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Today's News

  • Chiefland agrees to fund ALS study

    Chiefland officials have taken the next step toward the city acquiring advanced life support non transport (ALS) service.

    Commissioners voted unanimously Monday during the city's regularly scheduled meeting to pay up to $11,000 for a study by outside consultants to determine how, and if, funds could be spent to help pay for the service.

    Chiefland Vice Mayor Betty Walker, who is over the city's fire department, said committing to the funds is the next move.

  • Rite of Passage

    It's called a “rite of passage” for Chiefland Elementary School third grade students by their Principal Angel Thomas.

    The “rite” is the distribution of dictionaries in English and Spanish to every third grade student at CES, Whispering Winds Charter and Cedar Key Elementary School by the Chiefland Rotary Club.

    The Chiefland and Williston Rotary Clubs join together annually to provide every third grade student in the county with a dictionary to help increase their vocabulary and literacy skills.

  • Tigers claw Indians

    Last Friday night, the Trenton Tigers came to town to face off against the Chiefland Indians and this game proved to be a tale of two halves. The Indians won the second half 8-0, but the only problem was the Tigers scored 35 unanswered points in the first half going on to win by a score of 35-8.

  • Cedar Key clear of red tide

    After nearly two months of commercial clam lease closures, red tide has moved out of Cedar Key, according to officials.
    The Florida Fish Wildlife Conservation Commission reported this week that Karenia brevis, the organism responsible for Florida red tide, was not detected in samples taken from Cedar Key.
    Samples were also clear in Dixie, Wakulla, Bay, Gulf and Pasco counties, according to FWC.

  • When park kids become park rangers

    By Ranger Andrew Moody

    Special to the Citizen

    It was sometime back around 1995 or '96 when a young, local girl eagerly waited with anticipation for the Manatee Springs state park treasure hunt to begin.

    "Little Jo" had come to the park to join in the search for the lost pirate treasure and to witness the excitement of the parents and crowds, who would be cheering on their children from the nearby waterfront walkways and the park's shoreline kiddie beach area.

  • Fanning Springs to elect new mayor

    Change is in the works for Fanning Springs as Cheryl Nekola’s tenure as mayor is coming to an end. Rodger Nogaki and Howell “Trip” Lancaster received the most votes for the position at the Oct. 7 primary election, 109 and 74 respectively.

    The two will continue campaigning for the position up until the Nov. 4 general election. Also running for mayor was June Ladewig, who finished fourth.

  • County budget has “Easter eggs”

    In the computer world they are called “Easter eggs,” little surprises included in software that are unlocked by the curious user. 

    It is just the same for the Levy County budget which holds some good surprises for county workers and residents.

    Chief among them:

    • a newly created position of grants coordinator to hunt out more money for the county,

    • a veterinarian for the county Animal Control Department and

    • a 3 percent pay increase for county workers.

  • Agencies working to update flood maps

    State and federal agencies want to overhaul flood maps in Bronson and other areas of Levy County.
    The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recently gave the Suwannee River Water Management District, which is in charge of permitting and managing most of the water in Levy County, a $627,000 grant to address wrong or missing data in flood maps in the region.

  • Beast Feast returns Oct. 25

    The Levy County Schools Foundation will be hosting its 5th Annual Beast Feast on Saturday, Oct. 25, at the Etheridge Cracker House- N.E. 140th Ave., Williston.  

  • Task force paying off

       Levy County Sheriff Bobby McCallum, left, presented the City of Chiefland with a check for more than $19,000 monday night.

       The money was from drug forfeitures from four cases handled by the Levy County Joint Drug Task Force.

       McCallum, standing next to Chiefland Police Chief Robert Douglas, said he was pleased to bring the money to the city and thanked Chiefland for partcipating in the task force.