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Today's News

  • Three injured in pileup by Bronson Speedway

    An off-duty Alachua County Sheriff's deputy helped put out a vehicle fire and rescue a seriously injured woman after three cars collided by the Bronson Speedway on State Road 24 on Tuesday, Aug. 19, shortly before 3 p.m.

    All three motorists involved in the wreck were taken to UFHealth Shands Hospital for treatment — two with minor injuries and the third with serious injuries, according to the Florida Highway Patrol report by Trooper M. Corrao.

  • 2 dead in University Oaks fire

    A 10-year-old girl and her great grandmother died in an early morning fire that consumed the mobile home they lived in on Northeast 105th Avenue in the University Oaks subdivision near Bronson.

    The bodies of Elizabeth Fredrick, 78 and Rhiannon Rickmyer, 10, were retrieved.

    A Levy County Sheriff's Office press release said foul play is not suspected in the blaze and grief counseling is being provided to students and faculty at the school Rickmyer attended.

  • Mayors of Our Community

    Funding for trips, home for a homeless Rotary Club, supplies for Scouts, bows for cheerleaders, the meals before road trips to state championship finals all comes together at one place: the Chiefland Beef O'Brady's on U.S. Highway 19, north of Chiefland.

    The restaurant is not in the city limits, but its owners, Stacy and Mark Swain, call Chiefland home and they have been named “Mayor of Their Community” by the parent corporation.

  • City leaders claim county is roadblocking

    The county has a grudge against the City of Chiefland, is what some city officials are saying about Chiefland’s pursuit of emergency services and annual funding from the county for fire protection.

    At Monday night’s city commission meeting, both the issues of ALS and fire funding were discussed during a recap of a meeting last week on ALS between area medical directors, officials from the county and the City of Chiefland.

  • Early voting under way

    Supervisor of Elections Tammy Jones opened early voting on Monday for the Aug. 26 primary election at her office at 421 S. Court St., next to the county courthouse, in Bronson. 

    Balloting hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Saturday, Aug. 23.

    All voters will be voting in the 8th Judicial Circuit judgeship for Group 12 where incumbent William E. Davis faces challenger William Falik.

  • Answers to 'tough' questions

    Because there was not enough time to ask all the questions submitted by the public at a recent candidates forum hosted by the VFW Post 5625 in partnership with the Chiefland Citizen, the "leftover" questions were emailed to all the county candidates to get a written response. 

    Only three chose to respond. 

     

    County Commissioner Candidate Ryan Bell

    1) What are you going to do about EMS sending money to Lewisville, S.C. ? And how much do they keep out of all EMS money?

  • Free breakfast, lunch for Levy students

    From the desk of Becky Tyson, Levy County schools food services director:

    We are pleased to inform you that once again, the School Board of Levy County will participate in the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) for schools who participate in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs.  A healthy breakfast and lunch will be provided each day at no charge for ALL students!

  • Jobless rate hits expected summer peak

    There's a bigger pool of people in the labor force in Citrus, Marion and Levy counties and there are more people employed, but that could not prevent the unemployment rate from peaking in July according to figure released by the region's career agency.

    CareerSource reported Friday that the three-county regional jobless rate was 7.8 percent in July, up 0.5 percent from June. That rate is down 1.0 percent over the year and 2.6 percentage points lower than two years ago.

    There were 15,845 people unemployed out of a labor force that has grown to 202,968.

  • Officials will hold Chiefland to strict standards on ALS

    Officials are still attempting to hammer out the details that would allow Chiefland Fire Rescue to be certified in non-transport advanced life support (ALS), but there's still concern over cost and whether or not strict standards can be met.

  • Boy, 6, dies after dog attack

    Joel Chirieleison, 6, was a sweet young man who loved to please and could be counted on to help with tasks.

    However, he will not be in class when Chiefland Elementary School opens on Monday.

    Chirieleison, who was left alone in the yard for 10-15 minutes on Thursday, Aug., 7, died after being attacked by two pit bull dogs at the home of his paternal aunt, Heather Claar, on Northwest 162nd St.