Levy County second worst
of 67 counties for per-capita
boating safety in 2016;

Dixie County had one death
and one injury in 2016;

Gilchrist County had
zero boating accidents in 2016

John Caddigan, the commander of United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla Yankeetown, along with member Joseph Catalano are seen on the boat ramp in Cedar Key last Saturday (May 20) helping people stay safer while boating with complimentary vessel examinations. A list of safety equipment is checked. Safety equipment for boats includes having on board fire extinguishers that are fully charged and not expired for use. The week-long event is part of National Safe Boating Week (May 20-26) conducted at boat ramps, booths, with public speeches and news articles informing and educating the boating public about safer boating.

Photo by Mike Moore Yankeetown Coast Guard Auxiliary Public Affairs
By Jeff M. Hardison © May 22, 2017 at 9:07 a.m.
Levy County ranks as the second worst of 67 counties for safe boating when calculating the ratio of the number of accidents in relation to the number of people in the county, according to the 2016 Reportable Boating Accidents figures available by searching the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
     Levy County is 27th overall of the 67 counties in ranking when calculating the ratio of accidents in relation to the number of vessels registered in this county, according to the 2016 Reportable Boating Accidents figures.
     The 2016 records show 4,049 recreational vessels registered in Levy County. There is a 2016 total of 4,409 total vessels registered in Levy County, which shows 360 vessels as being commercial or something other than recreational.
     There were six reportable boating accidents in Levy County in 2016, with five resulting in injuries and one resulting in a death, according to records.
     The estimated property damage from boating accidents in Levy County in 2016 was $25,700, according to records.
     Perhaps the most significant figure for Levy County residents is the per-capita ratio in relation to boat accidents.
     For every 735 people in Levy County in 2016, there was one accident. That puts the county in second place from that perspective.
     Glades County took first place in the per-capita ratio in relation to 2016 boat accidents figure with one accident for every 315 people.
     Dixie County had one death and one injury in boating accidents in 2016, according to the FWC figures. The per-capita ratio for Dixie County in 2016 was one accident for every 1,284 people.
     Gilchrist County had zero boating accidents in 2016, according to the FWC figures.
     The top five counties in Florida that had the accidents in 2016 per number of registered vessels in the counties (not the per-capita figure), according to the FWC figures follow:
1 – Monroe County 105 accidents; three deaths; 52 injuries
2 – Miami-Dade County 67 accidents; seven deaths; 37 injuries
3 – Palm Beach County 62 accidents; three deaths; 19 injuries
4 – Pinellas County 44 accidents; two deaths; 37 injuries
5 – Lee County 39 accidents; six deaths; 29 injuries
     The totals for Florida boating accidents in 2016 show that from the 931,450 vessels registered last year there were 714 reportable accidents; 67 deaths; 421 injuries; and more than $10 million worth of property damage. The average per-capita ratio of population to boating accidents when looking at all 67 counties shows a ratio of 1:1,305.

Watermelon Time

It’s watermelon harvesting time in the Tri-County Area of Levy, Dixie and Gilchrist counties. Men are loading them into school buses and taking them to watermelon packaging areas. Within minutes of this famous stand being started on Friday afternoon (May 19), cars were pulling in quickly. Here Maurice Corbin is helping Jonel Holmes (out of camera view) as he is seen next to some fresh watermelons. This watermelon stand is next to U.S. Alt. 27 between Bronson and Levyville. Corbin and Holmes are helping Holmes’ sister Melba Tillis and family sell the delicious, fresh watermelons grown in the area. These watermelons were selling at $4 each. There are both seedless and seeded watermelons there. These watermelons are grown in Levy County, and they are delicious, sweet and juicy. Cantaloupes are not harvested yet, but will be soon.

Photo by Jeff M. Hardison © May 19, 2017 at 9:57 p.m.

