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Today's News

  • Impact fee passes, but not without a fight

    It might not be exactly what Levy School Board officials wanted, but a compromise at least has the new school impact fee ordinance on board.

    School Board members held a joint meeting with the Levy County Commissioners at the school administration building on Jan. 8 to finalize and OK the plan.

    While many thought it would just be a formality, the school impact fee plan almost died when county commissioners Tony Parker, Nancy Bell and Lilly Rooks failed to support it.

    Twice, commissioner Danny Stevens made motions to approve it. Twice, no one would back him.

  • Octagon building refurbishing approved without bids

    Thanks to a recommendation from Chiefland Building and Zoning Director Bill Hammond, local contractor Jerry Orenchak received a city-financed project priced in the range of $3,000 to $4,400 without having to bid.

    The Chiefland City Commission unanimously voted on Jan. 14 to refurbish the old octagon building. Orenchak is the man hired to restore the historic structure.

  • State grant may affect development

    Bruce Day, planning director of the Withlacoochee Regional Planning Council, received unanimous consensus from the Chiefland City Commission to seek a $28,000 grant from the Florida Department of Community Affairs (DCA) for improving the city's comprehensive plan and its Evaluation and Appraisal Report.

    New commercial development is the focus of this venture, Day said. Existing "Big Box" stores would not need to modify the external appearance of the structures if there were amendments to local development regulations, Day said.

  • Bronson gets big road win at Oak Hall

    GAINESVILLE -Just before last Friday night's vital district game between the host Oak Hall Eagles and the visiting Bronson Eagles, the public address announcer noted that Bronson head coach Kelly Beckham had recently marked his 525th career win, and his 500th win at Bronson High School.

    Just after the announcement, Bronson laid the foundation - a strong first quarter - that led to their edge-of-the-seat 54-50 win over Oak Hall.

  • CAAA basketball results

    CAAA BASKETBALL RESULTS

    9-10 YEAR OLDS

    RED 32, ORANGE 15 –The Red won this game as Cedric Bowers scored 18 points and Jordan Strong added 12 points. Cassidy Shultz had seven points for Orange. River Lundy added five.

    LANEY'S BALLERS 20, GAINESVILLE WOLFPACK 6 _Emmarie Harmon had eight points for the winners. Casey Lawson had four points. Three others had two apiece.

    WASSON WARRIORS 27, GAINESVILLE WOLFPACK 19 –Tyrique Allen scored 10 points and Dale Stone added nine for the locals.

    11 AND UP

  • JV steps up to varsity against Dixie

    With the Chiefland High varsity basketball players serving suspension time after the previous night's fight against Fort White, coach Mark Lundy had to go down on the farm for Friday night's home game against Dixie County.

    The junior varsity players saved the day, going up against a strong Bear squad.

    Dixie came into the contest with a record of 10-3, while the Chiefland JVs were just 1-11 at their level.

    To no one's surprise, the Bears won, but the JV players bounced up to varsity played hard and represented CHS well.

    The final score was 74-28.

  • Report details fracas

    Chiefland High accepts partial blame in last Thursday?s boys basketball fight against visiting Fort White High.

    Players from both teams ?-benches included -got involved in the fracas with 2:01 remaining and Fort White leading 43-41.

    The officials filed their report to the Florida High School Activities Association immediately after the Class 3A District 5 contest was stopped.

    Both Chiefland and Fort White were to file their versions of the incident to FHSAA associate director Denarvise Thornton.

  • P.K. Yonge tops Chiefland boys

    GAINESVILLE -The Chiefland High boys varsity basketball team dropped a 63-26 decision at P.K. Yonge on Tuesday, Jan. 8.

    The Blue Streaks led 44-19 at halftime. A running clock came into play in the third quarter.

    Josh Snodgrass had 14 points in the first quarter for Yonge.

    Chiefland got seven points from Eugene Carter, six from Travis Donald and five from Marquis Jackson.

  • Mitchell new BYL president

    The Bronson Youth League has a new president in Gary Mitchell.

    Mitchell is proud that the youth sports organization is offering basketball for the first time.

    There are 50 kids involved. The first games were played Jan. 5 at Newberry. Mitchell is hoping to have games played in Bronson, although a gym hadn't been secured as of Jan. 7. Mitchell said he would be meeting with the school board to discuss that.

    Meanwhile, registration for Bronson Youth League spring sports is now through Feb. 21.

  • Lady Devils shut out Lady Eagles

    WILLISTON –On senior night for Williston High girls soccer, all the 12th graders played well against visiting Bronson.

    But it was freshman Kayla Carnegie who stole the show with her feather-in-the-hat trick - four goals - in the Lady Devils? 4-0 shutout of the Eagles.

    "Kayla had a great game," said Williston head coach Max Aguirre. "She was in the right place in the right time tonight."