Local News

  • Ride to Provide looks for sponsors

    Grease the chain and check the tires – it’s time to get ready for the Fourth Annual 2009 Ride to Provide to benefit Levy Association for Retarded Citizens (LARC). The Ride is a rapidly growing bike run with plenty to recommend it. First, the Ride runs through 60 of the prettiest miles in Levy County.

    Second, once kickstands come up, the boots don’t touch the ground until the file pulls up for a picnic lunch at the LARC campus in Otter Creek. This is a law-enforcement escorted ride, and all intersections are held for riders – no red lights!

  • Man brandishes knife in Yankeetown Park

    A man accused of chasing people with a knife at the County Park on CR 40 has been arrested and charged with three counts of aggravated assault, two counts of battery on a police officer, resisting arrest with violence, felony battery and one count of corruption by threat to a public official.

  • Auction proceeds will give Chief a facelift

    For over 10 years it has been home to plays, musicals and workshops that have entertained patrons from across the region.

    Now it’s in need of a facelift and its supporters are calling on you to see that it gets done so future generations can enjoy entertainment from the only playhouse in Levy, Gilchrist and Dixie counties.

    The Chief Theatre in Chiefland is in the midst of an aesthetic overall and the costs are daunting, Peggy Rowe, one of the Suwannee Valley Players told chamber of commerce members last week.

  • Familiar faces in Tuesday election

    If the race for Group 1 City Commissioner gives you a feeling of déjà vu, that’s OK.

        It is the third time in six years that educator Alice Monyei has faced off with retiree Frank Buie.

        The two are vying for the seat in the only race on the ballot Tuesday in city elections. The other two city commissioners up for election this year, Rollin Hudson and Sammy Cason, were both re-elected without opposition.

  • Property taxes cut although millage stays same

    Property owners in Chiefland will likely see their tax bills go down as a result of the city commission’s decision to keep the millage the same as last year: 4.75.

        Because property values have been declining, it’s likely property owners will see lower bills for 2009. It means the city will have $22,351 less revenue from the ad valorem property tax than last year.

  • Today is the deadline for Business of the Year Nominations

    Now is the time for area residents to nominate a local business to receive this year's award.

    Anyone interested in obtaining a nomination form is invited to call the Chamber office at 493-1849.


  • LARC client tapes radio promo for Ride to Provide

    LARC client Daniel Rose joined Ride to Provide organizer Lt. Sean Mullins and LARC workshop manager Kathy Eschbach in Ocala's WIND-FM studio this week to tape an informational and promotional spot for the Sept. 12 Ride to Provide to benefit LARC.

    The spot will air Sunday Aug. 2 at 5:30 a.m. on 107.7 FM and at 6:20 p.m. on 93.7 FM. The Ride to Provide is a free, scenic motorcycle ride from Bronson Middle High School to the LARC campus in Otter Creek. For more information, visit www.ridetoprovide.net.

  • Citizen, Beacon, Pioneer staffers win top awards

    Readers of the Chiefland Citizen, Williston Pioneer Sun News and Cedar Key Beacon enjoy some of the best newspapers in the state of Florida, and the papers have the awards to prove it.

    Staffers and contributors to the three Levy County newspapers received five individual awards from this year's Better Weekly Newspapers contest, sponsored by Florida Press Association.

    Among the awards was the state's most prestigious award for columnists, awarded to Jenna McKenna.

  • School board budget hearing Tuesday

    Levy County property owners might want to free up a few hours this coming Tuesday evening. At 5:01 p.m. on July 28, the Levy County School Board will hold its first public hearing on the 2009-2010 budget, including the proposed property tax millage for the coming year. In this past Tuesday's meeting of the school board, Finance Director Bob Clemons laid out two possible options for the coming year's budget ? one that holds the millage at essentially the same level as last year (7.75 mills for 09-10 vs.

  • Board to students: Don't take photos

    Warning to Levy County students: you already weren't allowed to use your cellphone, pager or cellphone digital camera during the school day. Now you're really not allowed to. At Tuesday's meeting of Levy County School Board, Director of Curriculum Patrick Wnek presented some changes to the Student Code of Conduct, the manual that governs student discipline in county schools. Changes included the addition of the words “wireless communication device” to the description of mobile phones and pagers.