FWC: Safe boating saves lives

By Rob Klepper of the FWC
Published May 17, 2017 at 11:07 p.m.
on the Leisure Page of HardisonInk.com
In conjunction with National Safe Boating Week, Gov. Rick Scott has issued a proclamation declaring May 20-26, Safe Boating Week in Florida.
     Although Florida’s boating season never really ends, the traditional start is marked by National Safe Boating Week – a time for boaters to focus on simple and effective steps that make boating safer. Leading the nation with nearly 1 million registered vessels across the state, Florida is the boating capital of the world and is world-renowned as a prime boating spot for residents and visitors.
     Each year, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) officers respond to far too many tragic and preventable boating accidents, so they want all boaters to remember to boat safely.
     “Boating year-round is just one of the things that makes Florida special,” said Maj. Rob Rowe, leader of the FWC’s Boating and Waterways Section. “And even more people will be out on the water for the upcoming Memorial Day weekend. The holiday and National Safe Boating Week, May 20-26, present an opportunity to emphasize the importance of remaining safe while boating.
     “Our officers are committed to keeping people as safe as possible, but we need the public’s help,” Rowe continued. “We want to reach as many boaters as we can, to help them understand that most boating accidents are preventable.”
     Boaters can enjoy their time on the water even more by taking a few safety precautions such as wearing a life jacket, using an engine cut-off switch lanyard, designating a sober boat operator, paying attention and keeping a proper lookout, having an emergency locator beacon, filing a float plan and taking a boating safety class.
     The FWC’s 2016 Boating Accident Statistical Report indicates there were 714 reportable boating accidents in Florida last year, resulting in 67 fatalities. This represents a 3 percent decrease in the number of accidents, but a 22 percent increase in fatalities as compared to 2015. The leading cause attributed to boating accidents in 2016 was the operator's inattention or lack of a proper lookout (29 percent). Falls overboard have been the leading type of fatal accident since 2003, with drowning as the leading cause of death.
     Many of these accidents could have been prevented if the boat operators had paid attention to everything going on around their vessel, maintained a proper lookout and if everyone on board had been wearing a life jacket. Sixty percent of boating-related deaths last year were attributed to drowning, which life jackets are designed to prevent.
     “A lot of people say they don’t wear life jackets because they are uncomfortable,” Rowe said. “However, with the inflatable models that are belt packs or suspenders, you hardly know you have one on. FWC officers wear inflatable life jackets all the time while on the water.”
     For National Safe Boating Week, the FWC is releasing compelling life jacket testimonials from three north Florida families whose lives have been changed by wearing – or not wearing – a life jacket when things went wrong on the water. These dramatic accounts provide vital information and a call to action for every boater to enjoy Florida’s beautiful waters safely while wearing a life jacket.
Tony’s testimonial: http://bit.ly/2rfCXHb
PJ’s testimonial: http://bit.ly/2pWHn0S
Larry’s testimonial: http://bit.ly/2qsybVV

     An engine cut-off switch lanyard is a safety device that is attached from the boat operator to the ignition. If it is disconnected, the engine will shut down, potentially preventing a boater who has fallen overboard from being injured by the moving propeller of a runaway boat.
     Boating education is critical. In 2016, 70 percent of boat operators involved in fatal accidents had no formal boater education. Florida’s current boating safety education law applies to boaters born on or after Jan. 1, 1988, and who operate a vessel of 10 hp or greater.
     “We live in a great boating state,” said Rowe. “And we believe that safety truly is the key to enjoyment.”
     FWC officers patrol our waterways in an effort to keep all boaters safe by checking that they have the required equipment and are operating safely. Ensure your encounters with FWC officers are positive ones by planning ahead and paying attention while on the water.
     To report people who are operating boats dangerously, call 888-404-FWCC (3922) or text Tip@MyFWC.com. More information can be found by visiting MyFWC.com/Boating. You can even search there for the Florida Public Boat Ramp Finder to help you find a great place to launch your boat.


