Local News

  • FDOT Road and Lane Closures for October 10-16


    Hawthorne Road   Daytime lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. from County Road 234 to the Hawthorne town limits to work on the shoulders.

    Hull Road (UF Campus)  Daytime lane closures and sidewalk closures between Southwest 34th Street and Mowry Road to build concrete sidewalk/trail.

  • City gets $1.5M grant for hospital infrastructure

    The City of Chiefland has accepted a $1.5 million grant by the state Department of Economic Opportunity to pay for construction of a road and other infrastructure needed for the proposed Suwannee River Community Hospital and medical building.

  • Fanning's budget: no raises, millage same

     It did not take much tweaking for the Fanning Springs City Council to approve budgets and property tax millage when they met on Monday, Oct. 5

    They had pretty much fine tuned it in prior meetings.

    By a 3-0 vote Council members Jane Nogaki, Ron Queen and Barbara Locke approved a budget with $3,443,092 in appropriations and $182,617.94 in reserve for the fiscal year that started on Thursday, Oct. 1. The budget includes $2,680,070. in grant funds.

  • Sheriff finds funds for inmate insurance

    Levy County Sheriff Bobby McCallum said he has paid the premium for inmate health insurance that skyrocketed from $51,000 a year to $152,000 and he hopes he will not need more money in his budget from the County Commission.

    The sheriff said he has had a number of vacancies in his operation, including being short dispatchers, deputies and detention officers, and those unpaid salaries in last year’s budget helped pay this year’s premium.

  • Bronson concert wins county blessing

    The Country Music Fest & Mud Bog Races being held at Bronson Speedway on Oct. 16 and 17 got the green flag from the Levy County Commissioners after businessman Robert J. Nichols satisfactorily answered questions about overnight camping, alcohol sales and security.

  • The American Hero (Part 2)

    By Drinda Merritt

    Mayor of Inglis

    Walter “Buzz” Terhune, born in New Jersey to a military family on June 4, 1947, died a hero protecting the children of Inglis and Yankeetown on Oct. 1, 2015.

    Buzz, as he was fondly known, was a wounded Vietnam veteran, serving our country proudly enduring three tours of duty, and leaving the Army with several Purple Hearts as a 2nd lieutenant.  He was a fiercely patriotic man with a rich family history of service dating back to the American Revolution and forward. 

  • The American Hero

    By Andrew Caplan

    Special to the Citizen

    Much of Walter “Buzz” Scott Terhune’s Thursday was spent catching up with friends and family and preparing for a vacation to Cocoa Beach with his companion.

    He never made it.

  • Ribbon cutting held for new EMS station in Fanning Springs

       The opening of a new EMS station in Fanning Springs means a good deal to one Fanning Springs resident.

       "I love it. I think it's very important and I'm very grateful," Nancy Hauk said of the new ambulance station. 

       Hauk's husband, Conrad Hauk – a retired firefighter who started in the career when he was 16, went into cardiac arrest earlier in the year and died. She called for help and said her heart sank when she heard the ambulance would be coming from Chiefland. 

  • We're back! Come see the remodeled Citizen office

    We are just minutes away from unlocking the door on our office renovation at the headquarters of the Levy Newspaper Group — Chiefland Citizen, Williston Pioneer, Cedar Key Beacon, Tri-County Bulletin and FYI magazine. 

    Please stop by and say hello. We have missed having you visit. Let us know what you think of the remodeled digs. 

    We look forward to seeing you!

    Melissa Waters, Gina McKenzie, Donna Stacy, Tom Oaks, Fred Wilson, Ashley McDougal, Lou Elliott Jones and Carolyn Ten Broeck.

  • Lane closures starting Monday at Walmart/Winn Dixie traffic light

    Motorists who travel among U.S. 19 in Chiefland where it crosses the entrances to the shopping plaza where Winn Dixie is located and the entrance to the Walmart need to be alert for work being done on the traffic lights at that busy intersection starting Monday. 

    The Florida Department of Transportation will have daytime lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the intersection to install a new traffic signal system.

    Drivers need to be aware of traffic changing lanes and workers at the site.