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Today's News

  • Renovated Blue Springs Park reopens in time for summer

    After months of renovation work, Blue Springs in Bronson is once again open for swimming and picnicking.

    Ten pavilions, numerous new concrete tables and benches and freshly painted restrooms with newly built changing rooms and a paved parking lot have all been added to enhance Blue Springs Park.

    The park, a once privately owned spring, was sold to the Board of Public Instruction of Levy County back in early 1950 for a nominal fee of one dollar. Since the 1950s, between the School Board, the town of Bronson and Levy County, Blue Springs has changed hands several times. Levy County now owns Blue Springs Park and Little Blue Springs.

    Blue Springs is a second magnitude spring, meaning water flows from the aquifer to the surface at a discharge rate of 280 to 2800 liters or 10 to 100 cubic feet of water per second. Blue Springs discharges to the southwest down a short run and into the Waccasassa River, which flows south to the Gulf of Mexico. Florida springs range from 69 to 97 degrees, and Blue Springs seems to maintain an average of 72 degrees, according to Matt Weldon, director of Levy County Parks.

  • Softball superlatives

    The Chiefland softball program held a festive and busy awards banquet May 24 at the Concord Baptist Church in south Chiefland, recognizing players from all three of its teams – middle school, junior varsity and varsity.

    Players received various gifts and recognitions, including letters and pins.

    The seniors received the shadow boxed jerseys and special commemorative softballs with their pictures.

    The players were also treated to a special guest speaker, two-time Florida Gator national champion Taylore Fuller. Fuller, a 2012 Chiefland graduate, was a two-time All-American in Chiefland and a Florida Player of the Year, and she went on to start 203 games at UF, where she finished second in the program in grand slams.

    Fuller discussed a typical offseason day to impart what level of commitment it takes to perform at the highest levels on the diamond. She recounted a schedule that included a 5:45 a.m. workout, followed by class, and then a four-hour practice.

  • Former Indian headed to Jax for college hoops

    Patrick Jackson has patiently bided his time while looking to resume his basketball career at the college level.

    The former Chiefland standout, who twice led the Indians in scoring and joined them for a trip to the state final four, was tentatively set to attend Webber International in 2017.

    It didn’t pan out, as WIU went through a coaching change, but Jackson didn’t lose hope. Meanwhile, he took courses at Santa Fe College and the College of Central Florida, with an eye toward eventually gaining a business degree, perhaps with a focus in sports management.

    He also stayed close to the game he loved, helping coach Cedar Key School middle schoolers, staying in shape, and rooting on his younger sister, Jasmin, who, as a dominant point guard for the Lady Sharks, has garnered her own share of attention from college scouts.

    Jackson was put in touch with coaches at Trinity Baptist College, out of Jacksonville, by one of its former players, Brandon Raines, a basketball coach and athletic director at Riverside Christian in Trenton. The connection yielded a tryout for Jackson, who let his game speak for itself.

  • Middle-schoolers garner top academic prizes

    Chiefland Middle Schoolers were honored for their outstanding academic achievements May 21 in the CMHS Auditorium.

    The top academic achievers in GPA per grade were eighth-grader Coburn Hardee; seventh-grader Adysen Baker and sixth-grader Oren Wilson; Wilson also picked up top reader honors in the Accelerated Reader Awards.

  • CMHS trio holds athletic signing

    Three Chiefland seniors – now graduates – held a joint letter-of-intent signing ceremony May 23 in the CMHS auditorium.

    Sydney Allen, Chiefland’s lead attacker in volleyball, and Seth Thomas, a middle infielder for the Indians’ baseball team, signed on to play ball on scholarship at Brescia University in Owensboro, Kentucky. Tramaine Brown, meanwhile, penned his commitment to Warner University in Lake Wales for football and track.

    Brown joins his friends Michael Weaver and Eli Scozzaro, a couple of 2017 CMHS graduates who run track for the Royals.

    Allen didn’t think she had what it took to play college volleyball, but her outlook changed last winter when she started receiving interest.

    This isn’t the first time she’s gone from marginal prospect to a success story. The lanky heavy hitter was cut from the squad in eighth grade, and then put in extra time with CMHS volleyball coach Debra Weeks to improve her game.

  • 'Soar like Eagles'

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    The Bronson Middle High School graduation, held May 25 at the UF Curtis Phillips Center in Gainesville, was anchored by a couple of inspiring student speeches about perseverance and following big dreams.