Column and Photo
By Myrtice Scabarozi © May 16, 2017 @ 3:27 p.m.
The Log Cabin Quilters met Thursday May 11) at the Levy County Quilt Museum -- 11050 N.W. 10th Ave. (near Levyville, kind of on the way to Judson on Levy County Road 134 from U.S. Alt. 27).
     Several members were absent due to the flu that’s going around. Hope they recover quickly.
      Thanks to the swarming termites, I’m learning more about termites and things that I really didn’t want to know. Since I didn’t want to know anything, I’ve learned a lot.
     Correctional Officer Derick and the adult maile inmates from Lancaster Correctional Institution were out during the week. So their new must-do project was working on the ramps. Anytime wood touches the dirt an open invitation is given to termites.
     The ramps were built about 20 years ago so underneath the ramps had been filled with sand and of course some of the wood needed to be replaced along with tons of screws. Each wood plank of the ramp that was pulled up had six screws and most of screws needed to be replaced along with several of the planks.
     My job was to “know” what I would need so the materials would be on hand when the guys were there. I did OK -- not great -- but Chiefland Farm Supply really helps me when I don’t know what I want. The south ramp has been fixed. Our plan is to work on the north ramp next week. Thanks everybody.
     Wesley of Hunt’s Pest Control tells us that we should be OK on Friday (May 19) when he plans to be at the Museum to apply the chemicals required for termite control. If anyone of us has breathing problems, we should come out on Saturday, rather than Friday; however, we’ll be open both days.

Ann made this small quilt top from fabric that had been donated. She likes to finish some of the unfinished projects. A lot of the work has been done for her - the pattern was decided along with the fabric and most times all the pieces are ready to be stitched together. Great job Ann.

Vet weighs in
on city dog pound quality

(from left) Patty Pastore, Dr. Ronald Spink and Deborah Livingston are among the people who want the city of Cheifland to upgrade its animal impound facilities. Livingston said Ohio has higher pet ownership requirement standards than Florida. She and others want to see mandatory licensing by local governments, where owners would have to not only license animals annually, but if a pet dies, the person would be required to show the government proof of that death so the former owner could opt out of the annual license fees.

Story and Photo
By Jeff M. Hardison © May 12, 207 at 4:37 p.m.
Dr. Ronald Spink, DVM, of The Family Pet Vet of Chiefland was among the people speaking with the City Commission on Monday night (May 8) about the impound area for loose, unwanted dogs and cats in Chiefland.
     City Manager Mary Ellzey said that for the past 20-plus years the city has kept these strays in a holding facility. When no owner shows up to claim the dogs and cats, they are euthanized.
     The city code calls for holding them five to seven days, she said. Usually, they are held longer. The dogs and cats are given food and water, and their pens are cleaned.
     Patty Pastore who works at one of the car parts stores in the city has shown up to the past few meetings to express her opinion that the conditions at the dog pound are not good enough.
     At one point, Pastore claimed that a city worker told her the animals are not tended to on Saturday and Sunday. City Commissioner Chris Jones said she has been misinformed.
     Ellzey said there is a part-time worker who cares for the animals on Fridays and Saturdays, and there are full-time workers who tend to the strays’ needs on Mondays through Thursdays.
     Although HardisonInk.com now provides a free link for people to see stray animals in the Chiefland pound, Pastore said people don’t go on the Internet “especially the old people.”
     The most recent set of complainers said they felt the City of Chiefland should require all pet owners in the city limits to buy separate dog and cat tags to show their pets are vaccinated against rabies.
     Deborah Livingston said she moved to Chiefland from Ohio a year and a half ago. In Ohio, all dogs must have tags, she said.
     City Commissioner Teresa Barron said the city does not have enough money to do what the complainers want as far as building a new dog pound and starting a city dog license program and an adoption program for loose, abandoned dogs and cats.
     She suggested that this group create a non-profit organization, and then when the city catches loose dogs and cats, the city will take the animals to them and they can adopt the strays to new owners.
     When Pastore told Barron that the city has the property, Dr. Spink said the group could lease the property from the city.
     Dr. Spink said he has looked at and cared for several dogs at the pound, at the request of city workers, and he has never charged for the care. City Manager Ellzey thanked the doctor for his service.
     Dr. Spink strayed from the topic of the dog pound when he said he spoke to one city employee who gives his hunting dogs a tablespoon of bleach once a month for heartworm protection. The doctor said this is not something he would recommend. He shared that and other stories to demonstrate there are different perspectives on levels of care for pets.
     Dr. Spink said he is not condemning people who have different opinions than he has in regard to the care of dogs and cats.
     Chiefland could choose to go “first class and be a model for the Tri-County Area,” he said. And as for funding, the city might find donors in unlikely places. When Dr. Spink was in Grand Rapids, Mich., he was on the ASPCA with Gerald Ford, and they built an animal shelter.
     He said the University of Florida will help the city design, coordinate and operate a shelter.
     The approach to overcoming obstacles in regard to stray animal care, he said, can determine the level of success.
     Ellzey reminded the veterinarian that the city has a holding facility.
     Dr. Spink said if that is all the city wants, then that is what is will have. If the city wants something more, then it can move forward toward that.    
     Livingston again spoke. She was critical of her new home, having moved to Florida a year and a half ago from Ohio.
     “I have never seen people treat dogs and cats so poorly,” Livingston said, “and hunters calling them (hunting dogs) ‘tools.’ OK. You want to think of it like a tool. Well a tool should be taken care of. You don’t put your tools away dirty. You put your tools away clean.”
     Livingston said the Chiefland holding facility is what people call Florida – “A waiting room for heaven.”
     “The dogs you are holding there are just waiting to die,” Livingston said.
     City Commissioner Jones told Livingston that he takes offense at her saying the facility is not good enough. Within a few minutes, he learned that she had never visited the city dog pound.
     Barron suggested that rather than the city taking on the upgrades sought by this group, the group could create a place for the city to take the stray dogs and cats, and the group could adopt them to people who want dogs and cats from the Chiefland animal pound.
     If the group comes up with a plan and funding, then it can build the structure in the industrial park on property the city will lease to it, Barron said, and the city will bring dogs and cats for the group to adopt out. There would be a revision clause, though, where if the group disbands, the building reverts to the city’s possession.
     There was no action to revise the current dog pound procedures in the city at that meeting on Monday.

