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  • Event celebrates 150 years of local history

    Chunky Pond, Levyville, Bronson – no matter what it was called, it was always the centerpiece of Levy County.
    That was but one of the hundreds of historical snippets shared Saturday as Levy County celebrated the 150th anniversary of the Atlantic to the Gulf Railroad that connected Fernadina Beach to Cedar Key.
    The brainchild of David Levy Yulee, Florida senator and the first Jewish member of Congress, the railroad began in 1856 and after several starts-stops, at last reached Cedar Key in 1861.

  • Community Outreach Team to visit Williston, Bronson Saturday

    Special to the Citizen
    People in need of assistance with food stamp and Medicaid applications, blood pressure and diabetes screening, resources for elders, supplemental food and employment services can get help when the Levy County Community Outreach Team visits these locations on Saturday:
    • Williston Community Center-Town Hall, 50 N.W. Main St., Williston, 9-11 a.m.
     • Levy County Health Department, 66 W. Main St., Bronson, , 1-3 p.m.

  • Spring’s latest arrival

    It took the manatees several minutes to approach the dock on the spring run at Fanning Springs State Park Thursday morning. Several stout mammals, two bearing scars from the props of boats, waited until a small motorboat made its way back out to the Suwannee.

  • Chiefland 4-H member wins Suwannee Fair swine contest

    A Chiefland student and member of Farm Pals 4-H won the 2011 Grand Champion Swine trophy, pennant, blue ribbon and Montana Silversmiths belt buckle on Monday with his 275-pound pig. Check Thursday's Citizen or come back to the Citizen website for the details on the Fair.

  • Spring’s latest arrival

    It took the manatees several minutes to approach the dock on the spring run at Fanning Springs Sate Park Thursday morning. Several stout mammals, two bearing scars from the props of boats, waited until a small motorboat made its way back out to the Suwannee.

  • Two Chiefland women selected for contest

       The Florida Watermelon Association announced recently that Erica Leigh Drummond, 18, of Tallahassee, and Rachel Danielle Kee, 20, of Chiefland, have been selected as contestants for Florida Watermelon Queen.
       Drummond is the daughter of Dwayne and Debbie Drummond. Kee is the daughter of Lorraine Martin. Both will join an elite group of young women, ages 18 to 23, from throughout Florida to compete for the state title.

  • Newborn manatee calf sighted at Fanning Springs State Park
  • Levy man finalist for exclusive honor

    Bill Brown, a Levy County resident who has devoted much of his life to helping feed the hungry in North Central Florida, is among 20 finalists for an honor bestowed by this country's most exclusive organization — the living recipients of the Medal of Honor.
    The members of the Congressional Medal of Honor Society, which has fewer than 90 members, bestows the nation's highest civilian award on three individuals annually on March 25, National Medal of Honor Day in a ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va.

  • County's oldest black church burned for parking

    Levy County's last standing black church that was more than 100 years old is no longer standing.
    As a training exercise by the Chiefland Fire Department, the Adamsville African Methodist Episcopal Church burned to the ground Monday evening. Fire chief James Harris said his department regularly has controlled burns of old structures at the owners' request.

  • Railroad Days chug into Levy County

    It was a political defeat that set the wheels in motion for the development of Levy County.
    David Levy Yulee, an advocate for Florida statehood and the state's first U.S. Senator, did not win re-election in 1850, so he revived a plan he had from 1837 to build a railroad across Florida through land grants and the sale of stock.