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  • Motorcyclist critical after Chiefland wreck

    A motorcyclist suffered critical injuries when a motorist turned into his path on U.S. Highway 19 at State Road 320 in Chiefland on Saturday, Aug. 30, at 10:25 a.m., according to a Florida Highway Patrol report.

    Traffic was affected for three hours after the accident at the busy intersection in the middle of Chiefland's commercial district.

  • Every vote counts when 3 determine winner

    It took a couple of hours on Thursday and all day Friday, but by the time the weekend started the Supervisor of Elections was able to announce that former District 4 Commissioner Lilly Rooks had won the Republican nomination by a three-vote margin.

    The final count: 1,728 votes for Rooks to 1,725 votes for incumbent Commissioner Ryan Bell of Chiefland. Rooks will face Democrat Jamie Griffin in the Nov. 4 general election.

    It was a sweet comeback for Rooks, defeating the man who unseated her four years ago, and after suffering two strokes earlier this year.

  • Jury convicts illegal club owner

    Eugene Donald Jr. was found guilty of one felony count operating an unlicensed nightclub in an East Williston residential neighborhood by a Levy County jury on Wednesday and will be sentenced on Wednesday, Sept. 3, after the Levy County's Sheriff's Office takes the opportunity to make an impact statement.

  • First responder cookout Saturday in Chiefland

    The Chiefland Assembly of God is hosting a cookout for first responders: active and retired firefighters, EMS and law enforcement.

       The Assembly of God wishes to thank all first responders for their service by hosting this free event, which will be held Saturday, Aug. 30, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Train Depot in Chiefland.

  • County's battalion trucks: ALS non transport and more

    Curious about the county's battalion (ALS non transport) trucks?

    We, here at the Citizen, were.

    Levy County Department of Public Safety Director David Knowles and Battalion Commander Clay Drew (who drives one of two ALS vehicles) came by the paper Monday at the request of Citizen staff.

  • Chiefland moves forward with grants

    City commissioners are looking to take advantage of money that could improve Chiefland, voting unanimously in favor of several opportunities in the form of grants at Monday night's meeting.

    The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity has decided that Chiefland should get up to $25,000 to help pay for economic planning and development work done by David H. Melvin, a company that would review the city's Comprehensive and Vision plans.

  • Community resource center close to opening

    By DEBORAH GOAD

    Correspondent

    The Tri-County Community Resource Center is one step closer to opening its doors.

    Diana Child, chair of the board at the Children's Partnership Council, was the guest speaker Friday at Chiefland's Chamber of Commerce meeting. Child outlined plans the Center has for the residents of Levy, Gilchrist and Dixie counties.  

  • Rooks-Bell race narrows to 4 votes

    The margin of victory narrowed to four votes but has not changed the outcome in the County Commmission District 4 race after the Levy County Canvassing Board tallied nine of fourteen provisional ballots. The board also rejected counting five provisional ballots for various reasons — including those of two people who had voted absentee and attempted to vote at the polls. 

  • Please help family find relatives

    The Williston Pioneer (our sister paper) has been contacted by a funeral home in Bradenton looking for relatives of Jason Murphy, 47, who once lived in Chiefland. If you know this man, or any of his relatives, please contact Carolyn at the Pioneer 352-528-3343. Or you can call the Citizen at 352-493-4796 and we will pass along the info.

  • CK oyster situation heading to Putnam

    When state Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam stops in Trenton for a campaign event on Wednesday, from 1 to 4 p.m. it won't be just Gilchrist County agriculture on his agenda.

    Levy County Commissioner Chad Johnson, Putnam's college roommate and fraternity brother, will be talking to his old pal about the need to get money for re-seeding the oyster population in the Suwannee River Basin, which includes Cedar Key and parts of Levy and Dixie counties.