2017 Levy County 4-H
Summer Day Camps;


Limited spaces this year
Published May 10, 2017 at 9:07 p.m.
on the Leisure Page of HardisonInk.com
There is a limit of 30 campers per camp this summer at Levy County 4-H Summer Day Camps.
     It is strongly advised to register early. A former policy of unlimited registrations is no longer available. Also there are different camps than before, and there are two sets of camps running during the same weeks -- for instance, there is 4-H Grows Here: Gardening & Nutrition, June 12 – 15, and there is Fishing FUNdamentals, June 12 –15.
     Levy County 4-H is proud to announce the 2017 Summer Day Camp schedule. Day Camps will be hosted all summer on a wide variety of topics.
     To register or find out about pricing, deadlines, age limits or times please call the 4-H office at 352-486-5131 or visit our website at levy.ifas.ufl.edu. From the main web page there are link to both the day camps and Camp Cherry Lake.
     Following are the day camps:
     ● 4-H Grows Here: Gardening & Nutrition, June 12 – 15.  During this camp youth will discover what it takes to be an avid green thumb while adding color to their palates. Youth will explore through games and science-based activities. They will also learn some fun and tasty ways to include the produce they grown in their meals.
     ● Fishing FUNdamentals, June 12 –15.  Youth will fish for knowledge as they discover the fun and exciting world of fishing sports. Youth will explore through daily field trips and will learn some useful and unique ways to be good stewards while enjoying the outdoors as budding anglers.
     ● 4-H Globetrotters, June 19 –22. 4-H is found in over 50 countries around the world. Youth will find out what other youth around the world experience in 4-H through hands-on activities that connect you to their cultures.
     ● Call of the Wild: Exploring the Outdoors, June 19 – 22. During this camp youth will discover how to protect and enjoy our local wildlife and natural resources. Youth will explore through daily field trips to local state parks and wildlife reserves. They will also learn some basic survival skills to stay safe while enjoying the outdoors.
     ● Farm to Fork – Beef, June 26 – 29.  During this camp youth will discover how beef products make their way from the farm to your kitchen table.  Youth will explore through daily field trips to local farms and processing sites.  They will also learn some unique and tasty ways to include beef products in their meals.
     ● Marine Science Exploration, June 26 –29 & July 24 – 27.  During this camp youth will discover how to protect and enjoy our nature coast wildlife.  Youth will explore through daily field trips to local aquaculture farms and wildlife habitat sites.  They will also learn some unique and tasty ways to include fish and seafood in their meals.
     ● Cloverbud Explorers: Discovering the Fun of 4-H, July 5 – 7.  During this camp youth ages 5 to 7 will discover the exciting world of 4-H through crafts, games, outdoor activities, and other science-based activities. At the same time that your Cloverbud is mastering these skills, they are also gaining valuable life skills such as independence, decision-making, leadership, and responsibility.
     ● Learning the Basics: Animal Projects, July 17 – 20.  During this camp youth will discover what it takes to shine in the show ring.  From covering the basics on selecting the right show animal to highlighting proven grooming techniques that draw attention to the right parts of an animal, youth will learn to hone their craft and take their skills to the next level.
     ● Farm to Fork – Peanuts, July 24 –27.  During this camp youth will discover how peanuts make their way from the farm to your kitchen table.  Youth will explore through daily field trips to local farms and processing sites.  They will also learn some unique and tasty ways to include peanuts in their meals.
     To learn more about these DAY camps or to register for them, go to this website https://www.eventbrite.com/o/levy-county-4-h-program-13352949903.
     We are very excited about all of the opportunities offered this summer.
     Please note that space is limited, so register early. All campers MUST be at least 8 years of age and no older than 12 years of age by Sept. 1, 2016. Camp fees are non-refundable and include breakfast, lunch, snacks, field trips, and recreation each day. As a reminder all day camps, prices, and class sizes are subject to change. Please join us as we have fun and learn at the 2017 Levy County 4-H Day Camps!
     Anyone who has questions about Levy County 4-H Summer Camps should call Genevieve A. Mendoza, 4-H Youth Development Agent, at 352-486-5131. She is the best source for correct information about Levy County 4-H.


