Local News

  • Click It or Ticket crackdown under way

       The Florida Department of Transportation will join local and national law enforcement officers and highway safety advocates across the country for the 2011 national Click It or Ticket safety belt enforcement mobilization through June 5.
       During the campaign, officers will be cracking down on motorists who fail to wear their safety belts – both day and night.

  • It’s time to let your voice be heard.

       Levy County merchants work hard for your business. Now you can show them how much you appreciate their efforts by participating in the Chiefland Citizen’s Second Annual Readers’ Choice Awards.
    Inside this week’s Citizen, you’ll find a ballot where you can cast your vote for the “Best of…” Levy County.
       Beginning this week – and for the next three weeks – you will have a chance to let your opinion be known and be entered for a chance to win $25 each week of the contest.

  • Free golf clinic honors Vets

    Attention veterans and active military looking to improve their golf swings: There will be a free clinic honoring those who serve and have served at the Chiefland Golf & Country Club on Saturday.
    Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., with the clinic running from 9-11 a.m. The event is the brainchild of Justin Wasson, a 2001 Chiefland High graduate. He's now the golf professional at Viera East Golf Club in Rockledge. He'll be joined at the clinic by Jamie Howell, a PGA member who was Wasson's golfing coach at Brevard College.

  • Sheriff’s deputy seriously injured in fiery crash

    A Levy County Sheriff’s deputy is hospitalized in the intensive care unit following an accident where his patrol car struck a concrete pole on U.S. Highway 27A in Bronson shortly after 10 p.m. Thursday.
    The car burst into flames and caused bullets in a firearm left inside to explode.
    Sheriff's Cpl. Brian Marra, 36, of Dunnellon, is hospitalized in serious condition in the intensive care unit at Shands Hospital at the University of Florida, according to Sheriff's Maj. Evan Sullivan.

  • Chiefland watermelon festival this weekend

    Chiefland celebrates its biggest cash crop with the 57th Annual Watermelon Festival on Saturday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Thousands come from surrounding communities to relish a free slice of the fruit, enjoy children's activities, buy arts and crafts and view the annual parade.

  • Hearing Tuesday on Beef O'Brady’s alcohol sales

    Update: Correction to reflect vote against alcohol permit on Planning Commission was by Tom Harper.

  • Boy, 15, charged in death at mud bog

    A 15-year-old New Port Richey boy is charged with manslaughter in the stabbing death of a man on Saturday at Horse Hole Creek Mud Bog near Inglis, according to the Levy County Sheriff's Office.
    Roderic L. Sparks, 24, of Crystal River, was pronounced dead at Seven Rivers Memorial Hospital in Crystal River where he was taken following an altercation at the mud pit.
    Christopher Sutherlin Jr., 15, is charged with manslaughter and incarcerated at the Levy County Jail. State law allows the publication of a juvenile's name when charged with a felony.

  • First day of hurricane season — first tropical wave

    The 2011 hurricane season is off to a fast start with two areas of concern around the Atlantic-Caribbean-Gulf of Mexico region.
    A small area of low pressure to the east of Daytona Beach, moving west-southwest at 20 mph is spreading thunderstorm activity over Florida.
    It's not expected to have significant development — just wind and rains over North Central Florida. There is a low chance, 20 percent, that it will develop
    into a tropical storm.
    A second area is causing cloudiness and showers over the southestern and west-central Caribbean Sea.

  • Smoke warning for Dixie County

  • Road and Lane Closures for May 28- June 3, 2011

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