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  • Judge's order creates monumental reaction

    Eighth Judicial Circuit Chief Judge Martha Lott's administrative order regarding the placement of art, monuments and other items at county courthouses has struck a nerve with the Levy County Commission.
    In Tuesday's commission meeting the Feb. 21 order came in for harsh criticism, although one commissioner noted she was only asking to be heard before such things were done.

  • He knew Diddley

    Ellas McDaniel Jr. was just a year old when his father went from relative obscurity, driving an asphalt truck and playing rhythm and blues on the street corners of Chicago, to worldwide fame.
    “He was trying to put diapers on me and my sister. That’s what led him to play on street corners,” McDaniel said last week from the home of Chiefland friend Duane Schwingel. “My mother (Ethel) worked for the Polo Meat Co., cuttin’ up chickens.”

  • Sewage fees prove odorous

    A heated debate between several Bronson Town Council members Monday night ended when the council unanimously agreed that the town’s sewer ordinance stinks.
    “A lot of the language is imprecise and very loose,” Town Attorney Steven Warm told the council.
    Members, acting on Warm’s advice and offer to draft a new ordinance, voted to schedule a series of workshops to address the issue after a disagreement over how much of an impact fee should be charged to residents and business owners when connecting to new sewer lines.

  • Suwannee Fair opens for 60th year today

    The Suwannee River Youth Livestock Show and Sale, better known as the Suwannee River Fair, opens for its 60th year on Thursday at 3 p.m. with the acceptance of entries for the poultry and rabbit competitions.
    On Friday, the show moves into larger animals with the check-in of goats, dairy cows, and heifers.

  • Set your clocks ahead an hour Saturday night

    Sunday marks the beginning of Daylight Saving Time (DST), and with it comes a change in the number of days lawn and landscape watering is allowed throughout the Suwannee River Water Management District.

  • 2012 Suwannee River Fair schedule of events

    MARCH 16-21
    n Friday, March 16:
    3 – 5:30 p.m. - Steer Entry
    5 – 5:30 p.m. - Consumer Judging Registration
    5:30 p.m. - Primary & Senior Judging Event
    6 p.m. - Junior Judging Event
    6:30 – 8 p.m. - Creative Life Skills Entry (NON-FOOD ITEMS)
    n Saturday, March 17:
    7 – 10 a.m. - Swine Entry
    9 – 11 a.m. - Creative Life Skills Entry
    10:30 – 11 a.m. - Livestock Judging Registration
    11 a.m. - Livestock Judging Events

  • 100th year celebration in Chiefland next spring

    Next year, at about this time, the City of Chiefland will celebrate its 100th year of incorporation. The Chiefland Centennial Celebration has been in the works for about a year, and volunteers on the committee overseeing its arrangement have recently come up with a schedule of events for the affair.
    The event, set to happen April 5–6, 2013, will include a community fish fry and dance, a parade, historical booths, displays and demonstrations, contests and cook-offs. The event culminates on a Saturday evening with a fireworks show at Strickland Park.

  • Jeff Davis named principal at Lecanto

    By MIKE WRIGHT
    Special to the Citizen

    INVERNESS — Jeff Davis is headed back to school.
    Davis, the Citrus County School District's human resources director, will become Lecanto High School principal in July following Kelly Tyler's retirement.
    Superintendent of Schools Sandra "Sam" Himmel said Davis is a good fit to replace Tyler, who has served as LHS principal for 11 years.

  • Black history speaker urges raising children right

    Retired educator Vivian Filer believes children should be raised with love, but also a firm grasp on whatis proper and what is not.
    As the speaker for the Black History Scholarship Banquet in Chiefland on Feb. 18 at the Tommy Usher Community Center, she told the 80 people in attendance, that   having children calls for a commitment to invest long hours, go the extra mile, to sacrifice and "love, love, love."

  • Haven attic to open Saturday

    The grand opening for the newest Haven Hospice Attic will be Saturday, March 10, at 9 a.m. Chiefland is proud to be the home of Haven’s fourth attic. A Haven Hospice Attic resale store sells gently used items: clothing, electronics, appliances, housewares, furniture and more. Haven’s Attics are sure to hold some treasures.