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  • Memorial service Thursday for Sports Editor Claude Lewis

    The Chiefland Citizen mourns the sudden death of its sports editor Claude Lewis.

    Lewis, 54, died Friday night while en route to an Indian football game in Jasper.

    According to the Suwannee County Sheriff's Department, a motorist saw Lewis pull to the side of the road, attempting to use an inhaler. Lewis had a history of asthma, according to his wife.

    By the time paramedics arrived, he was dead on the scene.

  • Red Devils silence Chiefland comeback bid

    If the alarm doesn't go off, you sleep late, and hence arrive at work late, you're going to be playing catch-up all day long.

    The Chiefland High football team sleep-walked its way onto C. Doyle McCall Field at Wayne Pridgeon Stadium Friday night, stumbling and bumbling as visiting Williston built a big first-half lead.

    To their credit, the Indians woke up and played with a vengeance in the second half, but it was a case of too little, too late, as Williston left town with a 35-21 victory.

  • TRIM hearing not attended

    The Chiefland City Commission held its first Truth in Millage (TRIM) and proposed 2008-2009 budget hearing on September 9 and, well, no one was really interested.

    No citizens came to the hearing.

    But the commission, without absent Mayor Teal Pomeroy, went ahead and gave preliminary approval to the proposed 4.75 mills and a general budget of $3,018,766.18 for the fiscal year starting Oct. 1.

    Pomeroy was not at the meeting due to a business commitment said Vice Mayor Teresa Barron.

  • Bronson fire chief quits

    BRONSON - These are tumultuous times for Bronson Town government.

    Not only has Town Clerk Donna Conquest resigned, but now Fire Chief Rick Lombardo has also decided to call it quits.

    "That's it," admitted Lombardo, who was just reelected to his second term as chief of the 12-man force in August. "I'm getting out of it completely. It's impossible to serve where they don't respect you."

    Assistant Fire Chief Dave Reinstra said Tuesday that Lombardo told him he was stepping down last Thursday, Sept. 11.

  • Check comes with warning

    The Levy County Commission was presented with a check and a warning by the executive director of the Suwannee River Water Management District.

    David Still presented the county with a check for $16,525.43 as payment in lieu of taxes for district property during the commission's regular meeting Tuesday at the county courthouse in Bronson.

    Still said Levy is one of 15 counties that the district serves and the area contains 60 percent of the world's first and second magnitude springs.

  • Badcock & More is Business of the Year

    Carol Tew says she's done nothing special to merit the Chiefland Chamber of Commerce's Business of the Year Award, but to folks around town Tew and her business, Badcock & More, are pretty special members of the community.

    The Chamber presented Tew with its top award at its annual Industry Appreciation Luncheon Tuesday at the Usher Center.

    Badcock & More, located on Highway 19 on the north end of town is a homey place. You just want to sit and sip coffee and chat all day with Tew.

    But there's no idle time.

  • 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.