Local News

  • Memorial Day 2011
  • Teen, 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 a Levy County Sheriff's Office press release.

    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 Suterlin Jr., 15, is charged with manslaughter and incarcerated at Levy County Jail. State law allows the publication of a juvenile's name when charged with a felony.

  • Deputy injured in fiery crash
  • 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. 

  • Scott vetoes CF Levy Campus money

    Gov Rick Scott's office has released his list of vetoed projects in the state budget and the $4.8 million appropriation for the College of Central Floria Levy Campus was on it.

    The money was for the first phase of construction on 35 acres donated to the school north of Chiefland.

    This is the second blow for the campus as Gov. Charlie Crist vetoed a $14.8 million appropriation to build the campus in the 2010 budget.

  • Commission riles residents with closing of road

    Residents of Ocala Highlands West who packed the Levy County Commission meeting Tuesday morning were outraged by the board's 2-1 decision to close the only Levy County road they have used to go in and out of their neighborhood.
    Southwest 216 Terrace, between County Road 464 and Southeast 59th Lane, is six-tenths of a mile long and it is owned, not by Levy County, but by descendants of Emory Priest, who requested its closure.

  • Levy's jobless rate at 2009 level

    Levy County's unemployment rate dropped in April to 10.3 percent, a level not seen in the county since March 2009.
    In April, figures released by CLM Workforce Connection, the contractor for the state's employment agency, show the number of residents in the work force was 17,237 with 15,458 employed and 1,779 unemployed.
    That's an improvement on the March figures of 10.8 percent unemployment, with 17,415 residents in the civilian labor force of which 15,536 were employed and 1,879 were unemployed.

  • Rainfall, surfacewater down in April

    From staff reports

    The Suwannee River Water Management District released its report of rainfall and surfacewater for the month of April.
    Average rainfall was 2.62 inches, which is 79 percent of the long-term average of 3.32 inches. Eighty-percent of the month’s total rainfall fell during fronts on April 5 and April 28.
    The average 12-month deficit of 1.49 inches was near the long-term average of 54.68 inches.

  • Water rationing in Williston

    Special to the Citizen

    The Southwest Florida Water Management District has declared a Water Shortage Order (SWF 2010-022) for our district that includes Charlotte, Citrus, DeSoto, Hardee, Highlands, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pinellas, Polk, Sumter and parts of Lake and Levy counties.

  • SRWMD adds real-time guage, expands access

    Special to the Citizen

    The Suwannee River Water Management District has added a new gage to its real-time river level network.  
    The Suwannee River at Noble’s Ferry gage, located at the County Road 249 Bridge between Suwannee and Hamilton counties, fills a 23-mile gap between the Ellaville and Suwannee Springs gages.