.....Advertisement.....
.....Advertisement.....

Today's News

  • McLelland returns to helm at CMHS

    Matt McLelland has a new appreciation for the behind-the-scenes, unsung work done by school district staff.

    But he’s happy to be back on the ground with the students, where the work of educators produces a more tangible reward.

    McLelland is succeeding Dennis Webber as the new Chiefland Middle High School principal just one year after leaving the school for a district job. The longtime Chiefland administrator took over in June after the end of the school year.

    “The highlight of my day is the students, being able to be around them,” McLelland said. “That was something I really missed when I was at the district offices. There was an opportunity to come back and I realized that’s my heart, with these kids and this community. I love it. I’m just very thankful to have the opportunity.”

    McLelland says the experience at the district should make him a better administrator. As he enters his 10th year as either a principal or assistant principal at the school, including five years as the former, he enjoys bumping into former students at the grocery store as their now raising families of their own.

  • County approves purchase of old Bronson school

    With a purchase price of $1.5 million, the Levy County Commissioners approved the purchase of the old Bronson High School Building at its June 5 meeting.

    County Coordinator Wilbur Dean offered reasons for the Board to proceed with the purchase of the old high school building, located at 350 School St.

    “Levy could put off building a new courthouse for 20 to 30 years if we purchase this building. A little work would need to be done – cosmetic work would be needed,” Dean said.

    School Board maintenance and the county maintenance departments also walked through the building with Dean to assess what work it needs.

    The county plans to move all the offices at the courthouse, with the exception of the clerk’s office and the judicial offices, to the old Bronson High School. This would make the old high school a “one stop shop,” Commissioner Rock Meeks said.

    The offices moving to the newly purchased building will be the Property Appraiser, Tax Collector, Maintenance, Planning, Building, Zoning, the Veteran’s Office and the Board of Commissioners.

  • D&D hosts 13th Spring Dance Revue

    D & D Dance Studio proudly presented its 13th Annual Spring Dance Revue Friday, June 8 and Saturday, June 9.

    This year, as in years past, it was once again, standing room only inside the Chiefland Middle High School Auditorium. Once the stage curtains opened, the audience experienced two-and-a-half hours of delightful dance. Thirty-five dance numbers were performed, everything from adorable 3-year-olds dancing tap to the 1957 Broadway hit, “I Feel Pretty”, to choreographed ballerinas imitating the dance of a music box ballerina, set to Frank Mills’ 1979 piece, “Music Box Dancer.” Performed by the Adult Jazz class, Meghan Trainor’s “I’m a Lady”, the spicy number from the “Troll’s” movie, had the house rocking.

    Announcer Norman Weaver opened the event in welcoming parents, grandparents, family and friends of the over 150 students set to perform. Pastor David Jones offered the benediction and Amy Brodahl sang the National Anthem.

  • CMHS graduates reflect back, see world of possibility ahead

    Photos: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1724257087627521.1073741928.18...

    In adversity, we find the opportunities that make us who we are. Every moment is pregnant with potential and the possibility for a better future, no matter the odds.

    Those were the through lines from a pair of addresses delivered by Class of 2018 valedictorian Savannah Hudson and salutatorian Anya Tapia at the Chiefland Middle High School graduation commencement June 1.

    Hudson and Tapia’s speeches – as well as those by Senior Class President Chelsea Parker and student government vice president Haitrieu Nguyen – didn’t shy away from life’s darker corners, whether it be the disappointments, the hardships, the failures or the bad breaks.

    Hudson admitted she was paralyzed with anxiety in the run-up to the ceremony, fearing should would come up short in the moment.

  • Top academic duo find passions outside classroom

    CMHS graduation photos: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1724257087627521.1073741928.18...

    The Chiefland Middle High School Class of 2018 valedictorian and salutatorian are standouts in the classroom, naturally, as they possess the top two grade point averages among their classmates.

    But the things that really animate Savannah Hudson, the valedictorian, and her counterpart, Anya Tapia, are a long way from stoic academic pursuits.

    Hudson, who has collected at least six championships through FFA at the Suwannee River Fair, including a trio of grand championships, has been riding horses for at least nine years. She placed seventh at state in horse judging.

    “(Horses) are main thing that I do,” she said after collecting yet more academic honors on high school awards night May 23, including Summa Cum Laude (4.0 GPA or above) honors and A honor roll.

  • Royal treat

    The Annual Chiefland Watermelon Festival functions as an unofficial kickoff to summer for the City of Chiefland.

