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Today's News

  • Commissioners question fire department motives

    Some say it started more than a year ago: another heated drama fanned to life at the very home of heated dramas, Chiefland Fire Rescue.

    “These comments are offensive and should not be used by anyone, especially an elected official,” was what they wrote in the letter that, according to some, sat smoldering in a desk since May of last year.

  • Lady Indian on Junior Nationals list

    Special to the Citizen

    Takiya London, a freshman forward on the Chiefland Lady Indians varsity basketball team, has been named a Junior Nationals All Star following her participation in the U.S. Junior Nationals Summer Finals in Augusta, Ga., on Aug. 28-29.

    This event was a showcase for college coaches from Division 1 colleges, including Florida, Florida State, Clemson, Georgetown, Georgia Tech, Jacksonville, Michigan State, University of North Florida, University of South Florida and St. Francis College.

  • Sheriff gives update on LCSO at rotary meeting

    The Levy County Sheriff's Office has made a few improvements, according to Sheriff Robert McCallum, who was special guest speaker Thursday at Chiefland's Suwannee Valley Rotary.
    McCallum, who hasn't been in office quite two years, said one of the first things he implemented at the sheriff's office was the creation of a special investigations unit.

  • Chiefland tax rate could mean smaller bill

    Chiefland residents may see a small tax cut this year.
    Commissioners unanimously approved a tentative tax rate of 6 mills at Monday night's last budget workshop. It will bring in an estimated $750,877 to the city's overall fiscal year budget of about $4,296,000.
    The rate is the same as last year's, but because it's based on property value, which has fallen slightly, residents could wind up paying a little less.

  • Bradenton flagman killed at Speedway

    A 49-year-old race worker was killed Sunday at the Bronson Speedway when a vehicle lost control and wound up in the infield.
    Buddy Jack Howell, of Bradenton, was a flagman at the event that ended within the span of two minutes on the second lap at about 3 p.m.
    "This is a very tragic accident," Levy County Sheriff's Office spokesperson Lt. Scott Tummond said Monday, adding that, so far, it doesn't appear that anyone will be facing formal charges. It is still being investigated.

  • Gay continues with his war

    Heeeeeee's back!

    Former City Manager Kevin Gay, who had been keeping a low profile since settling for $25,000 with the Chiefland City Commission for terminating his $64,500-a-year contract on May 27 is back with a promised vengeance.

    Gay, who claimed Chiefland Commission's 3-2 vote to terminate the contract was a matter of city leaders giving in to the demands of Levy County officials who had issues with him, vowed to get even with county officials, saying, “I'm gonna' burn their ass now.”

  • Red tide organism found in Cedar Key

    A dangerous toxin-producing organism known as Karenia brevis from a red tide bloom first spotted in the Gulf of Mexico near the end of July has made it to Cedar Key, according to officials.
    In early August, the bloom was 50 to 80 miles offshore, and testing for the organism, which can affect the nervous system of people and animals, confirmed that it had only reached areas near Pinellas County.
    But the bloom, over recent months, has migrated with the wind, coming as close to shore as 5 to 30 miles between Dixie and Pinellas counties.

  • $5,000 reward offered in high-dollar theft

    A $5,000 reward has been offered in the theft of a tractor, trail bike, a Honda 500 Foreman 4-wheeler, arigging for a carriage horse, appliances, linens and utensils from a Morriston Home.

    Levy County Sheriff's Office and the resident at 11331 S.E. 21st Place in Morriston are asking for the public's help.

    The homeowner’s caretaker found the house and barn had been virtually emptied of all possessions and reported it on Aug. 22.

    Taken were:

  • Fanning approves FaceTime

    The Fanning Springs City Council has agreed to a video conferencing policy, something it previously tabled due to a lack of support.

    With all council members present, the policy was opposed only by Stoney Smith who had expressed his disapproval at a previous meeting. At that time he said he felt that council members should be physically present, they were elected and they should show up.

    At Tuesday’s meeting he asked, “how many councils have a provision for this?” With an answer of none, Smith said he felt there was a reason for that.

  • Levy prosecutor resigns in wake of complaint

    The division chief for the Levy County State Attorney's Office resigned on Tuesday in the wake of an accusation he took photos of a woman at a Newberry tanning salon.

    Eighth Judicial Circuit State Attorney William Cervone's office announced the resignation of William R. Ezzell, Levy County Division chief.

    According to one television news report the woman said she was undressing in a booth when she looked up and noticed a phone with a light above her that was being held by someone in the next booth.