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Today's News

  • Williston Indepedence Day Celebration

    Williston will celebrate Independence Day Tuesday, July 3, with a parade at 5 p.m.
       This year's parade theme will be "made in America." Afterward, at 6 p.m., the gates of the Horseman's Park will open, with the opening ceremony starting at 7 p.m.
       There will be food, rides, booths and musical acts such as Javier Hernandez and the Shane Wooten Band. The evening will end with fireworks at about 9:30 p.m.

  • Community Calendar for the week of June 14

    Through June 30

    Leather show at Cedar Key gallery
    Corrine Ryan has been carving, shaping, chiseling and punching leather for over 20 years. Her works range from three-dimensional portraits to earrings and pet leashes. She has her latest creations on display at the Cedar Keyhole throughout the month of June. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    The Cedar Keyhole, located on 2nd Street (across from the Library) in Cedar Key, also maintains a display of many other works by over 20 contributors to its artists’ cooperative.  

  • Well runs dry, as does savings

    Chiefland City Commissioner Rollin Hudson says the hottest day in Chiefland is always city election day.
    I prefer to think there are three equally hot days: Chiefland High School graduation day, city election day and Watermelon Festival day.
    It was no exception this year as I worked at the Citizen booth and stood in the heat for an hour as the annual festival parade rolled by. I was delirious for a shower.
    As I left Chiefland at about 1 p.m. I called home. "No shower," the Carnivore said. "Something's wrong with the well."

  • Editorial Toon for June 14
  • Letters to the Editor for June 14

    Tell it to the District
    Dear Citizen Readers:
    Has your home well gone dry yet?  Did you know that if it does that your home owners insurance won’t cover your well replacement?  
    Digging a deeper well is an expensive proposition.  Depending on how deep you need to go, it can cost several hundred dollars to get to water. Then you have to replace your pump. When the pump tries to pump air, it burns up and you will need a new one to the tune of $1,000 to $1,500—maybe more. It all depends on when you hit water.

  • Writing a hit song can be as easy as 1-2-3

    Recording artist Trevis Prince broke down song writing into an easy, three-step process and discussed his own background in music and the intricacies of the industry at a workshop at the Bronson Public Library May 30.
    After graduating from the University of Florida in 2003, the Palm Beach County native works as an insurance consultant in Gainesville while balancing the pursuit of a career in music. In his free time, he enjoys teaching others about his biggest passion.

  • VFW political rally July 20

    Candidates have ample time to get ready for the big political rally July 20 sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5625 and its Ladies Auxiliary in Chiefland.  The event is open to the public.
    Everyone should bring an appetite as there is a dinner beforehand and a dessert auction following the forum.
    The rally at 7 p.m., in the Post's smoke-free meeting room, will allow each candidate three minutes to speak to the public.
    Before the jawboning starts, the post will host a country fried dinner with sides from 5 to 7 p.m. for a donation.

  • Sen. Graham, other environmentalists to speak at Silver Springs event

    SILVER SPRINGS — The Florida Conservation Coalition, a nonpartisan alliance of concerned individuals and nonprofit organizations, will hold a rally at Silver River State Park on Saturday, June 23, to bring attention to the threats facing Silver Springs and other rivers, lakes, springs and aquifers throughout the region and state.  Through the event — Speak Up for Florida’s Waters  — the coalition aims to raise public awareness and galvanize further support for efforts to protect and restore Florida’s imperiled aquatic resources.

  • Chiefland Billiards Benefit Pool Tournament and Car Show June 17

    The Tri-county Chapter of the  Disabled American Veterans is hosting a pool tournament and car show on June 17, at 1 p.m. The event will include door prizes, a 50/50 raffle, a silent auction and a benefit lunch. It takes place at Chiefland Billards at 1545 N.W. 26th Ave in Chiefland. Proceeds benefit 20-year-old Casie Wharton, who has suffered from Type 2 Autoimmune Hepatitis since she was four. She recently received a liver transplant and has nearly $6,000 in medical expenses every month for further treatments.

  • Chiefland passes on water ordinance

    Though no official vote was taken, Chiefland commissioners passed Monday night on implementing an option to a state agency’s water shortage order that would have reduced offenses from a 2nd degree misdemeanor to that of a civil infraction.
    Suwannee River Water Management District representative Steve Minnis told the commission that because of drought conditions, the district has put into effect a phase 3 water shortage ordinance, which for city residents means they will have to curtail water use for things such as landscape irrigation.