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Today's News

  • Happy Memorial Day

    The Chiefland Citizen will be closed Monday, May 26 in observance of Memorial Day. All news deadlines at 3 p.m. Friday, May 23. Have a safe and happy holiday weekend.

  • Blowtorch may have sparked flames

    An enormous black cloud could be seen from miles around when a Bronson tire company caught on fire Tuesday afternoon.

    Rescue workers from several local cities were able to stop the fire at Tri County Tire from spreading to nearby properties, but traffic on State Road 24 was temporarily halted due to poor visibility.

    Williston Fire Chief Lamar Stegall said workers hired to clean up the property accidentally started the fire while cutting steel with a blowtorch.

  • Keegan Caudill awarded Purple Heart

    Some days Keegan Caudill feels like he is a 40 or 50-year-old man.

    Most days he has a headache that no drugs can alleviate.

    Every day he remembers sights, sounds and smells from the most incredible journey of his young life.

    In the past six months, the 2005 graduate of Bell High School has experienced enough to fill the lifetime of an ordinary man.

    But he is no ordinary man and his experience was nothing short of a miracle.

  • FFA remembers successful year

    After another super school year for the Chiefland Senior and Middle FFA, students, parents, alumni and volunteers from the community had the chance to kick back and take a second look at the achievements at the banquet held Thursday, May 8, in the Chiefland Elementary School's cafeteria.

    It was the 77th year for the Chiefland Future Farmers of America organization.

    Those in attendance enjoyed a tasty supper consisting of Boston butt, roasted potatoes and green beans.

  • Gas pains aren't fatal

    Judging from the amount of traffic on I-75 this past weekend, motorists are oblivious to the fact that gasoline isthisclose to being $4 a gallon.

    Or perhaps those motorists are like me.

    They know that we are a nation that moves on four wheels-or 18-and to get from Point A to Point B, you have to get in a motorized vehicle and drive, whether you want to pay the price at the pump or not.

  • What was your father's best advice?

    While mothers nurture us and soothe our fevered brows, it's often our fathers who offer those little pearls of wisdom that stay with us from childhood until we have our children of our own.

    In honor of Father's Day, the Chiefland Citizen is asking readers to share the best advice their father ever gave them.

    Here's how:

    In 50 words or less, tell us something your father told you that made that lasting impression. Photos of your dad, or you with your dad, are welcomed, but only one photo please.

  • FCAT writing scores improve

    The first batch of FCAT test scores are in, and the good news is, Levy County students showed impressive gains in writing skills.

    However, the Levy scores still lag below the state average in that area of testing.

    Results from the reading, math and science segments of FCAT won't be available until later this spring or early summer. The accumulation of all the tests will give each district and school a numerical grade i.e. A,B,C,D,F.

  • Man nabbed after home invasion

    A man was arrested Monday after kicking in the front door and illegally entering a Chiefland house, police said.

    In a Monday night interview, Police Chief Robert Douglas said 24-year-old Tristan Vashuan Stokes, Chiefland, was arrested in connection with a home-invasion burglary at the home of Cindy Reyes at 25 S.E. 4th St.

    According to Douglas, Reyes' 15-year-old daughter Sabrina was the only one home when the incident occurred earlier that day

    "I was in my room when I heard a bang on the door...he was in the house," Sabrina said later in a phone interview.

  • Clerk arrested for selling drugs

    A Williston convenience store clerk was arrested last week for selling drugs from his place of business.

    Illahi Waqas, 27, of Williston was charged with two counts trafficking in a controlled substance, three counts sale of a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school, three counts resisting with violence and possession of cannabis/less than 20 grams.

  • Fanning not a first magnitude springs

    At the conclusion of the inaugural Fanning and Manatee Springs Working Group meeting this past February, coordinator Carol Lippincott took a little survey.

    She wanted to know from attendees what the most important factors were in regards to the protection of springs and their basins.

    Education was the number one answer.

    Along those lines, Lippincott had a couple of specialists from the scientific community to school folks about intricacies at the second workshop held Wednesday, May 7, at Fanning Springs City Hall.