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Today's News

  • CMHS baseball suffers first district loss

     Dixie County only managed three hits against Chiefland on March 21, but made the most of its aggressiveness on the base paths, stealing 12 bases en route to a 5-3 win in baseball. It was the Indians first lost in district play, dropping them to 2-1 in league action and 5-4 overall.

    The Bears improved to 5-2 overall and drew even in district play with CMHS at 2-1.

    The Indians knotted the game at 3-3 in the third behind three walks, including a bases loaded RBI walk by Kelby Osteen to score Aidan Horne, who led off the frame with a walk. Wyatt Hammond then sent a fly ball to right to score Payne Parnell, who reached on an error.

    The CMHS offense struggled to cash in elsewhere, however, as it left two runners stranded in each of four straight innings.

    A combination of errors, stolen bases, wild pitches and walks helped lead to single-run innings by the Bears in each of the first three innings as well as in the fifth frame, putting them up 4-3. They added an insurance run in the seventh on an RBI single by Luke Hatcher, who accounted for two of the team’s three hits.

  • Chiefland sweeps home track meet

    The Chiefland boys and girls topped six schools apiece to win the Indians’ second track and field home meet of the season on March 19.

    They Bronson girls finished third as a team while the Eagle boys took fifth, falling five points short of Williston in the boys’ rankings.

    The competing schools also included Jefferson County, Lafayette, Taylor County, Trenton and Williston.

    Luke Stockman (3200-meter run 12:32.79); Jarrett Jerrels (long jump 5.87 meters, season best); Jimmy Boyle (pole vault 2.9 meters); Tristan Sloan (pole vault 2.9 meters); and Braden Firestine (discus 30.18 meters, season best) collected wins for the CMHS boys.

  • Chiefland lifters claims five wins at final home meet

    Boys weightlifters met in Chiefland March 20 for the Indians final home meet. Bronson (49 points) prevailed in a tightly fought meet over Williston (45), Chiefland (44) and Cedar Key (10). The Indians, who collected a meet-high five individual wins, averaged the most points per competitor, as they didn’t have a lifter in three of the 10 weight divisions.

    The individual scores are a total of best bench and best clean (clean only, no jerk).

    Logan Firestine (238 weight class, 440 total lift), Brandon Bowers (unlimited class, 575 total) De’Shamar Shepherd (169 class, 480 total), Ty Corbin (129 class, 380 total), and Jimmy Boyle (139 class, 370 total) each placed first in their respective classes for CMHS. Many of the Chiefland lifters had to lift earlier in the day because CMHS competed in a track meet in The Villages at the time of the meet.

    Bronson notched a pair of individual wins, from George Konstantis (199 class, 550 total) and Monte Williams (183 class, 440 total.

  • Holland, Brown at top of Class of 2019 at CMHS

    Chiefland’s valedictorian and salutatorian are recognized for their academic achievement, but it’s been their club and social experiences that have proved most memorable for the pair at Chiefland Middle High School.

    Paul Holland III, with a GPA of 4.36, is the Class of 2019 valedictorian, and Ashtyn Brown, 4.31 GPA, is the salutatorian.

    Holland and Brown are joined by fellow Summa Cum Laude (4.0+) graduates, in no particular order: Kent Sloan, Noah Nguyen, Madison Baynard, Julie Powers and Caroline Kohn. Wyatt Hammond is the class’ only Magna Cum Laude (3.85+) honoree, and Gabriel Stancil, Maria Carranza, Nadia Fumea, Aidan Horne, Jessika Weekley, Keegan McLelland, Hunter Barrand and Nelson Crawford are the Cum Laude (3.5+) honorees. Joining those students in the Talented 20 – top 20 percent of graduating class meeting university entrance requirements – are Macie Thomas and Victoria Thompson.

  • CMHS softball roundup

    Lady Indians win three straight

    The Chiefland softball team splurged on 21 hits on March 12 to outpace Branford 13-8 on the road for the middle game of a three-win week. CMHS knocked off Lafayette at home 5-3 to cap the week, which started for the Lady Indians with a home win over North Marion.

    Chiefland improved to 8-2 overall and 4-2 in district play. It plays next at Williston on March 21.

    After falling behind to the Lady Buccaneers 6-1 in the second frame, the Lady Indians combined for nine runs in the third and fourth innings to go up 10-7.

    All of Chiefland’s batters hit safely in the game, while six enjoyed multi-hit nights. Freshman Nikki Fuller went 4 for 5 with a pair of doubles and three RBI, and senior Macie Thomas was 4 for 5 with a double. Junior Jocelyn McGee (3 for 4, three RBI) and eighth-grader Grace Quincey had three hits apiece. Senior Tristan Drummond tripled and freshman Gianna Jacono doubled and added a couple of RBI for CMHS.

