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Local News

  • Sheriff's race off to fast start

    By LOU ELLIOTT JONES
    editor@chieflandcitizen.com
    Levy County Sheriff Johnny Smith is not on the 2012 ballot seeking re-election, but that did not stop his rival in the 2008 election who is a candidate in the 2012 Republican primary from criticizing his performance.

  • 150 turkeys delivered on Christmas Eve


    When 150 families sat down to Christmas dinner they had something they did not expect to see on the table — turkey.
    “That was a big miracle,” said Freda Freeman, a volunteer with The Children’s Table, of the news that the turkeys would be available as the result of a $20,000 gift from the Walmart Foundation to the food pantry. “They didn’t get any food baskets.”

  • Last day for voter registration for Jan. 31 primary

       The last day to register to vote in the 2012 Florida presidential preference primary is Tuesday, Jan. 3. The primary is Jan. 31.  
       Levy County residents can apply to register to vote at the Supervisor of Elections office at 421 S. Court St., Bronson, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or drop them in the mailbox at the supervisor's office this evening. All applications in the box will be processed, according to a spokeswoman for the supervisor's office. For more information, call 352-486-5163.

  • 100-year pioneers

    Like any good country boy growing up in these parts, Newnan Sanchez knows firsthand about the circle of life, about nature’s delicate balance and how people once lived more harmoniously with the land.
    “I hate to see a lot of Old Florida disappearing,” the 69-year-old Chiefland native said, swaying gently in a rocking chair on the porch of an old cabin where his aunt and uncle once lived. “When I grew up, it was one of the smaller states in the Southeast.”

  • Man charged with killing dog, trying to burn home

    Staff Report
    A Chiefland  man was arrested Friday after a domestic argument that resulted in him killing his dog with an AK-47 and attempting to set his mother-in-law's home on fire, according to a Levy County Sheriff's Office press release.
    Arthur Lee Pipes Jr., 25, of Chiefland, is charged with two counts of aggravated assault, one count of animal cruelty and one count of attempted arson. He is jailed on a $600,000 bond.

  • Track Santa as he heads to you

  • 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."