http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Weather takes a toll on melons http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/content/weather-takes-toll-melons <img src="http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/sites/www.chieflandcitizen.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/dd_agr_glyn_holmes1144.jpg" alt="Glyn Holmes shows a watermelon plant in a field belonging to his nephew, Murray Tillis. Holmes said the field survived the freeze with little damage." title="Glyn Holmes shows a watermelon plant in a field belonging to his nephew, Murray Tillis. Holmes said the field survived the freeze with little damage." align="left" hspace="6" /><p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; text-align: justify; text-indent: 9px; font-size: 10px; line-height: normal; font-family: Times;"> Freezing temperatures took its toll on watermelon crops last week in Dixie, Gilchrist, Levy, north Marion and west Alachua counties.</p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; text-align: justify; text-indent: 9px; font-size: 10px; line-height: normal; font-family: Times;"> Fortunately, a lot of melons were yet to be planted.&nbsp;</p> Body of missing Palmetto woman is found buried near Eddie Buie Park http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/content/body-missing-palmetto-woman-found-buried-near-eddie-buie-park <img src="http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/sites/www.chieflandcitizen.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/dd_web_lcso_murder_5945.jpg" alt="The body of an alleged murder victim from Manatee County was found buried near Eddie Buie Park in Chiefland on Monday. " title="The body of an alleged murder victim from Manatee County was found buried near Eddie Buie Park in Chiefland on Monday. " align="left" hspace="6" /><p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; text-align: justify; text-indent: 9px; font-size: 10px; line-height: normal; font-family: Times;"> The body of a missing woman from Manatee County was found buried in southwest Chiefland Monday.</p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; text-align: justify; text-indent: 9px; font-size: 10px; line-height: normal; font-family: Times;"> Tricia Freeman, 47, was reported missing last Tuesday in Palmetto, approximately 40 miles south of Tampa.</p> Commission funds dispatch upgrade http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/content/commission-funds-dispatch-upgrade <img src="http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/sites/www.chieflandcitizen.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/dd_students_of_the_month_color.jpg" alt="Chiefland City commissioners recognized the students of the month at the March 13 regular meeting. The students are Ashari Bowers, seventh grade, left, Daniela Garcia, 11th grade and kindergartner Kareem Hall. Standing with the students is Vice Mayor Chris Jones. " title="Chiefland City commissioners recognized the students of the month at the March 13 regular meeting. The students are Ashari Bowers, seventh grade, left, Daniela Garcia, 11th grade and kindergartner Kareem Hall. Standing with the students is Vice Mayor Chris Jones. " align="left" hspace="6" /><p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; text-align: justify; text-indent: 9px; font-size: 10px; line-height: normal; font-family: Times;"> Chiefland City commissioners unanimously approved spending $2,500 from the Law Enforcement Trust Fund to upgrade the police department&rsquo;s dispatch system.</p> Chiefland girls prevail at Cedar Key Relays http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/content/chiefland-girls-prevail-cedar-key-relays <img src="http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/sites/www.chieflandcitizen.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/reagan_hudson.jpg" alt="Reagan Hudson runs with the baton at the Cedar Key Relays in Rosewood on March 9." title="Reagan Hudson runs with the baton at the Cedar Key Relays in Rosewood on March 9." align="left" hspace="6" width="119" height="85" /><p> The Chiefland girls picked up wins in the 4x800 meter relay and 4x400 events to prevail over Bell, Branford, Bronson, Cedar Key, Seven Rivers Christian (Lecanto) and Trenton in the Cedar Key Relays in Rosewood on March 9.</p> <p> Jolie Anderson, Jaycie Anderson, Aubrey Hudson and Lauren Jones lifted the Lady Indians to victory in the 4x800 relay, while the Andersons and Hudson joined Banner Hodge in the 4x400.</p> Lady Indians storm past Bronson behind explosive sixth frame http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/content/lady-indians-storm-past-bronson-behind-explosive-sixth-frame <img src="http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/sites/www.chieflandcitizen.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/macie_sheppard_tag_filtered.jpg" alt="Chiefland sophomore Macie Thomas applies tag to Bronson pitcher Emily Sheppard." title="Chiefland sophomore Macie Thomas applies tag to Bronson pitcher Emily Sheppard." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> Despite mustering just one hit and two base runners through five innings against Chiefland ace Kensley Durrance last Tuesday, the Bronson softball team remained in striking distance behind a crafty performance in the circle from junior Emily Sheppard.</p> <p> Then the floodgates flew open in the bottom of the sixth, as the Lady Indians poured on eight runs to walk off with a 10-0 victory.</p> <p> Senior Samantha Rolfe (three runs) scored Chiefland&rsquo;s first pair of runs in the third and fifth innings, on RBI singles by fellow seniors Lauren Parker and Takiya London.</p> Late heroics propel Chiefland baseball past Williston http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/content/late-heroics-propel-chiefland-baseball-past-williston <img src="http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/sites/www.chieflandcitizen.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_4353.jpg" alt="Coach Kyle Parnell and sophomore Wyatt Hammond" title="Coach Kyle Parnell and sophomore Wyatt Hammond" align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> Last Tuesday&rsquo;s baseball tilt between Chiefland and Williston was a game of precious few offensive opportunities.</p> <p> The Indians entered the final inning of the pitching and defensive duel having scrounged up just one run and two hits, the most important being an RBI double by junior Josh Webber that scored sophomore Kelby Osteen in the fourth for CMHS&rsquo; only previous run.</p> <p> Chiefland proved once again it was comfortable with late-game heroics, however, as senior Casey Lawson sliced a two-run double down the third-base line to lift the Indians to a 3-2 win.</p> Birdies for books http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/content/birdies-books <img src="http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/sites/www.chieflandcitizen.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_4403.jpg" alt="Betty Costello tees off on No. 16 at the Cedar Key Open." title="Betty Costello tees off on No. 16 at the Cedar Key Open." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Sue Wooley, the president of the Friends of the Cedar Key Library, was stunned last year at the size of the donation to the library from the first-ever Cedar Key Open charity golf event.</p> <p> Last Wednesday, the Chiefland Golf and Country Club and the Big Deck Raw Bar hosted the second edition of the Open, and the amount of funds raised was doubled from the previous year.</p> <p> &ldquo;I was nearly speechless,&rdquo; Wooley said. &ldquo;And you can ask my husband, that&rsquo;s a rarity.&rdquo;</p> Fair results http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/content/fair-results <img src="http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/sites/www.chieflandcitizen.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/dd_livestock_2085_0.jpg" alt="Judge Richard Esseck, left, and superintendent Susan Owens congratulate Sam Mills of the Chiefland Senior FFA for winning Grand Champion Meat Goat. " title="Judge Richard Esseck, left, and superintendent Susan Owens congratulate Sam Mills of the Chiefland Senior FFA for winning Grand Champion Meat Goat. " align="left" hspace="6" /><p> <strong>Heifer</strong><br /> Grand Champion &ndash; Shelbi McCall, Dixie Middle FFA<br /> Reserve Champion &ndash; Kole Starnes, Williston Middle FFA<br /> <strong>n Showmanship</strong><br /> <strong>&bull;Junior</strong><br /> 1&nbsp;Maddilyn Johnson &ndash; Farm Pals 4H<br /> 2&nbsp;Presley Paulling &ndash; Lil Farmers 4H<br /> 3&nbsp;Douglas Simpson III &ndash; Riverside Wranglers<br /> <strong>&bull; Intermediate</strong><br /> 1 Shelbi McCall &ndash; Dixie Middle FFA<br /> 2 Baylee Etheridge &ndash; Williston Middle FFA<br />