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Today's News

  • 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.
     
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    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.

  • Fanning dye trace in the works

    What do you get when you mix fertilizer and waste from both humans and farm animals in the Suwannee Basin?
    These ingredients are known to devastate water quality. Just ask anyone who’s ever had a fish tank but neglected to siphon out the waste or fix a broken filter. The fish don’t live long.
    The geology in the Suwannee Basin, known as karst topography, is kind of like a broken filter. It’s so full of holes the water makes its way from the surface to the aquifer in record time, carrying all sorts of nasty stuff with it.

  • Laughing in the face of adversity

    By GUY SHEFFIELD

    But Anyway ...

  • You catch more flies with honey

     "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven." 

    Matthew 5:16

  • Free entry Sunday at State Parks

    Celebrate National Recreation and Parks Month with free day-use entry into all state parks on Sunday, July 17.

    The Chiefland area has two state parks: Manatee Springs State Park and Fanning Springs State Park.

    Bring your bathing suit and take a dip in the springs or walk the trails. Have a picnic.