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  • 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.

  • Bronson moving forward with nature trail development

    The state has approved preliminary designs for a nature trail in the Town of Bronson that would allow officials to move forward with several projects the town has had on the table.

    In April, Town Clerk Kelli Brettel told the council that Bronson would have to honor a 2005 agreement with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to turn some of its property into a recreational area in order to qualify for future land grants from the agency.

  • Slain deputy road naming OK'd

    Levy County Deputy Atticus Haygood Ellzey is the only county sheriff's deputy who died in the line of duty and the Levy County Commission made the first move on Tuesday to honor his sacrifice by renaming a highway.

    The United States Officer Down Memorial states: "Deputy Ellzey was shot and killed after being lured into some bushes by a man who wanted to show him something. When he entered the bushes he was shot by the man's accomplice. Both men were convicted of the murder and hanged."

  • TRIM notices in the mail

    Levy County Property Appraiser Oz Barker informed the Levy County Commission on Tuesday that this years Truth in Millage (TRIM) notices will be hitting the mail today (Thursday) and Friday.

    The notices are a way of notifying property owners of what to expect on their tax bills later this year and to also notify them of the public hearing dates for adoption of the final assessments and property taxes.

  • County commission to Chiefland: Election not driving ALS decision

    The Levy County Commission — especially Commissioners John Meeks, Ryan Bell and Chad Johnson — have a message for Chiefland about ALS non-transport: Next week's election is not driving the decision to implement it.

    In fact, while attacking press reports that indicate otherwise, the commissioners want residents to know they are moving ahead with implementing the Advanced Life Support non-transport (ALS) not just for Chiefland, but for the whole county.

  • 2 dead in University Oaks fire

    A 10-year-old girl and her great grandmother died in an early morning fire that consumed the mobile home they lived in on Northeast 105th Avenue in the University Oaks subdivision near Bronson.

    The bodies of Elizabeth Fredrick, 78 and Rhiannon Rickmyer, 10, were retrieved.

    A Levy County Sheriff's Office press release said foul play is not suspected in the blaze and grief counseling is being provided to students and faculty at the school Rickmyer attended.