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  • We Wish You A Merry Christmas!

    The Chiefland Citizen offices will close at 5 p.m. today, Dec. 23,  and will reopen on Monday, Dec. 27, at 8 a.m. in order to celebrate the holidays with our families and friends. We hope you are able to enjoy the holiday with loved ones. If you are travelling, may you have a safe trip.

    The Citizen is on newsracks and in mailboxes. Be sure to check out the special "Letters to Santa" section by the Chiefland Elementary School students in today's paper.

  • Emergency need for O-negative blood

           LifeSouth Community Blood Centers, which supplies 19 hospitals in north and central Florida with blood and blood products, is issuing an emergency appeal for O-negative blood due to a critical shortage of this type.

  • Ellie Schiller Educational Center needs Santa’s help

     The Friends of The Withlacoochee Gulf Preserve are in the final month of a $75,000 fund raising campaign for the Ellie Schiller Education Center.  An additional $15,000 is needed to meet the goal. The Education Center is located on the 413-acre Withlacoochee Gulf Preserve in  Yankeetown. The unique preserve protects the natural salt marsh estuary, hammocks, wetlands and uplands which represent the original coastland of the Nature Coast.

  • SWRMD issues water advisory

     A Phase I Water Shortage Advisory, due to extreme drought, was issued by the Suwannee River Water Management District governing board Dec. 14 and will remain in effect until further notice. 

  • Commission split on housing development

    City commissioners were undecided Monday night about waiving $10,000 in impact fees for construction of a $4-million rental community for low-income seniors 55 and older.

  • Track the countdown to the Big Sleigh's departure

    Every year NORAD the U.S.-Canadian military organization responsible for the aerospace and maritime defense of our borders, tracks the travels of Santa as he visits boys and girls around the globe.

    This year, their website has lots of goodies for your family, including a countdown to Santa's departure and a video of last year's travels.

    Here's the link: www.noradsanta.org/en/index.html

    The Chiefland Citizen staff wishes our wonderful readers a Merry Christmas.

  • Five apply for commissioner

    Five people have submitted applications to the Governor's Office seeking appointment to the vacant District 1 County Commission seat.
    But no appointment will be made until Rick Scott takes office as governor on Jan. 4, says a spokesman for Gov. Charlie Crist.
    Sterling Ivey, a spokesman for Crist, said the governor would like to see more people apply for the position. "He likes to have eight to 10 applicants," Ivey said.

  • Rosewood rises again

    The organizer of a January event, "Return to Rosewood," was told to come back with some answers about plans for an invitation-only reconciliation event that includes providing parking and access for emergency vehicles if necessary.
    Marvin Dunn of Miami, executive director of Roots in the City, is hosting the Jan. 2 event on Southwest 96th Court on 5.69 acres he owns in Rosewood.

  • Fire fight stoked again

    A group seeking the Levy County Commission's blessings to study the organization and equipping of the county's fire districts and departments got a surprising response: Begin again.
    Chiefland Vice Mayor Teresa Barron and Chiefland Fire Chief James Harris asked the commission on Tuesday to approve the work of a subcommittee of the county Fire Advisory Board that is looking into a report done several years ago on the county's fire efforts and eventually presenting information and recommendations to the full board.

  • Toys for Tots distribution Dec. 14,15 and 17

    The Tri-County Toys for Tots distribution will be Dec. 14 for Levy County, Dec. 15 for Gilchrist County and Dec. 17 for Dixie County.

    The program sponsored by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve with the help of area residents distributed thousands of toys annually to families who would not otherwise have gifts for their children.

    Applications have been taken this fall and anyone with an application is asked to turn it in at the Toys for Tots booth between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday., Dec. 11, at the Fanning Springs Festival of Lights at Fort Fanning State Park.