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  • Horse church permit dragged across finish line

    The Levy County Commission took 90 minutes to make a decision in a request for a conditional use permit for a cowboy church and horse arena to be located on U.S. Highway 27A and Northeast 162nd Court.

  • Senior Health Fair, Chili Cook-Off

    The Chiefland Senior Center will hold its Annual Health Fair and Chili Cook-Off from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 12 at Tommy Usher Pineland Center, Chiefland.

    The event is free to all senior citizens. Health care providers will be on hand to inform seniors of the services available in the community.

    Judging for the chili contest that is open to seniors is at noon.

    The event is sponsored jointly by the Chiefland Senior Center, Haven Hospice and Gentiva Home Health Care.

  • Open season on area monkeys

    Williston resident and county commissioner Danny Stevens got more than he bargained for Sunday morning when he called his 8-year-old daughter, Danielle, to look out the window at the deer knocking corn out of a backyard feeder.
    Upon closer inspection, the “deer” was standing on its hind legs and it wasn’t a deer at all–it was a monkey, specifically a Patas Monkey.
    “It was over three feet tall,” Danielle said Monday, with her father adding with its arms outstretched and standing, it was much bigger than that.

  • Board to move millions to local investment firm

    It appears the Levy County School Board will be shifting millions of dollars to a local company in the immediate future.
    During Tuesday's morning meeting, benefits analyst Donna Turner presented the board with two options for converting the district's 401k supplemental retirement plan from Winn Pellett in Atlanta. That represents $3.52 million in participant assets, with 374 total accounts of which 169 are actively participating.

  • Levy water supply to meet demand

    A new water assessment by the Suwannee River Water Management District projects no water shortages for Levy County over the next 20 years.
    “The supply is adequate to meet the demand,” said Carlos Herd, SRWMD’s water supply project manager.
    According to the assessment, the counties that show the greatest reduction in water supply by the year 2030 are Gilchist, Alachua, Suwannee, Union, Columbia, Bradford and Baker. Herd said the counties lie in the northeastern portion of SRWMD’s 15-county jurisdiction.

  • Mosquitoes swarm Trenton four years in a row

    Composite FX, a Trenton company that builds one-person helicopters known as Mosquitoes, kicked off its 4th Annual Mosquito Factory Fly-in Monday.  
    This year, the three-day event, attracting pilots and helicopter enthusiasts from all over the country, featured helicopter rides, flight instruction, a factory tour and the aerial acrobatics of Mosquitoes.

  • Economy sets tone for city in 2010

    Ask city Commissioner Rollin Hudson what the toughest issue facing the city was for the last year, and he’ll tell you it was the economy.
    “When you don’t have any money to spend, well, you don’t have any money to spend,” Hudson said last week in a phone interview.
    But, he added, he couldn’t see the city “raising taxes on somebody that can barely function.”

  • County reflected nation’s political mood, economy

    Levy County was a reflection of the nation in 2010 as residents struggled with stubbornly high unemployment and at least every eighth person was without a job, land values continued to drop, foreclosures slowed, some businesses closed while new ones moved in, and lower tax revenues affected public services.

  • We Wish You A Merry Christmas!

    The Chiefland Citizen offices will close at 5 p.m. today, Dec. 23,  and will reopen on Monday, Dec. 27, at 8 a.m. in order to celebrate the holidays with our families and friends. We hope you are able to enjoy the holiday with loved ones. If you are travelling, may you have a safe trip.

    The Citizen is on newsracks and in mailboxes. Be sure to check out the special "Letters to Santa" section by the Chiefland Elementary School students in today's paper.

  • Emergency need for O-negative blood

           LifeSouth Community Blood Centers, which supplies 19 hospitals in north and central Florida with blood and blood products, is issuing an emergency appeal for O-negative blood due to a critical shortage of this type.