Local News

  • Injured deputy recovering at home

       Levy Sheriff's Deputy Cpl. Brian Mara, critically injured when his patrol car hit a concrete utility pole in Bronson on May 26, is recovering at home in Dunnellon after leaving the hospital on Monday.
       Mara, who was responding to a call when his vehicle collided with another, hit the pole and burst into flames, will undergo physical therapy. No date has been set for his return to the force.

  • Florida drought wilts crops, sparks wildfires

    By A.B. Sidibe
    Special to the Citizen

    A severe drought across Florida is wilting crops, sparking wildfires and sinking one of the country’s largest lakes to historically low levels.
    The majority of the state is experiencing the drought, prompted by La Nina conditions characterized by unusually cold ocean temperatures that are causing similar dry spells across the southern U.S., from New Mexico all the way to the Atlantic coast and north to Delaware.

  • Readers’ Choice Week 1 Winner

    Diane L. Hamilton of Chiefland was the Week 1 winner of the Chiefland Citizen’s Readers’ Choice Awards drawing.
    From now through June 29, readers of the Chiefland Citizen will have the opportunity to cast a vote for the business that goes above and beyond in its respective category (this week’s ballot can be found on Page 11A).

  • City to own Christmas lights

    After several years of debate, city commissioners finally committed to buying lights to line the streets of Chiefland during Christmas.
    Commissioners voted 4-1 Monday night in favor of purchasing 60 pole lights for about $23,000. Mayor Teal Pomeroy voted against the decision.
    “Last year, we seriously considered doing away with lights,” Pomeroy said. “The fact of the matter is the city is broke.”
    Chiefland resident Harry Hutson said he agreed with Pomeroy.

  • 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and acceptance of a bribe and lying to the FBI in an interview were upheld by the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in an unpublished ruling released Wednesday.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.

  • City’s inaction blamed

    Chiefland resident Paul Yatsko’s not happy about what’s going down at Eddie Buie Recreational Park.

  • Free Wednesdays for hazardous waste at landfill

    Each Wednesday from 8 a.m. to noon, people can drop off household hazardous waste for free at the Levy County Landfill on County Road 335 between Bronson and Williston.

  • Mandatory burn ban in effect

    Levy County has been declared a disaster area due to drought and wildfires, and a mandatory burn ban is in effect.

  • Mandatory burn ban in effect, disaster declaration issued

    Two emergency orders have been issued declaring a disaster in Levy County due to the continuing drought and high risk of wildfires, and making a burn ban mandatory.

    A voluntary burn ban had been issued a week ago. The new order makes open burning a second degree misdemeanor punishable by a fine up to $500 and up to 60 days in jail. It also bans burns not approved by the state Department of Forestry and the sale or use of fireworks in the unincorporated county

    The disaster declaration makes the county eligible for federal emergency funds.

  • Storm knocks down power lines

    Strong winds associated with a thunderstorm rolling through Levy County knocked downed several power lines in the area Monday evening.

    Power lines are down on Levy County Roads 345, 346A and 129, west of 346A. There's also a power line down on Old Fannin Grade road. The Chiefland Police Department and Chiefland Fire Rescue are redirecting traffic away from those roads.