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  • Drought hurting crops

    From beneath the shelter of his farmhouse's front porch, Brad Lingo smiled at the sheets of rain falling fast from his roof. The curly hairs of his beard seemed to draw tighter to his face, and though his glasses were beginning to fog, his eyes revealed the feeling that accompanies seeing a long-lost friend.

    "This doesn't solve our drought problem," he said.

  • Cedar Key bridges need work

    Jordan Green out of the Florida Department of Transportation office in Lake City made his annual visit to the Levy County Commissioners to talk about upcoming road projects.

    "We're soliciting work order priorities," said Green, whose office coordinates work in 11 counties.

    The biggest county road project in the DOT's tentative five-year plan is the bridge replacement spanning the Waccasassa River on CR 339.

    Commissioner Lily Rooks, District 4, suggested that two bridges on Cedar Key seem to need immediate attention.

  • Treasure hunting

    With temperatures in the 90s, there's no place better to be than where a Gulf breeze wafts over you. Last week, Karla Harmeier from Texas helped her niece, Alyssa Harmeier of Trenton, bag shells she found on her trip to the beach at Cedar Key. With fuel prices soaring daily, family daytrips or "sta-cations" are catching on. This week, we tease you with the state park on Cedar Key in our print edition.

  • Aerial photography no longer free

    Seems things that were once free are disappearing quickly.

    No more free air or water at the filling station. No more free luggage bags on airlines.

    For Levy County Property Appraiser Francis Akins, it's no more free aerial photography.

    A shocked Akins revealed to County Commissioners Tuesday that the Florida Department of Revenue has suddenly decided to bill counties with populations more than 25,000 for the aerial shots that are vital to appraisers, realtors, insurers and bankers.

    We're not talking petty cash, either.

  • Bo Diddley remembered

    Levy County Commissioner Tony Parker has always believed Bo Diddley never got enough recognition in his home county.

    The rock 'n roll music pioneer died at the age of 79 on June 2.

    "He was well known around the world," Parker said. "He was bigger in a lot of places than here."

    Here would be Levy County.

    "His mailing address was Archer, but he really lived in Levy," Parker said.

  • Fathers know best at Bronson Speedway

    The staff at Bronson Motor Speedway celebrated Father's Day Saturday night with a "Best Dad Contest."

    Caliegh and Caleb Robinson wrote a great story for their dad, Aaron Robinson, who received the "Best Dad" award.

    There was also Kid's Bike Races on the speedway and three winners received brand new bikes.Then the racers also honored dads with some fantastic racing on the track. It was a great family night of fun at the speedway,

  • Harmony golf scramble honors McElroy

    The sixth annual golf tournament benefitting the Harmony Pregnancy and Resource Center took place at the Chiefland Golf and County Club.

    This year's tournament was dedicated to the memory of Paul McElroy, a big supporter of the center and an avid golfer.

    McElroy widely promoted the annual event during the six years of its existence, but he passed away just one week prior to the tournament.

    The scramble was generously supported by area businesses, who provided hole sponsorships as well as gift donations for door prizes.

  • 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.