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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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Driver serious following in wreck in Raleigh

    A Clermont man was transported to Shands Hospital in Gainesville in serious condition after his truck went off U.S. Highway 41 about 1 mile north of County Road 335 in the Raleigh community on Wednesday at 5:23 a.m., according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

    Yovanni Fernandez, 42, of Clermont, was driving his 2007 box truck northbound on U.S. 41 when the vehicle veered across the highway and onto the west shoulder striking a tree.

  • Burn in Marion can affect Levy drivers

    The Florida Highway Patrol is monitoring the area of State Road 40 and County Road 314 in Marion County due to a 500-acre prescribed burn conducted by the U.S. Forestry Service.

    Motorists are urged to use caution when traveling in these areas. Visibility may deteriorate quickly due to smoke/fog type conditions especially during the night time and early morning hours.

    Motorists are reminded to reduce their speed and utilize low beam headlights in order to adapt to changing weather conditions.

  • 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.

  • Qualifying for Bronson council seat opens

    The Town of Bronson will be holding a special election March 10, in part, to determine who will fill Town Council seat No. 2, which was left vacant by Council Member Berlon Weeks a few months ago. Weeks resigned to pursue other business interests.

    Several local candidates stepped forward to fill the position when, initially, the town council considered appointing someone to the position. It was later decided a candidate should be chosen by voters.

    Qualifying for the seat will take place Jan. 27 to Feb. 3.