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Today's News

  • Last call for Citizen of the Year

    The deadline for nominating Chiefland Citizen of the Year is tomorrow, Jan. 30, at noon.

    Nominations must be received by mail, email (ChieflandChamber@bellsouth.net) or in person at the Chiefland Chamber of Commerce office, located at the historic train depot downtown.

    If you know a generous someone who should be spotlighted, take a moment to recognize that person for this community service award. All nominees will be recognized this year at an award banquet that takes place Feb. 24 at the Tommy Usher Center.

  • Celebrating Literacy Week

    Students at Chiefland Elementary School are celebrating Literacy Week with activities every day.

    These students, (from left) John, Amber and Alysha, read books for videos that will be uploaded to the school's website and learned to read recipes to make popcorn treats.

    The fifth grade students are reporting on the activities after two lectures from members of the news media, Chiefland Citizen Editor Lou Elliott Jones and blogger Jeff Hardison of HardisonInk.

  • Sidewalks coming on CR345 — in 2021

    It has been a worry of the Chiefland City Commission that children and residents who live along C.R. 345 between U.S. Highway 19 and U.S. 27A must walk along a small strip of land between drainage ditches and the busy roadway leading out of town. 

    All too frequently, pedestrians find themselves walking in the traffic lane.

    Never mind that the speed limit is 45 mph.

  • On the other hand ...

    Try doing anything with one arm tied behind your back, and you’ll get a sense of what it’s like to live a day in the life of Chiefland’s Fred Figueroa.

    The 61-year-old Figueroa, born in the mountains of Puerto Rico, spent the early part of the 1970s in the U.S. Army, typing reports at a training base in a forested region of Germany.

  • Info leads to Bronson drug bust

    Levy County Sheriff's K-9 Deputy Clint Anderson was on patrol in Bronson when he received information that Jermey Jamal Mayes, 24, was driving while his license was suspended.

    After Anderson confirmed the license had been suspended in November 2014 for failure to pay traffic fines.

    Anderson located Mayes on Court Street in Bronson and conducted a traffic stop on the 1993 Lincoln he was driving. During the stop Mayes confessed to having a firearm in the vehicle.

  • Fewer workers = lower unemployment

     CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion reported Friday that the region's jobless rate in December fell to 6.4 percent, down 0.4 percentage point over the month and down 0.6 percent compared to the same time last year.

    There were 12,723 unemployed in the region, 860 fewer than in November and 1,291 less than December 2013.

    Levy County continued to post the lowest unemployment rate in the region at 6 percent, followed by Marion County with 6.4 percent and Citrus County at 6.7 percent. The not-seasonally adjusted rate for Florida and the nation is 5.4 percent.

  • Ellzey breezes through eval

    It has only been six months since longtime city employee Mary Ellzey took the Chiefland city manager post, but she has certainly impressed the City Commission.

    In a special meeting on monday, the commissioners gave Ellzey a combined 952 points on her evaluation. Her composite score was 3.59 out of a possible 5 points.

    Mary Ellzey, who has worked with the city in various positions during the last 31 years, was unanimously hired by commissioners as city manager at the end of July. Her last position was that of deputy clerk.

  • Road closure report for Jan. 31-Feb. 6

    ALACHUA COUNTY

    Archer Road   Daytime eastbound lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. east of Southwest 37th Boulevard for driveway modifications into Sonny’s BBQ/Chick-fil-a.

    The main driveway at UF Health/Shands (Circle of Hope) is closed for an extended period for construction at the hospital.

    Hawthorne Road Daytime westbound lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. from East University Avenue to Southeast 43rdStreet for asphalt repairs.

  • Changes coming for Suwannee River Fair

    By Marti Smith

    Secretary

    You may have heard that there will be some changes at the 2015 fair.  Change is inevitable and often unpleasant.  The circumstances are truly beyond the control of the Fair Association. The bottom line is safety.

  • County Commission Agenda for Tuesday, Feb. 3

    AGENDA

    REGULAR MEETING

    February 3, 2015

    Call to Order

    Invocation

    Pledge to Flag

    Public Comments

    -Issues related to Agenda items

    -Complete public comment form and submit to clerk -State your full name and address -Discussion must be limited to a maximum of three (3) minutes per person