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Today's News

  • Bo Diddley remembered

    Levy County Commissioner Tony Parker has always believed Bo Diddley never got enough recognition in his home county.

    The rock 'n roll music pioneer died at the age of 79 on June 2.

    "He was well known around the world," Parker said. "He was bigger in a lot of places than here."

    Here would be Levy County.

    "His mailing address was Archer, but he really lived in Levy," Parker said.

  • The legend of Okeeheelee

    The name Okeeheelee has a ring like some of those other small, rural towns in Florida.

    Like Okeechobee, or Yeehaw Junction, Immokalee, or Homosassa.

    But Okeeheelee is not a town by itself. Actually, it's a part of West Palm Beach -Okeeheelee Park.

    Each year, the Okeeheelee Cal Ripken/Babe Ruth Baseball organization sends a team or two to Chiefland for the State Tee Ball Tournament.

    Even though Okeeheelee didn't win it this year, looking back over the list of tourney winners, the little O has flat-out dominated through the years.

  • CAAA Majors wins Small League District

    KEYSTONE HEIGHTS The Chiefland Area Athletic Associations Major League All-Stars were successful in tournament play June 5-9, capturing the Babe Ruth Small League District 6.

    The Majors, comprised of 11 and 12 year olds, advance to the Big League District 6 event June 19-23 in Starke.

    Chiefland won four games and dropped one in taking the title.

    In the championship game, Chiefland defeated Melrose 6-2. Pitcher Jon Ward allowed one run in five innings. Tim Reidy had two triples. G'Angelo McClendon was 3-for-3 and Justin Ivey 2-for-3.

  • Fathers know best at Bronson Speedway

    The staff at Bronson Motor Speedway celebrated Father's Day Saturday night with a "Best Dad Contest."

    Caliegh and Caleb Robinson wrote a great story for their dad, Aaron Robinson, who received the "Best Dad" award.

    There was also Kid's Bike Races on the speedway and three winners received brand new bikes.Then the racers also honored dads with some fantastic racing on the track. It was a great family night of fun at the speedway,

  • Harmony golf scramble honors McElroy

    The sixth annual golf tournament benefitting the Harmony Pregnancy and Resource Center took place at the Chiefland Golf and County Club.

    This year's tournament was dedicated to the memory of Paul McElroy, a big supporter of the center and an avid golfer.

    McElroy widely promoted the annual event during the six years of its existence, but he passed away just one week prior to the tournament.

    The scramble was generously supported by area businesses, who provided hole sponsorships as well as gift donations for door prizes.

  • Citizen takes six FPA awards

    LAKE BUENA VISTA - 2007 turned out to be a pretty good year for the Chiefland Citizen's editorial staff.

    The Citizen garnered six awards from the Florida Press Association. Winners were crowned at the FPA's Better Weekly Newspaper Awards dinner last Friday night, June 6, at the Hilton in the Walt Disney World Resort.

  • His passion is his work

    It's safe to say the decor at Mike Segal's Chiefland home is not typical for the area. Throughout his house, the walls are covered with groups of brightly colored paintings or stacks of rolled up drawings.

    In one area, the floor is so spattered with flecks of paint that only grooves between the boards offer proof of its true wooden nature.

    The layout is different, too. In many homes, the flow of the main living space centers on a television set, but in Segal's home, things seem to flow around the large wooden easel that displays his most current work.

  • Chiefland Youth Volleyball Camp upcoming

    The annual Chiefland Youth Volleyball Camp will be ehld June 23-25 at the high school gym.

    The camp, which will be given by Lady Indian coach Emily Gore, is open to girls ages 8-14, or grades 3-8. It will take place from 9:30 a.m.-1p.m. each day.

    The cost of $45 includes includes camp T-shirt and lunch on the final day. Gatorade will also be provided during camp.

    Registration forms are in front office of CES, CMS and CHS. Forms must be filled out and notarized. Make checks payable to Emily Gore.

  • Chiefland to host Babe Ruth 13-15 All Stars

    The Chiefland Area Athletic Association will be playing host to the District 6 13-15 year old Babe Ruth All-Star Tournament June 19-21 at Strickland Park and Chiefland High.

    There will be six teams competing in the double-loss elimination event. Games will be played at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. on June 19-20. Games will be at 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 21.

  • Machine gun seized

    WILLISTON-A World War II Japanese machine gun was recovered Tuesday when Williston police officers conducted a routine traffic stop.

    According to the police department, Abby Ross of Beverly Hills and Traci Bower of Dunnellon were stopped and charged with drug paraphernalia and illegal drug possession after being stopped for speeding A search of the vehicle revealed an assortment of prescription drugs with a street value of $1,675 and a rare Nambu machine gun. Authorities are validating the history of the weapon.