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Today's News

  • Suncoast Credit Union awarded Business of the Year

    Hurricane Irma may have forced a detour for the 34th Annual Industry Appreciation Banquet, hosted by the Greater Chiefland Area Chamber of Commerce.

    But there was no doubt over the deserving recipient to the Banquet’s feature award.

    On Tuesday, Oct. 23, at the rescheduled event, hosted by Chamber president Ryan Watson, Suncoast Credit Union was officially honored as 2017 Business of the Year at the Haven Hospice Community Center.

    The annual award goes to a business that shows outstanding service for the community.

    It’s inspired by Florida’s Industry Appreciation Week, which was founded by former Gov. and U.S. Sen. Bob Graham in 1983. The occasion of Industry Appreciation Week is “intended to call attention to contributions businesses make to the economy, our communities and our quality of life,” Watson noted in his introduction to the award.

    “Chiefland and Levy County’s future depend on the continued health and growth of our local businesses,” Watson continued.

  • Mayes, Chemin voted BMHS homecoming royal couple

    Bronson Middle High School announced its Homecoming King and Queen Oct. 13 at halftime of its football game against Branford.

    Taeya Mayes was crowned the 2017 BMHS Homecoming Queen, and Caleb Chemin was announced as the 2017 King.

    Mayes was joined by fellow Queen contestants Brianna Quinn, Rebecca Rodgers and Diamond Sheffield. The remaining King contestants included Adam Abouzid, John Konstantis and Jarius Thomas.

    Noah Anderson and Naomi Baez were selected Homecoming Prince and Princess, respectively. The Prince and Princess are picked among the eighth-grade court at BMHS. Alana Goodman and Kayla Shannon were also on the Princess Court; Mahki Bostic and Jesse Williams joined Anderson on the Prince Court.

    The ninth-grade attendants were Zoe Stocco and Jeremy Collins. The tenth-grade attendants were Ashley Blatchford and Blayne Thomas. Aliya Haynes and Cole Langston represented the eleventh-grade attendants.

    2016 Queen and King Faith Hyde and Caleb Rice joined this year’s court for the ceremony.

  • CMHS flag corps claims best in class at Lecanto Invitational

    The Chiefland Middle High School flag corps took best in class at the first-ever Panther Pride Invitational Marching Band Festival at Lecanto High School in Citrus County. The Chiefland Marching Indians placed second in class in the band competition, which featured 11 schools in participation. The Marching Indians perform a routine of songs by Journey. Chiefland next performs Oct. 28 in Lake City at its Marching Performance Assessment.

  • Bronson Town Council, Robert Partin sworn in
  • Fanning Springs Fire Department gets new bunker gear

    By Kate Sheridan, Citizen Correspondent

    Fanning Springs Fire Chief Roy Bass applauded his fire department for their work during Hurricane Irma that struck the area during the early morning hours of Sept. 11. He there were no missed calls and no fatalities during Hurricane Irma.

    “I want to applaud my guys. They did an outstanding job,” Bass said.

    The chief made his comment during the Oct. 3 meeting Fanning Springs City Council.

    Aside from the hurricane, September was a busy month for the fire department. Bass said his crew has been scavenging viable parts from the old pumper for use on newer vehicles. He showed the council new uniforms and bunker gear.

    The gear is considerably lighter and functional, as well as offering additional features to assist these men in doing their job.

    Mayor Tripp Lancaster echoed Bass’ gratitude to the fire department for their part during the storm.

    “Thank you to my guys in the fire department for all their hard work and everything they did. We were on the road at 8 a.m., as soon as we were legally allowed, fantastic job guys.”

  • Levy ARC 'Ride to Provide' is Oct. 28

    The Levy ARC “Ride to Provide” fundraiser is Oct. 28.

    LARC is a chapter of the national ARC, the largest community-based national organization advocating for individuals with intellectual and or developmental disabilities.

    The event begins with a motorcycle rally from Levy ARC in Otter Creek with kickstands up at 10 a.m. The motorcycle rally is free, however donations are gratefully accepted. The motorcycle ride will end at Gulf Hammock at the site of Wild Hog race. Riders are encouraged to wear Halloween Costumes.

    LARC is welcoming families to attend the event in Halloween costumes or wear water-friendly attire and swing over the Waccasassa River on the zip lines.

    The end of the event is planned to be family friendly, so everyone show up. There will be food and drinks available for purchase and lots of events for the family. For more detailed information contact Levy ARC at 352-486-4239 or email levyarc@bellsouth.net. 

  • What’s in your future?

    What’s in your future? What do you have to say about it? I thought I had the rest of my life all planned out. I’d grow in my career of aerospace, defense, and satellites contract management, for the next ten years. I’d continue to accumulate wealth, then retire comfortably in the sleepy suburb of Manhattan Beach, California, and enjoy the rest of my life at the beach traveling and enjoying the warm California sun. But lo; it was not to be.

    Within one month, everything had been turned upside down and dumped out. I faced a divorce, lost my home, life savings, and most all my friends. I developed a repeating nightmare of everyone I knew crashing and dying in a giant 747 airplane. What a shock, when we find out our best laid plans can die overnight.

  • In 1967, we never thought we'd live to see the day

    About 50 years ago (1967), my 17 classmates and me who sat in Mrs. Weber’s English class were dumfounded when she suggested there were no reasons why we shouldn’t live to see the turn of the century!

    I think we all snickered a bit because it was so preposterous. There were so many reasons we shouldn’t live to see the 21st Century; first and foremost was the Vietnam War. Then there was the Mutual Assured Destruction, a military doctrine that emerged after the Union of Soviet Socialistic Republics (USSR) achieved nuclear parity with the United States. MAD reflected the idea that one country’s population could best be protected by leaving it vulnerable so long as the other side faced comparable vulnerabilities. In short: Whoever shoots first, dies second. Then, there were accidental deaths and diseases. We didn’t have a drug problem yet in my hometown, that came later after some of the boys started coming home from the war.

  • Veterans appreciation luncheon

    Veterans Appreciation Luncheon sponsored by local businesses in the Community Building at Haven Hospice, 311 NE 9th St., Chiefland, Friday, Nov. 3, at 11:30 a.m.

    Please join Haven to honor and show appreciation for the community’s veterans. Lunch will be pork, baked beans, green beans, potato salad, macaroni and cheese plus desserts. The Levy County Sheriff’s Office will present the colors.

    RSVP to Vondla Sullivan, volunteer coordinator in Chiefland by Oct. 31 by phone at 352-493-2333 or email to vdsullivan@beyourhaven.org.

  • Chiefland FFA Alumni Meeting

    By KATE SHERIDAN, Citizen Correspondent

    Dr. Don Goodman, a veterinarian from of Navasota, Texas, gave a presentation on the benefits of supplemental care for beef cattle Oct. 3 at the monthly FFA Alumni meeting. Goodman, represents Multimin brand cattle supplements. The company offers an injectable supplemental source of zinc, manganese, selenium and copper.

    According to the Multimin website in its Florida summary, “Sandy, low organic-matter soils have been linked to the production of forages with low trace mineral content. The organic soils in the Okeechobee basin have also been associated with the production of forages high in molybdenum which is an antagonist of copper absorption. Copper is one of the most common trace minerals to be deficient in Florida beef cows.