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Today's News

  • NAPA begins scholarship program

    A new $2,000 annual scholarship is scheduled for presentation to a Chiefland High School graduate this year and every year.

    A spokesman for Chiefland NAPA said the company is proud to announce the creation of the Chiefland NAPA Automotive Technologies Scholarship Program.

  • Eagles fall in tourney final

    The Bronson Eagles finished as runners-up in their own Holiday Tournament, after a slow start to beat Umatilla 68-41 and a strong 75-52 win against Middleburg. Facing a tough Dixie County team in the championship round, Bronson could not sustain a slim halftime lead and fell 52-51 after a brutal second half battle.

    "We didn't execute when we needed to, and we couldn't get defensive stops," said Bronson head coach Kelly Beckham.

    "We've got to be prepared to play against a good team like Dixie County – we've got to bring our "A" game."

    Umatilla

  • Top Sports Stories of 2007

    Chiefland Citizen's top 15 local sporting events of the year

    1The Chiefland High girls softball team enjoyed its best season ever, making it all the way to a Class 3A State Final 4 appearance in Plant City. Under the guidance of coach Wayne Weatherford, the Lady Indians won the district and region before bowing to Gulliver Prep in the state semifinals. The Lady Indians finished with an eye-opening record of 25-5. Senior pitcher Megan Weatherford was 21-4 and voted 3A Player of the Year. Coach Weatherford was runnerup for 3A Coach of the Year.

  • Homestead Exemption amendment reviewed

    BRONSON - Levy County Property Appraiser Francis Akins recently provided the first of four informational releases to explain a ballot question set for the Jan. 29 election.

    Akins told the Chiefland Rotary Club on Dec. 19 that based on an average of 18 mills, a home valued at or above $75,000 would generate about $188.50 in savings if this proposed revision to the Florida Constitution is approved by voters.

    Akins performed more calculations to show actual savings at current millages for various parts of Levy County for the increased Homestead Exemption amendment.

  • Sheriff Reports for Jan. 3, 2007

    BRONSON - A 39-year-old Williston man was arrested for felonious child abuse on Dec. 22.

    The victim and witness said Terence Bartges had been drinking most of the night before the deputy arrived at about 11:25 p.m., according to records.

  • Snakes in the dash

    I can imagine worse things than a snake in the dashboard of my truck. How about a bee hive? Or a fire ant nest?

    So, having a four-foot long Texas rat snake living somewhere near the airbag for three days wasn't all that bad.

    In fact, I was more worried about the snake's welfare. That plus the possibility of him dying in there and stinking up the truck for Lord knows how long.

    Any you thought "Snakes on a Plane" was bad.

  • Government leaders reflect and look forward

    Leaders in Chiefland, Bronson and Levy County reflected on 2007 and looked forward to 2008 when they were approached to do so by the newspaper.

    Chiefland City Manager Grady Hartzog Sr. said annexation and development in Chiefland in 2007 is a noteworthy accomplishment. The city's growth in acreage combined with potential business interests coming into Chiefland are positive aspects of the past year, he said.

  • Happy New Year

    Happy New Year!

    Having eaten my fair share of hog jowls, rice, black-eyed peas and collard greens on Jan. 1, 2008, I sat back and pondered the near future.

    I wondered about the unfolding events in 2008. Will Tarmac America obtain a special exception to mine hundreds of millions of tons of limerock from the Gulf Hammock Area?

    Will Ameris Health Systems obtain funding to build Tri-County Hospital in Chiefland?

    Will State Attorney Bill Cervone prosecute alleged voter fraud cases in Levy County?

  • A chance to start over

    Every day that we are given the chance to wake up from our slumber and put our feet on the floor is another opportunity to start with a clean slate and start life anew.

    Unfortunately most of us tend to carry the burdens and travails of yesterday into our todays and that clouds our tomorrows.

    As 2008 sits on the horizon, it also marks the chance for new beginnings, new attitudes.

    What will you do with it?

    The first thing I challenge each of you to do is look back at 2007 and reflect on what was right with your life.

  • Days of the alarm clock are over

    For the first time in more than three decades, Sandra Allen won't have to rise to the shrill of an alarm clock this week.

    On Dec. 20, Allen, a Chiefland native, put in her last full day of work at Green South and is ready to step into another adventure.

    For more than a year the effervescent Allen knew she was going to retire and has anticipated the day she could forget about payroll, taxes and ledgers.

    But that's not to say that she hasn't loved–and still loves–the contribution she has made to the area's John Deere dealership.