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Today's News

  • 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.

  • His passion is his work

    It's safe to say the decor at Mike Segal's Chiefland home is not typical for the area. Throughout his house, the walls are covered with groups of brightly colored paintings or stacks of rolled up drawings.

    In one area, the floor is so spattered with flecks of paint that only grooves between the boards offer proof of its true wooden nature.

    The layout is different, too. In many homes, the flow of the main living space centers on a television set, but in Segal's home, things seem to flow around the large wooden easel that displays his most current work.

  • 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.

  • Machine gun seized

    WILLISTON-A World War II Japanese machine gun was recovered Tuesday when Williston police officers conducted a routine traffic stop.

    According to the police department, Abby Ross of Beverly Hills and Traci Bower of Dunnellon were stopped and charged with drug paraphernalia and illegal drug possession after being stopped for speeding A search of the vehicle revealed an assortment of prescription drugs with a street value of $1,675 and a rare Nambu machine gun. Authorities are validating the history of the weapon.

  • Sheriff's Reports

    The Levy County Sheriff's Office reports the following arrests:

    _ Jerrell L. Hopkins, 21190 N.E. 37 Place, Williston, was arrested June 4 for contempt of court. No bond.

    _ Daniel C. Boga, 7790 S.W. 35 Terrace, Inglis, was arrested May 30 for aggravated assault with weaponwithout intent to kill.

    _ Ruthanne S. McLain, 1301 NW 14 Ave., Chiefland, was charged May 31 on six counts of forgery and one count of fraudulent use of a credit card. $7,000 bail.

    _ Robert C. Rutlin, 425 S.E. 4 Dr., Williston, was arrested June 4 for burglary and petit theft. $15,000 bail.

  • Advice to live by

    I never thought my father and I had much in common despite my mother's ever-constant lament, "You're just like your daddy."

    Back then I scoffed at the idea.

    But then in 1993, my father died suddenly one week after his 62nd birthday and in the 15 years since, not a week has gone by that I don't somehow recall him, his words and his actions.

    He wasn't an affectionate man. He grew up in an era and place where children were begat to work. He didn't know much about tenderness or bonding. His way of showing love was through providing and sacrificing so his family was secure.

  • 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.

  • Welcome Tee-Ballers

    With Memorial Day having come and gone, and school now officially out for summer, it has to be time for youth baseball tournaments to begin play across Florida.

    Chiefland's Strickland Park will come alive this weekend with hundreds of little ballplayers between the ages of 5 and 6 years old.

    The occasion will be the one and only Babe Ruth League State Tee-Ball Tournament.

    There are 22 different teams in this year's event -four more than last year.

    There are 12 players on each team. That adds up to more than 260 players each day.

  • 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.