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  • Merry Christmas

    Your friends at the Chiefland Citizen wish you and yours the happiest Christmas of all!

  • CPD adds new officer

    Replacing former Chiefland Police Department officer Calvin Hardge effective Dec. 20, a member of the Chiefland High School class of 1991 joins the CPD.

    Al Horne, 35, has been working for the past year as a correctional officer with the Levy County Sheriff's Office. He was born in Chiefland and has lived here his whole life.

    Before serving at the Levy County Jail, Horne was a welder for many years, he said.

    CPD Chief Robert Douglas is very happy with the new addition to the force.

  • Predator registers

    On Dec. 5 Arthur Pope Matheny registered with the Levy County Sheriff's Office as a sexual predator. He previously was a transient in Marion County. He resides at 21930 S.E. 66 St., Morriston.

    Matheny was convicted in Marion County Dec. 10, 1996 for a lewd and lascivious act on a child less than 16 years of age and failed to register as a sexual predator on Sept. 20, 2005 in Marion County.

  • Burnt cars appear to be accidental

    The office of Florida Fire Marshal Alex Sink investigated a blaze that destroyed two sports utility vehicles and damaged two other vehicles in front of Manatee Springs Apartments in Chiefland on Dec. 12, according to records.

    Lt. Robby Stephens of the Jacksonville office of the State Fire Marshal said Det. Matt Legler believes the fire started in a 1995 Chevy Tahoe as the result of faulty wiring. There were several electrical components installed by the owner, Stephens said. Do-it-yourself electric wiring in vehicles can present problems.

  • Toys for Tots program helps thousands

    BRONSON - Another successful year of the Toys for Tots program by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve in the Tri-County Area led to the distribution of toys to more than a thousand families on Dec. 13 and 14 in Levy, Gilchrist and Dixie counties.

    The delivery of toys to parents in Levy County on Dec. 13 happened at First Baptist Church of Bronson. Last year, it was at First United Methodist Church of Chiefland.

    Vince Arcadi, Tri-County Toys for Tots coordinator, said the distribution was moved to Bronson to make it more central for the whole county.

  • Students speak up in contest

    Ever try and stand up in front of a large audience and present a speech? The youth of Levy County have the opportunity to do just that.

    The Tropicana Public Speaking Program for Levy County students culminated on Dec. 6 with the County School contest held at Bronson Middle/High School.

  • Bronson batters football-depleted Newberry

    With all but one varsity player unavailable last Thursday night, Dec. 6, Newberry High's basketball Panthers brought up the whole junior varsity and went out to face the Bronson Eagles.

    Bronson overwhelmed them 72-42 in a hard-fought mismatch.

    Nine of Newberry's varsity players are on the football team that played Saturday for the state championship, and one more player was hurt. That left the Panthers' JV alone to handle the varsity Eagles.

    They started off pretty well.

  • Lady Braves top Fort White

    The Chiefland Middle School girls basketball team turned on the jets in the second half aganst visiting Fort White on Thursday, Dec. 6, powering the Lady Braves to a 33-16 victory.

    Chiefland trailed 12-9 at halftime but went on a 17-2 burst to start the second half.

    On Tuesday, the CMS boys defeated Trenton, 33-29. Hermie McClendon led the way with 14 points. Marcus McMahon had eight points. Deric Allen had seven points and Deshawn Roland had four.

  • Dixie's straight 16 sinks JVs

    The Chiefland High boys junior varsity basketball team kept it close against host Dixie County for a while last Friday night, but a second half cold spell allowed the host team to pull away to a 58-34 victory.

    Chiefland pulled to within 41-29 early in the third quarter. However, Dixie rattled off 16 straight points as the Indians suffered from poor passing and shooting.

    The Chiefland JVs played Tuesday night at Williston and are home against Newberry on Friday night.

  • Ajay Ulmer: We've only just begin

    While the Florida high school football championships are being played in Orlando, Chiefland High coach Ajay Ulmer has had the chance to reflect on his first year in charge of the Indian gridiron tepee.

    Although he probably isn't much of a fan of the old singing group The Carpenters, one of their hit songs "We've Only Just Begun" would describe what 2007 was all about.