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Today's News

  • Deputies killed

    Two Gilchrist County deputies were killed Thursday afternoon, April 17, when they were shot by a man whose motives are still unknown.

    Gilchrist County Sheriff Bobby Schultz said Sgt. Noel Ramirez and Deputy Taylor Lindsey were having lunch at about 3 p.m. when they were shot.

    The sheriff refused to discuss the identity or any other details about the shooter during a press conference later in the day.

    The shooter was later identified as John Hubert Highnote, 59, of Bell. He was found dead in a pickup truck outside the restaurant from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

    No further information is available regarding Highnote. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is conducting an ongoing criminal investigation.

    “It’s not about him,” Schultz said at a press conference. “It’s about my deputies. There is no indication of any ongoing threat to our community, and we remain committed to your safety with the help of our other assisting agencies. This tragedy touches us all.”

  • Lady Tigers pounce early in Trenton

    The Trenton softball team lived up to its No. 1 ranking April 6 against rival Chiefland.

    The Lady Tigers, fueled by their team speed, tacked on three runs apiece in each of the first three innings to build their advantage, before junior Bryn Thomas capped it with an RBI hit to secure a 10-0 win in the sixth against the Lady Indians.

    The Lady Tigers have clinched the No. 1 seed in District 1A-7. CMHS, Bell and Branford, which hosts the 1A-7 tournament, are chasing the second seed.

    The Lady Indians dropped to 14-4 overall and 6-3 in district play. Trenton fell to 17-3 April 9 with a 3-1 loss at 7A Columbia (17-3). It entered the week 8-0 in district action.

    Chiefland head coach Jimmy Anderson lamented his team’s mental mistakes while tipping his hat to Trenton’s performance. Those mental mistakes included communication failures that led to the defense failing to cover first base on several bunts. The Lady Tigers’ small-ball skills frequently put excessive pressure on the corner defenders and the pitcher in fielding the territory in front of the plate.

  • CMHS track past, future on display at Invitational

    The exceptional collection of rising talent in Chiefland track and field suggests a bright future (and present) for the sport at the school.

    At the first ever C. Doyle McCall and Wendell Corbin Honorary Invitational Track and Field Meet April 5 in Chiefland, the pioneering figures of the program’s past were honored.

    McCall, the program’s founding coach, as well as a legendary coach on the football field, and Corbin, his longtime successor at CHS, were presented plaques before the meet for their service to Chiefland track and field. McCall’s health prevented him from attending, so a former Indian athlete from one of McCall’s first teams, Jolyn Corbin, accepted the plaque on his former coach’s behalf.

    Harry Hutson, a volunteer coach for Chiefland track and field, announced the honors while head coach Lee Bell presented the plaques. Hutson was on McCall’s first track team, in 1953, along with Greg Jenkins, Leo Cason and the late Jeff Sheffield. Cason waved to the fans on hand as he was introduced by Hutson.

  • Zidonik, Cunningham fire top scores at women’s invitational

    The Chiefland Women’s Golf Association hosted their annual Invitational Tournament at Chiefland Country Club and Golf Course April 11.

    The annual event brings ladies from throughout northern Florida, including Gainesville and Lake City. Fifty-six lady golfers participated in this year’s tournament.

    The two-person teams played alternating shots on the first nine holes and a scramble on the back nine.

    The duo of Tara Zidonik and Robin Cunningham finished with low gross for the tournament, while Terri Harris and Terry Biede captured low net.

    In the second flight, Patty Sullivan and Yvonne Currie netted low gross, and Shirley Meggs and Deanna Kreuter posted the low net.

    The third flight low gross went to Glenda Rewis and Leanne Philpot; Denise Boyle and Betty Beck collected the low net in the flight.

  • London commits to UCF

    Former Chiefland All-American and current College of Central Florida freshman Takiya London has her commitment to continue her softball career at the University of Central Florida.

    London, a freshman shortstop, revealed her decision on social media on April 17.

    “I’m glad to announce that I have committed to the University of Central Florida to further my education and softball career for the next three years,” she wrote. “I want to thank God for blessing me with this opportunity and for giving me the ability to play the game I love.

    “I also want to thank all of my friends, family, and coaches who have been supporting me on this journey,” London continued. “I’m blessed beyond measures and can’t wait to become a Knight.”

    London’s team-leading 18 home runs entering the week of April 16 is sixth in the nation in Division I of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). She’s boasting a .402 batting average and an .833 slugging percentage. London is second in runs (75) and in the top 10 in RBI (65) in NJCAA Division I.

