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  • Bowman, Hightower vye for Watermelon Queen

    By Lynn DeJarnette, Citizen Correspondent

    The contestants for the 2017 Watermelon Festival Queen are Catherine Bowman and Tiffany Hightower. This is the 63rd Annual Chiefland Watermelon Festival Pageant presented by the Chiefland Woman’s Club.

    As the contestants, families and friends gathered May 27 in the cafeteria at Chiefland Elementary School, country music played in the background; and while the older contestants were onstage practicing their routines, the younger competitors were with families getting ready for their big moment.

  • County passes five-cent gas tax

    The Levy County Board of Commissioners last Tuesday passed a gas tax ordinance for five cents per gallon of motor fuel.

  • Delinquent tax roll published

    Taxes, especially delinquent taxes, are never a pleasant subject. The Levy County Tax Collector will run the 2017 delinquent tax notices May 11 in the Chiefland Citizen and will run the list three consecutive weeks as required by state statute. 

    Taxes are delinquent if not paid by April 1. Approximately six weeks after that date, delinquent tax ads run for three consecutive weeks in a local newspaper of record. 

  • Tri-County Cruisers raise scholarship money
  • LARC receives biggest check yet from Wild Hog proceeds

    The Wild Hog Canoe Race has seen monumental gains in popularity and fundraising over the past few years since coming under new leadership.

    The grueling 15-mile canoe and kayak race down the Waccasassa River celebrated its 40th anniversary this year on April 22, and it was the biggest version yet.

    On Monday in Otter Creek, WHCR president Keith Maynard presented a $21,000 check to Betty Walker, the executive director of the LARC, which receives all of the proceeds from the race.

  • Mrs. Griner goes to Washington

     

    By BAILEY BEAUCHAMP    

    Citizen Correspondent 

  • FFA Alumni Rodeo bull riders have their 'ups and downs'

    Bull riding seems a little bit like a fraternity of cowboys and bulls that was the original “animal house” long before the movie first appeared in 1978.

    Colton Stevens, 23, of Old Town, and Cody Baisden, 28, of Kenansville, have known each other for 10 years.

    Stevens is following behind his father and grandfather, who also rode the bucking animals. Baisden, who has been riding consistently since he was 18, said bull riding was just something he always wanted to do. 

    Both love it.

  • County approves proposal for low-cost animal control

    The Levy County Board of Commissioners last Tuesday approved a proposal by the Levy County Animal Services to start a low cost spay and neuter program for the pets of low income and retired Levy County residents.

    In its request, LCAS argued that such a program would hopefully reduce the County’s pet overpopulation, making for fewer impoundments and euthanizations at the shelter.

    The program would be available to pet owners who are older than 62 years of age or are of low income status, as determined by their receiving of government aid.

  • Suspects sought from home invasion in Rosewood

    The search for suspects involved in a home invasion and shooting Monday in Rosewood continued as of Tuesday afternoon.

    Investigators said Tuesday they have credible information the suspects have fled and are no longer in the Levy County area.

  • City considers volunteers to help staff at dog pound

    Chiefland City Manager Mary Ellzey will return April 24 to the Commission meeting with a recommendation concerning volunteers working at the city pound.

    Patty Pastore asked commissioners Monday evening if they could do volunteer work at the city pound if they signed a waiver absolving the city of any blame or liability in case of injury.

    Ellzey reported staff placed two dogs and all the kittens with Gainesville Pet Rescue. The only other animal in the pound is a pit bull that was deemed a dangerous animal.