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  • Grant supports efforts to extend mental health services in Levy

    There are efforts underway to bring a mental health court to Levy County, and a new grant approved by the county will support fact-finding and organizing that could help lead to its realization.

    At the Levy County Commission meeting Dec. 19, the Board approved 4-1 to offer a letter in support of a Department of Children and Families (DCF) planning grant that would assign an individual to determine mental health needs in the county for inmates. The program is ultimately aimed at improving jail diversion efforts through mental health treatment.

    Leah Compton, Vice President of Forensic Services at Meridian Behavioral Healthcare, went before the commission to request the grant endorsement. DCF requires that subjected counties offer their approval for the grant. The planning grant and its resulting process is required before a county can be eligible for an implementation grant that would fund more mental health services.

  • Williston site approved for RV park

    A 180-acre site located on the southeastern edge of Williston has been approved by the county for use by a prospective RV park.

    Jose Morales’ requests for the site, which included changes to part of the property’s land-use designations, a rezoning as well as a special exception that is required by all prospective RV park sites, were approved unanimously by the Levy County Commission Dec. 19.

    Public hearings were at the meeting before the adoption of the ordinances, and no objections were raised.

    The amendment to the county’s Comprehensive Plan required the county to earlier submit a petition to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, while other state agencies also screened the request. The agencies approved the change with no comment on the changes.

    The RV park would receive water and sewer services from the City of Williston. Williston submitted a letter to the County Commission expressing its approval of the venture, while noting its capacity to serve the project’s utilities.

  • Indians pull away from Sharks in second half

    In their two meetings with Chiefland this season, the Cedar Key boys’ basketball team has run into an Indian shooter who was red hot from beyond the arc.

    In their first game, CMHS sophomore Ty Corbin lit up the gym with six 3s to help lift his squad past the Sharks in overtime. In the SAMCO Classic Christmas Tournament in the Dec. 21, it was Payne Parnell’s turn.

    Parnell, in his third outing since returning from a high ankle sprain that had him sidelined since the beginning of the season, connected on a quartet of 3-pointers, including three in the fourth quarter, to help ice Chiefland’s 63-44 win.

    “I felt like (my shot) was going to come back,” said Parnell, who scored a team-high 17 points. “We had the ball movement today against the press and had a lot better looks than we’ve had. We played together as a team.”

    Though the team’s share a district, the game doesn’t count towards the standings because it’s a holiday tournament game. They’ll meet again Jan. 2 in Cedar Key.

  • Football players, cheerleaders recognized at Chiefland banquet

    Adam Gore, the head football coach at Chiefland Middle High School, was aware he had a young team this past season.

    But it wasn’t clear just how new it was until, after combing through the roster for first-year lettermen, he realized there wouldn’t be enough C letters on order to be handed out Dec. 15 at the CMHS Football and Cheer Banquet Dec. 15.

    “We had about 26 (first-year lettermen),” said Gore, who assured everyone would eventually receive their C’s. “We weren’t ready for that.”

    In the end, the cafeteria stage at Chiefland Elementary School was nearly too short to accommodate them as flooded the stage.

    The number of superlatives handed out to sophomores bodes well for the program’s future.

  • Eagles connect on free throw in win over CKS

    Bronson enjoyed a significant advantage at the free throw line in its intra-county and district clash with Cedar Key Dec. 12.

    And the Eagles made the most of those opportunities, going 23 for 32 at the foul line to prevail 54-42.

    Bronson improved to 2-2 in District 1A-7 with the win, and headed into the holiday break at 3-2-1 overall. CKS is 2-6 (1-2 in district play).

    Chiefland plays Cedar Key Thursday, Dec. 21, at 1:30 p.m. in a holiday tournament at Trenton. The Indians then play Friday in Trenton at 7:30 p.m., and the Sharks play at 4:30 p.m. that day in the tournament.

    Bronson is in a holiday tournament at Wildwood before Christmas, and then hosts the Eagle Holiday Classic Dec. 28 through Dec. 30.