  • No. 3 seed on the line in baseball tilt with Dixie

    The Chiefland baseball team evened its record and kept itself in the driver’s seat for a No. 3 seed in the upcoming district tournament.

    The Indians, behind a masterful performance on the mound by Keegan McLelland, and a four-run rally in the four inning, topped Bell 5-1 April 12. The Indians beat Bronson 21-3 in three innings April 16.

    The win improved Chiefland to 7-7 overall and 5-3 in District 1A-7 play, potentially setting up a showdown for the third seed with Dixie County in Chiefland on April 20. The Indians stood in third place in the standings entering their April 17 game at Trenton, where they lost 10-4. The Bears were 3-5, entering the week, but picked up a forfeit win over Bronson to pull themselves to 4-5. CMHS could clinch the third seed with a win versus the Bears, but a coin flip would likely decide the seed if Dixie County prevails Friday.

    The No. 3 seed will face Bronson in the opening round of tournament play, while the No. 4 figures to get fifth-seeded Bell. The other difference between the third and the fourth seeds is the latter, upon advancing, would have to face top-seeded Trenton in the semifinals.

  • Lady Indians dealt No. 3 seed in district

    Chiefland lost a coin flip to Bell to decide the No. 2 seed in the District 1A-7 tournament, so the Lady Indians won’t get the benefit of a bye in the opening round.

    The Bell-hosted tournament starts April 23, with No. 4 Branford taking on No. 4 Branford facing No. 5 Dixie County at 5 p.m. Chiefland then plays No. 6 Bronson at 7 p.m.

    The winner of that first game advances to face top-seeded Trenton April 24 at 5 p.m., while the other winner takes on Bell at 7 p.m. on April 24.

    Chiefland finished 7-3 in district play after defeating Branford 8-2 on April 12. Macie Thomas delivered her fourth home run of the season, as the junior slugger was 2 for 3 with a couple of RBI. Thomas, Tristen Drummond and Erika Gilliam (3 for 4) each collected multiple hits and a walk, and up-and-comer Nikki Fuller (2 RBI) also had a pair of hits. Kensley Durrance fanned seven in seven innings pitched and allowed just three hits. Chiefland tallied 10 hits and one error.

  • Science students get lessons in the field

    By Lita Weingart, CMHS Science Teacher

    On April 13th, Chiefland Middle High School science students from Stacy Drummond and Lita Weingart’s classes went on a field trip to visit the new University of Florida Nature Coast Biological Station in Cedar Key.

    Our schools superintendent, Jeff Edison, took time out of his busy schedule to help chaperone our trip. We were given a tour of the new research facility and students got to talk with scientists about the research they are conducting.

    Students also visited Joe Rains Beach and, with the assistance of UF scientist Hannah Healy and educational specialist Katherine Hellgren, collected and identified local marine life using a seine net.

    In addition, the students conducted a transect study to determine the amount of biodiversity found on the shoreline.

    We would like to thank Mr. Edison for spending the day with us and the UF personnel for sharing their expertise. A great time was had by all!

  • Lady Indians excelling in college softball

    Former Chiefland Lady Indian softball players continue to make their mark in the college ranks.

    College of Central Florida freshman Takiya London is a slugging machine for the Lady Patriots out of Ocala, with team highs in home runs (15), doubles (12), slugging (.797) RBI (57) and stolen bases (13). The first-year shortstop has boasted a five-game home run streak this season as well as a 12-game hitting streak, and currently carries a .412 batting average.

    CF (40-8) is ranked No. 8 in the nation in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division I, and is on top of the Mid-Florida Conference behind a 13-1 mark in conference play. London is second in runs, 10th in home runs and seventh in total bases in NJCAA Division I.

  • 2018 legislative session: some wins, some losses for the environment

    By Save the Manatee Club

    As in years past, the Florida Legislature considered but failed to pass a ban on hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”).

    The bipartisan Senate bill, SB 462, had unanimous support in the Senate Committee on Environmental Preservation and Conservation and the Appropriations Subcommittee on the Environment and Natural Resources before stalling in its final committee. The House version of the bill was never scheduled for hearing.

    Fracking is of particular concern in Florida because of the state’s karst geology and the enhanced risk that contaminants from the extraction process could migrate into ground and surface water, threatening both natural ecosystems and public drinking water supplies.

    Two bills that did pass pose potentially significant risks to Florida’s springs and wetlands.

    The first, HB 7043, authorizes DEP to assume responsibility for the federal Clean Water Act “dredge and fill” permitting program. On its face, this proposal sounds sensible, with the laudable goal of reducing duplicative application requirements.