Today's News

  • New Holiday Inn will pay no county taxes

    Fanning Springs has gotten over what Mayor Trip Lancaster called the “last hurdle at this point” regarding the Holiday Inn project.

    The Gilchrist County Commission passed a 100 percent tax abatement 4-0 for the development project, Lancaster said during his mayor’s report at the Fanning Springs city council meeting last Tuesday.

    Later, in a phone interview, Lancaster said they agreed to the tax abatement for the hotel itself with one commissioner, Todd Gray, abstaining as he is a commercial builder.

  • Volunteer fireman saves man

    Chiefland Fire Rescue Volunteer Firefighter Kevin Davis says he did what he was trained to do, enter a burning structure and rescue anyone inside. That's what he did when he rescued a burned man from a fiery bed at Manatee Springs Motel, at 2226 N. Young Blvd., on Sunday, April 12 at 10:48 p.m.

  • Too cool for school

    Mason Hancock of Georgia was one of many spring breakers who visited Fanning Springs State Park last week for a dip in the icy waters.

    The park is open from 8:00 a.m. until sundown, 365 days a year. Admission is $6 per vehicle with two to eight people, or $4 for a single occupant.

  • Want ALS? Get ready to pay

    • Read the consultants report by clicking on the link at the end of the story.

    A majority of the Chiefland City Commission acknowledged on Monday what it had been loathe to do in the past two years: It will have to find more than $71,000 annually to pay for Advanced Life Support services, plus at least $55,000 in startup costs.

    And at the same time, the county could cut its fire/first responder service contribution by almost $67,000.

  • Adventures with chickens, Part II

    I arrived home late Friday afternoon and started my usual routine of making sure everyone on my small farm had plenty of food and water. And by small and farm, I mean one acre in the middle of farm country – one wild acre I share with a few cats, a dog and a coop full of hens.

  • Cleanup day scheduled for Cedars of Lebanon Cemetery

    The Cedars of Lebanon cemetery annual spring cleanup is Saturday, April 11, beginning at 9 a.m. at the cemetery.

    Area old timers and friends gather to socialize and share a covered dish. The cemetery is located six miles north of Inglis. Bring a rake and a lawn chair and join the group.

    For more information, contact Cecille Rohrer at Cecillerohrer@gmail.com or call 352-339-3384. 

  • 5K funds helps children whose parents have cancer

    Camp Kesem at the Florida State University, an organization dedicated to helping children affected by a parent’s cancer, announces its 1st annual Superhero Scramble 5K, event on Sunday, April 26 at 9 a.m. at the Integration Statue on the Florida State University campus (near Woodward Ave. and Tennessee St.)

  • Fields of Faith coming to Chiefland April 22

    Students from Chiefland Middle High School will host a first-ever “Fields of Faith" on Wednesday, April 22, at 6 p.m. to share their Christian faith with fellow students. The interdenominational outreach event will be held at Wayne Pridgeon Football Stadium.

  • Church News for April 9

    Food distribution

    The Food for Life food distribution is on the second and fourth Saturday of the month starting at 10 a.m. at the Chiefland First United Methodist Church with a suggested donation of $3.50.


  • Grow your best tomato yet

    By Melinda Myers

    Special to the Citizen

    Nothing beats the flavor of fresh-from-the-garden tomatoes. Make this your biggest and tastiest tomato harvest yet with proper planting and care.