Today's News

  • Coastal residents need to prepare for storm surge

    This message is for residents of Levy County west of US 19 in flood prone areas. The National Weather Service is predicting a tidal surge between 5 to 7 feet above Mean Sea Level (MSL) and 8 to 10 inches of rain. Tornado warnings for Levy County are being issued prior to and during the storm. Residents in low lying areas should expect flooding. Emergency response to affected areas will be suspended when sustained winds in excess of 40 miles an hour are reached.

  • Cedar Key braces for Tropical Storm Hermine

    The "Island Storm" is the name of the favorite drink among customers at the just-opened 1842 Daily Grind & Mercantile in Cedar Key, on the corner of 2nd Street and State Road 24.

  • It's now Tropical Storm Hermine

    This from the National Hurricane Center:

    Tropical Depression Nine has developed into Tropical Storm Hermine.
    The center of Tropical Storm Hermine at 31/1800 UTC is near
    24.7N 88.0W, or about 345 nm south-southwest of Apalachicola
    Florida and about 360 nm to the west-southwest of Tampa Florida
    Hermine is moving northward 2 knots.
    The estimated minimum central pressure is 1000 mb. The maximum sustained wind speeds
    are 35 knots with gusts to 45 knots. Convective precipitation:
    Numerous strong from 21N in the northern parts of the Yucatan

  • Boat ramps closed ahead of storm

    Sheriff Bobby McCallum, in preparation of incoming Tropical Depression 9, has ordered the closing of all boat ramps in Levy County beginning Wednesday morning.

    All boat ramps along the Suwannee River and south to the Inglis/Yankeetown area will be posted closed by tomorrow afternoon.

    Crews with Levy County Parks and Recreation will be placing signage and barricades at all county boat ramps. Residents who own watercraft and need to remove them from the water are asked to complete this as quickly and safely as possible.

  • Levy schools closed Thursday, Friday

    All Levy County schools will be closed Thursday, Sept. 1, and Friday, Sept. 2, due to Tropical Storm Hermine.

    Schools will re-open on Tuesday, Sept. 6.

    Please contact the School Board of Levy County at 352-486-5231 or your child’s school for updates.

    Or keep following the latest releases at www.chieflandcitizen.com and on the Citizen Facebook page.

  • "Meeting" turns into a surprise graduation

    Kim Gonthier, a foodservice worker at Bronson Middle High School had a dilemma, she had a letter from her daughter thanking a group for a scholarship they gave her daughter but no way to get it to them.

    She appealed to School Board member Cameron Asbell of Bronson to carry the letter for her daughter.

    It was while catching up on news, that Asbell learned that Gonthier did not get to see her daughter Jan Gonthier graduate with her classmates on June 6 at the Phillips Center in Gainesville.

  • Indians comeback effort comes up yards short

    It felt like more was at stake than a preseason tuneup in Chiefland’s kickoff classic against Jefferson County last Friday at Wayne Pridgeon Stadium, as it unfurled into a fiercely-fought, back-and-forth battle that came down to the final minute.

    The Indians fell behind by nine points twice in the second half to the Monticello squad while their pair of top backs remained sidelined with injuries since the first quarter. But CMHS churned up 194 yards in the fourth quarter to give themselves a shot at a last-minute comeback win.

  • Yankeetown CG station gets new leadership

    Members of Coast Guard Station Yankeetown held a change-of-command ceremony Wednesday, Aug. 3, at the station.

    Chief Warrant Officer Robert Whitmore transferred command of the station to Chief Petty Officer Eric B. Tookey during the ceremony.

    During Whitmore's tour at Station Yankeetown, he and the 26 crewmembers stationed there were responsible for 3,500 miles of Florida coastline spanning six counties.

    During the ceremony, Whitmore spoke about his year at the station and commended his crew for their work.

  • Voluntary evacuation west of US 19

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office in partnership with Levy County Emergency Management will be issuing a voluntary evacuation notice for residents that live in evacuation zones west of U.S. Highway 19.
    Levy County will open a shelter of last resort at the old Williston High School Cafeteria located at 427 West Noble Avenue (on US 27) at 4 p.m. The shelter is only for residents affected by Tropical Depression 9 and reside on the west side of US 19 from the Suwannee River south to Yankeetown.

  • County closes parks

    Due to the impending storm Levy County has closed:

    • Shellmound

    • Devils Hammock

    • Henry Beck and Blue Springs parks and

    • all boatramps.