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Today's News

  • 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.

  • County upgrades ambulance fleet

    Suzette Cook, Reporter

    With the approval of Levy County Public Safety Director Mitch Harrell’s request to transfer of $140,000 from reserves to the equipment fund, three new ambulances will be headed to Levy County.

    The Levy County Board of County Commissioners’ approval went toward the total $653,000 price tag for three Ford-550s.

    Harrell said changes in ambulance specifications in 2016, which added weight to the trucks, is prompting the change from Mercedes to Ford, along with a switch from diesel fuel to gasoline motors.

    “The diesel exhaust systems have issue,” Harrell said. “A major benefit of switching to Ford vehicles is that our fleet maintenance can work on the vehicles, and we have the computer to be able to read the codes when the check engine light comes on.”

    According to Harrell, the purchase order will be submitted by Friday “so that they can order the trucks.”

  • Professional UF athletic trainers will continue to serve Levy County athletes

    By Suzette Cook, Reporter

    The School Board of Levy County will renew its contract with the University of Florida’s College of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation starting in July for the 2019-2020 school year.

    Williston High School will have a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) on duty for 20 hours a week, Chiefland Middle High School will have one for 25 hours a week, and Bronson/Cedar Key schools will have a ATC on duty for 25 hours per week.

    According to the contract, “The overall goal of the program is to help plan, organize, coordinate, and supervise the sports medicine program for all sports within the athletic program at the respective schools.”

    This will mark the third year that the UF Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine Institute's Adolescent and High School Sports Medicine Outreach Program will provide sports physicians to Levy County, according to Dr. Jason Zaremski who is Co-Medical Director of the Adolescent and High School Sports Medicine program.

  • 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.