    Valedictorian Taeya Mayes described life as a constant negotiation between the vision of a better future and the pursuit towards its realization. After deftly pivoting off a lyric from rapper Kevin Gates – “It’s the action, it’s the grind, it’s the hustle, and it’s the persistence that will allow us to reach our dreams.” – to a line from Proverbs – “When there is no vision, the people perish.” – Mayes challenged her classmates and the audience to “actually take the steps that are needed to make your vision a reality.”

    Mayes reminded her classmates of the obstacles they’ve already overcome, and thanked the parents, teachers and school staff who’ve made so much possible for her and her classmates.

  • Indians offer sneak peek of more mature, confident squa

    The Chiefland football team was short on experience and long on promising young talent last season.

    The roster was bursting with first-year varsity players – even first-year football players – and was acclimating to a new system under first-year head man Adam Gore and his staff.

    The Indian team that took C. Doyle McCall Field May 18 for its spring game against Wildwood looked a year more mature – and confident.

    Behind three touchdowns and a pair of picks by junior-to-be Jalen Rutledge, Chiefland owned the first and fourth quarters to snatch a 31-16 win.

    The game felt more intense than your typical exhibition matchup. Wildwood was coming off a 9-0 regular season, looking to avenge a lopsided 2017 spring loss to Chiefland. The Indians, meanwhile, might enter the late summer and fall with their best playoff odds since last advancing in 2004.

  • Communities band together to help a toddler with a rare form of cancer

    By Lori Prevatt, Citizen Correspondent

    Chiefland and Trenton community members have showered a family with love and support by coming together to plan events to help raise funds for their sick daughter.

    Several events have passed and more are planned to help toddler Lauren Rood and her family. Lauren is a 3 year old who had surgery to remove a tumor in April. Lauren, of Trenton, was found to have stage two Clear Cell Sarcoma Cancer in her kidneys at the beginning of May. Her parents, Ashley Rood and Tim Crews, also have a 6-year-old son.

    Lauren is currently receiving chemotherapy and her family frequently travels back and forth from the hospital for treatment. This prompted many people from the tri-county area to help Lauren and her family.

    Marie Poppe, owner of Marie’s Sweets in Chiefland, is one of those people who graciously donated her time to help. She is incredibly close to Lauren and her mother. Poppe held a cake auction at the beginning of May and raised $2,185 to help the family with expenses. Poppe also took a portion of her Mother’s Day Money earned from cakes and donated it to them.

  • Pit bulls attack neighbour in south Chiefland

    A scary situation could’ve ended a lot worse than it did.

    Richard Corbin received a call from his son, Jay, who just left his side to visit neighbors on May 11.

    When Corbin looked up, Jay, a 23-year-old with special needs, was being attacked by three pit bulls approximately 200 feet away.

    Corbin rushed to the scene and scared the dogs away. Jay was able to fend off the dogs just enough to avoid going to the ground and undergoing more serious injuries, and somehow make the phone call, but his clothes didn’t survive the attack. He used his belt to repel the animals, Corbin said.

    Jay received stitches at Shands Hospital in Gainesville and was later released.

    “They were having a little campfire so he was going over to visit, and one of the neighbor’s three pit bulls was out – two came out of the pasture and one came out of the neighbor’s gate and attacked him,” Corbin said. “They shredded him up pretty good, man. They literally almost tore his clothes off him.”

  • Inglis man accused of bank robbery

    By Buster Thompson, Chronicle Reporter

    An Inglis man with a history behind U.S. prison bars for robbing a bank is now facing a similar charge connected to a bank robbery in Marion County.

    On Wednesday, May 16, with a Marion County Sheriff’s Office arrest warrant in hand, authorities charged 52-year-old Jason Earl Hill with the May 11 unarmed robbery of the Harbor Community Bank in Ocala, according to a MCSO news release.

    Hill is accused of walking into the bank at 8290 S.W. College Road and passing a note to a clerk demanding money and also implying he had a weapon, although Hill didn’t brandish one, MCSO’s release says.

    It’s alleged that Hill left with an undisclosed amount of cash and drove away in a green Saturn Vue, which MCSO detectives were able to trace back to Hill, who also resembled the robber seen in bank surveillance footage.

    A bank teller also identified Hill as the robber for police.