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Opinion

  • I wish to thank all the contributors and participants, volunteers and staff for making the 2012 Florida State NASP Tournament a very special event.  First of all, the kids, of course, the best bunch of kids you could possibly gather in one place, they were terrific, as were their coaches.  Thanks to Safari Club International of North Florida, Tom Powell and Ray Pringle, Bear Archery Products of Gainesville, Neil Byce and Eric Godkin, Morrell Targets, Bernie and Dale Morrell and Woods ‘n Water Magazine for their contributions to the live event. 

  • Each morning cases come across my desk for review and I see the ways that folks are victimized by others seeking money through a variety of sources.
    The gamut ranges from charitable contributions to classified ads and the result is that frequently folks are getting diminished or zero return on their money. This, in a time when money is universally tight. If we are to avoid these scams, we need to get smarter about our responses.    

  • By Toni C. Collins
    Levy County Historian
    A problem that has faced military tacticians throughout history is how to effectively move men and equipment to areas of conflict. When Gen. Zachary Taylor became commander of the forces fighting the Seminole Indians in the Territory of Florida in 1838, he quickly devised a scheme to facilitate a more rapid response to emergency situations.

  • " Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence."

    Robert Frost,
    American poet

  • By TONI COLLINS
    Levy historian

    There are few things that can make one’s heart skip a beat like the words, “The mail’s in!”. The expression conjures up images of a color postcard with a picture of the Statue of Liberty, a letter from a loved one in battle halfway around the world, or even the Sears Roebuck Christmas catalog.

  • By ELIZABETH WARREN

  • “The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world's problems.
    Mahatma Gandhi

  • By TONI COLLINS
    Levy historian

    At the March 1896 meeting of the American Institute of Mining Engineers, a report was given on the Albion phosphate district located in the northeast corner of Levy County. The area embraced a territory about four miles wide and six miles long. The Florida Central and Peninsular Railroad, which ran from Fernandina, a shipping port on the Atlantic, to the Cedar Keys, on the Gulf of Mexico, passed through the center of the district.

  • The Family of William (Bill) Sheffield Jr. would like to thank everyone for their calls, prayers, cards and food during our time of sadness.
    Everything was gratefully appreciated.
    Thank you,
    The Family of Bill Sheffield.

  • I am so upset with the shenanigans that went on at Tuesday’s (Feb. 14) Suwannee River Water Management District Governing Board meeting, that I have to speak out. They are playing political games with our drinking water. People need to know.
    I have been going to SRWMD Governing Board meetings regularly for over 10 years now. The current Governing Board of the Suwannee River Water Management District just doesn’t get it.

  • According to the American Diabetes Association, type 2 diabetes occurs when a person's body “does not produce enough insulin or the cells ignore the insulin.” It's the most common form of diabetes.
    Barb Landes of West Liberty, Ohio, has been reading this column in the River Current. She knows diabetes better than just about anyone: her late father had type 2 diabetes, she has been a diabetes nurse educator for more than 30 years, and she herself was diagnosed in 2008 as having pre-diabetes.

  • By ELIZABETH WARREN

  • Submitted by TONI COLLINS
    Levy County historian

  • A few words for candidates
    It's the New Year and already the political races in Levy County are hopping — or should I say the charges are flying?
    Here at the Citizen we want to be of service to our readers and allow candidates to communicate with the public.
    But as with all things, there are a few rules.
    A. The Chiefland Citizen will allow you a one-time free announcement in the news columns where the candidate can make an unfiltered statement of their candidacy. Some have already been published.

  • By JAMES SNYDER

  • By GARY MILLER