Local News

  • Water rationing in Williston

    Special to the Citizen

    The Southwest Florida Water Management District has declared a Water Shortage Order (SWF 2010-022) for our district that includes Charlotte, Citrus, DeSoto, Hardee, Highlands, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pinellas, Polk, Sumter and parts of Lake and Levy counties.

  • SRWMD adds real-time guage, expands access

    Special to the Citizen

    The Suwannee River Water Management District has added a new gage to its real-time river level network.  
    The Suwannee River at Noble’s Ferry gage, located at the County Road 249 Bridge between Suwannee and Hamilton counties, fills a 23-mile gap between the Ellaville and Suwannee Springs gages.

  • Golfers swing for record Saturday Austin’s Warriors aim for $15K for cancer research

       In 2008, when Austin Allen was nine weeks old he was diagnosed with a rare disease, infantile acute myeloid leukemia.
       Today, Austin is a feisty, active boy who turns three years old in July thanks to five rounds of chemotherapy using a study drug researched, developed and funded by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

  • Remember those who gave their all

    Several towns are planning ceremonies to remember the sacrifice of veterans for Memorial Day this holiday weekend.
    While there is no tribute planned in Chiefland, there are ceremonies in Old Town, Cedar Key and Bronson.
    Ivan Chubb, the Veterans Representative for the Veterans Administration, is organizing the Cedar Key and Bronson events.

  • New Christmas lights could save city thousands

    Santa might be giving the gift of savings to the City of Chiefland this year.
    Last year, out of the belief the city could do a better job of its display of Christmas lights that adorn city light poles, Chiefland resident Marcia Pollack came forward and asked the commission to do something. She told the commission the display was pathetic compared to some of the other cities in Levy County. Commissioners tasked her with finding a solution. And, according to Pollack, she did.

  • Chiefland woman reaches out to Alabama tornado victims

    Amanda Cannon’s eyes teared up as she described her most recent drive to Hackleburg, a small town in the northwest corner of Alabama.
    It was beautiful at first, she said. The countryside was full of blooming flowers, green fields and leafy trees. Then, as she, her husband and two children drove nearer to the town, the scene began to change.

  • Water board votes in favor of conservation

    The state is purchasing  622 acres of environmentally sensitive coastal lands in Cedar Key, thanks to a unanimous decision from the Suwannee River Water Management District Governing Board.
    The board voted 6-0 on May 19 to allow District staff, who have been negotiating since October, to buy the property for $3.31 million, about $5,000 per acre.

  • Bembry not giving up on naming roads for war dead

  • It's time to get prepared: Hurricane season starts Wednesday

    On Monday, Levy County Emergency Management Director Mark Johnson was checking out the TV coverage of the Joplin, Mo., tornado disaster on one screen while cranking up a couple of laptop computers for a tabletop exercise in Chiefland on Tuesday.

  • Missing girl, 10, found at friend's home

    A report of a missing 10-year-old girl cost law officers in four counties a night's sleep but they're happy to learn she was safe at a friend's home.

    Kyia Elane Ellerby was reported missing at 12:30 a.m. Wednesday, after her family said she failed to reach a friend's house after leaving home at 8:30 p.m. She instead went to another friend's home to spend the night.