Local News

  • School nutrition moves under Ag Commissioner Putnam

    TALLAHASSEE — Effective Jan. 1 the state’s school food and nutrition program moves from the state Department of Education to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, under Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam. The transfer is a result of a legislative measure passed by the Legislature during the 2011 legislative session.

  • EMS Employee of the Year

    Saffron Dodd, Levy County EMS Employee of the Year for 2011, is
    presented the award by Public Safety Director David Knowles as she was honored by the Levy County Commission.  Back row, from left to right, commissioners Chad Johnson, Mike Joyner, Ryan Bell, Danny Stevens and Marsha Drew.


  • Citizen hits the streets late

    Despite the best of intentions with the resolution that the Chiefland Citizen will be on the streets and in post boxes as it has always been, we are falling short of that goal.

    Recently, our press was mothballed. Printing, inserting (where we put in all those wonderful coupons) and addressing of the Citizen was moved to Crystal River where a more modern press can print a better quality product.

  • FHP seeking motorcycle in hit 'n' run

    The Florida Highway Patrol is requesting the public to contact the FHP Communications Center in Jacksonville at 1-800-387-1290 or the the nearest Crime Stoppers Center, with any information about the driver and motorcycle involved in a hit and run at 7:30 p.m. Monday in Suwannee County on U.S. Highway 129 south of I10, according to a FHP press release.

    The motorcycle is black with raised chrome handle bars, with possible damage to the foot peg , fender, exhaust or undercarriage area. The rider of the motorcycle was lasted seen wearing dark clothing and a black helmet.

  • Road closure report through Friday, Jan, 6

    The following is a list of roadwork underway by the FDOT that may impact traffic.

    Archer Road (State Road 24)  Daytime lane closures east of Southwest 34th Street for eastbound traffic to repair concrete drainage inlets.

    Archer Road (State Road 24)  Nighttime lane closures Tuesday through Thursday, 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. to resurface and modify medians between Southwest 44th and Southwest 78th Streets. No daytime lane closures expected.

  • Sheriff's race off to fast start

    Levy County Sheriff Johnny Smith is not on the 2012 ballot seeking re-election, but that did not stop his rival in the 2008 election who is a candidate in the 2012 Republican primary from criticizing his performance.

  • 150 turkeys delivered on Christmas Eve

    When 150 families sat down to Christmas dinner they had something they did not expect to see on the table — turkey.
    “That was a big miracle,” said Freda Freeman, a volunteer with The Children’s Table, of the news that the turkeys would be available as the result of a $20,000 gift from the Walmart Foundation to the food pantry. “They didn’t get any food baskets.”

  • Last day for voter registration for Jan. 31 primary

       The last day to register to vote in the 2012 Florida presidential preference primary is Tuesday, Jan. 3. The primary is Jan. 31.  
       Levy County residents can apply to register to vote at the Supervisor of Elections office at 421 S. Court St., Bronson, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or drop them in the mailbox at the supervisor's office this evening. All applications in the box will be processed, according to a spokeswoman for the supervisor's office. For more information, call 352-486-5163.

  • 100-year pioneers

    Like any good country boy growing up in these parts, Newnan Sanchez knows firsthand about the circle of life, about nature’s delicate balance and how people once lived more harmoniously with the land.
    “I hate to see a lot of Old Florida disappearing,” the 69-year-old Chiefland native said, swaying gently in a rocking chair on the porch of an old cabin where his aunt and uncle once lived. “When I grew up, it was one of the smaller states in the Southeast.”

  • Man charged with killing dog, trying to burn home

    Staff Report
    A Chiefland  man was arrested Friday after a domestic argument that resulted in him killing his dog with an AK-47 and attempting to set his mother-in-law's home on fire, according to a Levy County Sheriff's Office press release.
    Arthur Lee Pipes Jr., 25, of Chiefland, is charged with two counts of aggravated assault, one count of animal cruelty and one count of attempted arson. He is jailed on a $600,000 bond.