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  • County to dedicate CR326 to Vietnam vet

    Army Spec 4 Michael S. Osteen of Gulf Hammock went to Vietnam on Aug. 23, 1967. On May 5, 1968, at the age of 22 he was killed by hostile artillery fire in Pleiku Province in South Vietnam. He was one of eight — and some accounts say as many as 19 — U.S. soldiers who died that day when they were ambushed on Highway 14 about 8 miles from Kontum City while escorting a convoy. He was a member of the 4th Military Police Company, 4th Infantry Division.

  • County fire runs the Bluff

    Fowlers Bluff residents can now feel more secure about fire rescue services in their area, according to county and community officials.
    Monday was the first official day of operation for the Levy County Fire Station No. 4, said Levy County Department of Public Safety Director David Knowles in a public meeting Monday at Fowlers Bluff.
    The station and its crew of firefighters, formerly known as the Fowlers Bluff Volunteer Fire Department, signed on to merge with the county's fire department several months ago.

  • County tentatively OKs rollback millage

    The Levy County Commission unanimously adopted a higher property tax millage of 8.5759, up from 7.8144, but that may not be the final word on the property tax rate for the fiscal year that starts Oct. 1.
    Under state law, the millage adopted at Tuesday's meeting for the TRIM (Truth in millage) property tax notices this month — and known as the rollback rate — cannot go higher, but it can be lowered.
    The rate will bring in $13,862,208, just $1.2 million over last year's $12,626,459 for the county General Revenue Fund.

  • Fowlers Bluff Fire now officially run by county

    Fowlers Bluff residents can now feel more secure about fire rescue services in their area, according to county and community officials.
    Monday was the first official day of operation for the Levy County Fire Station No. 4, said Levy County Department of Public Safety Director David Knowles in a public meeting Monday at Fowlers Bluff.
    The station and its crew of firefighters, formerly known as the Fowlers Bluff Volunteer Fire Department, signed on to merge with the county's fire department several months ago.

  • Citizen delivery late due to print problem

    Delivery of the Chiefland Citizen is late this week. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

    A problem at the printer caused the newspaper to arrive late at the post office in Chiefland, backing up home delivery until Friday and post box delivery until late Thursday.

    In the meantime, subscribers can pick up a copy at the Citizen office at 624 W. Park Avenue in Chiefland.

  • Accident ties up intersection

    Charges are pending in an accident on July 18 after 4 p.m. between two log trucks at the intersection of State Road 24 and U.S. Highway 27A in Bronson, according to a Florida Highway Patrol spokesman.

    Roberto Febles of Ocala was driving a 1995 International tractor hauling a pole trailer loaded with logs eastbound on SR24 when it collided with a 1995 Peterbuilt hauling an empty flatbed trailer operated by Kempton Shipman of Port Charlotte.

    Traffic was diverted into Bronson for two hours while officers investigated the accident and freed the heavyweight vehicles.

  • Chiefland man arrested in underage sex sting

    A Chiefland man was arrested Saturday by investigators with the Alachua County Sheriff's Office and the Gainesville Police Department.
    Michael Shaine Smith, 24, was charged Saturday on five felony charges of obscene communication and for using a phone to commit a felony when, according to law enforcement officials, he solicited sex from investigators posing as a 14-year-old girl and her 32-year-old boyfriend.
    According Smith’s arrest report, Smith and the investigator posing as an underage girl “discussed having a sexual encounter.”

  • Sheriff's Report and Most Wanted for July 26

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Department reports the following arrests:
    n July 18, David Richard Appling, 24, Old Town, two counts FTA, four counts VOP.
    n July 20, James Bowen, 45, Inglis, burglary, grand theft. Bond $75,000.
    n July 20, Jesse James Crain, 30, Archer, two counts VOP.
    n July 20, Roger Lee Daniels, 42, Inglis, possession of drug equipment, attached registration not assigned. Bond $20,500.
    n July 17, Steven Wayne Edwards, 20, Inglis, DWLSR. Bond $500.
    n July 17, April Marie Gay, 28, Trenton, two out of county warrants.

  • In their words: Candidates take gloves off as primary nears

    Almost two weeks ago the Bronson Area Chamber of Commerce political rally was a pretty calm affair with candidates talking about themselves and what they would do to be elected.
    Last Friday, in a political rally sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5625 the words were more heated in several races.

  • Tri-county area groundwater up in some places

    Groundwater levels in parts of Levy and surrounding counties are up, according to the Suwannee River Water Management District.
    Tropical storms Beryl and Debbie dumped unprecedented amounts of rain in the area, helping to alleviate record drought and plummeting groundwater levels. The average rainfall throughout the district in June, according to SRWMD, was about 18.4 inches, which set a new record.