    In it’s 64th edition, on June 2, the atmosphere and weather certainly added to the summer vibes.

    The Watermelon staples were all in place: a head-spinning number of vendors, a seed-spitting contest, a parade, music, a watermelon auction, and, finally, the crowning of the 2018 Chiefland Watermelon Queen.

    That title went to Avianna Liuzzo, who succeeds 2017 Queen Catherine Bowman.

    The Queen contestants, which included Laken Carter, Sheila Engel and Devan Hodge, were joined by National Watermelon Queen Savannah Christensen, Florida Watermelon Queen Camri Campbell, and Alabama Watermelon Queen Sarah Jane Levine.

    Young Hayden Henderson was the big seller in the watermelon auction. Henderson won for biggest group of three melons, at 132 pounds, and tied with Bailey Parrish for biggest single melon – 51 pounds. Jack Prentice, Jr. and Terrence Reed received plaques for winning the purchase auction on Henderson’s batch.

    Jamey King provided the musical entertainment.

  • Fledgling Running Sports Booster Club is revitalizing track, cross country at CMHS

    It’s only been about a year and a half since the formation of the Chiefland Middle High School Runnings Sports Booster Club, which works to facilitate resources for the Indians’ track and field and cross country programs.

    Runnings sports might appear to have lo-tech needs, but that’s not actually the case.

    The booster club has big plans, and it’s reception of a $1,500 check through a grant from the Capital City Bank Foundation was a big step towards one of those ends. The funds were earmarked for a new pole vault set, which has already been ordered. The Club was figuring out the logistics of bringing it to Chiefland, from Ohio.

    Harry Hutson, a longtime coach, now technically retired, who was a principal figure behind the start of the club, can’t recall how long it’s been since the track and field program had a working pole vault set. It’s been longer than a decade, and its absence is costly to the team’s success.

    Hutson was a member of the school’s first-ever track team, coached by the legendary C. Doyle McCall.

  • Record-setting CMHS pair pick up state honors

    If you paid any attention to the Chiefland varsity softball team this past season, you know how critical to its success were the arm of Kensley Durrance and the bat of Macie Thomas.

    The work of the junior duo translated into a couple of record-breaking feats for the program, and now a spot on the Miracle Sports Class 1A First Team All-State lineup.

    Durrance, a right-handed ace, who set a single-season record with 217 strikeouts in her second season as the full-time starter, was selected to the First Team as a pitcher. The junior struck out 1.63 batters per inning and finished with a 17-5 mark in the circle, at one point winning 10 straight to open the season. She finished with a 1.26 ERA and held opposing hitters to a .163, while walking just 36 batters throughout her 133 frames.

    It’s the second year in a row Durrance was named to the First Team.

    Thomas, a slugging first baseman, who was selected as Chiefland’s top hitter and defensive player at the team banquet, was selected to the First Team as a designated player (DP), which is similar to a designated hitter in baseball.

  • Dynastic career

    Brittany Gilliam isn’t afraid of calling her shots.

    Her confident, well-earned swagger was the attitudinal underpinning of the Chiefland softball team’s historic run to its first Class 1A state championship in 2014, which kicked off three straight titles and four finals appearances.

    But she wasn’t expecting the level of success she and her North Georgia Nighthawks would enjoy in her senior year of college.

    The NCAA powerhouse went 62-4 before eventually falling in the Division II World Series.

    It didn’t look that promising in the fall, when the Nighthawks were splitting a series with a junior college team.

    “We still had some things to figure out,” said Gilliam, who is completing her degree in business marketing this summer before returning to Chiefland. “We had a young team, so we really didn’t know how the spring was going to play out.”

  • Worthy finish

    Austin Langworthy entered Florida’s Gainesville Super Regional baseball series against Auburn without a home run all season in McKethan Stadium.

    But the Gator baseball team, which broke through last season with its first national championship, has lately been all about unprecedented achievements.

    With his second home run in as many games Monday, the Williston alumnus led off the bottom of the 10th with a walk-off home run to right field to send UF to the NCAA Men’s College World Series (CWS) in Omaha, Nebraska, where it’ll seek to defend its title.

    Florida prevailed 3-2 in the closely-fought pitcher’s duel after splitting the first pair of games against the Tigers.

    Langworthy’s home run bounced off the glove of an Auburn outfielder, sending the sophomore left fielder, his club and the nearly 6,000 in attendance into ecstatic celebration.

    The thrilling hit earned the Levy County native a couple more unprecedented personal feats – his first Gatorade bath and an ESPN Sportscenter interview.