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  • FWC lifts restrictions on Suwannee River’s Zone 3

    When Suwannee River floodwaters at Branford fell below 24 feet, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) deactivated boating restrictions in Zone 3.

    Zone 3 runs from Little River Spring to the County Road 340 Bridge at Rock Bluff. This 23-mile segment is an idle-speed, no-wake zone as long as the Suwannee River is at 24 feet or more on the Branford gauge.

    The FWC had activated restrictions in this zone March 25.

  • Mosquitoes populations expected to be heavy

    Mosquitoes are expected to be bad this season, and county officials are urging residents to take precautions.
    "I think it's gonna' be a monster," said Levy County Director of Parks and Recreation and mosquito control Matt Weldon about the swarms of biting insects he predicts will be an issue during coming months.
    Florida, with about 80 known species inhabiting the state, is no stranger to the mosquito, but recent rains and rising temperatures guarantee the problematic pests will be out in droves.

  • Locals upset over Valdosta spills

    Concerned citizens in the Tri-County Area are asking for a boycott of Valdosta, Ga., following a recent sewage spill that is just one of many since 2009.
    "They should have fixed it the first time, and if not the first time, then the second time," said Levy County resident Natasha Allen Monday in a phone interview. "I want them to feel it in their pocket book," she said, adding that she hopes people traveling through Valdosta will avoid stopping there for gas or food.

  • LCDPS promotes Prom Promise at CMHS

    On March 20, Chiefland Middle High School Students attended Prom Promise, an annual event held at the local high schools during the week of prom where students are asked to pledge not to use alcohol or drugs. 

  • Chiefland Citizen founder dies at 89

    Jack Martin Holland Jr., 89, founder, publisher and editor of the Chiefland Citizen, died on March 29, 2014, after a long battle  with Alzheimer’s at his Tallahassee home. 

  • CHS’ top 10 grads

    The Top 10 graduates for the Chiefland Middle High School Class of 2014 are:

    front row, from left: Kelsi Alexander, Danielle Lourcey, Savannah Mills, Sarah Edison, Caitlyn Fuller; 

    back row, from left: Dale Buchanan, Erin "Liza" Renaud, Emily Smith, Dustin Crews and Grayson Gerhard.

  • Safety director gives update at Rotary

    Emergency service operations are gradually being streamlined in Levy County, according to some officials.

  • Safety Expo in Chiefland on Saturday

    The Third Annual Levy County Department of Public Safety Expo takes place Saturday, from 10a.m. to 3p.m., on the east side of Hwy 19, one mile north of Chiefland.

    This event is free to the public, and visitors can get an up-close look at helicopters, fire trucks, ambulances and other equipment used by emergency responders from throughout Levy County and the Tri-County Area.

    Sparky the fire dog will make a guest appearance, and there will be a bounce house for children.

    There will also be several demonstrations by the local public safety agencies.

  • Stronach ups ante in Levy

    The Austrian-Canadian auto parts and horse racing magnate who bought up large parcels of land in Levy County in 2010 and 2011 has just made another big buy: 2,342 acres from tree farmer and publisher A.D. “Andy” Andrews for $9,539,600.

  • Man fears natural gas pipeline will disturb cemetery

    By Pat Faherty

    Special to the Citizen

    Frank Atkins wants a proposed natural gas pipeline that would cut across Citrus County to take another route.

    The 85-year-old Holder resident was not alone in questioning the project at a Wednesday night public meeting in Rainbow Springs.