http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Emergency need for blood donations http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/content/emergency-need-blood-donations <img src="http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/sites/www.chieflandcitizen.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/screen_shot_2017-01-19_at_3.30.22_pm.png" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="179" height="85" /><p> This from LifeSouth:</p> <p> We are currently in emergency need for all blood types. We are especially in need of negative blood types.&nbsp; We have very few Tri-County drives in the next couple of weeks due to the semi-annual &quot;What Colors Do You Bleed?&quot; blood drive on UF campus next week.</p> <p> Ther is a blood drive today (Thursday, Jan. 19, at the College of Central Florida Levy Center until 6 p.m.&nbsp;</p> <p> There is a blood drive in Bronson on Tuesday, Jan. 31, from 10 a.n. to 4 p.m. at the Levy County Courthouse at 355 S. Court St.&nbsp;</p> Bronson boys run past Chiefland on court http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/content/bronson-boys-run-past-chiefland-court <img src="http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/sites/www.chieflandcitizen.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_1124.jpg" alt="Senior Andrew Jenkins (left) and Glen Cooper share a laugh over a recent play during a timeout in Bronson’s home win over Chiefland." title="Senior Andrew Jenkins (left) and Glen Cooper share a laugh over a recent play during a timeout in Bronson’s home win over Chiefland." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> The meeting between the Bronson and Chiefland boys&rsquo; hoops squads last Tuesday in Bronson unfolded in opposite fashion as we&rsquo;re recently used to seeing from the teams.</p> <p> While the Eagles have proved apt at building early leads, only to see them threatened down the stretch by excessive turnovers, the Indians have more often started slow before finding their offensive spark in the fourth quarter.</p> Lady Indians handle Bronson in county clash http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/content/lady-indians-handle-bronson-county-clash <img src="http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/sites/www.chieflandcitizen.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_1005.jpg" alt="Chiefland sophomore Courtney Hayes brings the ball up court; Bronson&#039;s Leah Warman defends." title="Chiefland sophomore Courtney Hayes brings the ball up court; Bronson&#039;s Leah Warman defends." align="left" hspace="6" width="134" height="85" /><p> Chiefland head coach Brian Gore was unhappy with the look of his team in Bronson last Tuesday, calling it one his squad&rsquo;s worst performances.</p> <p> But he didn&rsquo;t question his team&rsquo;s effort, which helped pull the Lady Indians from an early deficit to issue a 46-34 win in the BMHS gym.</p> <p> &ldquo;We played bad, but I was impressed with the fact that when we weren&rsquo;t playing a good game, we still came back and fought and did enough to win,&rdquo; Gore said.</p> Biker dies in Bronson crash http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/content/biker-dies-bronson-crash <img src="http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/sites/www.chieflandcitizen.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/fullsizerender_4.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="88" height="85" /><p> A motorcyclist from Archer died shortly after 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 14, in a collision with a van on U.S. Highway 27A in front of Weeks Marathon station in Bronson, according to a Florida Highway Patrol Report.</p> <p> Michael Blanton, 41, the biker, was pronounced dead at the scene. The other driver in the accident, Donna Cohoon, 60, of Bronson, sustained minor injury.</p> Park manager seeks to strengthen bond between local state parks, community http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/content/park-manager-seeks-strengthen-bond-between-local-state-parks-community <img src="http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/sites/www.chieflandcitizen.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/mark_abrizenski2.jpg" alt="Mark Abrizenski took over last April as park manager of Manatee Springs and Fanning Springs State Parks and the Nature Coast State Trail, he was disappointed at the lack of community involvement in the parks." title="Mark Abrizenski took over last April as park manager of Manatee Springs and Fanning Springs State Parks and the Nature Coast State Trail, he was disappointed at the lack of community involvement in the parks." align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><p> When Mark Abrizenski took over last April as park manager of Manatee Springs and Fanning Springs State Parks and the Nature Coast State Trail, he was disappointed at the lack of community involvement in the parks.</p> <p> Knowing the beneficial mutual relationship between the parks and the local economy, Abrizenski is determined to forge a stronger bond between the two, he told the Suwannee Valley Rotary Club at a meeting in December.</p> Fanning Springs restoration celebration Friday http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/content/fanning-springs-restoration-celebration-friday <p> The Suwannee River Water Management District (District) is hosting the Fanning Springs Restoration Showcase to highlight water resource projects in the Fanning Springs Springshed.</p> <p> Project managers and stakeholders will be on site at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 20 with displays and demonstrations to answer questions and provide information.</p> Dean named permanent county coordinator http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/content/dean-named-permanent-county-coordinator <p> Wilbur Dean, who has been serving as interim county coordinator since the retirement of County Coordinator Fred Moody on Dec. 23, was permanently given the position on Tuesday in a 3-2 vote.</p> <p> Commission Chair John Meeks of Bronson, R-District 1, and Commissioner Matt Brooks, of Williston, R-District 5, dissented on the vote saying they preferred to advertise the position and consider all candidates.</p> <p> Meeks said the assistant position, &ldquo;It was not created to the heir to the throne.</p> WANTED: Citizen of the Year Nominations for 2016 http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/content/wanted-citizen-year-nominations-2016 <p> Do you know someone in the Chiefland area who made outstanding contributions to their community in 2016? If so, please nominate them for Chiefland&rsquo;s Citizen of the Year! Here are some of the things we look for when seeking a candidate for this award:</p> <p> * Significant contribution to the well-being of the community through personal service</p> <p> * Personal effort that has made a lasting, noteworthy, and positive difference * Perception as a role model for good citizenship and volunteerism</p>