Local News

  • $26.4 million awarded in sex abuse case

    Editor’s Note: It is the practice of the Chiefland Citizen to not include names or information that could potentially identify victims of sexual abuse or crimes.

    Two children who accused their uncle of sexually abusing them have taken a long and winding road to obtain justice and they are still unrequited.
    This is not a case that will put someone in prison.

  • DNA leads to arrest of Chiefland man

    Chiefland police say they have linked a Chiefland man in several burglaries at Chiefland schools that happened in late December.
    Nick McCray, 24, was arrested Monday after he came down to the Chiefland Police Department on an unrelated matter, according to CPD Lt. Ray Tremblay, lead investigator on the case.
    DNA evidence, collected from the scene and sent to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, was used to connect McCray to the crimes, Tremblay said Tuesday.

  • Time limits set for Tarmac hearing Tuesday

    When the Levy County Commission meets to consider Tarmac's application for a special exception for the King Road Mine speakers should be prepared to get to the point quickly.
    That's because Commission Chairman Danny Stevens (R-District 5) of Williston has set time limits for speaking during the quasi-judicial hearing at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in Courtroom A at the County Courthouse in Bronson.

  • Fire districts not reorganizing

    All those reports you may have heard about the county's fire districts being reorganized into three units and a new position being created for a county fire coordinator is nothing to worry about, said Cedar Key Fire Chief Robert Robinson.
    "Anything you are reading in the newspapers is not happening," he said.
    The chief reminded the City Commission as its April 21 meeting that he is vice chairman of the Fire Advisory Board.

  • ‘Firewise’ your home

    Landscaping plays a major role in whether your home is destroyed in a wildfire. About 50 firemen and homeowners, mostly from Levy County, attended a Tuesday meeting in Chiefland about how to have a "firewise" home.
    The meeting, hosted by the Friends of the Luther Callaway Library in Chiefland and coordinated by the Florida Department of Forestry, also explained the benefits of prescribed burns, what’s legal and not legal to burn and how to understand proper and safe ways to burn.

  • Wild Hog Race set for Saturday

    The 34th Annual Wild Hog Canoe & Kayak Race is Saturday on the Waccasassa River.
    There is no actual address for the event, but coordinator Margie McGarva tells folks the race begins at the Waccasassa Bridge on State Road 24, six miles west of Bronson, Registration begins at 7:30 a.m.
    “We’ve had a really good turnout so far,” McGarva said. “We’ve got 25 boats signed up, and we’ll probably get another 25 on the day of the race.”

  • Full of the Easter spirit

    A youngster beams with excitement during an Easter egg hunt for pre-kindergarteners at Manatee Springs State Park Thursday afternoon.

  • Nugent has town meeting in Chiefland

    About 40 people showed up at Chiefland's City Hall Tuesday afternoon at a town hall meeting to listen to U.S. Congressman Rich Nugent (R - Florida) talk about how a federal budget proposed by Congressman Paul Ryan (R - WI) is the only plan that will lead to "prosperity."
    "You can't take every penny you make to pay off your debt," Nugent told the crowd.
    Government spending is out of control, he said.

  • Crime up in Levy County

    Gov. Rick Scott may be crowing about Florida having its  lowest crime rate in 30 years in 2010 with a drop of 6.6 percent, but Levy County experienced a 4.1 percent increase in crime.
    The numbers released by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement on Monday come from crime report information submitted by local law enforcement agencies to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
    According to the report:
    • Population went from an estimated 40,674 residents to 41,451 in 2010
    • Murder was dwon from 1 murder in 2009, to none in 2010

  • Commission still unsure about water ordinance

    City commissioners made no decision Monday night on approving a draft of the city's new mandatory water connection ordinance.
    The ordinance, which received its first reading at Monday's regular meeting, requires city residents living within 300 feet of a city water line to get connected. Residents living farther than 300 feet are exempt, though they would still have to pay the minimum monthly water charge. The ordinance recently came back from the city planning board after objections about the original ordinance having no distance requirement.