Local News

  • Livestock Judging

    Dozens of students in FFA and 4-H from three counties participated in the Suwannee River Fair's Livestock Judging contest Saturday.
    The participants, clad in dark blue or green jackets, sat in the stands around the fair's arena with scorecards evaluating four classes of market steers and hogs.
    Justin Crosswhite, an agricultural representative from the University of Florida who gave the official ranking of the animals, explained after each round what the participants should have been looking for.

  • Sheriff won't charge for dispatch — this year

    The Levy County Sheriff's Office has decided not to charge local police and fire agencies for its dispatch services in the coming fiscal year as planned.
    Previously, Sheriff Johnny Smith had told municipal police and fire, and county fire and emergency medical services that their agencies would have to pay as much as $40,000 a year for dispatch services now provided free by his department. The charges were to start Oct. 1 and every agency would be required to purchase a $7,500 software program to become part of the sheriff's silent dispatch system.

  • Community garden blooms interest in Bronson council

    Members of the Bronson Town Council are entertaining the idea of a town-sponsored community garden.
    Bronson restaurant owner Jim Beck asked the council to consider the idea at Monday night’s regular meeting. Beck, citing several news articles, told the council he was worried about the potential for food shortages and high food prices in the near future.

  • Back on track at Fowlers Bluff

    David Florance first got involved in firefighting in 2000 as a volunteer with Chiefland Fire Rescue. He said he got involved because of a couple of friends that were already volunteering at the department.
    “It’s just been up hill ever since,” the 36-year-old EMT and firefighter said.

  • Vista has open house celebrating history on the Suwannee

    Much of Levy County’s early history had its start along the banks of the Suwannee River, and that history was demonstrated recently at an open house event on donated land.

  • Water district elects new officers

    New Suwannee River Water Management District Governing Board officers are, from left, Donald “Ray” Curtis III, secretary/treasurer; Donald Quincey, chairman; and Alphonas Alexander, vice-chairman.

  • 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.