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Today's News

  • Economy pushes hospital to extension

    Tri-County Hospital CEO Frank Schupp addressed Chiefland Rotary last week with an update on the status of the hospital. He cut to the chase with his opening statement:

    “With the economy the way it is, it’s a tough time to try to raise $54 million.”

    Schupp then emphasized that the project is “still the priority for Enterprise Florida,” the public-private partnership for economic development that helping the project search for funding.

  • Noisy crowd shoots down mine proposal

    After a four-hour public hearing and testimony from more than 20 residents who live in Levy and Marion counties, the Levy County Planning Commission unanimously refused to recommend an application for a mining operation south of Williston.

    An audience of about 150 who gathered to oppose the special exception to allow the mining operation greeted the commission, in its first meeting for several months due to the economic downturn.

    But the crowd, which was noisy at times, cheered the commission’s decision and went away happy.

  • Editors trading places

    This issue of the Chiefland Citizen marks the last by editor Carolyn Risner.

    Former Citizen editor and current Williston Pioneer Sun News editor Jim Clark will be returning to the helm of the Citizen.

    Risner will be taking over the editorship of the Williston newspaper.

    “This transition is a better allocation of our resources and will allow us to continue to provide strong news products in both areas,” said Chiefland general manager Tom Ten Broeck.

  • Florida Writes results are in, Levy fares well

    The 2009 Florida Writes scores are in, and students in Levy County elementary and middle schools continued to improve while high school results were mixed, down overall as is the case throughout the rest of Florida this year.

    Students take the writing portion of the FCAT in fourth-, eighth- and tenth-grades. A score of 3.5 out of 6 is necessary to pass.

  • School district changes ‘Resignation’ category after contract non-renewals

    The School Board Consent Agenda has been changed to more accurately reflect school district personnel changes. It now states “Employment Status Changes” instead of “Resignations.”

    The change came after the last board meeting two weeks ago when more than seventy members of the public attended to protest the dismissal of 21 veteran teachers because of budgetary cuts.

    During the April 7 meeting, questions arose regarding the Consent Agenda’s language.

  • Letters to the Editor

    To the editor:

    This story concerning Mr. Wayne Thomas is, to say the least, disturbing. Where were the parents of these young children? Surely they would have detected alcohol when these young girls came home. What this man did was unconscionable. The parents of these girls should be brought to account for their actions and why they allowed this to happen. Shame on you.

    Donna DeGroat

    Chiefland

     

  • Letters to the Editor

    To the editor:

    Like most Americans, family farmers and ranchers are affected by the current economic situation facing our nation. Unfortunately, farmers and ranchers face an added economic hardship: the federal estate taxes that come due when a family member dies.

  • Neva Mae Gribble

    Neva Mae Gribble, 84, of Chiefland died April 24, 2009 in Trenton.

    She was born Neva Mae Hapner in Shepherd, Mich. and moved to Florida in 1996.

    She was preceded in death by her husband Rex Potter in 1999 and husband Roy Gribble in 2004.

    She was a loving mother and grandmother.

  • Controlled burn gets out of control in Cedar Key Scrub

    What began as a prescribed fire Thursday morning in the Cedar Key Scrub State Reserve became a wildfire around noon when unpredictable weather conditions caused fire specialists to lose control, according to Senior Forestry Ranger Jerry Horton.

    The wildfire was approximately 150 acres as of 6 p.m., Horton said.

  • Chiefland boys finish off Wildwood in tourney

    After a rough 10-0 loss to 4A Baker County in the Red Devil Challenge, Chiefland put all their eggs in one basket and went out hard against Wildwood. The Indians attacked the opposite-district Wildcats, coming away with a 10-4 win. Chiefland hit steadily after the second inning, and pitcher Jacob Reidy survived a murmur from the Wildwood bats in the fifth inning, settling down to complete the game without ever getting ruffled.