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Today's News

  • Planning Commission tables mine decision

    BRONSON - After almost four hours of heated discussion, the Levy County Planning Commission voted 4-1 on Dec. 3 to table making any recommendation to the County Commission regarding a special exception for a major mining operation.

    Tarmac America is leasing property from Plum Creek in a project attorney Jake Varn said would generate an estimated $2.1 billion during the estimated 100-year lifespan of the mine, which is about two miles north of Inglis.

  • Savings accounts equate to Christmas cheer

    About 26 years ago, Heath Davis of Cedar Key remembers going to his first Christmas party as a 4-year-old child with a savings account at Drummond Community Bank in Cedar Key.

    Today, he works at the Cedar Key branch of the bank. From the perspective of fun, however, he brought Santa Claus to Chiefland on Nov. 30 for the annual party, which included generations of happy partygoers.

  • Billy DeVore retires from Farm Credit after 40 years

    A 63-year-old member of the University of Florida Class of 1967 retired Nov. 30 from Farm Credit of North Florida after 40 years of faithful service.

    William E. "Billy" DeVore Jr. said he has no regrets about his tour of duty with Farm Credit, where he last served as loan officer and assistant vice president.

    "It has been very rewarding," he said, "very fulfilling."

    He is glad to have worked with the company distributed back about $100 million throughout 18 counties in North Florida since 1988, he said.

  • Hay and Ink

    Hay and Ink

    When I arrive home from the newspaper office, my wife Sharon occasionally tells me that I smell like ink.

    This is not a bad thing. It's just a fact resulting from my close proximity to the giant press that cranks out tens of thousands of newspapers each week. About five thousand of those weekly newspapers are copies of the Chiefland Citizen.

    The fragrance of ink permeates the building where I work and it follows me home every now and then. This odor serves as a reminder from being part of the local press corps.

  • Rotarians learn about spring protection program

    Chiefland Rotary Club members and guests learned about a spring protection program Nov. 28, which not only helps protect nearby water quality but also promises hope for better drinking water on an international scale.

    John Wheeler, a visiting Rotarian from Lake City, told the group about a program to reduce pollution from the water feeding Ichetucknee Springs.

  • Gas theft accusation is unfounded

    An allegation from Chiefland Mayor M. Teal Pomeroy that a city employee, possibly a police officer, was stealing gasoline from the city has proved to be absolutely unfounded, according to an investigation by the Levy County Sheriff's Office.

    The mayor is keeping mum on the source that led him to make the allegation.

    LCSO Lt. Evan Sullivan investigated whether gasoline was taken by any city employee when Pomeroy told Chiefland Police Chief Robert Douglas about this alleged theft.

  • Where have all the traditions gone?

    It's becoming more apparent that soon I will be the last hold-out for sentimentality and tradition.

    Starting with Thanksgiving dinner.

    Dressing, to go with the turkey, is a necessity–whether you like it or not.

    Ditto the pumpkin pie.

    I had neither last week.

    I was part of a group of people who decided a potluck dinner was the easiest solution.

    Neither dressing nor pie was my responsibility.

    I wish it had been.

    It didn't feel like Thanksgiving without the two things that evoke childhood memories and make me all warm and fuzzy inside.

  • Boys' basketball wins season opener

    The Chiefland High boys varsity basketball team looked sharp in its season opener last Tuesday, Nov. 20, dominating host Lafayette County, 58-35.

    Guard Marquis Jackson led the way with 17 points. The guard was especially hot from the outside, popping for five 3-point goals. Forward Travis Donald was the only other Indian reaching double figures with 10 points.

    "We were balanced,"Indian coach Mark Lundy said. "We were very unselfish. We ran the floor and played good defense."

    Lafayette was still alive in football playoffs and missing two of its starters.

  • Late collapse leads to loss for Lady Indians

    The Chiefland High girls varsity basketball team hung with visiting Fort White for a half on Tuesday, Nov. 20.

    In fact, the CHS gals only trailed by a point at intermission.

    But the Lady Indians from Columbia County broke away in the second half en route to a 52-28 cruise over the local Lady Indians.

    Chiefland fell to 1-3 overall and 1-2 in Class 3A District 5.

    It was an uphill struggle in the first quarter, as Chiefland fell behind 5-0 and trailed 7-4 after the first eight minutes.

  • Devils prevail in opening thriller

    Bronson High boys varsity basketball lost its opener at Williston, or, put another way, Williston won its first game against the visiting Eagles.

    The real winners at this 57-55 nailbiter were the fans.

    Back from a roller-coaster season that went below .500 until the break and culminated in a Sweet 16 appearance, the Eagles return almost everybody and look ready to take on their whole schedule.

    The Devils have had a revival of their own, with new head coach David Vespignani at the helm, and look like a team with a plan.