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Today's News

  • Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

    W e take pleasure in answering thus prominently the communication below, expressing at the same time our great gratification that its faithful author is numbered among the friends of The Sun:

    Dear Editor:

    I am 8 years old. Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus. Papa says, "If you see it in The Sun, it's so." Please tell me the truth, is there a Santa Claus?

    Virginia O'Hanlon

  • Merry Christmas

    Your friends at the Chiefland Citizen wish you and yours the happiest Christmas of all!

  • CPD adds new officer

    Replacing former Chiefland Police Department officer Calvin Hardge effective Dec. 20, a member of the Chiefland High School class of 1991 joins the CPD.

    Al Horne, 35, has been working for the past year as a correctional officer with the Levy County Sheriff's Office. He was born in Chiefland and has lived here his whole life.

    Before serving at the Levy County Jail, Horne was a welder for many years, he said.

    CPD Chief Robert Douglas is very happy with the new addition to the force.

  • Predator registers

    On Dec. 5 Arthur Pope Matheny registered with the Levy County Sheriff's Office as a sexual predator. He previously was a transient in Marion County. He resides at 21930 S.E. 66 St., Morriston.

    Matheny was convicted in Marion County Dec. 10, 1996 for a lewd and lascivious act on a child less than 16 years of age and failed to register as a sexual predator on Sept. 20, 2005 in Marion County.

  • Burnt cars appear to be accidental

    The office of Florida Fire Marshal Alex Sink investigated a blaze that destroyed two sports utility vehicles and damaged two other vehicles in front of Manatee Springs Apartments in Chiefland on Dec. 12, according to records.

    Lt. Robby Stephens of the Jacksonville office of the State Fire Marshal said Det. Matt Legler believes the fire started in a 1995 Chevy Tahoe as the result of faulty wiring. There were several electrical components installed by the owner, Stephens said. Do-it-yourself electric wiring in vehicles can present problems.

  • Toys for Tots program helps thousands

    BRONSON - Another successful year of the Toys for Tots program by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve in the Tri-County Area led to the distribution of toys to more than a thousand families on Dec. 13 and 14 in Levy, Gilchrist and Dixie counties.

    The delivery of toys to parents in Levy County on Dec. 13 happened at First Baptist Church of Bronson. Last year, it was at First United Methodist Church of Chiefland.

    Vince Arcadi, Tri-County Toys for Tots coordinator, said the distribution was moved to Bronson to make it more central for the whole county.

  • Students speak up in contest

    Ever try and stand up in front of a large audience and present a speech? The youth of Levy County have the opportunity to do just that.

    The Tropicana Public Speaking Program for Levy County students culminated on Dec. 6 with the County School contest held at Bronson Middle/High School.

  • Hodges, Jenkins plan nuptials

    Mr. and Mrs. Hal Hodges of Cedar Key announce the engagement of their daughter Miss Gini Lynn Hodges of Savannah, Ga. to Gregory Ross Jenkins II of Savannah, Ga., son of the late Col. and Mrs. Gregory Ross Jenkins Sr.

    The bride-elect is a graduate of Cedar Key High School and the University of Florida where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Education from the University of Florida and a Juris Doctor from the University of Florida Levin College of Law.

    She is employed by the Herndon Law Firm, P.C.

  • St. John's celebrates Silver Jubilee

    Parishioners at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Chiefland came together last Sunday to mark the 25th anniversary of the church.

    The first mass in Chiefland was celebrated in December 1973 by Father Paul B. Hogarty at the Chief Theatre.

    When Father Roland Julien replaced Father Hogarty, services were moved to the Chiefland Recreation Center and in 1975, it became a mission church to St. Madeline Parish in High Springs.

  • Community Calendar

    Thursday, Dec. 13

    World War II Veterans

    All World War II veterans are urged to attend the monthly meeting Thursday, Dec. 13 at 11:30 a.m. at Homestead Restaurant in Fanning Springs.

    There will not be a gift exchange but everyone is asked to bring a gift for a child up to the age of 12 years old. A Toys for Tots box will be waiting for the gift drop off.

    Betty and Gene Rapp of Haven Hospice will be the guests of the day. They will present veterans who are present with a special lapel pin to honor their military service to the United States.