Levy County second worst
FWC: Safe boating saves lives
Column and Photo
By Myrtice Scabarozi © May 16, 2017 @ 3:27 p.m.
LEVY COUNTY – 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.
CHIEFLAND -- 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
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.