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Today's News

  • Advice to live by

    I never thought my father and I had much in common despite my mother's ever-constant lament, "You're just like your daddy."

    Back then I scoffed at the idea.

    But then in 1993, my father died suddenly one week after his 62nd birthday and in the 15 years since, not a week has gone by that I don't somehow recall him, his words and his actions.

    He wasn't an affectionate man. He grew up in an era and place where children were begat to work. He didn't know much about tenderness or bonding. His way of showing love was through providing and sacrificing so his family was secure.

  • Supporting the Big Ten

    The Chiefland City Commission voted unanimously Monday night to allow a donated stone monument displaying the Ten Commandments to be placed in front of city hall.

    "We need some more prayer in the community," Commissioner Frank Buie said. But, he added, "A lot of devils out there are going to jump on this."

    The American Civil Liberties Union, though not generally defined as devils, has made it a point in recent years to challenge the constitutionality of displaying the 10 Commandments in government institutions.

  • Welcome Tee-Ballers

    With Memorial Day having come and gone, and school now officially out for summer, it has to be time for youth baseball tournaments to begin play across Florida.

    Chiefland's Strickland Park will come alive this weekend with hundreds of little ballplayers between the ages of 5 and 6 years old.

    The occasion will be the one and only Babe Ruth League State Tee-Ball Tournament.

    There are 22 different teams in this year's event -four more than last year.

    There are 12 players on each team. That adds up to more than 260 players each day.

  • Banquet honors CHS baseball

    The Chiefland High baseball program celebrated a fine 2008 season with a banquet June 3 at Bell?s Restaurant.

    Both the junior varsity and varsity posted excellent records.

    The varsity finished 18-5 and was ranked in the top 10 in 3A during the course of the season.

    Senior pitcher Ory Pitts won the varsity's Most Valuable Player Award voted on by the players.

    Pitts, who fiished 8-2, also garnered Pitcher of the Year honors along with a Four-Year Letterman award.

  • Representative asks governor to reconsider

    While I have great respect for Gov. Crist and his continued commitment to preserving the environment, I feel that his intent to veto HB 7059 has been made without fully understanding the wide-reaching scope of this good environmental legislation. This legislation has many valuable components that seek to improve and strengthen the protection of our state's precious natural resources.

  • The sun was shining

    More photos from the 2008 Watermelon Festival can be found in our print edition on pages 8 and 9A.

  • Three perish in Cedar Key air disaster

    CEDAR KEY - An impromptu, short, late night sightseeing air tour of the Cedar Keys turned out to be a disastrous affair for three people early Saturday morning, as they perished when the single engine Cessna 206 they were riding in plunged into the Gulf of Mexico.

    Pilot Frank Gonzalez, 48, of Plant City; plane owner John Borchard, 43, of Dover; and tourist Julia Kelly, 49, of Solon, Iowa; died in the accident. There were no survivors.

  • City OKs grant application

    The Chiefland City Commission passed a motion Monday night that would allow the city's fire department to apply for a grant that would help it meet federal safety standards.

    Fire Chief John Ward said the grant, which lasts for four years, would provide about $108,380 to hire new firefighters.

    But Ward said there's no guarantee that Chiefland will get the money from a Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant.

  • From dropout to president's list

    Seven years constitute a lifetime for Andrea Walther.

    She's been a solid A/B student, a pregnant teenager, a high school dropout, a wife, a mother, a GED recipient, a deli worker, a rat farmhand and a restaurant worker.

    And then she made some choices that were detrimental to her life. That's when the changes began.

    Change of Plans

    In the midst of her junior year at Chiefland High School, Andrea, then 16, discovered that she was a statistic-a pregnant teenager. But she was determined that she wouldn't be another statistic.

    It wasn't easy.

  • On my soapbox

    My life is good. I have a job that supplies my needs. Children who love me. Friends who support me. A man who understands real partnership.

    Yes, indeed, my life is good and it takes a lot to get me riled.

    I've mellowed a lot in my old age.

    I once stressed about everything and now seldom stress about anything-though perhaps there are some things I should worry about.

    When considering relationships, I weigh the good they do/are against the bad and if there are more positive things, I cling.

    If they're negative, I cut my losses and move on.