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Today's News

  • Adorable & Adoptable

    The Levy County Animal Control Department is hosting its second pet adoption event at Tractor Supply in Chiefland on Saturday, Sept. 20, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

    There will be free hot dogs and drinks along with plenty of pups, kitties, dogs and cats.

  • Chiefland Watermelon Queen injured in wreck

    Katelyn Michelle Ressler, 20, the 2014 Chiefland Watermelon Queen was seriously injured in a two-vehicle wreck in Dixie County on Sunday, Sept. 14, at about 5:45 p.m. at State Road 55 and County Road 317 when aother vehicle failed to yield the right of way.

    Ressler's injuries were not life threatening, according to the Florida Highway Patrol press release, but she was transported to UF Health Shands Hospital in Gainesville.

  • BMHS honors Rutledge

    By DEBORAH GOAD

    Correspondent

    It was a very nostalgic evening Friday night at Bronson Middle High School. The Bronson Eagles were set to play the Branford Buccaneers in their fourth game of the 2014 season.

    However, there was a new addition in the far left corner of the field that could not go unnoticed.

    A new scoreboard proudly proclaimed: The John Rutledge Field, Home of the Eagles.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Flagman killed at Bronson 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.

  • 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.

  • Free self defense classes for women More classes to come

    With the fourth attack on a woman in the Gainesville area in recent weeks, some might be feeling the need to pay attention to how to prepare to fend off an attack.

    The Suwannee Valley R.A.D. — Rape Aggression Defense — classes might be what's needed.

    The Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.) Women’s Physical Defense program was designed with the needs and strengths of women in mind.

  • Commission OKs assessments, tentative property tax

    It took just 10 minutes and 20 seconds on Thursday for the Levy County Commission to approve four assessments, a tentative property tax millage and a tentative budget for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1.

    But that's because only one private citizen showed up for the meeting that was attended by four staff members, Sheriff Bobby McCallum, two of McCallum's aides, and two media people. And that is not unusual.