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Local News

  • Yearty, Parker trial to begin Monday

    Levy County Commisioners Sammy Yearty of Gulf Hammock and Anthony “Tony” Parker of Bronson were on top of the world just a little over a year ago. Both had been re-elected — Yearty handily and Parker in an 88-vote squeaker.

    The next day, Yearty was in federal court accused in an unsealed federal indictment of soliciting and accepting bribes in return for using his position on behalf of a fictitious company, Gideon Development and the developer, an undercover agent who went by the name “Sean Michaels,” and of lying to federal investigators.

  • Officials meet,discuss future of area springs

    Officials and representatives from at least a dozen businesses and state and local government organizations gathered Thursday at Fanning Springs City Hall to discuss the fate and preservation of Manatee and Fanning Springs.

    Carol Lippincott, an environmental consultant, coordinated the meeting and started it off with an update on what is currently known about the health of the springs.

  • Williston man charged with abuse, molestation; mother with neglect of girl, 2

    A Williston man has been charged with lewd and lascivious molestation on a two-year-old girl while his girlfriend was charged with neglect of a child.

    Alexander Merida, 32, and Christina Morales, 28, were arrested Nov. 20 after an investigator with the Department of Children and Families was called to their residents on NE 48 Street.

    According to the sheriff’s office, the investigator noticed injuries to the child's face and scheduled a medical examination the following day. The sheriff’s office was brought into the case following the exam.

  • Dixie County’s only former POW dies at 88

    Clarification:

    The following story on Charlie Combs, a POW during World War II, said He was captured in Guam and was just a half mile from where an atom bomb was dropped on Japan. The story should have said Combs was taken from Guam to Japan after being captured by Japanese forces.

    Story:

    Charlie Combs got a rough start on life, and much of his youth was a battle for survival.

  • Bronson mayor refuses to resign

    Clarification

    A Nov. 19 Citizen story that said Bronson Mayor Franklin Schuler resigned from his job as a Levy County  Sheriff’s corrections officer I, a position he held for 19 years, as a result of a reprimand, should have said Schuler resigned after he received the reprimand because Schuler said he felt the sheriff could not be trusted to back him.

  • The Week Ahead

    Monday

    Cooks can get a break at CHS pie auction

    Cooking Thanksgiving dinner is stressful enough without having to worry about baking a dessert as well.

    So take the easy way out and buy dessert at the Chiefland High School pie auction. The city’s best cooks contribute their signature sweets to the sale.

    The doors to the school cafeteria open at 5:30 for a preview. Bidding starts at 6 p.m. County Commissioner Chad Johnson, a professional auctioneer, will do the honors.

  • The Week Ahead

     

    Veterans Day is Wednesday.

    Ida is a tropical storm whose status is changing, so keep track of this hurricane/tropical storm by clicking on the TROPICAL UPDATE  button at the top of the Chiefland Citizen web page at www.chieflandcitizen.com.

  • Chiefland recieves praise for being left in the dark

    It’s not hard to gaze upon the night sky and be overcome with awe and wonder.  It’s the great unknown.  Many of our beliefs have spawned from it, and some of our greatest minds spend their lives trying to come to terms with it.

    It’s inspired artists of every discipline, and our exploration and study of it have fostered some of our greatest technological achievements.

  • County gets its feet wet on water issues

    The Levy County Commission is looking for information on water — how much there is, how it is being used, where it is going and whether to join or form a water authority.

    To that end it is checking whether a larger meeting place will be needed for a joint workshop on the region's water supply with the Suwannee River Water Management District and South West Florida Water Management District. The workshop set for noon, Dec. 8 at Bronson's old town hall, would also include representatives from the county's eight municipalities and the public.

  • Dixie Humane Society needs holiday foster homes for pets

    Dixie County Humane Society is participating in the national “Foster A Lonely Pet For the Holidays” pet fostering program starting today and having a foster/adoption event on Sunday, Dec. 6 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Walmart in Chiefland.

    Across the country, over 13,000 pet rescue organizations are trying to empty their kennels for Christmas, encouraging members of the public to invite a pet home for the holidays.