Chiefland wins 3-0;
Lady Indians are among the Final Four

In this team photo of the Lady Indians after the game on Tuesday night, many of them are shown holding four fingers up to show their plan to win the fourth consecutive state championship. There are two players holding one finger up, perhaps reacting a photographer’s request for one shot of everyone looking at one lens. There were several people taking photos on the field at this moment. (This is that one shot.)

Story, Photos (all but two, which are marked) and Video
By Jeff M. Hardison © May 10, 2017 at 3:37 p.m., All Rights Reserved
     TRENTON --
The Chiefland Middle High School Lady Indians Varsity Softball Team won in a Florida High School Athletic Association final regional playoff game 3-0 against the Trenton High Middle School Lady Tigers Varsity Softball Team at Trenton's field on Tuesday night (May 9).

In this set of video clips, the first scene shows a moment when the bases became loaded by the Lady Indians. In the second clip, one example of the fast-pitch style of Lady Indians Pitcher Kensley Durrance (#20) is seen. In the third clip, a pitch by Durrance is seen being hit. In the final clip, the teams are seen congratulating each other on a game well-played.


This is the Lady Tigers pitcher Darian Ingram (#6), an eighth grader.

Photo by Lisa Rowland, Director of Special Programs, Gilchrist County Schools

This is the Lady Tigers Softball Team on Tuesday night.
Photo by Lisa Rowland, Director of Special Programs, Gilchrist County Schools

     As a result of this win, the CMHS Lady Indians (Levy County) are scheduled to play against the Wewahitchka (Gulf County) High School Lady Gators on Wednesday (May) 17 at 1:05 p.m. at Historic Dodgertown, a multi-sport facility in Vero Beach.
     This Indians-Gators softball game is one of two FHSAA semifinals for the 2017 Class 1A Softball Championship.
     The Lady Indians earned the FHSAA Class 1A State Softball Champion title in 2014, 2015 and 2016 with Chiefland Head Varsity Softball Coach Wayne Weatherford.
     The other semifinal, leading to two teams facing each other for the 2017 state championship title in Class 1A is the Chipley Lady Tigers (Washington County) versus the Union County Lady Fightin’ Tigers at 2:20 p.m. on May 17.
     The championship FHSAA Class 1A game in Dodgertown is scheduled for May 18 at 1:35 p.m. Fans might want to remember that game schedules can change, however as of this minute that is the plan.

Levy County Sheriff Bobby McCallum (left) speaks with Doyle Thomas after the game. Thomas has children and grandchildren in the Tri-County Area of Levy, Dixie and Gilchrist counties who are involved in education and in sports. One of his granddaughters Chiefland Lady Indian Macie Thomas (#15) who plays on first base and is a sophomore was a focus for the gentleman that night.

