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  • Old Year's resolutions from City Hall

    It’s been said the only thing that doesn’t change is the fact that everything is always changing, including the City of Chiefland.  So, with the New Year rapidly approaching, let’s take a look at some of the highlights and changes resulting from 2009’s city commission meetings.

  • 2009: Not Levy County’s best year in politics, economy

    The news was not good for Levy County this year as two suspended county commissioners were convicted on political corruption charges, unemployment rose to double digits while property values dropped by double digits, the county budget was squeezed, but the sheriff found money for 15 new cars, and hopes for construction of a new hospital, four replacement bridges, a two-unit nuclear power plant and mining operation were delayed.

  • Mosquitoes swarm over Trenton

    I was a little bit nervous when Dwight Junkin, owner of Composite FX—a helicopter manufacturing company in Trenton—asked if I wanted to go for a helicopter ride Sunday afternoon.

    “Ever been on one?” he asked.

    “Once,” I said.  “But it was a windy day, the cockpit was crowded and I got kind of freaked out.”

    Junkin smiled. “Want to try it again?”

    “Uhh, sure. I guess, umm, yeah,” I said nervously.

    “Well come on, let’s go talk to Gary.”

  • Traffic accident kills two, injures another

    Two 17-year-old girls died in a pickup truck crash last Sunday morning near Romeo, and a third teen was seriously injured.

    The Florida Highway Patrol reported that Tiffany Oliver, of Williston, and Marqui Cook, of Morrison, were killed when the truck they were riding in rolled and struck some trees.

    Passenger Nicole Brown, 15, was injured.

    The crash occurred at about 2:56 a.m. Sunday, just north of Dunnellon on U.S. 41 at Northwest 13th Street.

    The three were headed north in Oliver’s 2000 Chevy 1500 pickup.

  • Improvements to U.S. 19 to begin in January

    A Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) project along 11 miles of U.S. 19 in southern Levy County is scheduled to begin Monday, Jan. 4.  The project will include resurfacing the roadway, adding paved shoulders and extending drainage structures.     

  • Cedar Key TNR reaches 535 cats

    The Cedar Key Trap-Neuter-Return program has accomplished all that it can, said Doreen Bauer of Faraway Inn. Last week, TNR spayed and neutered 34 cats, bringing the total number to 535 Cedar Key cats in three and half years.

    “At this point, there are only about 50 cats left, and those are the smartest, most tricky, and hardest to catch,” Doreen said. “The really smart cats are the ones breeding. Over time, those 50 will turn into a lot more. We can’t do anymore without the community’s help.”

  • The Week Ahead

    Monday Toys for Tots Distribution

                The annual Toys for Tots distribution for Levy County will be from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at First Baptist church in Bronson.

                The distribution for Gilchrist County will be on Wednesday from 11 .m. to 6 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Trenton.

  • Merry Christmas!

     May this Christmas bring the blessings of family and friends gathered and sharing.

    The staff of the Chiefland Citizen is taking the day off to celebrate.

  • Yearty, Parker seek new trial
  • Prosecutor named to replace Judge Smith

    Assistant State Attorney Tim Browning has been named to replace Levy County Judge Joseph Smith on the bench. Smith is due to retire on Dec. 31.

    Gov. Charlie Crist's office announced the appointment Monday afternoon, just days after Smith was honored at a retirement reception.

    Browning, a native of Miami, was chosen over two attorneys who have full-time practices in Levy County: Ronald Stephens and Charlotte Weidner.