    Against the Sharks, sophomore point guard Blake Homan led the way for Bronson with 16 points in the second half, and went 9 for 11 from the free throw line in finishing with a game-high 20 points. Senior Tra Francis poured in 15 points from the paint, while the Eagles had three more shooters with at least six points, including eight points from sophomore Micah Hubbard.

  • Lady Eagles fend off Sharks

    The one-two punch by siblings Yelena and Neomi Thomas combined for 31 points, while their Bronson squad took advantage of its free-throw opportunities to beat Cedar Key 49-38 in Bronson on Dec. 12.

    Yelena Thomas, a junior point guard, paced Bronson with 16 points, while Neomi added 15 behind 6-of-11 shooting from the foul line. It was Yelena’s sixth straight game with at least 16 points to start the season.

    The Lady Eagles took 29 foul shoots to CKS’ 12.

    “It was a good game,” BMHS coach Rodney Thomas said. “Our first quarter was about the lowest scoring quarter we had all season, so it was like, ‘What’s going on!?’”

    Eighth-grader Makalynn Bowling led the Lady Sharks’ scoring efforts with 11 points, while junior Jasmin Jackson followed with 10 points.

    CKS head coach David Tomlin called it his team’s worst-played game of the season, but took some consolation in the fact his Lady Sharks were within striking distance in the fourth quarter.

    Tomlin’s usually reliable defense was out of sync against the Lady Eagles.

  • Cross country standout recognized by School Board

    When it comes to state competition, no athlete outside the school’s softball program has seen as much success recently at Chiefland Middle High School as eighth-grade cross country star Lauren Jones.

    On Dec. 12, the School Board of Levy County recognized Jones’ feats, as CMHS assistant principal Aaron Halderman recounted her accomplishments.

    Family, coaches and supporters filled the room to celebrate the moment for Jones, who, after already qualifying for the state championship as a seventh-grader, took a significant step this past season in finishing 14th overall at the Class 1A championships against a field of more than 175 runners.

    “When you see that many kids running, that’s a big accomplishment,” Halderman said. “And to know that she’s got her high school years ahead of her – a lot of the athletes that came in ahead of her, I don’t think she’ll be running against in the years to come.”

    Halderman recalled when he first saw Jones run a race. It was Chiefland Elementary School’s annual Run-for-Fun.

    A future star was born.

  • Healy sweeps Women's golf tourney

    Shirley Meggs
    CWGA Publicist

    Chiefland Women’s Golf Association held their 2017 Handicap Match Play Tournament the past two months.

    The women play one-on-one matches with the higher handicap receiving less strokes on the more difficult holes. Carol Healy was this year’s victor. She never lost a single match in spite of having to “give” strokes to almost every competitor she faced.

    Denise Boyle came in second by defeating the rest of the field, but succumbed to Carol’s excellent play. The final round was played Wednesday, Nov. 22, in which Carol won by three holes over Denise.

    Good going ladies!
     

  • School Board makes plans to strengthen voice in Tallahassee

    In the face of what it sees as an encroachment on local control – highlighted recently by favorable legislation for charter schools – the School Board of Levy County is seeking new ways to make its voice heard in Tallahassee.

    At the close of its regular meeting Dec. 12, the Board proposed strategies for strengthening its influence on state lawmakers for the legislative season, informally offering a plan to bus parents to Tallahassee with an aim to present with Board members specific concerns on issues to legislators.

    Board member Brad Etheridge (Williston) said he received interest for his proposal to try new methods of local advocacy during his Master Board Program training in Tampa. The remainder of the Board at the meeting expressed their support for such moves and informally brainstormed their own ideas.

  • Public Safety employee recognized

    The Levy County Commission recognized the Department of Public Safety employee of the year Matt Cribbs at its meeting Dec. 18. Commissioner Matt Brooks, of Williston, who invited Cribbs to be recognized before the Board after seeing Cribbs receive the honor from Public Safety director Mitch Harrell at the LCDPS Christmas party, described Cribbs as “one of those employees that goes above and beyond for the Department of Public Safety.”