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Today's News

  • Veteran journalist joins Citizen

    Veteran journalist Lou Elliott Jones has joined the editorial team of the Chiefland Citizen as a news reporter.

    Jones, a Louisiana native, holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from Texas A & I, a bachelor's degree in food service management from Johnson & Wales University and an associate's degree in the culinary arts from JWU.

    Early in her career, she worked with Gannett Company in various capacities including states news editor for USA Today and assistant news editor for the Pensacola News Journal.

  • Chiefland 13-15 year old All Stars look to Tallahassee

    Seven teams will be vying for the Babe Ruth 13-15 year-old State Championship in Tallahassee July 17-20.

    The tournament will be played at Godby High.

    Kyle Parnell's Chiefland All Stars will be one of those teams off of an impressive performance in the District 6 Tournament a couple of weeks ago.

    Other teams competing include Mandarin, Green Cove Springs, Fort Caroline, Lake City, Wakulla and host Tallahassee.

  • Rockies call up Chiefland native Bowers

    The good news is, Cedrick Bowers has made it to the Major Leagues.

    The former Chiefland High pitching standout was called up by the Colorado Rockies from their AAA Colorado Springs Sky Sox team last Tuesday, July 1.

    Since then, Bowers has been used in three games. The hard-throwing lefthander was solid is his first career outing on Wednesday, July 2, against the San Diego Padres, as he fired a shutout inning of relief work in a Rockies victory.

    But the bad news is, were a little shaky for Bowers in his next two outings.

  • Street bikes the ticket for Chiefland's Jones

    Motorcycle drag racing might not receive the attention that some other forms of motorsports do, but it is no less of a science to make a two-wheel machine scream down a quarter mile strip.

    While the top fuel bikes can crank up 1000 horsepower and top 250 miles per hour, there are many other forms of motorcycle drag racing.

    Street bikes have been a passion of Chris Jones for more than 20 years now.

  • Haldeman to succeed Beckham as Bronson boys basketball coach

    BRONSON -Bronson boosters have said all along that the best candidate to succeed legendary head basketball coach Kelly Beckham would be homegrown talent. They were right.

    Cedar Key boys basketball head coach Aaron Haldeman will follow Beckham as the new head coach of the Bronson Eagles.

    Beckham announced in April that he had accepted the head coach position at Gainesville High School and would be leaving Bronson after serving more than 25 years.

  • Fire merger still long way to go

    BRONSON - The more things change, the more they stay the same.

    Or in the case of the ongoing talks of a Bronson-Otter Creek fire department merger, the closer it seems to becoming reality, the light at the end of the end of the tunnel still seems dim.

    Already having the green light from Levy County and Otter Creek, the merger only needs the OK from the town of Bronson.

  • Mining reprieve granted

    BRONSON-Manatee Springs won a reprieve in the legal battle by White Construction to operate a limestone mining operation within two miles of the springs, something prohibited by a 2002 Levy County ordinance.

    And, at the same time, the county may recoup its legal fees in the case.

    County Attorney Anne Bast Brown informed Levy County Commissioners on Tuesday that Judge David A. Glant of the Eighth Judicial Circuit had ruled in the county's favor in state court for their denial of a permit for the operation in March 2004.

  • Ferrell Croft has his retirement mapped out

    Hunched over his drafting table, Ferrell Croft painstakingly draws first one line and then another. Within minutes the lines connect, a shape develops and soon another parcel of Levy County land is mapped for posterity-or at least until it is subdivided again and the process starts over.

    Monday, Croft packed up his drafting tools and walked away from a job he's had for over 30 years as the county mapper.

    His career began by drafting survey maps and for years he worked for himself and the private sector.

  • Scallop season opens

    Are the crystal clear Gulf waters and the wonders beneath calling your name?

    Break out your mask and fins! Scallop season began July 1 and runs through Sept. 10.

    Anyone who has scalloped before knows the technique of snorkeling along picking scallops off the bottom of Florida's coastal bay areas.

    This is typically done in 2.5 to 4 feet of water - an excellent activity for the whole family to enjoy. Other techniques involve wading and scooping up scallops with a dip net.

  • Volleyball Camp teaches girls skills

    Emily Gore ran her second annual Chiefland Girls Volleyball Camp June 23-25 as 19 girls ages 8-13 participated in the three-day event.

    The camp helped get the younger girls interested in the sport and helps the older girls prepare for the upcoming middle school season. Girls worked on fundamentals three hours each day.

    Gore is the Chiefland High coach. She is impressed with the talent coming up in the Chiefland area.

    CHS volleyballers volunteered their time to help with the camp.

    Girls basketball camp coming