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  • Citizen takes six FPA awards

    LAKE BUENA VISTA - 2007 turned out to be a pretty good year for the Chiefland Citizen's editorial staff.

    The Citizen garnered six awards from the Florida Press Association. Winners were crowned at the FPA's Better Weekly Newspaper Awards dinner last Friday night, June 6, at the Hilton in the Walt Disney World Resort.

  • Chiefland Youth Volleyball Camp upcoming

    The annual Chiefland Youth Volleyball Camp will be ehld June 23-25 at the high school gym.

    The camp, which will be given by Lady Indian coach Emily Gore, is open to girls ages 8-14, or grades 3-8. It will take place from 9:30 a.m.-1p.m. each day.

    The cost of $45 includes includes camp T-shirt and lunch on the final day. Gatorade will also be provided during camp.

    Registration forms are in front office of CES, CMS and CHS. Forms must be filled out and notarized. Make checks payable to Emily Gore.

  • Chiefland to host Babe Ruth 13-15 All Stars

    The Chiefland Area Athletic Association will be playing host to the District 6 13-15 year old Babe Ruth All-Star Tournament June 19-21 at Strickland Park and Chiefland High.

    There will be six teams competing in the double-loss elimination event. Games will be played at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. on June 19-20. Games will be at 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 21.

  • Supporting the Big Ten

    The Chiefland City Commission voted unanimously Monday night to allow a donated stone monument displaying the Ten Commandments to be placed in front of city hall.

    "We need some more prayer in the community," Commissioner Frank Buie said. But, he added, "A lot of devils out there are going to jump on this."

    The American Civil Liberties Union, though not generally defined as devils, has made it a point in recent years to challenge the constitutionality of displaying the 10 Commandments in government institutions.

  • Banquet honors CHS baseball

    The Chiefland High baseball program celebrated a fine 2008 season with a banquet June 3 at Bell?s Restaurant.

    Both the junior varsity and varsity posted excellent records.

    The varsity finished 18-5 and was ranked in the top 10 in 3A during the course of the season.

    Senior pitcher Ory Pitts won the varsity's Most Valuable Player Award voted on by the players.

    Pitts, who fiished 8-2, also garnered Pitcher of the Year honors along with a Four-Year Letterman award.

  • The sun was shining

    More photos from the 2008 Watermelon Festival can be found in our print edition on pages 8 and 9A.

  • Three perish in Cedar Key air disaster

    CEDAR KEY - An impromptu, short, late night sightseeing air tour of the Cedar Keys turned out to be a disastrous affair for three people early Saturday morning, as they perished when the single engine Cessna 206 they were riding in plunged into the Gulf of Mexico.

    Pilot Frank Gonzalez, 48, of Plant City; plane owner John Borchard, 43, of Dover; and tourist Julia Kelly, 49, of Solon, Iowa; died in the accident. There were no survivors.

  • City OKs grant application

    The Chiefland City Commission passed a motion Monday night that would allow the city's fire department to apply for a grant that would help it meet federal safety standards.

    Fire Chief John Ward said the grant, which lasts for four years, would provide about $108,380 to hire new firefighters.

    But Ward said there's no guarantee that Chiefland will get the money from a Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant.

  • Bronson still wary over fire merger

    It appears Bronson Fire Chief Rick Lombardo is slowly inching closer toward his goal of making Otter Creek part of the town's fire district, but there are still many unanswered questions standing in the way of making the deal stick.

    Lombardo looked to Bronson Town Council for final approval of the merger between the two volunteer departments at Monday night's meeting.

    Instead, he faced a number of questions from Vice Mayor Beatrice Mongo - ones he had no concrete answers for.

  • Watermelon Festival Saturday

    June 7 - Festival Timeline

    5 a.m. Vendor Setup

    7:30-9:30 a.m. Watermelon weigh-in

    8 a.m. Parade participants arrive

    9 a.m. All Saturday event booths setup

    10 a.m. Parade and free Watermelon

    11 a.m. Introduction of visiting & local royalty

    11 a.m.-noon Auction

    noon-3 p.m. Seed spitting and watermelon eating contests

    noon-3p.m. Entertainment

    6 p.m. Queen Pageant - Tommy Usher Pineland Center