Local News

  • Stone named vice chair of judiciary committee

    State Rep. Charlie Stone of Ocala (R-District 22), who represents Levy County is the new vice chairman of the House Judiciary Committee.

    Stone, who was holding office hours in Chiefland on Wednesday morning and in Cedar Key in the afternoon, said Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford had just informed him of the appointment. 

    The appointment is good news for the freshman legislator who also serves on the Innovation Committee, Civil Justice Subcommittee, Education Appropriations Subcommittee and the Local & Federal Affairs Committee.

  • County goes with rollback millage, for now

    The Levy County Commission has set the tentative property tax millage rate at 8.3307 for the coming year, but it could back off that number by Sept. 30 when the final budget is adopted.

    The unanimous decision came in a Tuesday morning meeting where the commission also received three proposals from engineering firms interested in doing work under the RESTORE Act fnding. 

  • Inglis, Levy Sheriff’s Office ink contract

    By A.B. Sidibe

    Special to the Citizen

    INGLIS — The town commission has cemented what was set into motion in Marchwhen citizens in this southern Levy County hamlet voted to scrap their police and fire services and hand the work to the county.

    In a special meeting on Thursday, the Inglis Town Commission voted 3-2 to award the sheriff’s office a law enforcement contract that runs through 2017.

  • School grades released by the state

    Grades for 2013 Levy County elementary and stand alone middle schools were released on Friday.

    But combination schools like Bronson Middle/High School and the county's stand alone high schools, including Cedar Key High School, Chiefland High School and Williston High School, are waiting on their grades.

    The results: 

    • Chiefland — the Middle School moved from an A grade in 2012 to a B in 2013, while the elementary school went from a C in 2012 to a D in 2013;

  • Court Dispositions published July 25

    Kimberly Ann Alderman, aggravated negligent manslaughter of child changed to child neglect, 5 years probation. Must pay probation cost.

  • Sheriff's Report & Most Wanted for July 25

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office reports the following arrests:

  • Summer slump hits Levy workers; unemployment inches up to 8.3%

    It was not unexpected, but today's jobless report shows unemployment in Levy County inched up to 8.3 percent — up half a point — in the month of June. 

  • Be wary: it’s mosquito season

    Recent rain and the mosquitoes it will inevitably help breed is prompting area officials to remind people to take precautions this summer.

  • City to raise millage, water rates

    The City of Chiefland, wrestling with financial woes, has decided to tentatively raise the property tax millage for the first time since 2008 and to raise base water rates for the first time in three years.

  • Fanning Springs mayor meets governor

    Fanning Springs Mayor Cheryl Nekola met with Gov. Rick Scott and discuss several local issues with him during the Florida Rural Economic Boot Camp on July 11 in Okeechobee at the Indian River State College.

    The Mayor met with Scott, the keynote speaker for the event, to discuss issues pertinent to the area such as the Fanning Springs Historical Park, the state park and the Community College of Central Florida Levy Campus, and their impact on the local economy.