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Opinion

  • My husband and I are presently deployed to Guantanamo Bay Naval Station, Cuba. Our home of record is Inverness, Florida. On a recent trip home, we were traveling along Rt. 19 on our way to Tallahassee and eventually to Pensacola to visit our children and grandchildren.

  • The Florida Legislature passed a transportation bill, CS/HB 5011, during the 2009 Legislative Session creating an $800 million fee/tax increase for the people of Florida.

    Beginning September 1, certain fees for driver license and motor vehicle services will significantly increase as a result of the Florida Legislature’s efforts to balance the state budget because of declining tax receipts due to the slowed economy.

  • Editor

    There are things that we all don't like to here. Especially when its the bad things that we pretend aren't there.

    Every parent has the same fear, of their child being hurt or in danger when were not there . We as parents know we will protect them and always give them proper care .

  • Editor:

    As manager of Florida’s fish and wildlife resources, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is diligent in protecting native species and habitats. When an exotic species invades our natural landscape, it is our duty to do everything possible to ensure those invaders do not expand their range and harm the fragile balance of Florida’s unique and abundant wildlife.

  •  You gotta’ give it to Vice Mayor Theresa Barron, she can hang in there with the best of 'em. Take this Christmas lights thing. Barron wants the city to buy Christmas lights instead of leasing them.

    Total cost to adorn light poles on US Highway 27A and U.S. Highway 19 is about $14,000.     And that's just for part of the town. If she could get 100 light poles decorated, it would cost about $23,000. And they come with a three-year manufacturer's warranty. That's if the city had bought them in July.    

  • I would like to thank family, friends, organizations, and all other supporters for donations and encouragement in helping me attend the College Connection at the Art Institute of Ft. Lauderdale. This summer program gave me great insight on what attending this school would be like upon high school graduation. Each day I was engaged in activities with excellent instructors who were currently involved in such professional fields as game design and computer animation. I really did enjoy having hands-on experience in the department of Computer Animation.

  • By DANIEL J. VANCE

    Following a distressing situation that would have emotionally crushed most of us, 38-year-old Patrick Donohue of New York City has been able to redeem a great amount of good from it to benefit millions of Americans. I consider what Donohue has been doing one of the most important, largely untold stories in America today.

  • I want to wish "Cracker" Johnson well as he begins his chore as a County Commissioner.

        As a former Commission Candidate for District 1 in 2008, I campaigned along side of Mr. Blitch and Mr. Macri and they ran a good hard campaign. They spent a lot of money and walked many miles on the campaign trail.

        In my opinion, These two gentlemen should have been appointed to the two empty seats by the Governor. They both garnered a lot of votes.

  • Drama is defined an exciting, emotional or unexpected series of events or set of circumstances. Most of us know that. But there are so many of us who live it. Drama. With a capital “D”.

    In any environment, whether it’s school, work, family or social, there’s always Drama. Most people keep it to themselves, handle it privately and we never know what is going on.

    But then there are those who over exaggerate everything and thrive on the crisis of the minute. You know them too.

  • Dear Levy County,

        Hello, it’s me again, the short, fat, hairy legged guy with the big hat. Words will never express the gratitude my family and I have for you.

        We must say "thank you" again to the 8,818 Voters last November. We were humbled and blessed then and continue to be today by those who have fought for almost nine more months for my Appointment. Thank You for your prayers and words of encouragement.

  • To the Editor:

        The resignation of Senator Mel Martinez is insignificant since he was a lackluster RINO (Republican In Name Only) and did not properly represent the best interests of the State of Florida and the United States.

  • Levy County Public Library System's summer programs will end this week.

    Thank you to all the parents and daycares that made them a huge success. Summer programs are always fun at the library.

    Regular monthly programs will be starting again in September for the school year. Please contact your local librarian for specific dates and details.

    Thank you to all of our community helpers:

    Family and Consumer Sciences Levy County Extension which provide weekly healthy snacks and handouts;

  • Last week, the news came that the cash for clunkers program ran out of money in a week.

    And there was just a hopeful murmur out of Washington that the recession may be bottoming out.

    Here in Levy where more than 1 in 10 folks is unemployed, there might have been some agreement--especially in Chiefland where there are hopeful signs of an economy working hard to recover. Behind First Baptist Church, the $220,000 Harmony Baptist Pregnancy Center is being built.

  • Commissioner,on July 26 I found myself in a life-threatening situation. While handling a large sheet of steel I completely severed my Ulnar artery in my arm. The blood loss was out of control and 911 was called immediately. We were informed, “There is only one vehicle serving the Chiefland area now, and it is on a call, and it will take some time before a backup can be dispatched from Bronson.” No matter how much we wrapped the injury the blood would not stop pouring out. Chiefland Fire Department was called and thank God a provider was at the station at 3 p.m.

  • The Florida High School Athletic Association has released the results of its 2007-2008 sports participation survey. You can read it at http://www.fhsaa.org/programs/participation/2008_09.asp. Coincidentally, or not, FHSAA board also was scheduled to meet this Wednesday to (hopefully) rescind its recent decision to reduce schedules by 20 percent for all high school sports except football and cheerleading. A Title IX lawsuit filed last month in Jacksonville is surely one reason for reconsidering the policy.

  • So just as the police and sheriff are telling me  there is a surge in economic crimes in the county, our office gets hit  with a credit card scam.

    Advertisers are calling and coming into the office  after being contacted by someone - with from a blocked phone number -  saying they are from the "Chiefland Bulletin" and they need credit  card information to update their records.

    A call to the Levy County Sheriff's Office confirms  

    that one customer has already called them to make a report. Chiefland  

  • A noble act may be one of giving, caring, or sharing. It may be an act of enlightenment, just enough truth to guide someone’s path. Truth enough to stand the test of time, time enough to see the truth in something we believe in. The cornerstone of government that our forefathers intended for us was, “government for the people, by the people.”

  • Things I'd like to see when I come back to Chiefland for a visit:

  • The death notice box has been busy the past couple of weeks, in fact, so busy that it's hard to keep up.

    Ed McMahon, Michael Jackson, Farrah Fawcett, Gale Storm, Karl Malden, Billy Mays, Steve McNair, Robert McNamara – those are some of the big names who left us during the past couple of weeks.

    They say the deaths of famous people come in threes. If that's the case, we have far exceeded our quota.

  • There's been a lot of talk the past few years about cities and counties charging accident victims for the response of emergency personnel to their mishaps.

    Williston went round and round about it some time ago, and Chiefland implemented it.

    Ocala and Belleview in Marion County have done it.

    But it won't happen any more ... not in Florida.

    The Legislature passed, and the governor signed, Senate Bill 2282, which took effect July 1.

    Part 1 of each section, one dealing with counties and the other with cities, reads: