Local News

  • Crist names Johnson to Parker's seat


    Owen Chad “Cracker” Johnson has been named to the Levy County Board of Commissioners District 1 seat, nine months after Gov. Charlie Crist suspended Tony Parker for being indicted on federal charges.

    He will take the oath of office at the start of the commission's regular meeting at 9 a.n. Tuesday in the commission meeting room at the Levy County Courthouse on Court Street in Bronson. County Judge Joseph Smith will administer the oath.

  • Man accused of sexual battery

    A Williston man has been arrested and charged with four counts of lewd and lascivious sexual battery on a child.

    Investigator Mike Bell arrested Brent Elskan on July 24 after the victim reported to the Levy County Sheriff's Office that Elskan sexually assaulted her in 2004 and 2005 in the Williston area. Elskan was 28 years of age when he allegedly sexually assaulted the victim who was 14 years old.

    Elskan was interviewed on July 24 and he admitted to having sexual intercourse with the victim on numerous occasions.

  • Pioneer’s sister paper has new editor

    Change is in the air at the Chiefland Citizen and veteran journalist and former news editor Lou Elliott Jones steps up the helm as the newspaper’s editor.

    Jones replaces Jim Clark, who has taken another editor position near his home in Ocala.

    Jones joined the Citizen a year ago as a staff writer, and because of her strong newspaper background and leadership abilities, was promoted to news editor last fall.

  • 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.