Gilchrist County Administrator Bobby Crosby (left) and Gilchrist County Sheriff Bobby Schultz pause for a minute after agreeing to a request for a photo opportunity at about the fourth inning on Tuesday night. Here they are seen on the outskirts of the viewing area between third base and the outfield. 

     After 25 years of coaching, CMHS Lady Indians Head Coach Weatherford has announced he plans currently to retire after this softball post-season.
     After the Tuesday night win in Trenton, both Coach Weatherford and Trenton Head Softball Coach Todd Bryant provided their perspectives.
     Coach Weatherford said the game was “scrappy” but the Lady Indians showed even more maturity than in their previous match against the Lady Tigers.
     “The game showed Trenton is up and coming,” Coach Weatherford said, “but our girls have overcome a lot during the season to get where we are tonight.
     “The end of the game was also phenomenal,” he continued. “I don’t think anybody expected us to come out on top. But our girls did. They knew from day one this is going to be us. We came over here on their (Trenton’s) senior night and put a loss to them and we knew we could do it again.”
     As for seniors, the Lady Indians have six seniors this
     Head Coach Bryant, after spending some time with his team immediately after their defeat, shared his thoughts at that time on Tuesday night.
     “We got beat,” Coach Bryant said. “That’s all there is. Like I said before the game, they (the Lady Indians) are a very good team and they play well under pressure.
     “We made a few base-running errors,” Bryant continued. “We didn’t capitalize when they made mistakes, and I said earlier that if we hang around, they would find a way to do it. They did.”
     Bryant said he felt the Lady Tigers needed to score early in the game, and the Lady Indians’ defense prevented that from happening.
     The coach sees a bright future for the Trenton Lady Tigers Varsity Softball Team.
     “We are a very young team,” Bryant said. “We went 22 (wins) and 3 (losses). We’ve got an eighth grade pitcher that is going to be a year older next year.”
     He started three eighth graders, one seventh grader and one ninth grader on Tuesday night. The Lady Tigers Softball Team is watching as three seniors graduate though.
     “We’re going to be really good next year,” Bryant said, “and the next year and the following year (after that).”

Here a member of the Lady Indians hits the softball.

Lady Indian Lauren Parker prepares for a pitch.

Completing her pitch Lady Tiger Darian Ingrim send the softball flying through the strike zone during the first part of the game.

Lady Indian Kensley Durrance shows follow-though with her pitch in one of the first three innings.

Lady Tigers watch a hit softball and the batter to coordinate an excellent defense in this moment.

Between the top and bottom half of the second inning, Tristan Drummond (#2) catches a softball thrown by Simone White (#22). This photo is shot with a short lens (18 to 55 milimeter) from the area designated for media by the FHSAA.

Shot with a short lens (18 to 55 milimeter) from the area designated for media by the FHSAA, this picture shows Lady Indian Aleaha Rhoomes preparing to hit. The dark object across the top of the photo is the bottom left part of the photographer's left hand as he experiments to successfully create a clearer picture. Due to the dust and direction of the sunlight in the first few innings, shooting from this location presented challenges.

Lady Indian Emily Hallman stands on third base in the top of the seventh inning. This picture was taken seconds before she ran in to score a run, followed by Takiya London to bring the final score to 3-0, Lady Indians of Chiefland over the Lady Tigers of Trenton.

