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Local News

  • Business Council has new leader, mission

    With a new director and a renewed commitment to economic growth, the Nature Coast Business Development Council is ready for a big year.
    The NCBDC has hired Dave Pieklik as the executive director of its 10-member board. He will also oversee the Levy County Enterprise Zone Development Agency.
    Pieklik, 34, had been working the last four years for the City of Inverness, in Citrus County, as a special events and programs assistant director. He also has extensive experience in print and broadcast journalism.

  • Veterans honored at luncheon

    The annual Champions of Freedom Appreciation Luncheon at the Tommy Usher Center in Cheifland was a wonderful success.  The guest speaker was Lieutenant Colonel  (US Army, Ret.) William Halker.  In his military career, Lieutenant Colonel Halker specialized in military intelligence operations and is the recipient of numerous awards and decorations.

  • Public Safety hosts CF Sim Lab

       The Levy County Department of Public Safety is inviting the public to stop by on Friday and Saturday to check out the College of Central Florida's new Mobile Simulator Lab during its visit to the Emergency Operations Center on County Road 32 in Bronson.  The lab will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.

  • Commandments to go on tour

    With no discussion on the matter, Chiefland City commissioners voted 4-0 Monday night to allow the Ten Commandments monument placed in front of City Hall to be removed by its owner so that it can tour the state.

  • Sheriff's lieutenant fired after arrest

    A Levy County Sheriff's lieutenant has been terminated following his arrest Friday on charges of taking a county employee captive at the home they once shared and attacking her.

  • Sheriff's lieutenant arrested

     Levy County Sheriff's Lt. Zachary Knight, 38, has been suspended without pay following his arrest in Chiefland on Friday on charges of armed sexual battery, false imprisonment, and aggravated assault and tampering with a victim, according to a Sheriff's Office press release.

    The Florida Department of Lawe Enforcement arrested Knight following an investigation that was referred by the Sheriff's Office following a complaint. 

  • County News Briefs

    Splitting the bill with Gilchrist
    The Levy County Commission, which shares the cost for a joint Guardian ad litem program office in Chiefland with Gilchrist County, approved splitting the bills on more items for the office.
    Last year the county approved paying 60 percent of the bills for the office because it generated  60 percent of the cases. Earlier this year the commission approved a 70-30 split after the number of Gilchrist cases dropped.

  • Levy tobacco group brings oral cancer patient to schools

    Special to the Citizen
    Not many people live through the experience of having oral cancer, but Rick Bender did. He now spends his life educating people about smokeless tobacco and his experience in an effort to reach people with a valuable prevention message.
    The Levy Coalition Against Tobacco will host Bender on a tour of local schools and a public presentation on Tuesday, Nov. 15.

  • Two die in accident

    A Williston man and a Bronson man died when their pickup trucks collided head-on two miles south of Bronson on U.S. Highway 27A shortly after midnight Sunday according to a Florida Highway Patrol report.
    James V. Race, 48, was driving his 1997 Mazda B3500 northbound in the inside southbound lane of U.S. 27A, headed towards Bronson when he struck a 1988 Ford F150 pickup driven by Eric L. Miller, 48, head on.
    Race was airlifted to Shands Hospital at the University of Florida in Gainesville where he later died.

  • It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

    Chiefland City Manager Grady Hartzog, left, talks with city workers Monday about how to install the city’s new Christmas lights, seen in snowflake splendor.