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Today's News

  • Former tank commander is Veterans Day speaker

    By David Davis and Carolyn Ten Broeck

    Men and women from all walks of life representing every branch of military service will be the guests of honor Saturday, when the city of Williston hosts the annual Levy County Veterans Day Parade.

    Step-off is at 10 a.m. Nov. 11. More than 35 units have pre-registered to participate in the parade down Noble Avenue including floats, motorcycles and horse and buggies.

    Following the parade, everyone is encouraged to come to the Heritage Park Pavilion where Mayor R. Gerald Hethcoat’s annual Veterans Day Program will take place.

    In addition to patriotic music, where all branches of the military are honored with their anthems, Williston City Council President Charles Goodman, a Vietnam veteran, will deliver the keynote address.

    At 17 years old, Goodman said he knew he was not going to college and facing certain draft, decided to join the Army rather than wait to be drafted.

    He was first trained at Ft. Benning, Georgia, then Fort Knox, Kentucky.

  • Anderson opposes legislation banning assuallt weapons

    Chiefland Police Chief Scott Anderson said he does not support state legislation that would ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.

    “Rather than support new laws that criminals do not mind breaking, I would like to see the criminal justice system in this state enforce the laws already on the books,” he wrote Nov. 2 in a letter in response to the Florida Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence.

    The organization was asking for support of state legislation sponsored by Sen. Linda Stewart (SB 196) and Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith (HB 219), which address “these weapons of war.”

    Coalition co-chairs Patricia Brigham and Andy Pelosi wrote, “The public and our law enforcement officers continue to face dangers that were unheard of just a few decades ago. The proliferation of assault weapons and other firearms with high capacity magazines have made mass-shooting incidents too commonplace.

  • Advanced science

    Florida Fish & Wildlife marine biologists Taj Knapp and Hannah Healey recently visited Lisa Baxter’s fifth-grade science enrichment class. The students had “hands on” encounters with various sea life, including a shark! The students are pictured here with the marine biologists on the back right and CES principal Lacy Redd, back left. The students had a great time and it was a great learning experience.

  • Great volunteers

    Chiefland Elementary School has great volunteers. Some people wonder how they can get involved in the school and what type of volunteer activities they could do.

    This year, Tammy Arrington is using volunteers every Thursday morning in her classroom. Shirley Matthews, Sandra Colson, Robin Thomas, Ann Wood, Time Wetherington and Lori Prevatt assist students in the classroom with different tasks.

    They also oversee center games as well as read with and listen to students read. In the photo is Tammy Arrington’s class with some of the volunteers. Volunteer Lori Prevatt is not in the photo.

  • CES celebrates busy week of festivities

    By Tonya Townsend

    It was a busy week at Chiefland Elementary School during National Red Ribbon Week.

    The theme was “Your Future is Key, So stay Drug Free!!"

    Students and staff participated in dress-up days to bring awareness to drug prevention. A poster contest was held for grades 3-5, and a coloring contest for PreK through second grade. A special thanks goes to staff members Cheryl Tindale and Lisa Campbell for heading up all the week’s activities.

    On Tuesday, the Chiefland Rotary Club, along with the Interact Club from Chiefland Middle High School, painted pinkies purple for polio awareness. Students paid one dollar to paint their pinkies purple. The money raised helped to pay for polio vaccines.

  • Haven hospice clarifies care center closing

    As the chairperson of the Haven Corporate Community Advisory Board, who resides in the Tri-County area, I wanted to clarify the events surrounding the recent, temporary closure of the Haven Tri-Counties Hospice Care Center.

    Haven has served the residents of the Tri-County area since 1979 and remains fully committed to serving the Tri-County area. Approximately 95 percent of the patients that Haven cares for receives hospice care in their homes, nursing homes, and assisted living facilities. This is at the request of the patients and their families and we strive to honor those wishes. The hospice field team will continue to serve these patients in their homes and ensure they receive the quality hospice care that Haven is known for.

