• I am guessing it was almost a year ago when the city was in the throes of its strapped financial situation and two new commission members were warming their seats that Fire Chief James Harris gave a speech on the history of Chiefland Fire Rescue, a story of small town volunteerism.

    Then he wrapped it up with a few selected bits of data and said moving forward the city would have to decide whether it wanted a volunteer organization or a paid, professional city department.

  • I was going through copies of all my old editorials, (and there were quite a few) and to my surprise, most of the topics could have been written concerning the same problems Florida faces today!

    Environmental issues, conservation of water supplies, population growth, tourism, jobs, education and the big mirage (should I even mention it) the hospital!

    Oh, there were others, too many to mention.

  • By Marc Yacht


    Lee County must be commended for the courage to “just say no” to high-stakes testing.  Last week, the Lee County School Board voted to end all state-required testing in the county’s public schools.

    They have had enough with the Common Core agenda pushed by computer corporations and the Gates Foundation.

  • Thank you

    Words can never begin to express our thank you to the many people who lifted us up and supported us during the tragic accident and loss of our beloved little one, Joel Randle Chirieleison. Please know your kind words, thoughts, expressions of sympathy through cards, calls, flowers, food, etc. — but most importantly your prayers — helped us and are helping us get through this day by day. Thank you so much for everything.

  • Adam Weinstein: NRA and its “Docs vs. Glocks” law treat gun owners like children

     I’ve been trying to catch up with Marion Hammer, the former president of the NRA and top lobbyist for the pro-gun group here in Florida, for years.

  • Once again an EPIC thank you to our community for your support in making the First United Methodist Church of Chiefland’s 4th Annual Epic End of Summer Bash a very successful event on Aug. 9, 2014. The response to our request to help kids get ready for school was overwhelming!

    Please be sure to remember to thank all the sponsors/contributors below as we do and support them the way they have supported our community by shopping/dining with them or using their services when possible.

    An EPIC and successful school year to all!

    3 D Barbershop

  • The Journal asked for a copy of my statement today, felt it was only fair to share with the Citizen. It is below in its entirety.

  • True journalists — those who go into the profession with no agendas or selfish motives — hold one thing dear to their hearts–the sanctity of news.

    That means 1) reporting accurately on events that transpired; and 2) presenting both sides of an issue in an effort to better inform the readership.

    The most important aspect of these two points is keeping personal feelings and opinions out of the news. Opinions only belong in one place – the editorial page, under a header that reads, “Opinion.”


    Don't skip the memories

  • Mark Palmer of Sacramento, Calif., read my column a couple weeks ago concerning a man who experienced a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Palmer emailed to tell his own TBI story.

  • By Rebekah McCloud


    I recently took a ride on the new SunRail. I was among the throng onboard for a free ride and to see, as Dr. Seuss would say, “Oh, the places I could go.”

    When I entered the overstuffed car, a young woman immediately stood up and said to me, “Here, momma, take my seat.” And I did. I thanked her and commented about the kindness of her gesture.


    M. C. of Alachua asks, “What’s the deal with the new marijuana law? Someone told me that it didn’t apply to too many people. Is that true? So what is being voted on in November? Is that something different?”

    Dear M. C.:

  •  There I go again—spouting out my opinions about politics, and succeeding only in offending someone, or pushing away another friend. Maybe the old folk wisdom is right: “Don’t discuss religion or politics!” It’s so hard to find someone who agrees with me 100%! Do I have to just shut up and wallow in my frustration alone? Will I ever find somebody that will agree with me on everything?

  • Dear friends and neighbors,

    I want to extend a sincere thank you from myself and my family to all of you for your prayers, flowers, cards and expressions of concern during my recent hospital stay. By the grace of God, I am at home and becoming stronger each day. Your good wishes remind me daily of the power of prayer and the value of loving and supportive family and friends.

  • To the Community of Williston and Levy County,

    It is with sad hearts that the Board of Directors of the Williston Animal Group (WAG) has accepted a letter of resignation from Claudia Parkhurst, vice president. Claudia and her husband Bill are two of the founding members of WAG. As Claudia stated in her letter, they have seen WAG progress from its meager beginnings of adopting out dogs in the Sparr parking lot to the full-fledged non-profit organization with kennel facilities here in Williston with many fun activities in between.

  • When it came time to wean calves from their mothers, several things happened. First, you separated the bull calves from the heifers. The bulls were castrated. The calves were marked and branded and then put together in another pasture behind the cow pen.

    The cows were turned out into the main pasture, and there were two fences between the calves and their mothers. It took from daylight to almost dark, plus five cowboys to get this done. As assistant manager of the Double F, it was my job to see the calves and cows stayed apart until they got over being weaned.

  • By Kevin Concannon, 

  • Mad about what was said

  • In the late 50s, I was living in the Ocala national Forest in an area between the Oklawaha and the St. Johns River. My great-grandfather, Anderson Roberts, homesteaded there when Florida was still a territory. I was working cattle as a day worker, buying and selling a few cows and anything else to make a buck. A couple of the local cowmen, Ray Martin and Billy Holly, told me about a big steer that Mrs. Reynolds wanted to sell.

  • We the sponsors of the Substance Abuse Seminar held last Saturday at Westside Church of Christ in Chiefland want to thank all of our visitors, guests and community leaders for helping to make this seminar a success. We want to say a special thanks to: