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  • VFW remembers Sept. 11

    The flag was at half staff, the crowd small, but the voices were firm and the room full of emotion as Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5625 in Chiefland held its Patriots Day service Thursday morning.

    The group of 17, most with silver hair to denote them as survivors of World War II and the Vietnam War prayed, saluted and pledged their allegiance to Old Glory.

    "We will always remember our collective obligations to ensure that justice is done, that freedom prevails, and the principles upon which our Nation was founded, endure," Wayne Carrignan, post commander intoned.

  • SVP to hold auditions

    Suwannee Valley Players announces auditions for its upcoming production of A Nice Family Gathering, a story about a man who loved his wife so much, he almost told her.

    It's Thanksgiving Day and the first family gathering at the Lundeen household since the Patriarch died. At the gathering, dad comes back as a ghost with a mission-to tell his wife he loved her, something he neglected to tell her while he was alive. After all, they were only married for 35 years.

  • Chiefland set deadline for legal representation

    The Chiefland City Commission, by a 3-1 vote, approved a timetable for receiving proposals from attorneys seeking to represent the city.

    The commission decided by a 4-1 vote two weeks ago to advertise for proposals.

    The Chiefland Citizen incorrectly reported at the time that the vote was unanimous to advertise for proposals to replace current City Attorney Norm D. Fugate.

    Commissioner Rollin Hudson, who was the lone dissenting vote both times, said he is opposed to the move to replace Fugate.

  • Boogie Board Hero

    David Knecht, 15, of Levy County figures he will get a new boogie board.

    The old one is missing its rope, lost during the rescue of a 13-year-old swimmer caught in a rip current at the beach near Destin.

    He doesn't want to say much about the rescue. But he does proudly show off the colorful orange and blue boogie board.

    Knecht, his mother Pat and friends from Crystal River were on their annual camping trip to Henderson State Park near Destin in early August when he pulled off his remarkable feat.

  • Hospital still on target for 2010 opening

    The Tri County Hospital is on track to open in 2010 and the facility will be bigger than planned, the proposed facility's president and chief executive officer told the Chiefland City Commission in its regular Monday meeting.

    Franklin G. Schupp of Tri County Hospital, LLC, said the hospital has grown from 90,000 square feet to 106,000 square feet and its total cost is going to be about $53.2 million.

    In presenting drawings of the medical facility Schupp said, "The whole intent is to not make it look like a typical hospital."

  • Bronson tops Oak Hall in football

    Scratch a "W" on the schedule right now at 1-0, Bronson football starts the season with a winning record. The blue Eagles paid a visit to Oak Hall, whom they'd beaten 28-12 last year, and left the field carrying a hard-earned 27-18 win.

    "I'm so happy we won," said Bronson head coach Al Cooksey.

    Following a tough loss at Chiefland in the preseason, Cooksey said he had feared his Eagles might turn their hopes to the Oak Hall game with more expectation than reason.

    "I think they think they've beaten them already," he said then.

  • Zach Tyson's time has come

    All last year, Zach Tyson watched Chiefland High football games from the sidelines.

    It was painful -mostly emotionally -as Tyson was a starter for the Indians as a freshman and sophomore. He was looking forward to a big junior season, but a dislocated patella suffered during spring practice in 2007 suddenly turned things around. He had surgery and would miss the entire season.

    Still, Tyson attended every game and football function, helping out the program in any way he could. He rehabbed and went to therapy three times a week.

  • Chiefland volleyballers look to strike back

    The 2007 Chiefland High volleyball team turned a mediocre season into a good one in one night in October, as the Lady Indians won two matches to finish runnerup in the district and earn a regional berth.

    Chiefland finished with a final record of 11-12 -the final loss to Taylor-Pierson in the regional quarterfinals.

    The Lady Indians lost some key seniors from that team ?Amye Grieves, Brittany Arrington and Cassie Labat to name a few.

    But coach Emily Gore has a mixture she hopes will be competitive in this year's Class 3A District 5 wars.

  • Chiefland High golfer recods a hole-in-one

    Chiefland High freshman Matt Tyson did something very special on Tuesday afternoon, Sept. 2.

    Teeing up on hole 5 at Chiefland High Golf and Country Club, Tyson skied a ball 184 yards, onto the green, and then into the cup.

    It?s called a hole in one.

    Tyson's feat came during the Indians match against visiting Branford High.

    "It's never happened before in practice or in play,"said Don Stewart, who is in his 17th year of coaching boys golf at Chiefland High.

    Tyson used a 6 iron to do the job.

  • Bell edges Trenton in battle of Gilchrist

    BELL -The big one in Gilchrist County came early this year.

    Rivals Trenton High and Bell High went toe-to-toe for 48 minutes late Friday night. Both teams had their shots. In the end, Bell proved to have a little more punch, as the Bulldogs squeaked out a 23-15 victory over the visiting Tigers.

    "It was a tough loss,"said Trenton's first-year head coach Chris Baker. "Bell's execution was better. They converted two fourth downs on their last drive. We had a couple breakdowns on pass coverage and they made us pay."