    Eight-year-old Virginia O'Hanlon wrote a letter to the editor of New York's Sun, and the quick response was printed as an unsigned editorial Sept. 21, 1897. The work of veteran newsman Francis Pharcellus Church has since become history's most reprinted newspaper editorial, appearing in part or whole in dozens of languages in books, movies, and other editorials, and on posters and stamps.

    "DEAR EDITOR: I am 8 years old.

    "Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus.

    "Papa says, 'If you see it in THE SUN it's so.'

  • Ex-Ford manager investigated for grand theft

    Donald Barrett, ex-manager of White Ford in Chiefland, is being investigated for grand theft by the State Attorney’s Office in connection with $709,000 in expenditures over the past 12 years according to a Chiefland Police Department report. The sworn complaint came after an extensive two-month audit by the dealership’s attorney John Bovay and certified public accountant Jeff Crippen.

  • Eight from 'Forgotten War' honored

    The room was large, easily capable of holding a hundred people. The group gathered was small, less than a dozen people, including two reporters. Outside the commission meeting room at Chiefland City Hall a father and two children came and went after paying a utility bill.  City Hall employ

  • Memories and missed opportunities

    Over the Thanksgiving holiday, I listened to an audiobook–Deliver Us from Normal–and one sentence from a very long book hung in my mind for days.

    “Mom made us hot cocoa–with salt.”

    Boy, did that bring back memories.

    As a treat on cold winter nights, my mother would take out the Hershey cocoa powder and make a pot full of steaming hot chocolate.

    In the days before Swiss Miss powder or Quik, Hershey’s cocoa was a staple in our home.

    I’d forgotten how good it was but that one sentence brought it all back.