     The starting Lady Indians on Tuesday night were Sydney Parks (#11) at second base, a senior; Emily Hallman (#14) at catcher, a senior; Lauren Parker (#3) at center field, a senior; Takiya London (#4) at shortstop, a senior; Macie Thomas (#15) at first base, a sophomore; Samantha Rolfe (#9) at left field, a senior; Erika Gilliam (#33) at third base, a junior; Aleaha Rhoomes (#1), at right field, a senior; Taylor Simpson (#19) as the designated player, a junior; and pitcher Kensley Durrance (#20) a sophomore.
     The substitute Lady Indians players were Tristan Drummond (#2) a sophomore; Brittany Tindall (#7) a sophomore; Karlie Meeks (#10) a junior; Raven Shepherd (#12) a freshman; Simone White (#22) a sophomore; Jocelyn McGee (#17) a freshman; and Chrystian Wetherington (#71) a freshman.
     Head Softball Coach Wayne Weatherford is joined by Assistant Coach Jimmy Anderson and Assistant Coach Harland Stalvey. Lena Weatherford is the team’s scorekeeper.
     The starting Lady Tigers on Tuesday night were Josie NesSmith (#13) at first base, a junior; Jenny Lynn Johnson (#3) at center field, a seventh grader; Hallie Bryant (#2) at second base, a freshman; Kyndall Williams (#12) at shortstop, a senior; Lillian Wilkerson (#1) at catcher, an eighth grader; Bryn Thomas (#4) at third base, a sophomore; Jaycee Thomas (#11) at left field, a senior; Ashley Biddle (#9) as the designated player, a senior; Adrian Ingram (#7) at right field, an eighth grader; and pitcher Darian Ingram (#6), an eighth grader.
      Substitute players for the Lady Tigers on Tuesday night were Regan Couch (#8), a sophomore; Grace Guthrie (#10), a sophomore; Zakyah Frazier (#21) a sophomore; Taniah Bowers (#32) a sophomore; and Savannah Capps (#33) an eighth grader.
     The head coach for the Lady Tigers is Todd Bryant. The assistant coach for the Lady Tigers is Clint Anderson.
     It wasn’t until the top of the fifth inning (of seven total innings played) when the first runner crossed home plate.
     The game was heavy defense by both teams from the start. For fans on both sides, there were some sad moments in the third inning when the Lady Indians left the bases loaded and that was followed by the Lady Tigers leaving runners on second and third during their time at bat.
     The defensive posture dominated at front half of the game.
     For instance, Lady Tigers Pitcher Darian Ingram (#6) , an eighth grader, scored five strikeouts in the first three innings, and the Lady Indian outfielders were not the players to send pop fly softballs toward, because they did not miss those hits. In fact, the Lady Indians maintained a perfect defense from start to finish.
     Lady Indians Pitcher Kensley Durrance (#20) had four strikeouts.
     The third inning included a frightful few moments, too, when Lady Indian Erika Gilliam (#33) ran to second base and tagged it by landing on her back as the result of an airborne sliding action. She was safe, but the officials took a couple of minutes to assure she was not seriously injured.
     As for scoring runs, it was Lady Indian Aleaha Rhoomes (#1) in the fifth inning crossing the plate to scoring first. That first point on the scoreboard started with Lady Indian Takiya London (#4) watching the pitches, and not seeing enough to swing at – she was walked.
     Other Lady Indians hitting and running to bring Rhoomes home were Sidney Parks (#11), Emily Hallman (#14), and Lauren Parker (#3).
     There are only seven innings in high school softball.
     In the sixth inning, both teams held the other team at bay for another 0-0 inning, and of course the Chiefland team had the win at that point with a run.
     In the seventh inning, Hallman started with a single, stole second, stole third and was followed running in by London as the two other scoring Lady Indian runners to bring the outcome to 3-0 Lady Indians’ victory.
     It was Lady Indian Samantha Rolfe (#9) hitting a two-run, bases-loaded single in the seventh, when there were two outs, that resulted in the 3-0 win rather than a 1-0 win.
     The Lady Tigers did not score in the bottom of the seventh inning.

CWGA Invitational Is Fun

Pictured above are the winners of the first flight Cathy Steen (left) and Lorraine Hebert. On April 12 (a Wednesday), the Chiefland Women's Golf Association held its Annual Chiefland Invitational.  It was a beautiful fun-filled day with golf, a great luncheon and lots of prizes. Participants played nine holes as two-person alternate shot and nine holes as two-person scramble. Credit card prizes were given to the first three places for the best net scores. Prizes were given for the players with the closest to the pin and closest to the line. After the fun on the Chiefland Golf and Country Club Course, a delicious luncheon with food by Church's Chicken was enjoyed in the clubhouse. Even more fun was had by all as many, many raffle prizes, cash from a money tree, and a 50-50 drawing were distributed. The CWGA expresses its gratitude to the many businesses and individuals who donated cash and prizes to make this a fun event again this year. Also 'Thank you' to all who helped organize the event.
Information and Photo by Sue Ice, CWGA Publicity © May 8, 2017 at 10:47 a.m.

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