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  • Empty seat stays cold on Bronson council

    Though the idea was tossed around, what with the applicants all being “so qualified,” the shortest-straw approach to selecting a new Bronson Town Council member was abandoned Monday night.

    So, too, was the idea that voters should decide.

    When Bronson Town Council Member Berlon Weeks resigned his seat more than a month ago, the decision was to advertise for interested applicants. The remaining council members would appoint someone, they had decided.

  • Man dies in Chiefland home fire

    A man whom authorities are not yet identifying died in a Chiefland home fire early Saturday morning.

    "It's a tragic thing to happen," Chiefland Fire Chief James Harris said on the phone Monday afternoon.

    Harris said emergency personnel at Chiefland Fire Rescue were dispatched at about 3 a.m. to the home, a 12 foot by 60 foot mobile home located at 110 N.E. 5th St.

    When CFR arrived, the front of the mobile home was fully engulfed in flames and part of it had collapsed. The man's body was found soon after the fire was put out, he said.

  • Smoke warning for Levy County

    The Florida Highway Patrol in cooperation with the Florida Park Service is monitoring the area of Waccasassa Bay Preserve State Park for possible residual smoke related to a prescribed burn, started earlier today (Dec. 2), that may affect portions of the following roadways: State Road 24, and other local county roadways in area of Cedar Key.

  • Second, final body recovered in search for missing boaters

    By Buster Thompson

    The second and final boater who was reported missing Nov. 23 was found on Thursday and recovered Friday by searchers off the Levy County coast.

    Daniel Reed Tingley, 37, has been confirmed as the body recovered by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC).

  • Study could show how to reduce water and fertilizer use

    In the spring, state agencies will begin a study that officials hope will spark more insight into water and fertilizer use in the Suwannee Basin.
    The project, which will take place over three years on a 300-acre farm east of Live Oak, will use monitors, soil probes and meters to measure water absorption and nutrient loading rates.
    The Suwannee River Water Management District, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, the Florida Department of Agriculture and the University of Florida are working together on the study, which is projected to cost $588,000.

  • Officials arrest two in Inglis arson case

    By BUSTER THOMPSON
    Special to the Citizen

    Two men wer­e arrested Tuesday on accusations of burglary and arson, which resulted in the destruction of an Inglis bar the day before.
    Jordan Michael Cooper, 21, and Travis Crabb, 32, were charged with arson, grand theft, burglary and two counts of arson causing the injury to firefighters after authorities connected the two men to the suspicious fire Monday morning at Rivals Bar off of West Levy County Road 40, Inglis.

  • Chiefland intersection is a problem, officials say

    A recent accident at the intersection of N.W. 23rd Ave. and N. Young Blvd. in Chiefland has city commissioners wanting changes made.
    "I hope we can get something done with that," Vice Mayor Betty Walker said at Monday night's commission meeting after the subject was brought up by Chiefland Police Chief Robert Douglas. "It's needed."
    Eight people were involved in the accident, according to Douglas. All, including two children, were airlifted to the hospital.

  • City officials accused of Sunshine Law violation

    Chiefland Mayor Teal Pomeroy and City Manager Mary Ellzey have been interviewed by an investigator for State Attorney William “Bill” Cervone's office for a possible Sunshine Law violation, but Cervone's spokesman said it is just a review of a complaint.
    “We made an inquiry into the allegations that were levied,” said Darry Lloyd, deputy chief investigator and spokesman for Cervone. “We were reviewing it, so its not much more than that.”

  • Fanning Dairy Queen plans melting away

    City continues pushing for Holiday Inn Express

    By ASHLEY THORNTON
    Staff Writer
    “It’s moving forward,” Fanning Springs Mayor Cheryl Nekola said of the anticipated Holiday Inn project, shortly after learning that Hudson Foods would no longer be bringing in a Dairy Queen to accompany it.

  • Experience living history at Clay Landing Days

    Spend a day in some of the wilder parts of Florida and it's not hard to get a sense of what life must have been like before the Sunshine State became one of the more densely populated regions of the U.S.
    In the 1800s, the state was mostly inhabited by droves of white settlers who pushed down from northern territories — hacking a living from the dense landscape —bands of displaced natives who became known as Seminoles and the soldiers who, in two separate wars, fought to displace those natives once again.