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Today's News

  • NAPA donation to aid ForVets' Camp Valor Project

    NAPA Auto Parts of Chiefland donated $500 for sponsorship of the Otter Springs Car Show benefiting veterans through the Camp Valor Project at Otter Springs Park and Campground. Pictured, from left are: NAPA team members Dennis, Tom Jr., Ben and Tom; Lee from ForVets and Nate Albano, event coordinator of Otter Springs Car Show. The upcoming Car Show will be held Nov. 11, Veterans Day at the Otter Springs Swap Meet from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
     

  • Former world-class sprinter imparts character lessons on Levy students

    Almon Gunter is old school.

    The charismatic motivational speaker and author is describing his bedrock principles and what he believes it’ll take to ensure the current generation of students are successful in the future as guest speaker at a special program hosted by the Suwannee Valley Rotary Club Oct. 26 at the Haven Hospice Community Center.

    When he reaches for a summation of his own outlook, he continually returns to those two words – “old school.”

    For Gunter, the phrase signifies values like respect and responsibility, and manners and kindness.

    He makes the trip to Levy County every Monday from his hometown of Jacksonville to mentor Levy middle high school students in Bronson, Chiefland and Williston who are in the new campus Focus Centers, which isolate students with behavioral problems or who are behind on credits, providing them with more precise tools for improving their standing. Students from the CMHS focus center attended the event.

  • 10U Indians clinch title in overtime thriller

    The Chiefland 10U Tri-County youth football team was seeking perfection in its championship game against Branford Oct. 28.

    The Indians looked to make history by not allowing a point its entire season en route to an 8-0 championship run.

    The squad fell short of its highest goal, but remained perfect nonetheless.

    Luke Watkins hauled in a Matthew Goodale pass for the game-tying score in the second overtime, before Watkins ran it in for the game-clinching PAT, lifting the three-time title winners to a 19-18 win.

    Chiefland ran into an upstart Branford team that showed significant improvement since its first meeting with the Indians. Indian running back Osten Jones, who rushed for a game-high 75 yards on 11 carries, answered the Buccaneers first-quarter touchdown with a 55-yard scoring scamper, knotting the margin at 6-6 with 47 seconds remaining in the opening half.

    Meanwhile, a couple of keep stops by Michael Goodale – and an assisted sack by Goodale, Josiah King and Domynick Welch – helped settle the Chiefland defense after Branford opened the game with an 11-play, 65-yard drive.

  • Levy Cup, playoff spots at stake in Williston Friday

    This week’s rivalry showdown between Chiefland and Williston takes on a little more import than usual, as both teams are alive in the playoff hunt if they notch a win Friday in Williston.

    The new points system will require a final tally once the dust has settled on the season, but Chiefland looks to secure the final playoff berth in Region 1A-3 with a win, after Union County ran into a three-game skid to finish its season at 6-4.

    WMHS, meanwhile, needs a win to claim a playoff spot 1A-4.

    “That’s what you want, to go into the last week and have a shot at the playoffs,” said CMHS coach Adam Gore, who prefers a district system over the alternative playoff configurations. “We’re excited for the guys. Williston’s going to be ready to play, there’s a lot at stake.

    “I know this means a lot to the community – the Levy Cup is on the line. They’ve had it the last couple years, so we’d like to get it on this side of the county a little bit. We’re excited to have the opportunity to go play in the playoffs if we win.”

  • Fisher sprints to Indians 12U title

    While Chiefland’s 10U Tri-County football squad was known for its dominant defense, pitching seven shutouts and allowing just six points in regulation all season, the 12U Indians showed in their championship game Oct. 28 against Branford they favored the offensive fireworks.

    Dakota Fisher provided the spark, as he rushed for 303 yards and seven(!) touchdowns to help lift the Indians to a 42-30 win in the championship. It represented the fourth consecutive Tri-County title by the group of 11- and 12-year-olds.

    The team finished 8-0 on the season.

    Four of Fisher’s scores were 65-yard runs on the opening play of a possession.

    After leading 12-8 at the half, Fisher, who found most of his running room along the sidelines, poured on five second-half TDs, eventually sealing it with a 12-yard end-around with 34 seconds to play.

  • Lady Indians CC team advance to regionals

    The Chiefland cross country program, currently on an ascendant course, figured to have some success at the District 1A-5 5K championship meet Oct. 25 at St. Francis Academy in Gainesville.

