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  • High winds rekindle Badland flames

    About 90 homes, businesses and other buildings near the Goethe State Forest were threatened Monday by a fire that's been burning in the area since April.
        Ludie Bond, wildfire mitigation specialist with the Florida Department of Forestry, said the fire, now officially known as the Badlands Fire, picked up steam Monday when it was fed by strong downdrafts from an approaching storm.
        "The fire started getting extremely aggressive and extremely erratic."

  • Voluntary burn ban in effect for Levy

    Levy County Emergency Management in cooperation with Florida Division of Forestry have decided to institute a VOLUNTARY burn ban for Levy County.

    Here are some of the reasons why this decision was made:

    •Levy County has not received significant long term rainfall in 30 days.

    •The drought index currently is 638 and is expected to rise until we have rainfall. To see the state drought index go to http://flame.fl-dof.com/fire_weather/KBDI/index.html

  • Judge upholds most of award in sex abuse case

    Editors 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.

     

  • Helping Hands for June 2

     Central Florida Community Action Agency has funds available now to help pay household cooling bills. To qualify, the calls for assistance are accepted on the first three Mondays of each month beginning at 8 a.m. Appointments are given on a first-come-first-served basis. Some evening and weekend appointments are available upon request. No assistance can be given to walk-in applicants. Please bring all requested documents to the appointment. In Levy County call 352-493-1734.

  • Click It or Ticket crackdown under way

       The Florida Department of Transportation will join local and national law enforcement officers and highway safety advocates across the country for the 2011 national Click It or Ticket safety belt enforcement mobilization through June 5.
       During the campaign, officers will be cracking down on motorists who fail to wear their safety belts – both day and night.

  • It’s time to let your voice be heard.

       Levy County merchants work hard for your business. Now you can show them how much you appreciate their efforts by participating in the Chiefland Citizen’s Second Annual Readers’ Choice Awards.
    Inside this week’s Citizen, you’ll find a ballot where you can cast your vote for the “Best of…” Levy County.
       Beginning this week – and for the next three weeks – you will have a chance to let your opinion be known and be entered for a chance to win $25 each week of the contest.

  • Free golf clinic honors Vets

    Attention veterans and active military looking to improve their golf swings: There will be a free clinic honoring those who serve and have served at the Chiefland Golf & Country Club on Saturday.
    Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., with the clinic running from 9-11 a.m. The event is the brainchild of Justin Wasson, a 2001 Chiefland High graduate. He's now the golf professional at Viera East Golf Club in Rockledge. He'll be joined at the clinic by Jamie Howell, a PGA member who was Wasson's golfing coach at Brevard College.

  • Sheriff’s deputy seriously injured in fiery crash

    A Levy County Sheriff’s deputy is hospitalized in the intensive care unit following an accident where his patrol car struck a concrete pole on U.S. Highway 27A in Bronson shortly after 10 p.m. Thursday.
    The car burst into flames and caused bullets in a firearm left inside to explode.
    Sheriff's Cpl. Brian Marra, 36, of Dunnellon, is hospitalized in serious condition in the intensive care unit at Shands Hospital at the University of Florida, according to Sheriff's Maj. Evan Sullivan.

  • Chiefland watermelon festival this weekend

    Chiefland celebrates its biggest cash crop with the 57th Annual Watermelon Festival on Saturday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Thousands come from surrounding communities to relish a free slice of the fruit, enjoy children's activities, buy arts and crafts and view the annual parade.

  • Hearing Tuesday on Beef O'Brady’s alcohol sales

    Update: Correction to reflect vote against alcohol permit on Planning Commission was by Tom Harper.