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  • Aldrich is Chiefland Elementary's chief volunteer

    Lynda Aldrich has been chosen Chiefland Elementary School's Volunteer of the Year.

    Aldrich has worked more than 224 hours at the school so far, helping out various grade levels with whatever jobs need to be done. She is friendly, efficient, and a tireless worker.

    Staff members said:

  • Gas pains: Folks getting no relief at the pump

    It seems like every day, the price of a barrel of crude oil goes up, which translates into the price per gallon of gasoline soaring to record highs.

    As of Monday, the price of a barrel of oil skied to $110 - $48 higher than March of '07.

    The national average for a gallon of regular unleaded was $3.28 a gallon and diesel $3.97 a gallon.

    The Gulf Coast averages were a bit lower - $3.17 and $3.91 respectively - but the prices Monday in Chiefland did not necessarily reflect that.

  • Divorcing parents' class set

    The Levy Center of Central Florida Community College will offer Parent Education and Stabilization training on Saturday, April 5. The course is required by state law for divorcing parents who have children in the home.

    The class will meet from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Levy Center, 114 Rodgers Blvd. in Chiefland. The training covers legal issues, emotional issues for parents and children, family relationships, financial responsibility to the child, and issues regarding spousal or child abuse.

  • CHS lists honor students

    Chiefland High School reports the honor rolls for the second nine weeks.

    A Honor Roll

    Ninth Grade: Clayton Allen, Cody Basham, Woodrow Beauchamp, Lindsey Blanchette, Nicole Cobb, Ryley Couch, Solmarie Dejardens, Jasmine Gonzalez, Kayla Hamilton, Molly Hanchey, Shayla Lantz, Sarah Mergargel.

    Sarah Mitchell, Monica Ondrick, Jacob Reidy, Vance Renaud, Brent Slaughter, Lyndsie Stalvey, Jamantye Thomason, Mark Tolentino, Carrie Toler, Chelsea Twombly, Morgan Watkins.

    10th Grade: Trace Alexander, Kali Bowen, Nicholas Carlson, Cassandra Dixon, Kaylee Ecker.

  • Braves shade Fort White

    The Chiefland Middle School baseball team received some good pitching by Deric Allen and Kody Plemmons and took advantage of some loose play by visiting Fort White to post a 3-2 victory on Thursday, March 13.

    Chiefland scored two runs in the fifth inning to wipe out a 2-1 deficit. Kaleb Caplin and Jeremy Fisher each walked and scored on wild pitches.

    Caplin also scored the Braves first run of the game in the third inning on a passed ball.

    Chiefland only had one hit all game –a single by Alden Davis.

  • Fuller's hit saves Lady Braves

    The Chiefland Middle School softball team was living on the edge last Thursday.

    The unbeaten Lady Braves trailed winless Fort White by two runs entering the bottom of the seventh inning.

    Thanks to Taylore Fuller, there was a happy ending for CMS, as her bases-loaded triple was the difference in a 10-9 victory.

    The Lady Braves improved their record to 7-0.

  • Tennis alive at Chiefland High

    Chiefland is not exactly a tennis hotspot.

    The only public courts are in back of the high school and there are a couple of much neglected ones over by the high school softball field.

    But Chiefland High does offer the sport to boys and girls, who are doing their best to kick up a racket this winter and spring.

    The CHS girls tennis team is the more successful of the two, having won two of its five matches to date. That?s not bad considering most of the matches are on the road at private schools.

  • Indians punish Fort White

    All along, the Chiefland High baseball team had a handle on visiting Fort White last Thursday night, March 13.

    But when starting pitcher Jeremy Hayes got a bit wild and the visitors chiseled the lead down to two runs, coach Kyle Parnell had to go to his ace in the hole –Ory Pitts.

    Pitts pitched four innings of hitless relief and the Indians went on to post a 13-3 victory over Fort White.

    Chiefland improved to 8-1 overall and 6-0 in district play. Fort White fell to 5-4 and 3-3.

  • Bishop wins heifer show

    Four-score and seven children raised heifers to compete in championship animal husbandry at the Suwannee River Fair Livestock Show and Sale.

    This year, the heifer show happened March 15 in a fair that was spread across three weekends for the first time in the fair's 50-plus years.

    Briana Bishop of Flatwood Friends 4-H Club earned the Grand Champion title from the field of 87. Bishop is home-schooled. Erin Jones of Wilcox 4-H Club scored the Reserve Champion title. Jones is a student at Trenton Middle School.

  • Funeral services for Julia Haile Friday

    Full of life.

    That's how most everyone remembers Julia Haile.

    This week, family and friends are mourning the death of Haile who died Saturday at the age of 82.

    A Georgia native who moved to Levy County in 1957, Haile was a teacher until her retirement.

    In 1996 she became the first African-American elected to the Levy County School Board.

    For 15 years she taught home economics at Chiefland High School.