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Today's News

  • Weatherford steps down after three decades at CAAA

    Wayne Weatherford can remember when baseball was the only sport available for Chiefland youth. While he oversaw the evolution of the Chiefland Area Athletic Association (CAAA) – an umbrella organization that houses baseball, softball, football, basketball and soccer leagues at Charles Strickland Recreational Park – that became a relic of the past.

    Weatherford officially stepped down as president of CAAA in April after serving three decades on the board. Looking back, he’s most proud of helping facilitate more access to more sports for young Chiefland athletes.

    “Being able to offer sports for children in our area, and knowing we can make a difference in their lives, that’s what meant the most to me,” Weatherford said. “Anytime you ride by Strickland Park, there is something going on.

    “I’m thrilled because I was born and raised here and I’ve seen it when we didn’t have the programs.”

  • Chiefland senior signs basketball letter of intent to Piedmont College

    Colby Reed was poised to go out on a high note as a Chiefland Indian.

    Through countless hours of work in the gym and a lanky shooter’s touch, the senior was coming off an offensive MVP season and was already averaging around 20 points through two games.

    Then came the pain and heartache. In the second game of the regular season, Reed completely tore her ACL, putting her out for the season.

    The dedicated senior never went away. In fact, Coach Jason Whistler guesses she probably had the best attendance on the team even while she was unable to play.

    But the pause allowed Reed to search out the right school for her next phase, and she eventually found Piedmont College in Demorest, Georgia, located in northeast corner of the state, near the Tennessee line. The Lady Lions have reeled off three straight conference tournament championships in the USA South (Division III) and play an uptempo brand of ball that suits Reed’s perimeter shooting skills from the wing. Most importantly, the coaching staff liked what they saw on video from Reed.

  • CMHS claims district titles in hurdles, 4x100 relay

    Chiefland junior Jarrett Jerrels won a district championship in the boys’ 110-meter hurdles in his first year competing in track, while the Indian boys’ 4x100 relay squad collected a district title at the 1A-5 district track and field championships April 10 at Oak Hall School in Gainesville.

  • Chiefland baseball loses grip in seventh against county rival

    The Chiefland baseball team clung to a 2-1 lead entering the seventh against Williston on April 10, after a couple of productive hits by Payne Parnell and Elijah Smith in the fifth.

    But the Red Devils took advantage of four walks in the top-half of the seventh to secure the winning margin and prevail 5-2.

    The Indians outhit WMHS 8 to 6 but left runners stranded in six different innings. Parnell and Smith each had a pair of hits and senior Will Sumner added to the damage with two hits of his own, including a double.

    Senior ace Kelby Osteen was sharp in six innings of work, fanning 12 batters and walking three while allowing one earned run.

    Chiefland was stuck with a similar fate the night before in Fort White on April 9, as it managed just two runs despite getting hits from eight different Indians. FWHS put four across in the sixth to prevail 8-2. Luke Reidy (RBI) and Osteen each doubled for Chiefland and Kaiden Baker was a bright spot on the mound for the Indians, punching out two batters in one inning of relief.

  • Chiefland comes up short against top-ranked rival after unloading against Lafayette

    The Chiefland softball team kept matters close against the No. 1-ranked Trenton behind some brilliant pitching by Bria Hinkle on April 11.

    The Chiefland offense bided its time, hoping for the big hit that could make the difference, but too few of its batted balls found a gap, and a couple of defensive miscues were too much to overcome against Lady Tiger ace Darian Ingram, as CMHS fell 4-1.

    Trenton stayed unbeaten, improving 17-0, while Chiefland fell to 11-6. The Lady Indians will finish tied with Dixie County at third in the standings, to be decided by a coin flip. They’ll open the district tournament on April 29 against Bronson or Branford, while Bell and Trenton get a bye. TMHS is hosting the tourney. CMHS is home against Newberry on April 23 and home against Williston on April 25.

    Hinkle mixed up her speeds and locations to keep the Trenton bats guessing, striking out eight and walking three in seven innings of work. Chiefland only managed a pair of hits, but boarded five times on walks and reached two more times on an error and fielder’s choice.

  • It's a go: Golf carts approved for three streets in Chiefland

    Suzette Cook, Reporter

    The City of Chiefland determined that golf carts may safely travel on certain city streets.

