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Opinion

  • By Ray Sparrow

    Guest Columist

    I looked up the definition of "PARADOX" and it was something that is seemingly senseless, illogical and self contradictory. A picture on the internet shows two girls, side by side. One is dressed in full camouflage, holding a Christian bible in one hand, an AR-15 in the other hand. The other girl is decked out in typical Muslim garb holding a Quran in one hand, an AK-47 in the other, indicating that they are ready to engage in violent acts with guns in defense of their religious ideology. Now that screams paradox.

  • To the editor:

    A political race is gaining momentum that is very close to my heart. Running for Superintendent of Levy County Schools are Assistant Superintendent of Administration Jeff Edison, who has served under Superintendent Robert O. Hastings and the previous superintendent, and Jerry Lawrence – a veteran educator of 26 years and school administrator who understands the heartbeat of our teachers, students, and parents. 

  • We want to express our sincere appreciation for the outpouring of love and support given us during the loss of our mother and grandmother, Helen Hiers Usher. We have wonderful memories and even better friends to sustain us during this time. Thank you for sharing so many of your memories and stories of and about her with us. They truly warm our hearts.

    Lovingly,

    Ken, Lynetta & John Korey Griner

    Karen & Luke White

    Chiefland 

  • Last week Levy County lost a remarkable lady, Helen Usher.

    I was honored and privileged to have her in my life as a teacher, mentor, family friend and lifetime acquaintance.

    Mrs. Usher was a Bronson High alumni, in class with my Uncle Jr. Jerrels, my eighth grade math teacher who prepared me in later life, when starting my studies in engineering. Her extra help and attention, were largely responsible for me being able to obtain many of my goals.

  • Midmorning Feb. 5, a dark veil slipped over a large portion of my heart, permanently blocking the light that has shone so brightly in my life for 20 years.

    When Denise escaped this world after a brief second go-around with cancer, a part of me died too – perhaps one of the best parts of me.

  • Saving babies saves Social Security

    It is reported that in 2033 Social Security will be bankrupt. It takes 16 working people to keep one person’s checks coming. Guess where 300,000 a year of that workforce goes? Aborted by Planned Parenthood so the parts can be sold. That is viewing the carnage from the financial point.

  • Every year the Women of the Moose Chapter 494 put together 12 dinner boxes for both Thanksgiving and Christmas, for delivery, via the Sheriff’s Office, to families in need in the Tri County area.

    The turkeys were donated by the men of Suwannee River Moose 325. The canned goods were donated by members Kenny and Jane Grawcock and the Women of the Moose Chapter 494 donated the fresh produce.

    The boxes were filled on the 24th of November by members Art and Ginny Perricone, Recorder Kathy Anderson and Senior Regent Jane Duehring.

  • It takes a lot of hard work to make a town’s Christmas Festival all come together. The Greater Chiefland Area Chamber of Commerce would like to thank all those who worked with us to pull off our 12th Annual Christmas Festival this year!

    The Chiefland Citizen

    City of Chiefland Management and Staff

    Chiefland Fire Department

    Chiefland Police Department

    Levy County Fire Rescue

    Citizen of the Year Captain Ray Tremblay

  • A joint resolution (HJR 767 and SJR 942) has been filed to restore the Commissioner of Education to an elected position. Since 2003, the top education official in the state has been appointed by the State Board of Education which is appointed by the governor rather than elected by the people.

    If adopted by the Legislature, this Constitutional Amendment would be placed on the November 2016 General Election ballot and would need at least 60 percent voter approval to take effect.

  • Regarding the recreational RV resort on the property owned by Lois Livingston, I would like to mention some reasons for approval that I would like you to consider before judging this project.

    I do not live in the City of Chiefland, but for the past 21 years I have lived on Camp Azalea Road. I have watched many problems occur in the City of Chiefland over these many years. The project will be a most welcomed asset to all of us in this area.

  • I am the organizer of the Southern Flag Pride group. This is relatively a new group established for the protection of the Southern Heritage and for the protection of our civil rights. We have had a very successful run, Williston to Dunnellon, which was mostly successful due to community support.

  • My husband mentioned to me the other day as we were in the funeral procession with Jerry Prater on our way to Old Town Cemetery that it is so nice to see how many people remember to respect the deceased and the grieving family and friends by pulling off the road while the procession passes by.

  • It really is fun to watch hunters this time of year. We are no different than any other group or even species.

    I would guess that every animal or mammal has trigger mechanisms – those things that happen that tell them something else is about to happen.

    For instance, we know that certain moon phases trigger certain types of behavior in some animals. We also know these trigger points have to do with aspects of how they were created. Some creatures hear at levels above or below that which a human can hear.

  • In our house, we have a rule that has enabled us to live at peace with one another for more years than I can remember. That rule is simple, “Don’t mess with my space and I won’t mess with your space.”

    I must admit some rather close calls have challenged that relationship during those years. I will not say from which side of the house it came from; just that it was not my side.

    It must be quite difficult for someone like the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage whom, I must confess is a neat freak, and I am just a plain old messy freak.

  • I would like to personally thank the individuals and businesses that donated to the 2015 Iron Butts for Bucks event. Without their selflessness this event would not be a possible. We have successfully completed this event three years in a row and we still find donors that are more than willing to give to the cause. Thanks to you all from the riders, the facilities and the recipients of the donations.

    Donors:

    AMVETS Post 422

    AMVETS Post 422 Riders

    Americare Home Health Care

    Carl & Toni Dufour

  • Tanya and Waylon Rippy are friends of my daughter and their little girl Jaylon has been to our home, with my grand daughter.

    A sturgeon jumped into their boat and struck the mother, son and daughter. The five-year-old daughter died.

    This is a tragedy beyond belief.

    There is a fund set up for them on GoFundMe. Please if you can, contribute to the fund set up to help with the medical and funeral expenses.

  • Pig and sheep farm, with processing plant coming to Chiefland! I guess big money talks, regardless of any consequences to the environment, right Gov. Scott?

    Since 2014, work has been under way to bring to south of Chiefland, a pig/sheep farm, to process 50 head of livestock per day, and average of 5 per hour, growing to 100 head per day!

  • First of all, thank you for your involvement in our past seasons – from telling a friend about our shows and enjoying shows from the audience to active participation with your time and finances.

    As you may be aware, our funding is provided by show revenues and donations from individuals and business sponsors. Our board members, directors, cast and crew are not paid for their work at SVP. They are volunteers who invest an average of 1,500 combined hours to stage each community theatre production. We invite you to be a part of our 2015 contribution campaign.

  • To say Lynn Bedford is full of energy is an understatement. She may be the single most energetic person I know. I have never seen her when I thought she was without motivation, desire, commitment or a smile.

    To see her down hearted would be shocking and devastating. I just can not imagine it.

    Lynn Bedford is the kind of person most people want to be around. She is fun loving and caring. She has an enthusiasm for life that is unmatched.
That enthusiasm is easily witnessed by the many things she does in our community.

  • Residents of Dixie, Gilchrist and Levy county cannot be blamed if they just shake their heads at what happens with our Legislature in Tallahassee.

    Nor can they be blamed if their heads are spinning about our governor as well. Scott went off in a room with his staff and whacked over $400 million from his $79 billion “Keep Florida Working” budget.

    But first, consider what happened with the state budget in the past two weeks: