Local News

  • An apology for late delivery of Citizen

    Due to printing problems the Chiefland Citizen is late reaching post boxes and news racks.

    The Chiefland Post Office will be delivering the Citizen on Friday. The staff of the Citizen would like to thank the Post Office staff for their help this week.

    The newsracks will be delivered today.

    To our readers, we apologize for the inconvenience coming during Christmas week. You have our promise this will not be happening in the future.

    May you have a Joyous Christmas.

  • Fanning Springs made whole in redistricting

    The municipalities of Bronson and Fanning Springs, which faced being split under a proposed redistricting plan for Levy County Commission and School Board districts, have been made whole under boundaries approved by the commission on Tuesday.

  • Lack of funding, local interest kills springs meetings

    Efforts to educate people about the plight of area springs have been hampered due to lack of funding from state and local agencies.
    Carol Lippincott, coordinator for the Fanning and Manatee Springs Working Group, announced recently that funding for the meetings, which have been taking place quarterly for the last four years, ran out in November.

  • Bronson council says it won't repay money

    Bronson Council members were in agreement Monday night about their stance on money provided to them by the Levy County School Board for the town's sewer expansion project.
    “We walk away, and they walk away," said Vice-Mayor Franklin Schuler. "I'm in agreement with that. That's the way it should be, anyway."

  • Santa Clam

    Elsie Osborne, 2 1/2 years old, of Chiefland, tells Santa Clam what she wants for Christmas during the holiday celebration on Dec. 17 in Cedar Key. Santa Clam, who wears overalls and clammers' white boots, arrives by boat every year to hear children's wish lists and deliver gifts. Osborne is the daughter of Laura and Michael Osborne.

  • Chiefland Rotary has big gift for Haven

    There may not have been many dove bagged at the Chiefland Rotary Club's annual Buck Mitchell Memorial Dove Hunt in November, but there were lots of bucks bagged on behalf of Haven Hospice — $7,000 in all.  William A. Lapole, left, associate director  of development for Haven, accepts the check from David Renaud, president of the Chiefland Rotary Club on Dec. 15.

  • Local dog in holiday parade

    Jessie McDonald, 9, of Old Town, coordinated her outfit with that of her dog, Tiny Tiger, for the Cedar Key Canine Christmas Celebration. The parade around downtown Cedar Key, which attracted more than 30 dogs and their owners
    and admirers, was held Saturday, Dec. 17.


  • DHSMV warns customers about unnecessary fees

    TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles has issued a warning to its customers about deceptive websites that lure people into paying a fee to access DHSMV’s online motorist services. The official-looking websites require their customers to pay a surcharge for their assistance. DHSMV does not require a surcharge for any of its websites -- www.GoRenew.com and www.flhsmv.gov and others. The Department posts fees on www.flhsmv.gov. 

  • Dry, dry, dry, dry, dry

    As if it wasn't enough that the low water on the Suwannee River forced the cancellation of last Saturday's lighted boat parade on the Suwannee River, the Suwannee Valley Rotary Club was told that water supplies are getting lower and action needs to be taken.
    David Still, executive director of the Suwannee River Water Management District, in a presentation that was loaded with data and graphs available on the district's website said, "Citizens want to know information and they want it right now."

  • Light station opens for holiday season

    It took about half an hour for the small fiberglass tour boat to make it from the oyster-encrusted dock at Cedar Key to the small island known as Seahorse Key.
    About a dozen passengers, clad in windbreakers and lap blankets, sat quietly, bobbing in unison with the gray waves of low tide. An osprey, clutching a fish in its talons, watched the boat from the channel marker it was using as a perch.