    According to newly adopted Ordinance NO. 19-01, golf carts can now be legally operated on NW 21 Avenue between NW 11th Drive and the entrance to the Southern Leisure RV park, on NW 11th Drive between NW 5th Street and the NE corner of the CVS parcel, and on NW 5th Street between NW 11th Drive and the NW corner of the NAPA building.

    “Those roads were chosen because golf carts cannot cross State highways,” said City Manager Mary Ellzey.

    Commissioner Donald Lawrence said he has already seen some unique carts on the move at the RV park. “I bet I counted 20 to 25 golf carts there,” he said.

    Although signs will be ordered to designate the allowed areas, the ordinance took effect on April 8.

  • RV park manager, commissioner seeks upgrade for dusty road

    Suzette Cook, Reporter

    Tim West, managing member of Strawberry Fields RV Park and Vice Mayor of Chiefland, asked the Board of County Commissioners to help resolve a dust issue with a road that runs parallel to the under-construction facility.

    West shared a photo of dust flowing from NW 110 Street across the park with County Commissioners at the April 2 meeting promising that it was not staged.

    “I’m not looking to get the road paved,” West said. “I am looking just to keep the dust down.”

    The road stretches partially in unincorporated Levy County and partially in the City of Chiefland.

    West said Strawberry Fields originally offered to mill the street, but was told that would lead to having to eventually pave it.

    “I wanted to see about sharing costs,” West said. “Before the park opens.”

    West said attempts at grading the street actually created more dust, and other attempts have been made graveling or tacking it occasionally.

  • Next on Daytona Bach man's list of ADA compliance lawsuits: Levy County

    Suzette Cook, Reporter

    Joel Price vs. Flagler County, Joel Price vs. St. Johns County, Joel Price vs. Levy County.

    On March 25, Levy County was officially served a summons in a civil action by Lawyer Scott R. Dinin of Miami. The lawsuit filed on behalf of Daytona Beach Resident Joel Price claims that because electronic documents Price requested from Levy County, many of which are in PDF format, are “not accessible by persons who are visually impaired and who utilize screen readers,” that Price has been discriminated against under Title II of the American with Disabilities Act of 1990 and under Section 505 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 through which Section 504 “is enforced to redress unlawful disability-based practices and to make Plaintiff Joel Price whole.”

    The lawsuit says that Price visited the Levy County’s website in December 2018 “with the intent of educating himself about the quality of life and governmental functioning Levy County” but the documents were not provided in “an accessible HTML or PDF format.” Price is visually impaired and uses a screen reader.

  • Late rally propels Indians to third straight win

    With score tied 3-3 in the bottom of the sixth, the Chiefland varsity baseball team took advantage of RBI singles by Payne Parnell and Luke Reidy and multiple errors in the outfield by Lafayette to tack on four runs en route to a 7-4 win over the Hornets on April 2.

    Hayden Griffith kickstarted the rally for CMHS with a base hit, before eventually scoring on Parnell’s second hit of the night.

    Aidan Horne progressed matters in the sixth when he boarded on a fielder’s choice and scored on an error. Parnell scored on Reidy’s hit, and Keegan McLelland also scored for the Indians in the inning after reaching on a hit-by-pitch. McLelland doubled to lead off the fifth inning but was tagged out on a fielder’s choice.

    Horne and Parnell each singled in the third to jumpstart a two-run frame for Chiefland. Horne also scored in the opening inning on a McLelland RBI.

  • Chiefland repeats as county champs in track and field

    The Chiefland boys and girls track and field teams each successfully defended their title as champions at the Levy County Championships in Rosewood on April 2, beating out Williston, Bronson and Cedar Key.

    Chiefland junior Reagan Hudson, with a pair of wins (100 hurdles, high jump) and four top-three finishes, repeated as the girls’ MVP while fellow Indians’ junior Jarrett Jerrels, with a couple of hurdles wins and a second place in the long jump, won the boys’ MVP. The awards go to the pair of competitors who garner the most overall points at the meet.

    Chiefland also picked up four relay wins and multiple individual wins from Luke Stockman (1600, 3200) and Banner Hodge (1600, 3200). Other first-place finishers for CMHS included: Eleanor Frields (300 hurdles); Aubrey Hudson (800); Taryn Jones (girls discus) and Dylan Cochran (boys 800).

    Bronson collected a pair of individual wins on girls long jump and triple jump by Yelena Thomas, and picked up wins for the boys by Edwin Goodman in the javelin and Mahki Bostic in the long jump.

    The district championship was April 10 at Oak Hall in Gainesville.