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  • Mosquitoes swarm over Trenton

    I was a little bit nervous when Dwight Junkin, owner of Composite FX—a helicopter manufacturing company in Trenton—asked if I wanted to go for a helicopter ride Sunday afternoon.

    “Ever been on one?” he asked.

    “Once,” I said.  “But it was a windy day, the cockpit was crowded and I got kind of freaked out.”

    Junkin smiled. “Want to try it again?”

    “Uhh, sure. I guess, umm, yeah,” I said nervously.

    “Well come on, let’s go talk to Gary.”

  • Traffic accident kills two, injures another

    Two 17-year-old girls died in a pickup truck crash last Sunday morning near Romeo, and a third teen was seriously injured.

    The Florida Highway Patrol reported that Tiffany Oliver, of Williston, and Marqui Cook, of Morrison, were killed when the truck they were riding in rolled and struck some trees.

    Passenger Nicole Brown, 15, was injured.

    The crash occurred at about 2:56 a.m. Sunday, just north of Dunnellon on U.S. 41 at Northwest 13th Street.

    The three were headed north in Oliver’s 2000 Chevy 1500 pickup.

  • Improvements to U.S. 19 to begin in January

    A Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) project along 11 miles of U.S. 19 in southern Levy County is scheduled to begin Monday, Jan. 4.  The project will include resurfacing the roadway, adding paved shoulders and extending drainage structures.     

  • Cedar Key TNR reaches 535 cats

    The Cedar Key Trap-Neuter-Return program has accomplished all that it can, said Doreen Bauer of Faraway Inn. Last week, TNR spayed and neutered 34 cats, bringing the total number to 535 Cedar Key cats in three and half years.

    “At this point, there are only about 50 cats left, and those are the smartest, most tricky, and hardest to catch,” Doreen said. “The really smart cats are the ones breeding. Over time, those 50 will turn into a lot more. We can’t do anymore without the community’s help.”

  • The Week Ahead

    Monday Toys for Tots Distribution

                The annual Toys for Tots distribution for Levy County will be from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at First Baptist church in Bronson.

                The distribution for Gilchrist County will be on Wednesday from 11 .m. to 6 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Trenton.

  • Merry Christmas!

     May this Christmas bring the blessings of family and friends gathered and sharing.

    The staff of the Chiefland Citizen is taking the day off to celebrate.

  • Yearty, Parker seek new trial
  • Prosecutor named to replace Judge Smith

    Assistant State Attorney Tim Browning has been named to replace Levy County Judge Joseph Smith on the bench. Smith is due to retire on Dec. 31.

    Gov. Charlie Crist's office announced the appointment Monday afternoon, just days after Smith was honored at a retirement reception.

    Browning, a native of Miami, was chosen over two attorneys who have full-time practices in Levy County: Ronald Stephens and Charlotte Weidner.

  • FDOT: Mistake made on bridges

    A mistake by the Florida Department of Transportation District 2 office means Cedar Key will not get three promised bridge replacements.

    The October announcement that four bridges would be replaced by the Florida DOT was a mistake, said Gina Busscher, Public Information Director for DOT District 2.

    In late September, the DOT sent a memorandum of agreement to the Levy County Commission, which was approved with much public fanfare and sent back to DOT.

  • New fire chief on the city’s horizon

    Chiefland is a bit closer to having a new fire chief.

    In a special meeting at City Hall Monday afternoon, the city commissioners picked six applicants from a pool of 29 who had applied for the position, which was left open after Fire Chief John Ward was fired last month.

    Mayor Teal Pomeroy said the commission based its choices on three main criteria:  previous job experience, education and whether or not the applicant was local.

    “It definitely helps if they’re local.  It’s an easier fit for the community,” he said.