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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Thomas grand slam punctuates 17-run outburst in Newberry

    Macie Thomas hit a grand slam in Newberry on March 26 as the Chiefland softball team dominated the Lady Panthers for a 17-2 win.

    The home run was the fourth of the season for Thomas, who also had a two-run double in the game. Senior Gabriel Stancil added a double and walked three times for the Lady Indians.

    Chiefland only needed seven hits to rack up the 17 runs, as its lineup made the most of Newberry mistakes while also showing patience at the plate in garnering 11 walks. The club rallied for seven runs in the second to take command of the non-district road game. CMHS eighth-grade second baseman Grace Quincey scored four runs, and senior Simone White scored three runs behind her three walks.

    Freshman Kaley Osteen earned the win in the circle, striking out five and walking one in four innings of work. Eighth-grader Bria Hinkle tossed an inning and whiffed two batters.

  • CMHS baseball pays tribute to veterans, gets back on winning track

    The Chiefland baseball team notched back-to-back district victories to keep pace at the top of the standings.
    The Indians knocked off Branford 6-2 on Veterans Night, March 26, before scoring big on Bell for a 16-8 win on March 29.

    Chiefland, with the CMHS Interact Club, honored veterans in attendance with a pregame flag ceremony. Gordon Keller tossed out the first pitch to catcher Elijah Smith. Keller was joined by fellow local veterans Kari Colson, Newcomb Wasson, Thomas Bastow, Marcel Brown and Shane Keene.

    Seniors pitchers Kelby Osteen and Wyatt Hammond combined for a one-hitter on the mound against the Buccaneers, while senior Keegan McLelland collected the team’s first triple of the season. Hammond and CMHS junior Briar Keene were 2 for 3, and senior second baseman Payne Parnell was 2 for 4 with a run and a RBI.

    Osteen whiffed 10 batters in four innings, while walking four and allowing no earned runs. Hammond earned the save with three innings of work, allowing no hits, walks or runs.

  • Health care center representive delivers annual report to School Board

    Suzette Cook, Reporter

    Levy County School District employees using the CareHere Health Center saved $361,921 on medical expenses from October 2017 through September 2018.

    During the annual report to the Levy County School Board, Michelle Anglea, Senior Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer for Care Here shared trends and data on how employees have used the facility located on 445 Ishie Avenue in Bronson. CareHere has been in partnership with LCSB for five years.

    The number of employees who have access to use the health center are 665 according to the report. Employees made 4,187 appointments at the center and had a low no-show rate of 3.2 percent.

    “That’s a fantastic no-show rate,” Anglea said. “Nationally, in the market the average is about 17 percent,” she said.

    There were 248 health risk assessments conducted, 208 of those were by employees, 34 were dependents, and 6 were retirees.
    The health center average visit cost did rise from $69 to $79.42 because of the rise in physician costs, Anglea said when a board member asked about the increase.

  • Record number of artists apply for booths at Old Florida Celebration of the Arts in Cedar Key

    Suzette Cook, Reporter

    “Ice cold water, a dollar,” Cedar Key Safety Patrol members chanted as they got a ride on a wagon being pulled by Cedar Key School student and Safety Patrol member Exio Vargas. The students weaved in and out of the crowd while raising money for a trip to Washington, D.C.

    By 10 a.m. on Saturday, visitors filled the streets and artists had their masterpieces staged and on full display.

    The 55th annual Old Celebration of the Arts Festival, a juried art show held on March 30 and 31 with more than $18,000 in prize money and purchase awards, attracted applicants from near and far.

    According to Old Florida Celebration of the Art Committee Member Bev Ringenberg, 260 artists vied for the limited 120 booth spaces. “We had a record number of applicants,” she said. “We keep it to 120 booths on purpose to keep it interactive,” she said. “The artists like us not to be too dense.”

  • Governor-appointed chief science officer has strong ties to Nature Coast

    Governor Ron DeSantis on April 1 announced the appointment of Dr. Thomas K. Frazer as the State of Florida’s first Chief Science Officer.

    Dr. Michael Allen, director of the North Coast Biological Station in Cedar Key said he has worked with Frazer for 23 years.

  • Chiefland middle schoolers get Q&A with congressman

    Kimberly Baker’s eighth-grade civics class came prepared with questions for U.S. Rep. Neal Dunn on March 21. The congressman visited the students on Career Day and gave a brief lesson on civics and the structure and role of the federal government compared to state government before yielding the floor to the students.

    Dunn was impressed with the questions, which ranged from personal topics to hot button issues.

    “We were proud to welcome Representative Neal Dunn to our class to visit with our eighth-graders,” Baker said later.

    “Our goal is, principally, to help the states and to help America get along with other countries,” Dunn told the students in his introductory remarks. “There are about 195 countries. We also, of course take care of the military.”

  • Levy County to Valdosta, Georgia: Raw sewage spills unacceptable

    Suzette Cook, Reporter

    Levy County Commission Chair John Meeks teamed up with County Attorney Anne Bast Brown to create a resolution addressing continued raw sewage spills that start in Valdosta, Georgia and trickle into waterways reaching Levy County and beyond.

    Resolution 2019-022 addresses the “continued and repetitive spills of raw sewage into the Withlacoochee River and Mud Creek by the City of Valdosta, Georgia,” the resolution reads and deems the spill to be “unacceptable and intolerable.”

    The resolution was brought to the board on March 19 and unanimously adopted.

    The resolution includes a request for “meaningful enforcement action by the State of Georgia and Florida State agencies” including the Department of Environmental Protection and the Suwanee River Water Management District.

  • Cedar Key man dies from motorcycle accident in Chiefland

    A Cedar Key man died from injuries sustained in an accident while riding his motorcycle on County Road 320 near Chiefland. On March 26, at around 1:35 p.m., Alexander Popovich, 59, of Cedar Key, was riding a motorcycle east on CR 320 when he rear-ended by Marygene Carothers Marti, 84, of Bell, while stopped at the intersection of County Road 321. Popovich was transported to Shands UF and was pronounced deceased at the hospital, according to a Florida Highway Patrol report.

  • Weaver appointed to Chiefland City Commission

    Norman Weaver was appointed on April 8 to fill the Chiefland Commission seat left vacant by the passing of Mayor Betty Walker in February.

    The City of Chiefland Commission considered three applicants to fill the newly opened seat for City Commissioner Group 5.

    Former Vice-Mayor Chris Jones was appointed mayor at the March 11 meeting and Commissioner Tim West was appointed vice mayor.

    Weaver serves until at least August, when an election will be held for the seat.

    The commission agreed that the process to fill the seat would be to accept letters of interest until 5 p.m. on April 1 and then select a commissioner from those applicants. The selection will be announced at the April 8 meeting.

    Three citizens expressed interest in the position.

    Norman Weaver is a retired educator/administrator who relocated to Chiefland 13 years ago after marrying his wife Mary. He has been the voice of Chiefland Middle High School baseball program and has been involved with D&D Dance Studio as the emcee for their annual recital. He currently is an official for high school football and basketball.