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Today's News

  • Levy County crime rate drops 5.4 percent

    One thing is certain, crime is down in Florida, Levy County and all but one of its municipalities overall and that is good news considering the state of the economy. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement's Uniform Crime Report for 2009 was released several weeks ago and buried in the stack of figures is good news.

  • Name change official: College of Central Florida

    Central Florida College President Dr. Charles Dassance, center, speaks to students, faculty and guests Wednesday  at the unveiling of a new sign at the school's Levy Center in Chiefland. Previously known as Central Florida Community College,  the school's new name reflects expanding educational opportunities for students throughout the area, he said. 

  • Graduation Activities

    Chiefland High School Baccalaureate Sunday, May 30 at 7 p.m.  Pine Grove Baptist Church Graduation Friday, June 4 at 7 p.m. Doyle McCall Stadium Open to the Public   Bronson High School Baccalaureate Wednesday, June 9 at 6:30 p.m..  First Baptist Church in Bronson Awards Night Thursday, June 10 at 6:30 pm

  • Best in class

    For some high school athletes, simply making varsity is an achievement.

    For others, it's the ability to contribute at a high level, consistently leading their teams to a successful season.

    But a select few can put a rare quality of talent on display. They can put fear in the hearts of opponents. They can excel. They can amaze. They can dominate.

    And no two high school athletes dominated their respective sports more than Chiefland High School's Eugene Carter in boys basketball and Taylore Fuller in softball.

  • Fire budget meeting brings issues to light

    Fire and emergency services in the city of Chiefland are about to get an overhaul.

    City commissioners tentatively agreed to hire two part-time firefighters at a Monday night fire budget workshop after Fire Chief James Harris reassured them money would be available to cover the salaries.

    The money’s there, he said.  “We just need to move stuff around.”

  • Locals concerned about oil’s effect on manatees

    Despite the fact the recent oil spill in the Gulf is hundreds of miles away, Chiefland may experience some negative results in terms of how one of its biggest attractions, the manatee, is affected.

    “We are concerned, as everybody else should be," Sally Lieb, Manatee and Fanning Springs state parks manager said in a phone interview Monday.  “A coating of oil on the surface of the water is just not something to be considered an environmentally healthy condition.”

  • K-9 siezes 8 pounds of marijuana

    Chiefland Police hit the mother lode May 6 while running stationary radar north of town.

    A grey Kia was clocked at 73 mph in a 65 mph zone.

    The car, driven by Randy David Applegate, 33, of Madeira Beach  was pulled over and other officers came to assist. It was then they smelled marijuana.

    The K-9 Robiek did an open air drug sniff and alerted at the trunk of the car. Officers searched the car and found marijuana shake (loose leaves, stems and seeds at the bottom of the bag) in the passenger seat.

  • Tax roll growth slows

    Publication of Levy County's delinquent tax list starts today in the Chiefland Citizen and while the size — 40 pages — may look daunting, County Tax Collector Linda Fugate says it is not that bad.

    "This year, there are only about 226 more (names) than we advertised last year, but considering the economy it's pretty good," Fugate said on Tuesday. She said there are 6,796 listings for real property compared to last year's list of  6,570.

    "That's not too big a difference," Fugate said.

  • Oil spill can’t stop Rotary fishing contest on despite oil spill still on

    The annual Chiefland Rotary Fishing Tournament at Cedar Key, where $7,500 in cash and prizes is on the line, is still on for Saturday.

    While most folks do not want to mention the four million gallons of oil spilling into the Gulf of Mexico and the fishing tournament in the same sentence, Bob Wolk, chairman of the club's biggest fund-raising event, said on Tuesday the tournament is still on for Saturday at 7 a.m.

  • CFCC to celebrate name change at Levy Center May 26

       Central Florida Community College will officially become the College of Central Florida on Tuesday, May 25, and a celebration will be held on Wednesday, May 26, at 9 a.m. at the CFCC Levy Center, 114 Rodgers Blvd. in Chiefland.

       The name change follows a year-long process that included a survey of the community, approval by the CFCC District Board of Trustees and the State Board of Education. During the five-week survey, 580 distinct names were sorted from 1,480 submissions.