http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Too cool for school http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/content/too-cool-school <img src="http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/sites/www.chieflandcitizen.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_0373_0.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="57" height="85" /><p> Mason Hancock of Georgia was one of many spring breakers who visited Fanning Springs State Park last week for a dip in the icy waters.</p> <p> The park is open from 8:00 a.m. until sundown, 365 days a year. Admission is&nbsp;$6 per vehicle with two to eight people, or $4 for a single occupant.</p> Want ALS? Get ready to pay http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/content/want-als-get-ready-pay <img src="http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/sites/www.chieflandcitizen.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/1_312.jpg" alt="Abraham Blitch" title="Abraham Blitch" align="left" hspace="6" width="65" height="85" /><p> <strong>&bull; Read the consultants report by clicking on the link at the end of the story.</strong></p> <p> A majority of the Chiefland City Commission acknowledged on Monday what it had been loathe to do in the past two years: It will have to find more than $71,000 annually to pay for Advanced Life Support services, plus at least $55,000 in startup costs.</p> <p> And at the same time, the county could cut its fire/first responder service contribution by almost $67,000.</p> New Holiday Inn will pay no county taxes http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/content/new-holiday-inn-will-pay-no-county-taxes <img src="http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/sites/www.chieflandcitizen.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/holiday_inn_express.gif" alt="The new Holiday Inn Express logo. Launched in 1991, Express is the fastest growing hotel chain in history going from 0-1,000 hotels in ten years. " title="The new Holiday Inn Express logo. Launched in 1991, Express is the fastest growing hotel chain in history going from 0-1,000 hotels in ten years. " align="left" hspace="6" width="168" height="85" /><p> Fanning Springs has gotten over what Mayor Trip Lancaster called the &ldquo;last hurdle at this point&rdquo; regarding the Holiday Inn project.</p> <p> The Gilchrist County Commission passed a 100 percent tax abatement 4-0 for the development project, Lancaster said during his mayor&rsquo;s report at the Fanning Springs city council meeting last Tuesday.</p> <p> Later, in a phone interview, Lancaster said they agreed to the tax abatement for the hotel itself with one commissioner, Todd Gray, abstaining as he is a commercial builder.</p> Overdue traffic tickets 40% off Saturday http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/content/overdue-traffic-tickets-40-saturday <img src="http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/sites/www.chieflandcitizen.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_0048.jpg" alt="“This could help restore your driving privileges,” said Levy County Clerk of Court Danny Shipp in announcing the program on Thursday. " title="“This could help restore your driving privileges,” said Levy County Clerk of Court Danny Shipp in announcing the program on Thursday. " align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><p> Attention traffic ticket scofflaws! Your opportunity to get that overdue traffic fine off your conscience and that suspension off your driver&#39;s license for the unpaid ticket is coming.</p> <p> Operation Green Light, sponsored by the Florida court clerks, will be underway on April 18, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. where you pay just the fines and fees and not the 40 percent overdue collection fee and then get your license cleared.</p> <p> &ldquo;This could help restore your driving privileges,&rdquo; said Levy County Clerk of Court Danny Shipp in announcing the program on Thursday.</p> Volunteer fireman saves man http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/content/volunteer-fireman-saves-man <p> Chiefland Fire Rescue Volunteer Firefighter Kevin Davis says he did what he was trained to do, enter a burning structure and rescue anyone inside. That&#39;s what he did when he rescued a burned man from a fiery bed at Manatee Springs Motel, at 2226 N. Young Blvd., on Sunday, April 12 at 10:48 p.m.</p> Bronson observation deck on the horizon http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/content/bronson-observation-deck-horizon <p> Bronson plans that originally included a nature trail and observation deck have been scaled back to include just the observation deck portion.</p> <p> Council member Beatrice Roberts asked where they were with the nature trail at last Monday&rsquo;s town council meeting, as they said they could not do anything with the multi-purpose building until they&rsquo;ve developed that property.</p> <p> They will get together during the month of April to scale back the drawing and go from there, Town Clerk Kelli Brettel said.</p> Fields of Faith coming to Chiefland April 22 http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/content/fields-faith-coming-chiefland-april-22 <p> Students from Chiefland Middle High School will host a first-ever &ldquo;Fields of Faith&quot; on Wednesday, April 22, at 6 p.m. to share their Christian faith with fellow students. The interdenominational outreach event will be held at Wayne Pridgeon Football Stadium.</p> 5K funds helps children whose parents have cancer http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/content/5k-funds-helps-children-whose-parents-have-cancer <p> Camp Kesem at the Florida State University, an organization dedicated to helping children affected by a parent&rsquo;s cancer, announces its 1st annual Superhero Scramble 5K, event on Sunday, April 26 at 9 a.m. at the Integration Statue on the Florida State University campus (near Woodward Ave. and Tennessee St.)</p>