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Today's News

  • Bell stands firm on ‘piggy-backing’

    Levy Commission Chair Nancy Bell, who voted against a plan to “piggy back” county purchases onto bids secured by other governments, came out swinging against a proposal to buy two trailers for solid waste services.

    Rod Hastings, who was standing in for an ill Benny Jerrell, the solid waste department head, said the operation needed two 53-foot trailers, an upgrade from the shorter trailers now used. He said the new trailers would allow the county to haul a larger volume of waste to the New River site on each trip than it currently can.

  • Indians battle, fall to Devils in semi

    Williston boys played the Rope-A-Dope for three quarters Friday night, waiting until the bell rang on the fourth quarter to explode to a 56-39 win over Chiefland. The Indians played one of their best games of the season for the first 24 minutes, owning the lane at both ends and waxing the glass. Williston challenged somewhat in the third quarter, momentarily taking a lead up to four points, but Chiefland never let the Devils stray far.

  • Eagles knocked out in district shocker

    The lights in the office are dim, and Miles Davis' “Kind of Blue” plays softly. Quietly defiant, the trumpet bursts into “So What” as Bronson Head Coach Aaron Haldeman tries to describe what happened Tuesday, when the Eagles, incredibly, lost by 57-56 to Branford in the district tournament opener.

  • Chiefland baseball cleans up in Classic

    Chiefland won big in both appearances at their own First Pitch Classic last week, battering St. John Lutheran 11-1 on Tuesday, and then rocking Bronson 14-4 on Friday. The Indians are ready to get serious now, starting the regular season with three games on the road.

    On Tuesday, Chiefland would travel far, heading down to The Villages for a first time crack at that matchup. Indians' Head Coach Kyle Parnell couldn't commit to a preview of the Buffalo – “We've never played them; don't know anyone who's played them,” he said.

  • Lady Indians start 2-0 against Bears, Tigers

    Chiefland softball is already 2-0, and 1-0 in the district, starting off with a big 4-0 shutout win at Dixie County last Thursday and cruising straight into an 11-4 away win Friday at opposite-district foe Union County (Lake Butler).

    Lady Indians' Head Coach Wayne Weatherford said he started senior Brittany Davis on the mound against the Bears, and she allowed no hits or runs in four innings. Kristen Trail closed the game out allowing only one hit in her three innings.

    “We had a real good opener – 4-0, no errors,” Weatherford said.

  • Schools directed to eliminate a spring sports program

    Acting on a directive from Superintendent Bob Hastings, every Levy County high school has eliminated one spring sport program from its schedule.

    After careful review, Chiefland High eliminated the tennis program, Hastings said.

    “I asked the principals to look at the least disruptive or intrusive place to cut,” Hastings said. Recreational sports that do not offer scholarship potential or have high participation were the ones most likely up for elimination.

  • Some educators will see pay cuts

    Superintendent Bob Hastings has told Levy County teachers to prepare for more budget cuts, including some that will in effect result in a pay cut to many area educators.

    Beginning with the 2009-2010 school year, all high school teachers will be required to teach six out of six class periods every day, according to Hastings. After-school seventh period classes will be eliminated and that time will become the teachers’ planning period, he said.

  • Soldier meets second graders who adopted him

    It was difficult to tell who was more nervous, the serviceman or the group of second-graders.

    For more than an hour last week Dusty Cason answered questions from his penpals who all wanted to know more about his life in Iraq.

    The students of Katie Corbin “adopted” Cason and this school year have kept him replete with letters from home and goody boxes.

    Last week the soldier, on furlough, came by with his parents and grandparents to meet his new friends and answer their queries about the other side of the world.

  • VFW and Auxiliary rally to shampoo our soldiers

    While the Army may give a soldier all he needs to survive, sometimes the wants go ignored.

    That was the case of Sgt. Sarah Wines who wanted, not only for her but the 25 percent of soldiers who are women, a better grade of toiletries.

    The Army provides basic shampoos and toothpaste, but anyone who has ever used them will attest they leave a lot to be desired.

    Telling her grandma Lillian Welkie of her wish list, it soon became VFW Post 5625 Auxiliary to the rescue.

  • Ask and you shall receive

    On what was Day 14 of Barack Obama’s term as president, Chiefland’s Robert and Rutha Scott were as excited as if it were Jan. 20 all over again.

    The Scotts, well known in West Levy County for their ministerial work and involvement in the black community, were animated in their speech and lively in their body language as they recalled their part in the inauguration of America’s first black president.

    It all started back in November, the couple agreed.