    After all, Lauren Jones was back to see if she can top her 2016 postseason run that included a state finals appearance, and fellow returning standouts like Banner Hodge, Jaycie Anderson and Luke Stockman also entered with promising prospects.

    Still, the squads managed to exceed their expectations, as the Lady Indians placed third overall (out of eight) to qualify for the regional championships as a team, while Jones, an eighth-grader, zipped her way to a second-place finish, improving last year’s district performance by more than two minutes and 10 places.

    (A few days later, in Ocala, Jones finished ninth out of 308 girls in the 3K FLYRA middle school state championship with a time of 11:31.)

    It’s the third straight year the Lady Indians will compete at regionals.

  • Chiefland football team cruises past Agape to remain in playoff hunt

    The Chiefland football team checked off a couple of important items on its to-do list Oct. 27, as it improved to 5-4 with a 48-6 win over Agape Christian (Orlando).

    Most importantly, the Indians picked up a win – while Union County was handed a third-straight loss – to keep their playoff hopes alive heading into the Levy County Cup showdown in Williston.

    CMHS also avoided any major injuries and got a workout in areas where the team is most inexperienced, most notably, in the passing game and secondary.

    “When we said playoffs or bust, everything is right here in front of us,” Coach Adam Gore told his team afterward. “You need to be ready to work on Monday. Go play your tails off Friday night and let the chips fall where they may.”

    Union County’s late-season slide sent them to a 6-4 finish, making their hold on the fourth and final playoff spot in the region precarious, and opening the way for Chiefland to overtake them in points with a win at Williston. The qualifying points system is based both on winning percentage as well as opponent records.

  • FedEx Ground set to hire up to 200 part-time handlers

    OCALA, Fla. (Oct. 30, 2017) –  CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion will hold a hiring event Thursday to assist FedEx Ground hire 150-200 part-time package handlers.

    The hiring event takes place from noon to 6 p.m. at the College of Central Florida Klein Conference Center, 3001 SW College Road in Ocala.  Sessions will be held every 30 minutes.

    Package handlers load and unload sorted packages in a fast-paced environment to help ensure FedEx Ground delivers packages on time and with care. No experience is required.

    Interested applicants must be at least 18 and must register with Employ Florida at www.employflorida.com (reference Job Order Number 10571441). Details can be found on the Calendar of Events at careersourceclm.com or by calling 800-434-JOBS, ext. 2203.

  • Firing on all cylinders

    When junior Kirk Williams took a bubble pass 74 yards for a touchdown on the game’s opening play, it was a harbinger of what was to come on Chiefland’s senior night.

    The Indians scored on six plays of 20 or more yards against Bronson, guaranteeing a memorable night for the seniors as CMHS prevailed 62-23.

    Chiefland evened its record back up to 4-4, while the Eagles, who offered a few fireworks of their own on offense, fell to 0-7.

    Sophomore quarterback Ty Corbin three for a trio of scores and ran for two more. In just one half of work, he completed four of his five passes – all of which for at least 20 yards – for 156 yards. Senior Brian Norris rushed for two TDs as he eclipsed the century mark in the first half with 104 yards on 12 rushes.

    In addition to Williams’ touchdown catch, sophomore Jalen Rutledge (20-yard TD), Payne Parnell (24-yard TD) and Norris (28-yard catch) hauled in long receptions from Corbin, as Chiefland unveiled its most complete version of its offense yet, and put an emphasis on speeding up its tempo.

  • Nash family is ‘Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year’

    John and Allison Nash, owners of Osceola Pines, were recently named the 2017 Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year at the Florida Forestry Association annual meeting in Sandestin. 

    John, Allison and their two daughters, Ann Lynne and Virginia Lee were all present to receive the award Aug. 31. They provided a tour of their property Friday, Oct. 20. The tour was rescheduled due to Hurricane Irma.

    The Nashes purchased the partially clear-cut timber farm in 2002 because he wanted a place to hunt turkeys. The property has a hardwood drain running through the middle and turkeys like to roost over water. The only reason he could buy the land was because it was clear cut, which brought the value way down.

    “It’s a bigger piece of property than I would ever expect to buy, but once they clear cut it, the value goes down pretty substantially because you have to go back in and spend about $250 an acre in replanting cost and then you have to wait 15 years,” he said.

    The family camped in tents for the first year and just to get the girls interested in coming to the property, he resorted to bribing them with a horse.