    The hospice field team will continue to operate from the Haven administrative office located next to Care Center in Chiefland. If a patient needs care center placement, they will be able to access this level of care at either our Gainesville or Lake City care centers.

  • Jones qualifies for state again at regional cross country meet

    The Chiefland girls’ cross country squad competed in regionals for the third-consecutive year last Friday, Nov. 3, and for the second-straight year it watched one of its own advance to the state finals meet in Tallahassee.

    CMHS eighth-grader Lauren Jones shaved off nearly 50 seconds from her time from last year in the 5K meet at Holloway Park in Lakeland, earning herself sixth place among 113 runners with a time of 20 minutes, 10.09 seconds.

    The top 15 runners at regionals advanced to the Florida High School State Championship Series, held Saturday, Nov. 11, at Apalachee Regional Park. Jones will run at 7:30 a.m.

    As a seventh-grader last season at state, Jones outpaced 109 runners to finish No. 66 (out of 175).

    Her times have been better at every stage this postseason compared to last year’s run through the tournament. She placed second in the district championship, only behind reigning Class 1A state champion Grace Blair, of Oak Hall. Blair, a senior, won the regional meet last with a 5K time of 18:50.01.

  • Chamber is gearing up for Christmas

    The Chiefland Chamber is gearing up for the 14th Annual Chiefland Christmas Festival Saturday, Dec. 9. Please see the below listed sponsorship opportunities, as well as ways to get involved in this special community event as a Christmas Festival Silver Sponsor, $50; or as a Christmas Festival Gold Sponsor, $100. Christmas Festival sponsorships assist with purchasing festival advertising and miscellaneous expenses related to the event.

    For the Rudolph Run 5K, donate items for goodie bags (healthy snacks, hand towel, notepads, pens, coupons, gift cards with a $50 minimum. Rudolph Run 5K sponsorships of $50 covers the cost of goodie bags, medals and prizes for runners and walkers.

    Be a T-Shirt Sponsor for $100 and be one of six places on the back of the t-shirts to get a business name and logo. $50 sponsors have business name listed on the back of shirt with no logo.

     Get involved in other ways as a runner or walker in the Rudolph Run 5K; volunteer to help at the Rudolph 5K Fun Run from 8 a.m.-10 a.m.; volunteer at the Chamber booth during the event; be a vendor and enter a float or vehicle in the parade.

  • World War II veterans meet

    By Kate Sheridan, Citizen Correspondent

    Local World War II veterans met for lunch recently at HoBo’s Restaurant in Trenton where they were met with warm greetings by other patrons and treated like gold by their server, Jessica, who doted over each one.

    The group meets once a month for lunch to enjoy each other’s company and conversations. The location varies as they are always looking for new venues. Most everyone brings a guest with them and everyone pays for their own meal. Some guests were spouses while others were friends, family or caregivers.

    Most everyone opted for the burgers which were the special of the day and offered several choices of sandwich combinations. The party size varies from month to month depending on everyone’s schedule. This month there were six veterans present, which was purported to be the most ever in attendance. Four were Navy and two were Army Air Corps.

    While enjoying their lunch the group was greeted by Tom Walter of Alliance Dairies who was moved to shake hands and speak to each one, expressing his gratitude for their service.

  • Veterans show respect for the flag

    Retired Army Maj. Jim Lampros spoke on the U.S. Flag Friday during the Veterans Day Luncheon in the Haven Community Building. The former officer said the subject was appropriate due to the recent disrespect shown the flag.

    “It’s upsetting to a lot of people. It’s upsetting to me and I’m sure it’s upsetting to all of you in this room,” he said. “It’s a flag that we fought for, that we defended, that represents so much to us — it’s incorrigible to me that somebody could do some of the things (they’ve done) and be so disrespectful.”

    Lampros said the flag was in a period of restoration from 1914 until 2008 at a cost of $7 million,” he said.

    The flag was tattered and torn from the British bombardment of Fort McHenry, some of the soldiers cut stars out of it as souvenirs, but as much of the original flag as possible was recovered and replaced during restoration.