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Today's News

  • 'Strongman' drives competition, teamwork

    Chiefland defensive coordinator Randy Fuller summed up one of the reasons behind the Indians’ ‘Strongman Competition’ by shouting: “We’re going to find out right now who’s going to quit on us in the fourth quarter!”

    Despite extra hot and humid conditions, no CHS player quit, even as legs began to quiver late in Tuesday’s workout that was anything but typical as coaches incorporated ropes and tires of all sizes into the competition.

  • Reutimann up to speed (when it counts)

    By MONTE DUTTON

    King Features

    Second place was almost a first, and who could blame David Reutimann for feeling that way after the inaugural Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway on July 9?

    Before roaring past five-time Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson at the finish, Reutimann, who has two career Cup wins, had finished no better than ninth in 2011.

  • Trenton teen diagnosed with cancer

    By CARRIE A. MIZELL

    Gilchrist County Journal

    Corbin Wiggins should have been on the basketball court last Thursday night playing in a summer scrimmage game at Bronson. Instead, the Trenton High School junior sat courtside cheering on his teammates.

    It was while undergoing a routine sports physical two weeks ago that Corbin’s pediatrician noticed a mass and referred the 17-year-old to a radiologist.

  • Team Stout wins tourney

    Chiefland's first 3-on-3 basketball tournament was the equivalent of a game-winning shot from midcourt.

    A "conservative" estimate of 300 people attended the event on Saturday that was played in the high school and middle school gymnasiums. Although the exact amount wasn't available at press time, the five-plus hour event raised about $2,700 for the Indians' basketball programs.

  • Time is Big Money

    The man known as "Big Money" gave something much more valuable to youth in Williston: his time.

    Gerard Warren, a former Florida Gator and current New England Patriots defensive tackle, donated dozens of hours this summer teaching football fundamentals to about 50 kids at Cornelius Williams Park. 

  • SRWMD approves tentative millage rate and budget

    The Suwannee River Water Management District Governing Board on July 12 approved a tentative fiscal year 2011-12 budget of $47,124,589 and proposed millage rate of 0.4250. The tentative budget represents a 17 percent reduction over last year’s budget and the tentative millage rate reflects a 3 percent reduction over last year’s millage rate.
    Under the proposed millage rate, those who own property with a taxable value of $100,000 will pay $42.50 in property taxes to the District. Owners of property with a taxable value of $150,000 will pay $63.75 to the District.

  • FDOT Road and Lane Closures for July 16 – 22, 2011

    The following is a list of roadwork underway by the FDOT that may impact traffic.
     
    ALACHUA COUNTY:
     
    Interstate 75 Northbound traffic is shifted to the west just south of the interchange because of the addition of a barrier wall on the east side of the project. The speed limit is reduced to 60 mph around the clock and the truck restrictions are lifted from three miles south of the interchange to just north of SR 26 encouraging semi-trucks to use the far left lane as well as the center lane.

  • Editorial cartoon for the Week of July 14
  • The precious power of words

    By JENNI WILLIAMS
    British politician Pearl Strachan once said, “Handle them carefully, for words have more power than atom bombs.”
    Words are very powerful; they can lift someone up, or quickly bring someone down. Words are especially powerful when speaking to someone who is sick. Saying the right thing at the right time is very important in providing comfort, reassurance and support. Sometimes, despite best intentions, we can say things or raise issues that unintentionally add stress to the lives of those who are ill.

  • OUR VIEW: Commissioners want to get their message out

    It's long been handy for politicians to say the news media distorts and spins its reporting on them.
    So the Chiefland Citizen is taking them up on the challenge.
    In Monday's Board of County Commissioners budget workshop the four members were told they could submit columns on this year's vexing budget problems — including the possibility of higher assessments, higher property taxes, furloughs or cuts in hours for county workers or cuts in hours and services.
    These are all worthy topics for debate.