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  • Braves run by Red Devils

    By Mike Capshaw

    sports@chieflandcitizen.com

      Rallying from an early deficit, Chiefland Middle School’s football team scored a 36-20 win against Williston in Wayne Pridgeon Stadium.

    On third down and goal from the 3-yard line with time ticking away in the first half, Jarquez Williams completed the comeback with a touchdown run. He tacked on the two-point conversion to give the Braves (4-1) a 22-20 lead they would never relinquish with 19.9 second remaining in the half of the Thursday game.

  • Drew will not seek election to District 3 commission seat

    Levy County Commissioner  Marsha Drew, of Yankeetown, will not seek election in 2012 to the District 3 seat to which she was appointed in March 2009. 

    "I had been debating it at length for some time," she said on Monday after a special commission meeting. She had announced she would not seek election at an Oct. 18 meeting of the Inglis-Yankeetown Republican Club. "It wasn't any one thing."  

  • Biker event helps grease LARC’s engine

    Lt. Sean Mullins said it was sometime in 2006 when, as a member of the Community Relations Division for the Levy County Sheriff’s Office, he was asked to come and speak to clients of the Levy Association of Retarded Citizens about matters of law, the types of things all people, as members of society, should be familiar with.

    “I had no idea what to expect,” Mullins said. “I gave a little speech, and they really appreciated it … I truly fell in love with them.”

  • Mike Joyner tapped for commission seat

    Michael F. “Mike” Joyner has been appointed by Gov. Rick Scott to fill the District 1 Levy County Commission seat that has been vacant since Nov. 2, 2010.

    The seat was first vacated when then-Commissioner Tony Parker was indicted on federal bribery charges and suspended from office the day after his re-election on Nov. 4, 2008, by then-Gov. Charlie Crist.

    Joyner was an applicant for the open post at that time, but Crist appointed District 1 resident Chad “Cracker” Johnson in July 2009.

  • ‘Misunderstanding’

    Whatever woes may be hanging over Williston’s Tri County Hospital hasn’t affected its open-for-business status.

    As of presstime Wednesday, the hospital is still up and running, despite rumors earlier this week that it was closing its doors.

    The misunderstanding began early Tuesday morning when a call went out over the emergency services radio band that the hospital was not accepting patients.

  • Auditor: City accounts don't agree

    It took months of research, calculating and re-calculating, but three weeks after it was due to the state, the 2010 audit was delivered to Williston City Council.

    Helen Painter, auditor with Purvis Gray & Company, made her official presentation to the council, armed with the 2010 audit. Painter had met individually with council members and the mayor several weeks to discuss the audit and answer questions they might have, prior to the public presentation.

  • Sullivan announces intent to run for sheriff

    Levy County native and sheriff’s office major Evan Sullivan has recently filed paperwork with the Levy County Supervisor of Elections to seek election to the office of Levy County Sheriff.
     A lifelong and fourth generation law enforcement officer, Sullivan explained why he seeks elected office: “I was born and raised in Levy County, and my family has served our community for decades. It would be a great honor for me to serve my fellow citizens as sheriff,” said Sullivan.

  • Firefighter to be honored Sunday

    It has been seven years since Otter Springs Assistant Fire Chief Victor B. Scott suffered a fatal heart attack at an Ocala truck stop while bringing home equipment used in a rigorous fire training exercise.
    He had not felt well at the end of the March 16, 2004, exercise. Because he died the next day, his death was not considered to be in the line of duty and his family was denied benefits.
    But one denial that hurt his family was that Scott would not be listed among those who died int he line of duty at the Florida and National Fallen Firefighters Memorials.

  • October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

    The next time you’re at a family reunion, ball game or church, take a look around you. Choose eight women and study their faces. They could be your sister, your mother, your daughter, your wife, your best friend–maybe in yourself.
    Then sit back and ponder the staggering fact that one of those women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime.
    Despite new strides in treatment-and even prevention-about 12.2 percent of all women will develop the disease. In 2011, more than 230,000 new cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed and 39,000 women will die.

  • City moves forward with investigation

    Williston City Council voted last week to hire a lawyer skilled in labor day to conduct an investigation into the allegations made by City Clerk Nan Mack against Councilor Norm Fugate.
    Mack alleges that Fugate has created a hostile work environment that is affecting her job performance and causing personal health issues.
    In a letter to city council members dated Aug. 11, Mack asked for an investigation and relief from an “abusive situation.”