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Today's Sports

  • Father, sons summit Mt. Ranier

    Some fathers like to spend quality time with their sons out on a ball field or on a lake. For area orthodontist Bill Martin and his sons, it’s more likely on top of a 14,000-foot tall mountain.
    On July 1, Martin and his two sons completed their most recent trek up Washington’s Mt. Ranier, the most topographically prominent mountain the lower 48 states of the U.S.  It was a way for the avid climber to reconnect with old friends from his time living in the Pacific Northwest, as well as another opportunity to bond with his two favorite other climbers.

  • Well Done, Wellswood

    With mid-day temperatures approaching 100 degrees, it was only appropriate that the Heat would be the tournament’s biggest winner.
    Tampa’s Wellswood Heat won the 2012 Cal Ripken division T-ball Region World Series, held at Chiefland’s Strickland Park on July 8.  The team’s 12-2  win in three-and-a-half innings over Okeeheelee “Red” capped off a dominating run.
    “It’s the result of a lot of hard work and dedication,” said Wellswood manager Vinnie Lozano, “they deserve this win.”

  • Chiefland hosts first day of T-...

    Chiefland welcomed 14 teams to the first round of the Babe Ruth league's Cal Ripken division T-ball tournament. The teams included 

    - Chiefland 

    - Sarasota

    - Latino Americana

    - Palm Beach Gardens

    - Okeeheelee Red

    - Julington Creek Storm

    - Orange Park Crush "A"

    - Orange Park Crush "B"

    - Jacksonville Beach

    - Okeeheelee Blue

    - Ft. Caroline

    - Julington Creek Crushers

    - Wellswood

    - Oakleaf

  • Owen's win highlights races...

    Chip Owen’s commanding win in the Sportsman Class  on Saturday capped off a busy and exciting day of races at Bronson Speedway. 

    Owen held off Sheldon Bowers and Chris Harvey in the final, and most contentious, race of the evening. Nationwide Series driver Jeffery Earnhardt, grandson of legendary NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt, finished seventh, disappointing a packed crowd, many of whom had come to see him. 

  • Perilous Times- Part I
  • Racing to be tobacco free

    “Earnhardt” may have been a bigger name at the Bronson Speedway on June 30 but Tabaco Free Florida made a name for itself as well.
    Aided by members of Levy County’s Students Working Against Tabacco (SWAT) club, representatives from Tabacco Free Florida helped spread the word for tabacco prevention and ways to quit using. They were further helped by Jeffery Earnhardt, grandson of Hall of Fame NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt, who was racing at the speedway as part of a state-wide tour with his partner, Tabacco Free Florida.

  • Boat ramps closed on the...

    Boaters eager to get out on the Suwannee River will have trouble launching at public ramps this holiday week. The ramps have been closed in Levy, Dixie and Gilchrist counties by their sheriffs due to high waters resulting from Tropical Storm Debby that are carrying heavy amounts of debris down the river.
    The Levy County Suwannee River boat ramps located at Clay Landing, Camp Azalea and Fowlers Bluff closed at 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 30, and are likely to remain closed all week.

  • Bay scallop season extended by 2...

    After determining that two years of season extensions did not significantly impact the bay scallop population, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) decided June 28 to permanently extend the recreational season by adding two weeks to the end.
    The decision was made at the Commission meeting in Palm Beach Gardens. Commissioners also directed staff to look into the possibility of a future commercial harvest of bay scallops. The commercial harvest of bay scallops has been closed in Florida state waters since 1994.

  • Flood waters can displace...

    The rising water levels caused by Tropical Storm Debby are forcing many critters to find higher ground. Snakes, alligators and fire ants top the list of displaced wildlife.
    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) cautions the public that snakes can be on the move as they flee flooded areas.
    “When you are out in your yard, especially if you have standing water, be focused on your surroundings and be on the lookout for snakes,” said Eric Dennis, FWC biologist.

  • Boat ramps open, high water...

    From the Levy County Sheriff's Office:
    NWS Tallahassee has advised that local flood warnings are still in effect for the Suwannee River basin. Sheriff Johnny Smith has decided to re-open all launch sites in the county. Should that prediction of rising water begin to cause problems on the Suwannee River, it could prompt a second closure. The situation will be closely monitored daily and advance warning of any impending boat ramp closures will be announced.