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Today's News

  • Cervone won't prosecute voter fraud

    GAINESVILLE - Eighth Judicial Circuit State Attorney Bill Cervone told Gary J. Holland, the assistant general counsel of the Florida Department of State, that he is not prosecuting any of the 11 Chiefland area people accused of voter fraud.

    On Sept. 27, 2007, Holland sent allegations that 11 people voted improperly in the Aug. 7 Chiefland city election, because they were not residents of the city.

    Cervone said he believes the definition of "residency" for voting purposes is subjective.

  • Bronson, Otter Creek fire departments to merge?

    There are advantages and disadvantages in living in a tiny community a good distance from a bigger town.

    On the down side are higher insurance rates, as lagging fire fighting services don't sit well with Insurance Services Office (ISO) folks.

    The ISO?s public protection classification program evaluates communities according to a set of criteria defined by a Fire Suppression Rating Schedule.

    Towns are rated on a 1-10 scale, the lower number the better.

  • Mayo comeback stuns Bronson boys

    Mayo represented well at the Bronson Holiday Tournament, winning two of three and playing a very solid game against tournament winner Dixie County.

    It was unexpected that Mayo would return the following week to beat Bronson.

    Win the Hornets did, however, as they came from behind in the final minute to shock the home team and fans with a 52-50 takeaway last Friday night.

  • Do's and don'ts of recycling

    Johnnie Pendarvis, Levy County Landfill Recycling Coordinator, said that there are 26 recycling trailers strategically dotting the county.

    "We've got them from Morriston to Inglis to Fanning Springs," he said.

    They are there for residents to put their aluminum, tin cans, plastic bottles and newspapers for recycling.

    Recycling helps in many ways. It relieves pressure on the landfill, plus the county receives a small fee for the recyclables according to weight.

    There are two things Pendarvis stresses.

  • Chiefland Citizen turns green

    John Jones has always been from the "waste not, want not" school.

    Working in the Chiefland Citizen's press room/mail room the past four years, Jones noticed that most of the trash bin's contents was newspaper.

    Some of it was waste from press run starts, some of it was old papers, some out of town papers.

    It all added up to a lot.

  • Another crop of Master Gardeners ready to grow

    Gardening is a hobby that helps folks relax and be at one with nature.

    There is a deep satisfaction in helping and watching plants grow to fruition.

    Some are into arranging flowers and shrubs for aesthetically pleasing purposes. Some love to grow their own vegetables and fruits.

    The learning curve continues an upward swing for hobbyists who yearn to gain more knowledge about how to get the most out of their green endeavors.

    Books and Internet are major tools.

    Those who hunger for even more knowledge can attend classes.

  • Levy Schools addresses sex education void

    BRONSON–With temptations abounding for today's young teens, a special School Health Advisory committee decided its about time Levy County tackled the sometimes touchy subject of sex education.

    Carol Jones, the schools, Tech Prep Coordinator who headed up the committee, saw the handwriting on the wall.

    "Teen pregnancy is up in the county and sexually transmitted diseases are also on the rise in the 15-19 age bracket," she said. "We felt it was time to address the issue."

  • Softball, baseball practice begins

    The way the weather's been, you're ready to go ice fishing one week and swimming the next.

    The new year means one thing to high school softball and baseball coaches across Florida – time to get out the gloves, bats and balls and start practicing.

    Chiefland High softball took to the field for the first time Wednesday. Veteran coach Wayne Weatherford was lucky to have some nice weather for his girls to work out in.

  • Bronson tops Chiefland again

    As the Bronson Eagles took a commanding lead at home last Saturday night against the visiting Chiefland Indians, it appeared that fading taillights might be the only glimpse the Indians would get of their hosts.

    As it happened, the Indians went from down 19 early in the second quarter to four points out early in the fourth, on the way to the Eagles' eventual 48-38 win.

    Bronson racked up a commanding 16-2 lead in the first quarter, led by C.J. King's five points and Terrance Dukes' four.

  • American ex-POW marks 63rd anniversary of capture by Germans

    Sitting comfortably at his dining room table in his home west of Chiefland, 83-year-old Raymond O. Knisley Jr. spoke on Dec. 31, 2007 about a life-changing event that happened to him on Dec. 31, 1944.

    New Year's Eve 1944 was 63 years ago, but Knisley remembers being captured by German soldiers during World War II -- like it was yesterday.

    It was about 2 a.m. on Jan. 1, 1945 when the Army private heard small arms fire, he said.