    CMHS eighth-grader Bria Hinkle, who was 2 for 4 for two RBI at the plate, struck out six and surrendered no earned runs and three hits in 5.2 innings in the circle.

  • CMHS Coach Palmer is happy to be back in Levy County

    Suzette Cook, Reporter

    “We’ve been gone for 20 years,” CMHS Head Coach John Palmer told Chiefland Rotary members at the March 13 meeting.

    “We’ve been crisscrossing the State, it’s been a long time since we’ve been here and we’re excited to be coming back.”

    With 31 years in coaching and education Coach Palmer addressed the Rotary on his second day on the job at Chiefland.

    “It’s been a thrill to be able to come back.”

    Palmer held a Q & A with the first question being about his approach with the team for 2019-2020.

    “I would hope that this is a carryover from what Coach (Adam) Gore has started,” Palmer said. “He’s done a terrific job. I have followed Adam the last couple years and the success he’s had.

    “The hardest job is to turn around the attitude, and he’s done that. I would hope what you will see on the field is an extension of that.”

  • Renovations of future County offices moving along

    Suzette Cook, Reporter

    County personnel took a field trip to the old Bronson High School building on March 5 after the County Commission meeting to get an update on how renovations are going and to get input on how the new building will be wired for connectivity.

    “This is where our office manager will sit, our little copy area, this will be Wilbur’s office, my office,” said Levy County Procurement Coordinator Alicia Tretheway while giving an impromptu tour. “This will be a sitting area for new applicants who come in.”

    Contractors were hard at work sanding wood floors while County IT Consultant Brady Clark of New River Technology was given a tour of possible locations to house wiring and fiber optic cable for connectivity in the building.

    “Commissioners’ office wise, I was looking to do all of the drops back in here,” Director of Levy County Construction and Maintenance Jimmy Jones told Clark and showed him the location.

    Clark said he would need an area for the tax collector’s server as one server would not be able to handle the demand of the County offices.

  • Osteen blanks Trenton

    Kelby Osteen fanned 11 batters in 6.1 innings and Chiefland put together a two-out mini rally in the third inning to lift the Indians to a 2-0 shutout of Trenton on March 15.

    The win completed a regular season sweep of the Tigers by CMHS, the first time since 2016, and represented the fourth straight victory for the Indians, who improved to 4-2 overall and stayed perfect in district play at 3-0.

    Trenton reached base 11 times, repeatedly putting base runners in scoring position, only to watch Osteen and the Indian defense rise to each challenge.

    “That was impressive, to go out there time and time again and work out of some jams and keep his composure, with guys making some plays behind him,” CMHS coach Kyle Parnell said. “It was a tremendous job against a good ball team.”

    Osteen faced 28 batters, walking four and allowing three hits. The senior combined his fastball and slider for an effective combo and said he felt the best he’s felt all season.

  • Fire Chief: CPR devices will save lives

    Suzette Cook, Reporter

    Chiefland Fire Chief James Harris performed CPR at the March 11 commission meeting to prove a point.

    “You have never heard me come up here and ask to take money out of the fire budget,” Harris said to the commission after demonstrating the efficiency of an Automated Resuscitation Machine known as an ARM.

    “This is the very first time,” he added.

    Harris, along with Michael Lall, vice president of AED Professionals medical device company, acted out a scenario where a Harris started administering CPR to a “patient” while Lall set up the ARM at the same time. Once in place and powered up, the device allowed Harris to step away while compressions continued.

    “As great as we are, it doesn’t matter how strong you are, when we are doing compressions on a person, after about a minute even trained responders are going to get tired,” Lall said. “And the CPR is no longer performed at maximum efficiency. That’s why these devices were developed.”

  • Website reveals data about Florida counties, forecasts trends

    By Suzette Cook, Reporter

    The Florida Chamber of Commerce has launched a scorecard that identifies and tracks key metrics about the State and its counties. The website is www.thefloridascorecard.org and by selecting a county of interest, data about the unemployment rate, housing permits, annul job changes, sale tax revenue, wealth migration, poverty rate, high school graduation, land in conservation and population is available.

    The site color codes each category to reveal its status. Green means improving, Red means declining, and Blue means no change.

    By first looking at data about the State in the categories, users can compare county to county where they stand. According to the site, Levy County has an 87 percent overall graduation rate compared the State rate of 86.1 percent and that is on rise.

    Data topics include Talent Supply and Education, Innovation and Economic Development, Infrastructure and Growth Leadership, Business Climate and Competitiveness, Civics, Governance, and Quality of Life.