Local News

  • 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. 

  • Fourth person dies in Inglis shooting

    The small town of Inglis is picking itself up and applying bandages — physical and mental — where needed this week after a man unhappy over the end of his 32-year marriage on Thursday killed his ex-wife, himself and a man who tried to intervene out of concern that children playing across the street were in harm's way. He also shot a fourth man who was still fighting for his life at a Gainesville hospital.

  • Fanning raises denied in tentative budget hearing

    Fanning Springs city council members voted to approve the tentative budget with changes, which included removing proposed raises for city employees.

       The budget hearing was moved to Monday after a previous meeting was recessed, when a council member had to leave and the quorum was lost.