Local News

  • State trail gets national designation

    By A.B. SIDIBE
    Special to the Citizen
    The Withlacoochie State Forest Trail was designated as a National Recreation Trail by the U.S. Department of Interior on June 15.
    With the designation, the Withlacoochee State Trail joins Tom Varn Hiking and Jogging Trail in Brooksville as the 2011 Florida inductees in the National Recreation Trail program.

  • FWC prohibits campfires on public lands until wildfire threat subsides

    In light of significant drought conditions and the increased threat of wildfires, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), in cooperation with the state Division of Forestry and other partner agencies, issued an executive order June 16 prohibiting campfires in wildlife management areas, wildlife and environmental areas and all other lands it manages.

  • Bay scallop season to open early, close late this year

    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) reminds people that the recreational harvest season for bay scallops in Florida will begin Saturday and extend through Sept. 25. The FWC, in support of Gov. Rick Scott and Cabinet, added three weeks to this year’s season to help  Florida fishing communities suffering from possible economic hardships due to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

  • FWC supports ‘Operation Dry Water’ for 3rd year

    Last year, 17 people died from boating accidents related to alcohol and drug use in Florida.
    “Alcohol- and drug-related boating accidents are preventable,” said Capt. Tom Shipp, of the FWC’s Boating and Waterways Section. “Even one death is too many.”

  • Yearty conviction upheld by appeals court

    Suspended Levy County Commissioner Sammy Yearty's appeal of his convictions on solicitation and acceptance of a bribe and lying to the FBI in an interview were upheld by the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in an unpublished ruling released Wednesday.
    The ruling by the three-judge panel of the Atlanta court is a victory for District Chief Judge Stephan P. Mickle and Assistant U.S. Attorney Greg McMahon, the judge and prosecutor in a series of public corruption trials against officials in Levy and Dixie counties.

  • Helping hands

     Chiefland Post Office
    really delivers

  • Seniors Vs. crime

    Bob McFadden, director of the Levy County Sheriff's Department's Citizen On Patrol (COPs) program, talks with about a dozen seniors at the Chiefland Multipurpose Senior Center on Tuesday. He was there as part of the "Seniors vs. Crimes" program, which teaches seniors about scams, among other things. "If anybody sends you anything or calls you with anything you're not sure about, give us a call. And never send any money."

  • District champs!!!

    Chiefland's Morgan Anderson stretches to scoop up this throw in time to put out a Lafayette runner during this past weekend's District 4 softball tourney in Gainesville. Chiefland outscored opponents 65-14 to win the district and advance to the 12-under state tournament July 6-10 in Ponte Vedra.

  • Road and Lane Closures for June 18 - 24, 2011

    LAKE CITY:  The following is a list of roadwork underway by the FDOT that may impact traffic.

    Interstate 75  Daytime lane closures just south of Newberry Road (State Road 26/Exit 387) from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to allow crews to widen the northbound exit ramp onto Newberry Road. Traffic is shifted to the west just south of the interchange because of the addition of a barrier wall on the east side of the project.

  • Presidential hopeful courts Levy County

    John Davis, a businessman seeking the Republican nomination for president, brought his three-foot star-spangled pipe wrench and his brand of fixer-upper conservative politics to Levy County on Tuesday.
    The pipe wrench represents the Colorado resident's campaign theme, "Let's Fix America."
    Davis, who is on his sixth bus trip around the country to raise awareness of his campaign, said Levy is the 644th of the country's 3,260 counties he has visited.