Local News

  • Commandments to go on tour

    With no discussion on the matter, Chiefland City commissioners voted 4-0 Monday night to allow the Ten Commandments monument placed in front of City Hall to be removed by its owner so that it can tour the state.

  • Sheriff's lieutenant fired after arrest

    A Levy County Sheriff's lieutenant has been terminated following his arrest Friday on charges of taking a county employee captive at the home they once shared and attacking her.

  • Sheriff's lieutenant arrested

     Levy County Sheriff's Lt. Zachary Knight, 38, has been suspended without pay following his arrest in Chiefland on Friday on charges of armed sexual battery, false imprisonment, and aggravated assault and tampering with a victim, according to a Sheriff's Office press release.

    The Florida Department of Lawe Enforcement arrested Knight following an investigation that was referred by the Sheriff's Office following a complaint. 

  • County News Briefs

    Splitting the bill with Gilchrist
    The Levy County Commission, which shares the cost for a joint Guardian ad litem program office in Chiefland with Gilchrist County, approved splitting the bills on more items for the office.
    Last year the county approved paying 60 percent of the bills for the office because it generated  60 percent of the cases. Earlier this year the commission approved a 70-30 split after the number of Gilchrist cases dropped.

  • Levy tobacco group brings oral cancer patient to schools

    Special to the Citizen
    Not many people live through the experience of having oral cancer, but Rick Bender did. He now spends his life educating people about smokeless tobacco and his experience in an effort to reach people with a valuable prevention message.
    The Levy Coalition Against Tobacco will host Bender on a tour of local schools and a public presentation on Tuesday, Nov. 15.

  • Two die in accident

    A Williston man and a Bronson man died when their pickup trucks collided head-on two miles south of Bronson on U.S. Highway 27A shortly after midnight Sunday according to a Florida Highway Patrol report.
    James V. Race, 48, was driving his 1997 Mazda B3500 northbound in the inside southbound lane of U.S. 27A, headed towards Bronson when he struck a 1988 Ford F150 pickup driven by Eric L. Miller, 48, head on.
    Race was airlifted to Shands Hospital at the University of Florida in Gainesville where he later died.

  • It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

    Chiefland City Manager Grady Hartzog, left, talks with city workers Monday about how to install the city’s new Christmas lights, seen in snowflake splendor.

  • Levy County Veterans parade in Bronson Friday

    Levy County's official Veterans Day parade rolls down U.S. Highway 27A from the Bronson Post Office to State Road 24 at 11 a.m. Friday.
    Because Bronson High School's Homecoming is  the same day the students will be joining the county's official salute.
    The parade will split into two with the Veterans Day portion continuing left on SR24 to  the turnoff for the Bronson Sports Park. The Homecoming portion of the parade will continue to the right on SR24.

  • 11 arrested in Levy, Dixie drug raids

    Eleven people have been arrested on a variety of drug charges in two separate raids conducted last week by the Levy and Dixie counties sheriff’s offices and the Chiefland Police Department.
     The Levy County Sheriff's Office and the Chiefland Police Department executed three drug search warrants simultaneously in the Chiefland area.  The operation began shortly after dark on Nov. 3.

  • Two die in plane crash

    Two men died when the 1956 Beech Craft T-34 plane they were in crashed shortly after takeoff from a private field into a wooded area in Morriston at 4:30 p.m. Saturday.
    Dead are Ralph Ken Terry, 74, of Daytona Beach, the passenger, and Mike Fuller, 47, of Port Orange, the pilot.
    The plane was registered to Terry, a pilot with over 60,000 hours of flight time and retired after 30 years of service with Northwest Airlines.