Local News

  • Accident victims identified

    A Bronson woman was killed and her teen passenger seriously injured in an one car crash on U.S. Highway 27A on Wednesday, Sept. 30, at 6:43 a.m., according to a Florida Highway Patrol report.

    Jessica R. Perrault, 34, was pronounced dead at the scene, and her passenger, Janessa Taylor, 15, was transported to UF Health Shands Hospital. There was no update as of Thursday moring on the teen's condition, according to a FHP press release.

  • Crab Fest shooter takes plea deal

    The man who opened fire in the middle of a crowd at the 2013 Crab Fest, killing one person and wounding four others will serve a minimum 20 years in a plea deal sealed in Levy County Circuit Court on Friday.

    All of the sentences on the six charges, rqanging from 10-20 years, are to be served concurrently by Devonte Tremaine Ocasio, 23, of Ocala. He was found guilty on all charges and sentenced by 8th Judicial Circuit Senior Judge Maurice Guinta on Friday morning after several hours of negotiations between his attorneys and the State Attorney's Office.

  • Watch the Levy County Commission meeting on Sept. 22

    The Chiefland has started live streaming of the Levy County Commission meetings on the Chiefland Citizen channel on Ustream and making the videos available on the Chiefland Citizen channel on You Tube. 

    And we are making it available on our website.

    Please take a moment and let us know what you think. One viewer told us he wanted pizza with his live stream. 

    Thank you for watching.

  • Pet adoption event successful

    Levy County's efforts to move animals out of its shelter are showing some signs of progress.

    “This was our most successful pet adoption event yet,” said David Weatherford, director of Levy County Animal Service, which operates the county's shelter. He said on Saturday that nine pets were adopted in the first two hours.

    By the end of the event, nine dogs and four cats he found their fur-ever companions and homes.

  • County keeps EMS medical directors

    Levy County's emergency medical director said it could suffer from the rural paradox — that when folks call for help they are sicker than their counterparts in an urban area and the transportation takes a long time to reach them and get them to a hospital for treatment.

    But, it does not, said Dr. Jason Jones and Dr. Adrian Tyndall, both of the University of Florida Medical Director Services.

  • Delinquent property owners get warning

    Notice to property owners who have unpaid taxes from 2009 and have an unclaimed tax deed, you can expect to receive a letter warning you to pay up or the county will be able to apply to take possession of the property tax certificate and eventually the property.

    The Levy County Commission on Tuesday approved sending a letter to the owners of properties whose tax certificates were up for sale on June 1, 2009.

  • FWC issues warning about boating scam

    Attention Boaters,

    If you have received or heard about an email claiming that certain rivers in north Florida will be closed to all outboard activity, be aware that this message is false and was not sent from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC).

    All normally open waterways are still open to the public and no public meetings are currently planned.

  • Trial for Crab Fest shooting

    Trial has been set for Monday, Sept. 28 for Devonte Tremaine Ocasio, charged with the death of one man and the wounding of four other people during the 2013 Crab Fest in East Williston.

    In a hearing last week before 8th Judicial Circuit Senior Judge Joseph Smith, Ocasio's attorney, Michael Hines said there had been no formal plea agreement offered by the State Attorney's Office.

    And as he went to say his client did not want to plea bargain, O'Casio spoke up and said “I am not interested in doing that.”

  • Suwannee water district approves millage, budget

    The Suwannee River Water Management District held the first of two public hearings to discuss the tentative budget and millage rate for the fiscal year starting Oct. 1.

    The tentative budget is $43,335,921 and the tentative roll-back millage rate is 0.4104. The tentative budget represents a 6.8 percent reduction over the current budget. The roll-back millage rate is the rate that generates the same amount of property tax revenues as approved for the previous fiscal year.

  • Taxes, assessments stay same

    The property tax rate will remain at its current rate of 8.2741 mills and the assessments for fire, EMS, solid waste and roadway maintenance will remain the same.

    The rates were finalized, along with a a few amendments to the budget for the fiscal year starting Oct. 1. The tentative budget, approved Sept. 3, was $59,418,506, but some last minute grants helped it to grow to $60,523,360.

    The Levy County Commission approved the property tax and assessments, and the budget in a public hearing on Monday evening.